Silent Separation/He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo (Film Review)

Can someone explain to me how one movie can suck this badly? Oh I know, because the cast is terrible.

yamsmovie_4Characters:

  • Huang Xiao Ming as He Yi Chen
  • Yang Mi as Zhao Mo Sheng
  • Angelababy as He Yi Mei
  • Tong Da Wei as Ying Hui
  • He Sui as Xiao Xiao

Details:

  • Chinese/Mainland
  • Release date: April 30, 2015
  • Running time: 107 minutes
  • Language: Mandarin

Quick Rundown:

It has been seven years since Zhao Mo Sheng has stepped foot on her motherland. It has also been seven long years since her disappearance from He Yi Chen’s life. Though he is angry and upset with her sudden departure which had left him completely heartbroken, he cannot help it but feel drawn to her again. Will these two love birds be able to fight against all obstacles to rekindle their romance? Or will they part ways having given it one final shot?

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ESTELLE’S TAKE

I have been holding off on writing this because I thought I would just come across as mean and biased if I had written it right after I watched the movie. Weeks later and here I am, still completely shocked by how terribly made this was. I mean to the director and crew’s credit, the production was fine and the images were pretty, but boy did the actors suck. If you had read the book or watched the TV series, then you would recognize many of the lines that came out of our leads, but they sure do sound different when you have two people who cannot deliver.

First of all, it is no surprise to anyone at this point that Huang Xiao Ming is just a pretty boy who doesn’t exactly measure up in front of serious actors. However, after watching this, I actually want to applaud him for a job well done. Why? Because in comparison to the lackluster and extremely poor depiction of Mo Sheng by Yang Mi, I can almost imagine no one worse. Yes, HXM could not reenact the magic of Wallace Chung and I had never hoped he would, but he is at least able to do a mediocre job at playing a lovelorn guy who is meeting his ex-girlfriend years later. Yang Mi on the other hand was annoying as heck as young Mo Sheng chasing down Yi Chen – none of that charm or adorableness we have come to love – and equally so as the older Mo Sheng. The whole time I was just wishing the film was over so I can go watch something else a bit more entertaining and worthy of my time.

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Another fault I found was the script. Yes, many of the lines are the same, but I wish it was more tightly packed. Since this is a movie, there’s no need for us to see every single detail of their relationship. Just give us some key plot lines instead of five hundred tiny memories and events. I found the whole thing way too scattered, as if there is no focus and no plot really. If it wasn’t my motivation to write this blog post, I would have just stopped watching. Not to mention, the cameos by Angelababy and Tong Da Wei are really unnecessary as they appear less than five minutes total. Are they just trying to get a bigger audience by putting them on the casting sheet? Probably.

Overall, this was one of the worst movies I’ve seen this year. If you want to watch it, go ahead, I won’t stop you, but don’t come crying later! By the way, so much for all their emphasizes on the many kiss scenes during promotion; there aren’t that many.

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This & That:

  • Z.TAO plays Yi Chen’s secret admirer and his only lines are variations of “don’t forget to take your medicine.”
  • He Sui is a reknown supermodel who has walked for Vivienne Westwood, Georgia May Jagger and Karl Lagerfeld among others.
  • Evonne Xie/Xie Yi Ling has a super super minor role as Mo Sheng’s bff. She shows up literally only once. She was previously in Love Through a Millennium.
  • Angelababy is Huang Xiao Ming’s real life partner. They registered on 5/27 this year and will hold their wedding ceremony some time in October.
  • Jane Zhang and Huang Xiao Ming are amongh those who contributed to the OST.

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6 thoughts on “Silent Separation/He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo (Film Review)

  1. Jo says:

    I KNEW IT! That is why I decided against watching the show and seeing that you wrote this review I will definitely not be watching it. After watching the teaser I thought to myself that this movie is probably going to be like one of those paintings, you know those paintings that look beautiful from afar but are horrible close up. Thank you 🙂

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  2. Lil says:

    Totally agree with you on this; although, my complaint wasn’t the acting (it wasn’t great but wasn’t so bad either…or maybe I stop caring). My biggest complaint, is the casting. They were miscast all around right from the begin. As soon as Angelababy pop up on screen, I no longer see HXM as Yichen. Sometimes when one sees all max potential of the actors already, there’s really no need to keep pushing them hoping for miracle to happen. In this case, this drama proves that.

    One of the reason YC & MS’s relationship is so complicated/intense was because of MS fear of YiChen’s cold/indifference appearance and hence MS was never able to look at YC in the eyes and tell him what happened. i feel YangMi had the upper hand in the relationship. She was too calm and HXM was too sensitive (he actually cried). Whereas in the drama, Tang Yang’s MS has an era of innocence but yet fearfulness of YC. As for Wallace Chung’s Yichen, he played YC to perfection. There was subtle in his acting, but all the emotion are shown so clearly in his way of sighing/breathing/reacting. He is the definition of the “calm & collected” lawyer He YiChen.

    Seriously, the book was so short and perfect for the movie, but how did the movie manage to still make me not care about YC and MS love story? Whereas, the drama @32+ episodes, still manage to make me ache for YC’s great love and yearning for MS.

    well, this movie manage to make a lot of $ at the box office, so they did something right somehow.

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  3. Watching Yang Mi’s acting has killed my soul so many times. I can’t even anymore. Definitely not watching this. I would rather keep in memory the TV show… Sigh

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  4. Isabella says:

    Ugh I’m so sad to hear it sucked. I’ve been searching for the movie for the past five months cause I’ve wanted to watch it so badly. Just out of curiosity, where did you watch it?

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