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Rakshasa Street (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Rakshasa Street poster by Youku

Rakshasa Street (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Action, 

Year Release: August 2017

Network: Youku


  • Wang Jiro as Cao Yan Bing
  • An Yue Xi as Xia Ling

As we are leaning more into the idea that our universe is not really alone, well this fantasy drama, it hypothesises that there is another universe which has a backdoor connected to our own universe.

This backdoor is the Rakshasa Street (or Requiem Street), which is guarded by Cao Yan Bing, who is the fire guardian as well as the Suppressing Spirit General of Rakshasa Street.  He has a very demanding job because Rakshasa Street also leads directly to hell.  And it seemed all hell broke loose as the street is also home to ghost, spirits, evil spirits, phantoms and guardian spirits.

Xia Ling is a newly university graduate and works as an intern in a large company.  On her way home one day, the bus she was in entered into a mysterious tunnel and plummeted into an abyss of darkness.  A gorgeous guardian spirit plucked her out of the falling bus and delivered her to safety.

The next thing was that some ghoulish creatures, like from Power Rangers 🙂 came to collect the bodies of the dead people from the bus.

Xia Ling was helping a little girl escape when the ghouls noticed her.  She was cornered and awaiting her death when Cao Yan Bing with his silver bat (a la Lucille of Walking Dead) came to her rescue.

The next thing Xia Ling knew was waking up in the hospital.




Love Is In The Air (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Love is in the Air poster

Love is in the Air is apparently also known as Happiness, At Hand is starring one of my favourite Chinese actresses, Ivy Chen.  Ivy has apparently widen her horizon as entertainer.  She had directed this drama as well.

Love Is In The Air (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Genre:  Supernatural, Romance, Drama

24 episodes


  • Chen Ivy as Jiang Yi Yi
  • Wang Zi Qi as Fang Mu Ye
  • Hsieh Ying Shiuan as Wei Jie
  • Zhang Bai Jia as An Ji
  • Xia Nita as Chen Miao Miao
  • Kao Archie as Chu Tian Qi
  • Kao Vince as Shi Liang
  • Lin Mei Xiu as Valentine
  • Sit Fiona as Zhi Zhi
  • Luo Lucas as Child Fang Mu Ye

Summary & Review

This is supernatural romance story which has a historical background dating back from the late Ming Dynasty. 🙂

Apparently during that time according to some historical records 🙂 a little village, nestled in a thick forested mountain, was spared from the chaos of war.  This may be because a strange crop circle,which appeared when there was a millennial rare lunar eclipse.

From the crop circle, the villagers obtained superpowers, including the Midas Touch, touching everything which turns to gold.

The village elder commanded his people to spread out around the world and help out those in need.  Unfortunately some of the villagers chose to use their powers for harmful and destructive things.  As a consequences their power withered away.

Only those who use their powers for righteousness lived on through generations and become the guardians of the world.

Here is where Fang Mu Ye (Wang Zi Qi) comes in.  He is a trainee guardian. He is homeless so he needed a new abode.

Surprisingly 😉 not, Jiang Yi Yi, has a spare room to let.  Jiang Yi Yi is 29 years old, a budding yet a frustrated inventor.

She had broken up with her fiance two years ago, but she is not over him.  She still sees him in everything she does, grocery shopping, singing at karaoke bars, going to the cinema, etc.


Princess Agents & Legend of Lu Zhen

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

Princess Agents

Princess Agents

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 aka Female Prime Minister

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.

Love ‘Til the End of Summer – Chinese Drama Review

Love Till The End of Summer

Love ‘Til the End of Summer – Chinese Drama Review

In this world, there are no geniuses, only lazy fools. – Fu Xiao Si

The first 4 episodes of this Chinese drama have just been subbed (subtitled in English).

I have watched the first episode and I am hooked.  Love the characters, who are of course, shiny and bright, well they are still pure and innocent, afterall it is only the first episode. 🙂

The drama started on how the main characters met in high school and from then on will forge a life-long friendship, according to the blurb anyway.  Apparently this drama is based on a spectacularly popular novel by Guo Jingming, Rush to the Dead Summer.  The novel chapters ten years in the lives of the friends from high school to when they spread their wings into the world and make and put mark into their own destiny.  (From 1995 – 2005.)

