I have to admit that I was not really into historical action dramas but after watching Yang yang’s Once Upon A time, I thought I should give it a go.
Here are my first choices and both dramas featured Zanilia Zhao, also sometimes called Zhao Liying.
Princess Agents & Legend of Lu Zhen
This is a historical drama which currently hold the top rating as the most watched Chinese drama of all time.
As I previously mentioned, the leading lady is played by Zanilia Zhao (Chu Qiao / Jin Xiaoliu / Xing’er) and the two male leads vying for her affection were Lin Gengxin as Yuwan Yue and Shawn Dou as Yan Xun.
Zanilia was cute and slightly chubby in her previous dramas like in Boss & Me but she lost a lot of weight for this drama. Probably from intentional dieting or the rigorous training for the kungfu scenes.
I have to admit (I am admitting a lot of things here 🙂 lol) that I am not one for prolong fights like boxing, punching & kicking but in this drama it was done in another level. It was so beautiful. I could actually watch just the fighting scenes all day if I have to. The fight scenes between Ying’er and Yuwan Yue were rather erotic. Lots of flying into the air, lots of swishing of beautiful and colourful garments and both of them looking bloody gorgeous and not a hair unpinned.
The story was quite memorable (or just probably the leads gave such good performance) that it was so disappointing when it finally ended after 58 episodes.
The earlier episodes grabbed you so tightly that you can’t help yourself but be hooked.
Princess Agents was during the time when Northern Wei was in chaos. Factions were sprouting against the emperor all the time, due to the his despotic governing. The elite have their own rules and the masses have to live with it.
Ordinary citizens where captured and turned into slaves. And this what exactly happened to Jin Xiao liu. She was kidnapped to be one of the running maidens to be hunted by ferocious wolves as well as the kingdom’s royalty. This scene was gloriously well composed and the cinematography was a sensory delight.
Jin Xiaoliu survived the perilous hunt and ended up as a slave in Yuwan Yue’s manor. He renamed her as Xing’er and started training her in Kungfu.
She found out later (she has amnesia 🙂 ) that she is the daughter of Luo He, the master of Feng Yun order and that she could find all the answers to her question at Yibai, which coincidentally is the principality of Yan Xun’s family. At this time his family were all slaughtered by the Wei emperor.
The ending was so sad and a tad annoying as it was left hanging. The gorgeous Yuwan Yue dies while Xing’er who has now reverted back to her original name of Chu Qiao dove into the freezing water to save Yuwan Yue. But with his last remaining strength, he pushed her away to survive.
There are so many beautiful scene and a full use of CGI was used. Some hated it but I just love it.
Highly recommended for good viewing even for just the fight scenes! Enjoy!
Legend of Lu Zhen
This is an earlier Zanilia Zhao drama, where she constantly reminded me of Jang Na ra.
Anyway Zanilia played Lu Zhen, a young girl who was very capable, patient and methodical and with a good heart.
She saved a young man from a near death occurrence, not knowing that he was the Prince of Northern Qi dynasty.
Anyway the story is more straight forward that the Princess Agents. It tells the rise to power from a mere palace maid to the first female Prime Minister of the kingdom.
She also got her man in the end, however she did not get the title of his Empress because of circumstances that foist upon her.
The drama is very watchable and the gorgeous actor Chen Xiao played Gao Zhan so affectingly.
Again, lovely drama of 59 episodes.
I know I have not had a good or enough night sleep for ages.