[Chinese Drama] 长歌行 The Long Ballad

STARING: Leo Wu, Dilraba Dilmurat, Liu Yu Ning, Rosy Zhao, Alen Fang, Yi Da Qian etc.


SUMMARY: The Long Ballad is a drama that focuses on Princess Yong Ning (Dilraba Dilmurat), whom was set on revenge against her uncle after a palace coup that resulted in the death of her parents. In order to fight against her uncle, Princess Yong Ning fled the city of Chang An in search for comrades that can help her in the quest. When she was about to gain a formidable ally, her plans was thwarted by Ashile Sun (Leo Wu), who is the commander of the Eagle Army from the Eastern Turkic Khaganate. The drama continues with both of them working together despite the differences, and falling in love with each other at the same time.

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[Chinese Drama] 你是我的城池营垒 You are my Hero

Starring: Bai Jing Ting, Sandra Ma, Wayne Wang, Jiang Pei Yao, Chen Hao, Zhang Yao etc.


Summary: [You are My Hero] is a drama that primarily focuses on two individuals whose jobs are part of the essential services, and how they fell in love. Mi Ka (Sandra Ma) is a doctor while Xing Ke Lei (Bai Jing Ting) is a special ops agent. They first met during one of Xing Ke Lei’s mission and reunited few years later when Mi Ka attended a training program at the military academy, where Xing Ke Lei was working at. While they started off on the wrong footing due to various misunderstandings; as the drama progresses, both of them realized that they had feelings for each other.

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[Chinese Drama] 斗罗大陆 Douluo Continent

Starring: Sean Xiao, Betty Wu, Gao Tian Yu, Calvin Chen, Kenny Bee etc.


Summary: Duoluo Continent is a fantasy drama that focused on the protagonist Tang San (Sean Xiao), who went on a journey of cultivation to be one of the grandmasters of the continent. Through this journey, he managed to have a teacher, Yu Xiao Gang (Calvin Chen), who had taught him how to become powerful; and friends such as Xiao Wu (Betty Wu), Dai Mu Bai (Gao Tian Yu). He also managed to discover the cause of death of his mother, and the true identity of his father, Tang Hao (Kenny Bee).

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[Chinese Drama] 狼殿下 The Wolf

Starring: Darren Wang, Li Qin, Sean Xiao, Xin Zhi Lei, Guo Shu Yao.

Number of episodes: 49

Summary: The Wolf is a drama that talks about the love story between a man who used to be brought up by wolves; Lang Zai and Ma Zhai Xing, whom is a the daughter of a government official. Due to an event when they were younger, the two of them got separated only to be reunited with Lang Zai having a different status – Prince Bo. This drama is about love, hate, revenge and redemption.

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[Chinese Drama] 长相守 The Twin Flower Legend

Casts: Mao Xiao Hui, Yu Xiao Tong, Kenny Kwan, Kai Xuan, Chen Zheng Yang, Huang Jue etc.

Number of episodes: 60

The Twin Flower Legend kicks off with the introduction of two ladies: Hua Mujin and Hua Jinxiu; twin sisters who were children of a man who was well versed in the arts of war and business management. Despite the fact that they are sisters; they are very different. Mujin was smart and clever while Jinxiu is well versed at martial arts. Additionally, Jinxiu was born with a pair of lavender iris, which makes her stand out from others.

Due to an attack at their hometown and with the loss of their parents, the sisters were sold off as slaves to a well-known family with the surname Yuan, whom have been serving the imperial court for generations. Prior to that, the sisters got to known three other children: Biyao, Song Minglei and Yu Fei Yan, whom eventually become their sworn brothers and sworn sister.

Mujin had also had the opportunity to meet Fei Bai at the Yuan Family, who had taken an affection for her as she saved him when they were young.

The rest of the drama shows how the sisters grew up in the Yuan family with their sworn siblings; how they gain footing in the family and how they find the love of their loves (or not).

