Hey guys! It’s been a while I haven’t reviewed a drama but Gilded Chopsticks is one of the recent few dramas I think it is is alright.
This drama is more of an adventure drama that have some historical figure in it.
I have a mixed feeling about watching this series. It has weak casts but the ancient historical plot about Yongzheng is what I’m interested in. I was surprised that TVB can mix modern comedy in an ancient drama.
Ben Wong as Yongzheng: Ben’s acting was good as always but I can’t see him as a lead. I was surprised that he fits his role. He fell in love with Kei Mo-suet at first sight when she was performing street martial arts. He was a good friend of Cho Lam. I find it funny when Cho Lam and Joey mistaken Ben for an eunuch. Ben helps the crown prince even after he lost his position. Ben fell in love with Cho Lam’s salted fish bun. Ben and Cho Lam’s relationship reminds me of Steven Ma and Jordan Chan in Duke of Mt. Deer 98. At the end Ben lets Cho Lam leave the palace since he knows Cho Lam likes to be free. This is the weakest Yongzheng character I’ve seen. He is unwilling to participate in the scheming. He doesn’t care for the throne. Scholar Wu convinced him to fight for the throne. He married General Nian’s sister and Lady Lai for having allies power. When Lady Nian framed Joey, he couldn’t interfere and let Empress Dowager punished her. Joey and Scholar Wu even able to hid from him about Joey’s fake death. Well, there’s a flaw of being nice or too nice. Yongzheng in this drama reminds me of how the fourteenth prince in Secret Battle of Majesty is nice which makes it a flaw if he ever get used by the bad guys.
Louis Cheung: Louis plays the role of Yinsi the eight prince. He is good as always like he was in Inbound Troubles and Brother’s Keepers. He is a careful and intelligent prince who schemes against Yongzheng. He has good networking skills and managed to get Longkodo to side with him. I would consider Louis more of a semi villain than the villain. I thought the ninth prince was even more evil than him by poisoning Kangxi. He’s not blindly evil. He slapped the ninth prince when he knew that he killed his father. He wants what’s good for the people. In real life, people also needs good networking skills too. He open sa school for the foster kids. I thought it was cute how he teased Joey. He killed himself in the end and told Joey he always loved her.
Wong Cho Lam as Ko Tin Po: Cho Lam is a chef who cares for his friend. You can tell how much he loves Nancy since he is willing to switch his eyes for her when Nancy is blind. He forgives Bob in the end to not let his revenge cycle continues.
Joey Meng: as Kei Mo-suet. She is a martial art street performer. Kangxi mistakenly executed her Dai family. She plays She loved Yinsi and believed that the throne belongs to him. She even helped Yinsi to steal the throne back from Yongzheng.
Nancy Wu as Nin Yeuk-bik: Nancy is great in acting as usual. Her brother is not pleased with her hanging out with Cho Lam since he’s not a royalty. She married Yongzheng on behalf of her brother General Nian. When she got married in the palace, she cut ties with Cho Lam to avoid troubles. Her character is pitiful. She is kind but has to go through the scheming of Lady Nian and lost her baby and her brother got beheaded.
Stephanie Ho: She disguised as a boy going to the palace to search for the Five Taste Master.
I believed that Louis Cheung has more chemistry with Joey or is it cause Ben lacks the x factor? i believed Joey loved Louis more than she loved Ben. Would you rather Ben and Joey be together or Louis and Joey?
It’s refreshing to see Stephanie Ho as Mai Su Yiu pairing with Wong Cho Lam. They were a comedic relief when they argued with each other. I liked Mai Siu Yu’s independent character She is scared of thunder but the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star song from Cho Lam calmed her down and helped her win the contest against Funimatsu, a Japanese Chef.
Things I didn’t like:
-The dialogues were a bit too modern. Well, it it has Cho Lam in it, you know that it’s going to have a bit of modern comedy in it.
-The clothes were too flashy and ugly.
– Prince number nine didn’t have enough charm to be the villain and I thought they focused too much screentime on him.
-It’s diverted from the history.
-Ben as Yongzheng in this drama is just too weak as the king.
-The screentime of Joey and Louis were just too minimal. I wished Joey’s character has more things to do than simply be a love interest.
Plot were predictable but it does have a bit of scheming and side relationship plot to keep you watching. I thought the best part was when the Asin Goro tries to find the will which Cho Lam possessed.
Watch it if you like ancient comedies. I would not recommend if you want a real historical political plot.
I would rate this drama a 4 out of 5 stars despite the weak casts but it was entertaining.