The newest hot drama has aired about 15 episodes by the time I start marathon-ing it. Which is good news because each episode makes me want MOAR. So we have the story of Lan Ling Wang(actual name:Gao Changgong), an actual historical figure of Northern Qi. The drama milks off the actual history that Lan Ling Wang is a great general who dies young due to jealousy from his cousin, the emperor. Rumour has it that he is so beautiful, he wears a hideous mask to avoid distraction when he goes off to war. The battle at Jinyong or Luoyang is also recorded in history where he only used 500 cavalries to rescue the city from the prevailing Northern Zhou army.
The drama has added further plot to spice up our great general’s life. Yang Xue Wu is the last descendant of a line of priestess. There is a saying that those who receive the priestess’s blessing, will own the world. It’s however literally said that whoever OWNS the priestess, rules over the world. In the age of the power-hungry kingdoms who wage war all the time, she is a precious advantage. However, Xue Wu only loves Lan Ling Wang even though he is destined to die early. They say fate is in God’s hands, but can this star- crossed couple win over their own fates?
Feng Shao Feng as the titular Lan Ling Wang. He isn’t beautiful like BEAUTIFUL but he can emit intensity and he is kinda hot :D
Ariel Lin as Yang Xue Wu. She isn’t what I imagined as a priestess and I am more accustomed to see her in modern dramas. However, so far, I like what she is bringing into the character.
We also have George Hu playing sidekick or Prince An De.
Couldn’t find a solo shot of our second fiddle, Daniel Chan. He is Emperor of Northern Zhou who craves power and is constantly belittled by his ministers. However, he is cunning and manipulative so he isn’t a foe to belittle. At this point of the drama(Ep 11), he still does not love Xue Wu. What I see is he wants to own her and own the world. Can’t blame him for being superstitious. Is it me, or he hauntily resembles Wallace Huo. Not to mention he has a similar role to Wallace Huo in Qing Shi Huang Fei…
Crown Prince of Northern Qi and his evil advisor. He will ascend the throne to be Emperor and a major cause in death of Lan Ling Wang.
So far, I find the drama refreshing and interesting. I actually welcome all the battle conflicts and strifes. It’s a period drama which can do without harem scenes and as a result, we see more men which we can oogle over :D I won’t say it’s detailed in re-enacting the period because Yang Xue Wu’s character is obviously mixed with a modern girl. I feel somehow it still has an idol drama feeling but if it is, it’s doing really well.
I’m worried how we will survive 46 episodes of this drama since it’s moving really fast paced. It has already covered the historical battle in about the first quarter so what will they use to let our couples pine for each other in the other three quarter of the drama? Oh well, that aside, I’m all set to finish up this drama :D
More pretty stills and posters…
The initial posters are so epic and mesmerizing! I love the colours they use and how the clutter did seem to bring a touch of magic or fairy-tale :D Anyhow, I’ll review again when the drama reaches the mid-mark.