Tag Archive | cdrama

Introducing Epic Chinese Drama: Nirvana In Fire (Lang Ya Bang)

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PSA: This is not a love story.

At first, I was like pssh this show looks boring. The trailer made it look like it was 10% warfare, 10% angst, and 80% of Hu Ge pondering. That said, I am SO GLAD I ended up watching it. Actually, this is one of the few genuinely high quality and well-thought out stories I have seen in a long long time. It appears to be ‘slow’, but every scene has its purpose. On top of that, a very entertaining watch (funny too!) and the eye candy doesn’t hurt either.

Lang Ya Bang is currently the top watched TV drama in China, with over 14,628,775 views on Sohu.

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This guy looks so PEACEFUL for most of the first 20 episodes, but Read More…

Watching: Where Ady An is Socialite-Turned-Commoner

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Man, do Chinese tv series like to turn the melo on full blast. I’ve seen one too-many melos freaking disguised as romcom fare. Exception: National Princess (全民公主) is sort of like a romantic-comedy and melo sandwich, so don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Ady An and cuteness with her two co-stars Sun Yizhou and Nathan Lee. The skeleton of this series is occasional formulaic but they did a pretty nice job tweaking the details and making good characters you want to root for. (if anything – episode 31 is a must-watch)

Story: Zhou Xiaotong (Ady An) is a socialite who’s only relative is her CEO grandfather. She lives a rich, spoiled life. She begins a love story with a poor guy Yu Zihao (Sun Yizhou), who grew up in an orphanage with bff Hua Yuen (Nathan Lee). With her grandfather’s sudden disappearance, Xiaotong goes from wealthy girl to a commoner-status. Zihao breaks up with her, telling her that he had been scheming to get close to her for the past year because she was rich. Heartbroken but determined to get back her grandfather’s company, Xiaotong begans the long journey and starts anew as an entry-level worker. She does not know that Zihao broke up with her for another reason. Meanwhile, Zihao’s childhood bff falls for Xiaotong too…. (my own translation)

The Princess really evolves into a super addictive romance series, not idol-like, and skirts around the usual plot devices. The actors all do a pretty good job as well- especially the Korean costar, Nathan Lee. As the audience, we almost forget there is a language barrier when Nathan interacts with Ady and Sun Yizhou.

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What this series did right was awesome: shippy couples (all the fantasies come true), you can feel the loveeee minus the cheeseee, good wrapping up at the finale where the 2nd lead has a very satisfying (and not rushed) ending

What would make this the perfect story: cut out the episodes between 6 and 31. Aka make the angst go away! They need to tone down the evil part of the grandma (since she was well-meaning until all those layers)

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In interviews and bts, Ady An has always been known as the tomboyish actress who can get along chummily with each of her male costars. But since the beginning of her television career, Ady has been thrust into too many weepy roles that do not match her fun and bubbly real-life character. Her role as Xiao Tong is the perfect transition because it requires Ady to balance her bubbly traits with her expertise in the sadder scenes.

A Beauty in Troubled Times (Luan Shi Jia Ren) Review

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  • Republican era romance
  • Episodes: 44
  • Broadcast period: 2012-Dec-07 to 2012-Dec-21

In a nutshell: Cut through the plotting, corruption, gunfights, and our heroine’s three men, you really have a strong girl’s determination and will to change her destiny and her subsequent rise up the ranks in Shanghai’s upper society. Actress Tang Yan’s strongest performance by far. The story was intriguing enough, but I don’t think I could stomach it again.

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Most In-depth Chen Xiao and Zhao Liying Interview

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I’m in a rush to get somewhere, so I’ll add some translations of what they’re saying later. Watch this clip! This is hands-down my favorite interview done of Chen Xiao and Zhao Liying (ever). The leads of hot cdrama Legend of Lu Zhen appear on the May 22nd airing of Teng Xun Celebrity Interview.

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Female Prime Minister (Fashion)

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The gorgeous color combinations of Lu Zhen and Dan Niang’s outfits in Legend of Lu Zhen 陆贞传奇 (or as previously dubbed Female Prime Minister) are a sight to behold. My personal favorite was the cobalt blue and bright yellow outfit, which is my modern interpretation below:
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I came up with a feminine yet fierce outfit comprised of a yellow dress and cobalt blue motorcycle jacket. Legend of Lu Zhen is about the rise of Read More…

Liebster Award: 11 Random Facts + My Questions!

Thank you to these lovely bloggers who have nominated me: justwackywootness, and redbeanmochi. If you want to see pretty screenshots of eye candy or interesting drama recs & tags, there’s something for everyone over on their blogs, so make sure to check them out. I’ve seen this award everywhere and now I can be apart of it! – Now, let’s get to the meat of this! 

Let’s First Get the {Official Rules} Out of The Way:

1. List 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions designated by the blogger(s) who nominated you.
3. Place YOUR nominations for the Liebster Award! Nominate five (or more) other bloggers that have less than 200 followers. Make sure to notify them via comment/email, etc.
4. Make up a set of questions for those nominated bloggers to answer.
5. Display the Liebster award badge on your blog!

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1. I’m really good with video editing programs. I have spent more than half the time I need to marathon a drama on Sony Vegas Pro to edit video clips, and nah I just do this for family and friends, not professionally. Anyone who needs a video editor for the summer, you can hire me. 

2. My first TV drama was Eloquent Ji Xiao Lan. I watched it with my parents and stayed up until 4 the next morning. The plot is about a quirky and super smart scholar who is also a high official of the Qing dynasty who meets two 女侠 and totes around his trusty cigar as he embarks on adventures (sometimes with Emperor Xianlong) to put a stop to corrupt officials who harm peasants. And he gets romantically involved with more women than you can imagine. Nix that last part.

3. I buy a lot of lip products. Never can have enough. Out of all the lipsticks, lip butters, lipgloss, and tints out there, I find that lip balms are what I end up reaching for the most. 

4. I can’t sing, but I like to record myself singing. Do you do this too…? I used to really enjoy ballads/slightly sad songs (think: What Hurts the Most or Beautiful Soul) but I’ve since moved to upbeat and fun songs.

5. High tech transportation and gadgets fascinate me. Knowing this, no one should be surprised that I’m so looking forward to Google’s GLASS and China’s eco-friendly straddle bus (which btw, will probably not be around for a long while given that it was announced in the news years ago -_-)

6. I’m a proud bilingual! I am proficient in both English and Mandarin Chinese. And I’m also half decent at French, somewhat decent at Japanese, and I can guess without subtitles what Koreans in kdramas are saying (you are free to call bs on that btw haha, because I’m sure anyone can get the gist of what they’re saying just from watching their expressions and intonations in their voice)

7. Is it just me, or are half-Asians smoking hot? Nope, I think somebody agrees with me. Hehe. Read More…