Thoughts: Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy (九州·海上牧云记)

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Disclaimer: I’m only up to episode 71 at the moment so I can’t give a full review but here are my rants   thoughts.

Disclaimer: Currently at episode 71 and I feel like dropping it…but I’m so close to the finish line. 

I had really high expectations for this show seeing the high quality cinematography, set, acting, practically everything. I had thought this was going to be the next Legend of Zhen Huan or Nirvana In Fire (at least in terms of C-drama quality) but despite the visual feast and mind-blowing acting that might have carried the series, it finally crumbled beneath its weightless plot and tired storytelling.

The main story revolves around three people. The first being Muyun Sheng, the half-Charmer prince outcast who was prophesied to become the next Emperor and bring destruction on the people. Then there is Muru Han Jiang who has been prophesied to dethrone Muyun Sheng and take over the throne. Problem is, he is the third son of Muru Shuo, great general of the Muru army who abides by the 300 year old promise to protect the Muyun sovereignty. Finally we have Shuofeng He Ye, predicated to be the Iron Wielder who will lead the oppressed people of the Han Prefecture and take down Tian Qi City.


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Must-watch C-dramas for 2018

These days I have been quite out of touch with the drama world which meant missing out the broadcasting dates of some of my most anticipated dramas which I have been waiting since last year. But upon discovering that my long anticipated k-drama, Age Of Youth  has completed airing, I then allow myself to be sucked back into dramaland and has never left since. Fortunately, my return has been welcomed by more incredible gems a.k.a Go Back Couple (flash review here) which has only suck me in deeper into dramaland. I’m afraid I may never be able to escape.

Nevertheless, here is a list of my must-watch C-dramas for 2018.

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Flash Review: Go Back Couple (고백부부)

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A couple on the verge of divorce goes back in time to their days in college and gets the chance to live their life all over again.

When I was first introduced to this drama by a friend, I was really attracted by the concept of a couple going back in time to relive their college days. My expectations were quite high with this one despite my constant disappointments with Korean dramas. I was expecting this drama to tackle some pretty complex issues due to the concept of it and well, the drama went beyond what I expected.

The drama tackled many complex issues to do with marriage, love and relationships. Though I think the idea of youth has been romanticised a little too much. For some reason I relate way more with Jin Joo and Ban Do than with the others, and I’m only 23. The drama tackled these issues in such a mature and profound way, especially the way they dealt with Jae Woo’s and Bo Reum’s relationship. It wasn’t pumped with too much fluff nor was it overly dramatised unlike the way other dramas do. It was so sweet watching them struggle through the littlest things in their relationship yet knowing that they’d break up in the future. And I’m glad that they broke up for a legit reason instead of something small as with other “first love” type of relationships. It shows that even first loves aren’t as superficial and fragile as what most dramas seem to portray.

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Review: Once Upon A Time (三生三世十里桃花)

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I’m so glad I got to catch Once Upon A Time in the theaters since living in Australia meant Asian movies aren’t as popular and hence rarely get screened in the cinemas. Having already seen the incredibly successful Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (and loving it to bits) I grabbed on to the opportunity to see it on the big screen despite having heard some negative reviews about it. In order not to let it disappoint, as most movie adaptions do, I made sure to set my expectations low.

I went in expecting it to be bad, like a Me Before You movie adaptation kind of bad (my standards are sky high) and wow………………….was I disappointed.

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Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (三生三世十里桃花)


It’s been five months since this drama debut and grabbed the attention of fangirls and bloggers alike. Which means this blog post is long overdue and has now emerged through the aftermath of the hype. Nevertheless, this drama is just too good for me to not at least blog about it, even if it is five months overdue.

To illustrate just how much I love this show is to also talk about my strong dislike and general avoidance of Chinese fantasy dramas. Since I grew up watching Asian TV shows (mostly Chinese), I’d like to think that I’ve seen almost every tired trope in the book, whether it is the Mary-Sue main character who is always being bullied and misunderstood while she tries to maintain a tired smile or her useless love interest who claims to love her but always falls into the schemes of the evil third party. Not to mention the amount of unnecessary angst that does nothing but create tension in the show or the cheap CGI that I cannot help but cringe at. Reasons enough to avoid fantasy C-dramas altogether.Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms Finale

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Stills for Ruyi’s Royal Love In The Palace (如懿传

One of the most anticipated C-dramas of the year, especially for fans of it’s masterpiece prequel Legend of Zhen Huan. While it is hard not to compare and to expect the same standard as it’s predecessor,  I still can’t help but hope that they’ll at least retain the same mix of angst and richness in LZH.

For those who haven’t seen LZH, I don’t think you have anything to worry about since it doesn’t seem like Legend of Ruyi will be directly related. Still, I can’t wait to see how Vivian Wu portrays Zhen Huan. Of course it won’t be the same without Sun Li but it wouldn’t make sense to have such a young Empress Dowager anyway.

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Pretty Li Hui Zhen (漂亮的李慧珍) – First Impressions Ep. 1-5

Li Hui Zhen used to be elegant pretty but is now disheveled and dorky while her childhood best friend Bai Haoyu who used to be chubby and dorky is now handsome and successful. In order to protect Haoyu’s memory of her, Hui Zhen got her friend Xia Qiao to assume her identity. However fate intervenes and Haoyu turns out to be her new boss.

First Impressions:

It is probably too early to say anything since I’m only at episode 5 out of episodes but so far I’m really really liking it! I’m not normally a fan of rom-coms and since it’s a remake of the kdrama She Was Pretty I kind of expected it to be a little cheesy. And cliche. But after five episodes I am hooked. Dilmurat Dilraba as Li Hui Zhen is just so lovable. She managed to somehow instill the right amount of dorkiness without being too over-the-top and cringey. Plus she is so gorgeous, despite supposedly being dorky and ugly. It’ll take a lot to truly uglify her.

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