My No. 1 Beef Against The Romance In The Rain (2001) Is... NOT ENOUGH CHEMISTRY?!
I'm a fan of Vicki Zhao but I really have all the trouble in the world adjusting to Leo Ku's performance as Shu Huan. Just seeing him as Shu Huan was not my type. Sure the show got some awards and Vicki deserved them. But Leo Ku? I really couldn't help but poke at him too much with his role as Shuhuan. After seeing the 1986 version, I really have to say that as much as I prefer most of the cast of the 2001 version but there was really a serious lack of chemistry. The more I look like Leo, can he really act the parts that Qin Han was able to do? My answer is a real big flat no. Every time he tried to look convincing, he really fails super duper hard. I felt like WTF was the director thinking with casting Leo Ku as Shuhuan?
That's why I really ended up thinking Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu should've been Shu Huan and Yi Ping instead of Leo and Vicki. Jerry really is really debonair with good acting and Barbie could cry so beautifully. The break-up scene in Meteor Garden under the heavy rain felt like they were better off playing the parts of Shu Huan and Yi Ping. I felt like they were the only on-screen couple that matched up to the standards of Qin Han and Liu Xue Hua in terms of acting and chemistry. I think Meteor Garden clicked with old school Chinese viewers because of their chemistry. Liu Xue Hua really knew how to cry so beautifully and so could Barbie. Jerry had Qin Han's appeal that the two could look like they could play father and son and another, Liu Xue Hua can play as Jerry's mother. Gu Yin could play Barbie's mother in "An Unforgettable Character" for more age-accurate casting with Tang Qi as Jerry's grandmother and Qin Han's mother.