[First Impression] Goodbye My Princess (东宫)


Based off the romance-tragedy novel Eastern Palace by Fei Wo Si Cun. Goodbye My Princess is led by newbies Chen Xing Xu and Peng Xiao Ran. So far, the pacing of the drama has been quite fast and you get to know lots of the conspiracies that are going on between the two kingdoms. But I am very much enjoying the drama because of the two leads. Even though they’re new to being leading characters, the chemistry between them is amazing!


Title: Goodbye My Princess (东宫)
# of Episodes: 52
Release Date: February 14th, 2019
Where to WatchViki

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[First Impression] Story of Minglan



Title: Story of Minglan (知否 知否 应是绿肥红瘦)

# of episodes: 73

Release date: December 25, 2018

Synopsis: Set in the Northern Song dynasty, the story revolves around Sheng Minglan, the unfavoured sixth daughter of an official. After being mistreated by her legal mother and bullied by her half-sisters, Minglan learns to hide her skills and true intentions and, ultimately succeeds in avenging her biological mother’s death. She meets Gu Tingye, who initially dislikes her but after witnessing her wits and intelligence, decides to help her. They eventually fall in love with each other. After Gu Tingye becomes a powerful official, he successfully makes Minglan his wife. As his wife, Minglan helps guard against his unpleasant relatives and purges the court of corrupt ministers. The couple eventually earned their happily-ever-after, and Minglan rose to prominence as an influential figure of the Sheng family.

Where to watchViki (eng sub); Youtube (raw)

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[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.


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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[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


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