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Painted Skin or Hua Pi (2011) — episodes 20 to 27

On refection, I think our vixen Xiao Wei (Fiona Sit) deliberately revealed herself to Pei Rong (Chen Yi Rong) to provoke her into outbursts of accusation no-one would believe. After all, everyone knows demons are ugly. How could anyone as beautiful and refined as the vixen be a demon? It’s so completely unbelievable even if you believe in demons. Living with LinLin, Pei Rong has a peaceful life but, when LinLin so obviously sides with her sister against the vixen, the lizard demon Xiao Yi Yi (Dong Ao Yan) is sent to kill her. This is a desperate blow. Everyone is upset but when Pei Rong so publicly accuses the vixen, it’s revealed she has an ironclad alibi. Now the world thinks Pei Rong is crazy. When the vixen seems to be making friends with her parents, Pei Rong is further provoked, but her father wisely advises her not to be so obvious unless and until she has evidence. Under her father guidance, Pei Rong apologises to the world and goes back home. Wang Sheng (Ling Xiao Su) comes back to her side in relief there’s been a cure. The vixen is less than pleased.

Pang Yong (Li Zong Han) compulsively watchable even when drunk

Now we have the development, we’ve all been waiting for. This triangle has become boring and, finally, Pei Rong writes a letter to call Pang Yong (Li Zong Han) back to the city. How she knows where to find him is not something we need to be worried about. In a masterstroke designed to revive our interest to the maximum, the scriptwriters finish their coffee break and summon Xia Bing (Wu Ying Jie) into the city. With casually violent incompetence, she teams up with Pang Yong who spends most of his time in a drunken stupor. He’s either shamming or has become a full-blown alcoholic. Obviously he needs a good woman to save him.

His first step back to sobriety is to believe Pei Rong is threatened by the vixen. He may be an unbeliever on the demon front, but he’s terminally loyal. On New Year’s Day, Papa Rong is revealed as a case of Alzheimer’s. As he wonders the countryside, he comes across Pang Yong. Independently, the vixen is doing her butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-my-mouth act and is also using her powers to find the father. This gives Pang Yong and the vixen the chance to exchange a few verbal pointers. Pang Yong makes it clear he will not tolerate anyone trying to break up the happy couple.

Xia Bing (Wu Ying Jie) an annoying and, so far, incompetent exorcist

To test him out, the lizard attacks Pang Yong while drunk and finds him formidable. The exorcist has left a demon trap in the same room. This wounds the lizard and he runs off. Pleasingly, he now meets Susu (Xinzhi Lei), a blind girl. Ah, romance is in the air as she names him Big Foot and makes shoes out of processed straw for him to wear. Meanwhile, the exorcist has recognised Xiao Wei and attacks her in her bedroom. This does not go down well with Wang Sheng who has her arrested and carted off to jail. In her exchanges with the lizard demon, it’s apparent the vixen is not making much progress in understanding what human love is. She can contrast the difference between her own feelings for Long Yun (Qi Yu Wu) and, now, Wang Seng, but she’s lost when she sees the relationships between Wang Sheng and Pei Rong and Pei Rong’s parents. She also deceives herself that her own frustrated attraction to Wang Sheng is the same as Pang Wong’s feelings for Pei Rong. She’s obviously still not connecting up the dots on the real meaning of human love.

The vixen (Fiona Sit) and Pei Rong (Chen Yi Rong) pose as if friends

Pei Rong uses the chef to enable Xia Bing to break out of prison. Our exorcist is now on the run, but teams up with Pang Yong to investigate the string of murders. This has brought the serial back to life. Pang Yong proves himself an able investigator even though an alcoholic. He wanders round the past, examining the accounts of how the different murders took place, he goes to view the scenes of crime and builds up a profile of the killer as a skilled martial arts expert who is a master of the lizard style of fighting. Xia Bing parallels him, explaining how this is a lizard demon. Because Pei Rong interfered, Xiao Wei has her tame lizard kill the chef but, interestingly, the shoes the blind girl made are shedding bits of dried straw. Our Big Foot lizard is leaving clues wherever he goes.

Ling Xiao Su as Wang Sheng is the most boring hero of all time. How anyone can love him is beyond me. Not only is he undemonstrative. He’s not very intelligent either. Li Zong Han is wonderful on screen as Pang Yong. Drunk or sober, he demonstrates real charisma and, in his emerging relationship with Xia Bing, gets to make us smile. In this, Wu Ying Jie as Xia Bing is genuinely annoying and, it seems, unable to master her exorcist’s bloodline to become effective. Nevertheless, she’s the grit in the most recent episodes to lift our interest and make Li Zong Han an even better pearl.

Susu (Xinzhi Lei) the tragic blind girl with the heart of gold

Pei Rong grows increasingly worried by Pang Yong’s alcoholism, but nevertheless invites him to her father’s birthday celebration. Meanwhile Xia Bing and the local wannabe fortune teller read her grandfather’s notes and find a suggestion they can tell the difference between a human and a demon by their shit — the food may be the same but the results differ. They decide to put a laxative in the wine at the birthday party. This has great comic potential. The party itself shows Papa Rong drifting ever deeper into Alzheimer’s. Naturally he forgets his own daughter and thinks the vixen is his daughter married to Wang Sheng. At least Pang Yong is sober enough to see the vixen is deeply jealous of Pei Rong before he wanders off to the kitchen and drinks down what’s left of the dosed wine. Now as the banquet speeches for the toast come to an end, the rest of the guests sip their drinks and notice the strange taste. After the drunken Pang Yong berates Wang Sheng for being a useless husband, his bowels react. Unfortunately all comic possibilities are wasted. Pei Rong is so distressed, she persuades Xia Bing to start a campaign to sober up Pang Yong. Fortunately, she succeeds so he’s able to fight off the lizard demon when the poor beast blunders into one of the traps. Xia Bing then declares Pang Yong to be one of the Able Ones — talented fighters who can assist exorcists to subdue demons. The wounded lizard goes to Susu who binds up his wounds and serves him food. Perhaps real love is blossoming there.

Xiao Yi Yi (Dong Ao Yan) looking lizardy

At last, Wang Sheng wakes from his slumbers and identifies the bits of “straw” found at the scene of the murders. He interviews Susu and finds her suspicious. Shaken from her daily routine, Susu also visits Pei Rong and gets advice on men. Meanwhile, our lizard demon asks the vixen to cure Susu’s blindness. She’s sceptical, saying Susu will not like what she sees. The lizard is adamant it will be all right. Meanwhile Pei Rong has asked a merchant to check on the vixen’s claimed origins. He comes back saying no-one had heard of the family in the area nominated but, in another area, a Xiao Wei has gone missing. Pei Rong passes this information on to Xia Bing who sets off to investigate with her new fortune-telling sidekick. Later Pang Yong is worried to find them gone. Then he finds the missing person notice and sets off in pursuit.

Painted Skin or Hua Pi (2011) — episodes 1 to 11

Painted Skin or Hua Pi (2011) — episodes 12 to 19

Painted Skin or Hua Pi (2011) — episodes 20 to 27

Painted Skin or Hua Pi (2011) — episodes 28 to 34 (the end)

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