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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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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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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Review: I Am A Hero (丧尸末日战 )

Timid failed manga artist  Suzuki Hideo finds himself in the midst of a ZQN virus outbreak that is turning all of Japan into zombies. Together with high school student Hiromi and a Nurse Yabu, they journey to the peak of Mt Fuji.


Having seen this after seeing the critically-acclaimed Train To Busan, it is with no doubt that a comparison is to be made. And it will. Except I Am A Hero is on a whole other platform altogether. It’s distinct manga style (well it is adapted from the manga of the same name) and unique characters sets it apart from its predecessors of the same genre, including the incredibly popular Train To Busan.

The protagonist is Suzuki Hideo (Hideo as in Hero), a timid manga artist who has spent 8 years trying to get published and is seen as a failure in the eyes of his girlfriend and society. Yet by sheer luck and the coincidence of a series of events, he manages to escape uninfected despite getting bitten by his infected girlfriend (watch the movie and you’ll know why). Much like Train To Busan, I Am A Hero is a zombie movie commentary on the society we live in, but unlike the former, I Am A Hero focuses on themes restricted to Japanese society. This results in some very interesting ideas like having the zombies retaining memories of their human lives and even continuing their daily habits. Multiple striking images of zombified businessmen still holding their briefcase and talking on the phone drives home the zombified state of  Japanese society’s emphasis on hardwork.

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[Review] Q Series: Life Plan A and B (植劇場 – 荼蘼)

Zheng Ru Wei is arrives at a crossroad where she has to choose between working in Shanghai to further her career and maintain a long-distance relationship or sacrifice her career and stay behind. Plan A and B follows both life choices and shows us the effects and consequences of both.

Plan A: Ru Wei leaves for Shanghai while leaving behind her longtime boyfriend You Yan and advances in her career.

Plan B: Ru Wei gives up the opportunity and stayed behind to be with You Yan and look after his parents.

I’m a huge fan of Rainie Yang ever since I was younger and I’m so glad to see her big comeback in this series. I was attracted to the drama mostly because of Rainie Yang but when I saw the synopsis for the series, I was in! The plot seemed unique and the drama gave me much more than I had expected. Very different from most TW dramas that I’ve seen, and from Rainie’s other usual shows. The script gave Rainie an opportunity to show her full potential as an actress and to shut all those people who’ve complained about her acting. Though I think if she can pull off a character like Xiao Hua (Miss No Good) and make her likable, she can definitely act.

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