The friends were Li Xia, Xiao Si, Lu Zhi Ang, Cheng Qi Qi & Yu Jian

Apparently even if life is being rather shitty 🙂 all hardships are surmountable if love is present in your life!  I would like to see more of that!  🙂

Sounds interesting.

So far so good.


Li Xia, the leading female is supposed to be ultra sweet, pure and innocent.  But sometimes I find her rather annoying.  Her innocence goes beyond being sweet.  She is either a consummate flirt or stupid.  Fancy over-pouring chemicals into a beaker! She just wanted Xiao Si to hold her hands.  There are times also that she is lifeless, spaced out!!! You just want to shake her from her stupor.

Li Xia has pouted her way to episode 38.  Why can’t she be more animated?!!!


Updates:  Do not read if you do not want to know what is going on!

Just watched episode 38.  It is much darker than the sweet high school life of Li Xia, Xiao Si and Lu Zhi Ang.

Cheng Qi Qi is now a famous singer in a very cutthroat business and she was behaving like a tigress protecting her domain even from her friends.

Cheng Qi Qi saw Yu Jian as a potential rival that she personally ensured Yu Jian does not progress into her climb in the ladder of musical success.

The cute Lu Zhi Ang is still hung up on Li Xia but has found a cute girl, Yan Mo, who was a bit of a stalker.  She was too full on but she does grow on you.  She is feisty and spunky.

Xiao Si has been diagnosed with colour blindness, which is rather fatal to his career as a painter.  In fact he was being sued for fakery because his previous works were different from his current ones.

We all know that when the main characters have promised to be together forever no matter what during the course of the drama, it can only mean one thing, a nail in the coffin of their relationship.

And it comes in episodes 41-42.

Qi Qi called Li Xia to ‘confess’ who the supposed father of her unborn baby.  It turned out it was Xiao Si from a drunken one night stand about 2 months ago.

Li Xia sought a break from her relationship with Xiao Si, she up and left.

Xiao Si then went to see Qi Qi, who was only too happy to meet up.  She said she wants to start over and raise a family together.  Xiao Si said that he will take responsibility for the baby( he does not remember if he did sleep with Qi Qi) but nothing else.  He then left immediately.

Behind the scene, Zhi Ang still played the protector to Xiao Si, who was having trouble with a vengeful hard-done-by painter.  Unfortunately Zhi Ang half killed the painter resulting in Zhi Ang to run and be  fugitive from the law.


Episode 43

This is a sad one. I thought Yu Jian was going to get her forever happiness with the lovely Duan Qiao.  But on their way to their registry office wedding, Duan Qiao said he had to leave Yu Jian for a brief moment to get a surprise for her. The camera pans out to a busy road with cars coming and going. You can’t help shouting on the screen, “no, don’t do that.” You can see a mile off what was going to happen!  He was going to get run over!  And he did. Yu Jian was ‘widowed’ before even married.


There are those who say that there are 48 episodes altogether but there are those who say that there are only 46 episodes.

Anyway 45 & 46 have nicely concluded the drama, though some might say it is an open-ended one especially on the relationship between Xiao Si and Li Xia.

Earlier on, it showed Li Xia with a new man and looked like they were engaged and shopping for their new house.

Qi Qi is shown looking rather forlorn and all alone, no sign of a baby (I am not sure whether she made up the whole pregnancy thing as I can’t watch episode 44, it was a broken link).

Thank goodness, there is some sort of a happy ending with one of the couples.  Lu Zhi Ang, after his release from 3 years incarceration, and Yan Mo got married.

There was a rather poignant scene between Yan Mo and her father on the eve of her wedding, which is a very nice touch.

The last bit of episode 46 showed Xiao Si catching the wedding bouquet and the next scene was seeing Li Xia in front of him.  Awww Does it mean they are going to get it together again?!!!

This drama is actually the first one for the rising star Hu Yi Tian.  He plays one of the classmates who wears glasses and has a crush on the teacher.

