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

Synopsis:
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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Review: When A Snail Falls In Love (如果蜗牛有爱情)


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Synopsis:
Criminal profiler Xu Xu (Wang Zi Wen) joins the CID as a rookie under the leadership of Captain Ji Bai (Wang Kai). The pair forms an unbeatable team as they crack down a complicated case while slowly falling in love.

Review:

Love the poster omg. I always feel like attractive c-drama posters that don’t look cheesy or tacky are really rare and I was so glad that at least When A Snail Falls In Love at least has a pretty one. That being said, hate the title. What’s with that seriously. It should be called Snail and Lion or something. So apart from the obvious lure of seeing two very talented actors OTP in a series, the synopsis had piqued my interest and after finishing Ode To Joy, I immediately turned to this series to fill the emptiness left behind by OTJ. The story seemed interesting and the addition of a genius girl and psychology won me over. That being said, while the series was overall pretty enjoyable I was left feeling a little disappointed.

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[Upcoming] Legend of Heavenly Tear: Phoenix Warriors (天泪传奇之凤凰无双)

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Synopsis:
During the Qi Dynasty, in the North of China lives the daughter of the Shi family, Mou Qian Qian. One day, her family gets murdered because of a scheme by the Xiang Kingdom’s husband (?) Wu Qinghong. She is then rescued by Liang Kingdom’s prince Xiao Fengxing and hence starts an amazing resurrection story. 
Synopsis taken from Soompi

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Thoughts – Legend of Zhen Huan (ep 52-76)

Despite being three years since Legend of Zhen Huan was aired, I found myself constantly comparing to this masterpiece whenever I watch a new period c-drama which only leaves me with sky-high expectations and tears of disappointment. Of course, not every series can be compared when there are so many different genres and styles. Yet I can’t help but find myself thinking “they should’ve done it this way like in LZH” or “is that how it works? LZH wasn’t like that” sigh. I have some serious post-LZH syndrome that I am hoping to get over with Legend of Mi Yue.

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Nirvana in Fire

Finally a drama I actually finished and loved. Nirvana in Fire, also known as Lang Ya Bang is adapted from a novel written by Hai Yan. Beautifully shot and strong character development, the drama follows an enigmatic Mei Changsu, leader of the Jiangzuo Alliance as he enters the palace under a different identity, Su Zhe. The drama slowly reveals that Mei Changsu/Su Zhe was actually Lin Shu, the son of General Lin Xie who was accused of treason and sentenced to death together with the entire 70000 Chiyan Army. Years later, he enters the palace retaining his identity as Mei Changsu but hiding the fact that he was Lin Shu (since he was a criminal and thought to be dead) with the goal of clearing the name of the late Prince Qi as well as the Chiyan Army as well as push his childhood friend, Prince Xiao Jing Yan to be the next emperor.

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