[First Impression] The King of Blaze (火王之破晓之战)

I enjoyed watching this drama more than I thought I would. An Oriental Odyssey was an extreme disappointment, so I started this drama not expecting to be wowed by it. And, I was pleasantly surprised because I ended up liking it a lot. Even though it’s a bit confusing at first, I found myself drawn to this drama more and more as I continued to watch it. I’m still not convinced by the chemistry between the two main leads, but the chemistry between the second leads are definitely there and the fireworks for them are beyond high. They’re just so cute! Lai Yu Meng and Zhang Yi Jie are perfect at portraying young and mischievous characters.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Title: The King of Blaze (火王之破晓之战)
# of Episodes: 40 (Including Part 1 and 2)
Release Date: November 26th, 2018
Where to Watch: Viki

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An Oriental Odyssey – An Ode to Zhao Lan Zhi and Yue Yuan An

Hello folks! I haven’t written in a long while (although still religiously watching c-dramas when I have a moment) as Life has just gotten so busy but I guess this resonates so much with me that I felt compelled to pick up the pen again.

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[Review] Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (狄仁杰之四大天王)

So, I finally got a chance to watch this movie! As you know, not being in China, it’s much harder to watch C-movies, especially with English subtitles. So, when I got the opportunity to watch this, I knew I had to do it!

Anyhow, Mark Chao reprises his role as the witty and intelligent Di Ren Jie in Tsui Hark’s third installment of the Detective Dee movie series. The movie is the second prequel to the first movie, but follows after the events of the second movie. In this movie, Di Ren Jie and company go against a secret organization plotting to kill the Emperor and Empress after being betrayed and ordered to die by the previous Emperor.

The movie includes the typical usage of CGI, but also has awesome fight scenes between the characters. Not to mention, having Ye Hua, 8th Prince, Yuwen Yue, and even Zhangsun Wu Ji all together in this movie is already enough of a reason to check it out!

Title: Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (狄仁杰之四大天王)
Release Date: July 27th, 2018
Directed by: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Lin Geng Xin, Feng Shao Feng, Carina Lau, Sandra Ma, and Ethan Ruan

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! 

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[First Impression] An Oriental Odyssey (盛唐幻夜)

I have been anticipating this drama for a very long time, and so when it first came out, I went ahead and watched it to my heart’s content. I admit that I did have a few reservations about it, but I was left with nothing but amazement. My initial skepticism was flushed down the drain and I am totally captivated by Janice Wu’s character, Ye Yuan An. She totally drew me in with her badass attitude! Janice Wu has definitely stepped up from her usual portrayal of the cute and adorable girl into a more mature and grownup heroine.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Title: An Oriental Odyssey (盛唐幻夜)
# of Episodes: 50
Release Date: October 18th, 2018
Where to Watch: YouTube / Viki

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[Review] Bloody Romance (媚者无疆)

Bloody Romance might be one of those dramas that you would probably skip over because of the cliché plot and unfamiliar cast. But don’t let that fool you. The story itself has extremely well written characters and a plot that is woven with intricate details. The drama is definitely geared towards an older and more mature audience due to its violent content. However, nonetheless, I think this drama deserves some special recognition, which is why I wanted to write a review of it. So here it is!

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! ^_^

Title: Bloody Romance (媚者无疆)
# of Episodes: 36
Release Date: 7/24/2018
Where to Watch: YouTube (raw/subbed) / Viki

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[Recap] Ashes of Love Episode 60-63 (end)

《香蜜沉沉烬如霜》剧照

Title: Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost (香蜜沉沉烬如霜)

Episode Count: 63

Discussion: Episode 1-15; Episode 16-44; Episode 45-63

Where to watch: Viki (subbed); Youtube (Raw)

Finally finished this drama!! Since the sub is super slow for this drama, I’m gonna do a quick summary recap for the last 4 episodes. Refer to the discussions for the previous episodes.

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[Review] The Taoism Grandmaster (玄门大师)

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I know it’s been a while since the drama finished airing, but I figured that I should write a review because I enjoyed it so much. So, here it is!

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! ^_^

Title: The Taoism Grandmaster (玄门大师)
# of Episodes: 46
Release Date: May 21st, 2018
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[First Impression] Bloody Romance (媚者无疆)

Bloody Romance is a web drama based on a novel. It stars Li Yi Tong (best known for being Huang Rong from LOCH 2017) and Qu Chu Xiao (a young actor). Although the cast isn’t as popular, it still holds up as a promising drama. Li Yi Tong definitely steps up from the bubbly characters that she usually portrays into a woman thrown into a chaotic world who must learn how to survive and become a cold-blooded assassin, while not betraying her own conscience.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! ^_^

Title: Bloody Romance (媚者无疆)
# of Episodes: 36
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
Where to Watch: YouTube (raw/subbed) / Viki

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[Mini Reviews/Impressions] Dramas I’ve been watching since June-August: Legend of Fuyao, Legend of Yunxi, Story of Yanxi’s Palace, Martial Universe, and The Evolution of Our Love

Hello folks~ Instead of doing separate posting, I thought I’ll just combine all the shows I’ve watched so far. It’s mostly a what I am watching post.~ Although I haven’t been finishing all these shows yet as some are still airing, I will be talking about my drama watching progress and my impressions for some. Would love to hear fellow readers’ thoughts on them and I am open to spoilers (kindly insert a spoiler tag in case others don’t want to be spoil). Anyway, let’s get started! Continue reading “[Mini Reviews/Impressions] Dramas I’ve been watching since June-August: Legend of Fuyao, Legend of Yunxi, Story of Yanxi’s Palace, Martial Universe, and The Evolution of Our Love”