We got a trailer for this drama with English subtitles. They also changed the name to Untouchable Lovers. Sadly it seems like the drama won’t follow the book.
Title: Untouchable Lovers (凤囚凰)
Release Date: 2018. It is based on the novel, A Tale of Two Phoenixes, by Tian Yi You Feng.
In 464, Liu Ziye ascended the throne becoming a brutal ruler of the Liu Song dynasty. A leading secret organization wants to overthrow Liu Ziye and they decided to replace his sister, Princess Shanyin, with their disciple, Chuyu. There she meets the princess’s companion RongZhi, who is actually a spy from Northern Wei. They grow closer but their opposing goals hold them back. During the rebellion Liu Ziye and the real princess are killed. Both RongZhi and Chuyu lose their memories. Some time afterwards, Chuyu is sent to their neighboring country, Northern Wei to marry RongZhi.
Chu Yu wakes up in the body of Princess Shanyin in the Liu Song dynasty. The princess had once questioned her brother, Emperor Qian Fei of Southern Qi, on why he was able to have several concubines, while she only had one consort. The emperor decided that she was right and gave her thirty male concubines.
After discovering her new identity, Chuyu decides to deal with her new fate. History tells her that there is an upcoming rebellion, in which her side loses. She must figure out a way to survive. This includes dealing with her thirty concubines, some of whom dislike her, dealing with her prince consort, who definitely dislikes her, and dealing with her feelings for Rong Zhi, one of her concubines.
As you can see the drama and the book sound nothing alike, except for the same names. Obviously fans are upset with the changes since it is no longer the same story. And the plot … I hate amnesia in plots.
Guan Xiao Tong as ChuYu
Song Wei Long as Rong Zhi
Some BTS pictures of filming so far:
There was some drama with the casting since the original actors casted were changed due to the production company. I read some of the book and visually my dream cast was Rachael Mao and Yang Yang, but I like the previews so far. I am really looking forward to this drama and I hope the acting is up to par.
The drama should be all about RongZhi ( my super biased opinion). There is a lot of plotting in the book, so I expect that it is well executed in the drama. I am curious as to how the scriptwriter will deal with the time traveling since that is an essential part in the book. But honestly I wouldn’t mind if they removed it completely. Are you looking forward to this drama?
It looks better after the trailer. Not a fan of her hairstyle, but at least it is different. Did you like the trailer? I am really liking RongZhi so far, but I am disappointed that the drama will be so different from the book. But I do understand they had to make changes since time traveling was a major plot in the book. I am still interested and I will just take it as a complete different story.