It’s official. Wei Qingyang has become one of my favorite characters in Bromance. Cool but not cold. Caring but not overbearing. Observant but not intrusive. Loyal but not territorial. I may have been smidgen bothered by his eyeliner but that is water under the bridge now. He is perfect the way he is.
This is the scene that put Qingyang on my favorite person list. Uncle Nan is deeply upset with himself for failing to keep Nana’s cancer relapse from Qingyang, and slightly relieved to have someone to share the burden with. Qingyang, in his calm, reassuring voice, comforts Uncle Nan, Uncle, you didn’t break your promise to Nana. I discovered it on my own.
Which comes to this scene. His every word carries double meaning. Nana says she is going on vacation with friends. But he and everyone else know she is going to surgery. So in the spirit of keeping normalcy, he brings her to a temple to earnestly pray for her safe return. Just replace the word “vacation” with “surgery”, and we get an entirely different, and more heart-wrenching conversation. Uncle and I will be waiting for you to come home.
Qingyang is not always warm and fuzzy. Lest you forget, he comes from a family of gangsters. And, he is very observant. A tinge of suspicion grows in his mind when Uncle Wu suddenly takes leave after they show him the cufflinks connected to his parents’ disappearance.
Here he is stopping Wu Hansheng in his track. His quiet, reassuring voice becomes quite menacing as he informs Hansheng, “You don’t have what it takes to be the Kangbazi (leader).” Not to mention he kicks the gun right out of the punk’s hand.