I wanted to finish the recaps before writing this review, but I’ve been having problems with my iQiyi account so recaps are going to be delayed for quite a bit. So, sorry about it!
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Title: Once Upon A Time In Ling Jian Mountain (从前有座灵剑山)
# of Episodes: 37
Release Date: November 12th, 2019
Where to Watch: iQiyi App
Click here to see information about the plot and character list at my First Impression page on this drama.
I’ll be honest—I liked this drama waaaayyyy much more than I expected. I’ll admit that the drama isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it wasn’t the most outstanding in terms of plot and character development. However, I personally loved every moment of it, and it has definitely become one of my top dramas of 2019.
Now, let me just make one thing clear: Once Upon a Time in Ling Jian Mountain is not a drama to be taken seriously. It may have the set-up to be a xianxia drama, but its way far from your normal drama about immortals, cultivation, and good vs evil. I mean, if you compare it to Journey of Flower, Swords of Legends, Legend of Chusen, and Taoism Grandmaster, Once Upon a Time in Ling Jian Mountain is probably not comparable. But, even so, I’d put it as one of my top dramas. Once Upon a Time in Ling Jian Mountain is a very unique drama. It’s able to weave xianxia, comedy, romance, adventure, and a tad bit of angst all into one drama. And, I don’t know about you, but doing that in one drama could easily become a huge mess. But Once Upon a Time in Ling Jian Mountain was able to capture the essence of it all pretty well.
But even so, it’s unique storyline and awesome characters really do make up for its lack of genuine xianxia content. Most of the main characters were pretty likable. Wang Lu is supposedly an arrogant and flamboyant fella, but he’s kindhearted and sincere. Even though he portrays himself to be a playboy who tries to charm women (which he really isn’t), he’s really a guy who looks out for his friends and stands up for justice. And then there’s the erratic Wang Wu. Many people might get thrown off by her antics and shamelessness, but Wang Wu really grew on me. The more I watched the drama, the more I grew to like her. I really do admire Wang Wu’s confidence and her way of doing things. She’s got an IDGAF attitude and really does whatever she wants, like literally. And I think that is truly what’s so charming and attractive about her. She’s not your definition of an outstanding female lead, but I think she’s amazing and pretty cool in her own right.
Overall, I loved this drama. It easily crept its way into becoming one of my favs, and I have no problem watching the entire drama over and over again. And if you’re wondering that I enjoyed most about this drama—it’s really the journey that Wang Lu goes through from the beginning to the end. I love watching his growing friendship with Hai Yun Fang and the other disciples, his realization that Wang Wu was a truly good master to him, and how he came to fall in love with her. Wang Lu is easily my favorite character in the drama, and probably my favorite character that Xu Kai has ever portrayed. Personally, I think Wang Lu was made for Xu Kai—as it seemed it was perfect for the role. Anyway, I don’t recommend this drama for someone who likes serious dramas—you’re not going to like it one bit. But for others who are open to different kinds of dramas, fans of Xu Kai, or anyone who likes xianxia dramas, do try this drama out!