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[Chinese Drama] Miss Truth 大唐女法医

Casts: Zhou Jie Qiong, Toby Lee, Tim Pei, Lan Bo, Wang Yi Zhe

Total number of episodes: 36

Note: Miss Truth is a drama adopted from a novel “The Tang Dynasty’s Female Forensic Doctor”

The story follows a forensic examiner Ran Yan (acted by Zhou Jie Qiong), who wishes to investigate the truth behind her mother’s death, even though officials have written off her mother’s death as suicide. During the course of her seeking the truth, she had crossed paths with Xiao Song (acted by Toby Lee), a government official and Su Fu (acted by Tim Pei), an assassin.

As the Chinese of the title suggests and as the synopsis suggests, Ran Yan was heavily involved in assisting Xiao Song by being the forensic examiner for the cases that he was in charged of. During the course of her helping Xiao Song, she also managed to get closer to Su Fu, who was an assassin that saved her life.

With two guys vying for her attention, and that she moved towards discovering the truth of her mother’s death, she also managed to find her truth love…

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[Chinese Drama] Royal Nirvana (鹤唳华亭)

Starring: Luo Jin (罗晋), Li Yitong (李一桐), Huang Zhizhong (黄志忠), Jin Han (金瀚) etc.

Total number of episodes: 60

This is one of the rare occasions where I picked up a drama for the actress (usually I pick my dramas for the male leads). Additionally, I was never a fan of the historical dramas of pure palace concept. However, it was not easy to ignore the presence of this drama when Youku dedicates an entire page on their mobile app for this drama. So I decided to get this drama a chance to see if would eventually like it (or dislike it).

I wasn’t expecting much to begin with for Royal Nirvana [RN]; in fact I thought I might just stopped after the first episode; which I was wrong. Somehow RN had got me hooked on and till the point I wanted to see more of the story plot, a lot more.

RN is a drama portray how a crowned prince (Xiao Dingquan acted by Luo Jin) who yearns for his father’s (the emperor, Xiao Jian, acted by Huang Zhi Zhong) love and recognition. After being away for 3 years, Xiao Dingquan returns home and try to prove his abilities as the crowned prince. However, many schemes against Xiao Dingquan. The situation was made worse when the emperor often does not trust him, and always shows favoritism to his eldest son, Xiao Dingtan (acted by Jin Han).

The female lead, Lu Wenxi (acted by Li Yi Tong), used to live a carefree life until her father, a civil servant, was asked to return to the imperial city. As her family returned to the imperial city only to die a wrongful death, she sought to seek vengeance for her family, and she smuggled into the palace as a maidservant.

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[Chinese Drama] Ashes to Love (香蜜沉沉烬如霜)

Starring: Deng Lun, Yang Zi, Luo Yunxi, Wang Yifei, Chen Yuqi, Zou Ting Wei

Total number of episodes: 63

This drama could have slipped through my radar if it wasn’t for Netflix and their recommendation notification (yes, thank you Netflix!). Even though the show was aired in 2018; I only managed to complete the series recently.

Ashes to Love is a fantasy drama based on a novel about the romance between Xu Feng (starred by Deng Lun), who is the fire immortal and Jin Mi (starred by Yang Zi), who is the daughter of the Flower Goddess that transcends the different realms.

Jin Mi first met Xu Feng at the Flower Realm after his Phoenix nirvana went wrong as he crash landed into the Flower Realm. After she rescued him, Xu Feng promises to bring Jin Mi to the heavenly realm to thank her for saving his life. As the two of them started to hang out more often, Xu Feng realizes that he was in love with Jin Mi. Meanwhile, as Jin Mi continued to be beside Xu Feng, she had also gotten to know other immortals such as Run Yu (starred by Luo Yunxi), the elder brother of Xu Feng, the Fox Immortal (also known as the matchmaker) and even a demon Liu Ying (starred by Chen Yuqi).

However, due to Jin Mi leaving the Flower Realm and to the Heavenly Realm, it was found out that she was actually the daughter of the previous Flower Goddess. Since then, she was often put in harm’s way by various immortals, such as the Heavenly Empress herself. It was also because of her birth history that she became the Fiancee of Run Yu, which caused Xu Feng to be heartbroken and would do anything to have Jin Mi.

As a result, things began to spiral out of control as the two brothers go against each other to win Jin Mi’s heart…

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