Click here to see him singing the theme tune, Chasing the Light

Destined to Love You – Chinese Drama

Destined to Love You

Destined to Love You – Chinese Drama

This drama is very underrated.   Destined to Love You has the potential to be popular internationally, if not globally, if only all the episodes are given an English subtitles, allowing wider audience to enjoy it fully.

It has the charm comparable to those massively loved British Carry On films, sophisticated intelligence of the Monty Python and satirical comedy of Mel Brooks, The Producers.

The drama is a corroboration of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

I fell in love with Destined to Love You the moment I saw the first episode.  It was so engaging. I wanted to see more.

There were great chemistry between the love triangle played beautifully by Chen Qiao En (aka Joe chen), Jia Nia Liang and Bosco Wong.   The chemistry was such that you would be happy that any one of the two leading men will get the girl (Joe Chen).

Apparently Jia Nia Liang really wanted to make the drama that he willingly had his pay cut.  He was so good in the drama.  You just fall in love with his antics which are sometimes excruciatingly funny. I have never laughed so much watching a tv program.

Below is a synopsis I cut and pasted.  I just could not put into words what the story is all about from my own point of me; there just too many ‘choice’ scenes that I would like to include and therefore would probably curtail your enjoyment if I give too much away.

Qian Bao Bao is on the run from creditors with her sick mother. She meets Xiao Han on the train, who offers her hope for curing her mother. But when an assassination attempt results in Xiao Han falling off the train, Bao Bao feels she has no choice but to take her place. Thus she assumes the role of a psychology instructor at a prestigious military school, and becomes entangled in a in a love triangle and some dangerous politics while trying to hide her true identity.

Please Chinese translator, kindly complete the rest of the subtitles for the dramas, please, please, please!

Dramacool needs translation from episode 22 – 41.  Please



She Was Pretty Vs Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Kim Hye Jin

It is quite usual to see dramas, especially the popular ones, totally remade and adapted as their own by other countries in Asia.  A good example is a Japanese manga called Itazura na Kiss, which got a Japanese live drama called Mischievous Kiss,  remade by Korean as Playful Kiss, the Thai version is called Kiss Me.  The best version, in my opinion is the Taiwanese version starring Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin called It Started with a Kiss.  The story is the same with just a few twist here and there.

She Was Pretty Vs Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Anyway, last year I watched a Korean drama called She was Pretty starring Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo-joon.  I enjoyed the drama very much.  It was hilarious in parts and full of pathos the next.

Li Hui Zhen

The story is about childhood friendship, (who were each other’s first love).  The girl used to be very pretty with long hair and fair face while the boy was chubby who got bullied a lot in school.  The girl used to protect him.  They got separated when the boy immigrated to the US.

15 years later he came back to Korea/China and hopeful to meet up with his childhood friend.

The boy grew up into a handsome slim guy, while the girl grew up with bad hair and skin problem in a pretty face.

On the day of their meeting the guy failed to recognise the girl.  She was so ashamed that she sent her very pretty best friend to pretend as her.  And that would be it, tieing off loose end of old friendship with the boy!

As luck would have it, the heroine started a job as an intern in a fashion magazine.  The boss happened to be the guy she once knew.

To add more confusion and drama to the story, her best friend really fell for the guy and secretly continued to meet up with him instead of the one off thing the heroine asked her to do.

There was a second lead male that brought so much of the hilarity in the drama.  He was so lovely and actually fell for the heroine even before she had her makeover.

When I heard that it was being remade by China, I was excited and looked forward to seeing it.

I started to watch it at Viki.com.  I have to say that it is watchable but not as good as the KDrama version.  Li Hui Zhen was still pretty compared to Kim Hye Jin.  But for some reason, Li Hui Zhen comes out rather as someone with mental problem, low in IQ and with the most annoying and unnatural laugh!!! Ugh!

The Chinese version is longer, almost double the Korean one, which comprised of 16 episodes.  For some reason I have finished watching 19 episodes of the Chinese one in 3 hours (so much fast-forwarding).  It also made me pine for the Korean version which I rewatched and thoroughly enjoyed again.

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