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The Fiery Priest (Kdrama Review & Summary)

KDrama 2019

The Fiery Priest (Kdrama Review & Summary)

The Fiery Priest

  • Genre: Priest, Action, Drama, Comedy, Legal, Police
  • Date Released: 15 February 2019
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 40 Episodes
  • Global Granary Recommends!

Cast:

  • Kim Nam Gil as Kim Hae Il
  • Lee Ha Nui as Park Kyung Sun
  • Kim Sung Kyun as Goo Dae Young
  • Go Joon as Hwang  Cheol Bum
  • Geum Sae Rok as Seo Seung Ah
  • Jeon Sung Woo as Han Sun Kyu (Young Priest)
  • Jung Young Joo as Jung Dong Ja (Head of Gudum Office)
  • Baek JI Won as Kim IN Kyung (Nun/Sister)
  • Jung Dong Hwan as Lee Young Joon
  • Lee Je Yeon as Kim Hoon Suk
  • Jung In Ki as Nam Suk Goo

Episode 1-2

This drama has 40 episodes but each lasting just over half an hour only.

I have to confess that I sort of lost a bit of my appetite for Kdramas, well because the last few ones I have watched were not interesting enough and plus the fact that China has really up the ante in their dramas especially the historical ones, which have been beguiling even international fans.

Anyway, enough said.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this drama.  It has the right amount of excitement, action and oodles of charms from the main leads: Kim Nam Gil and Lee Ha Nui (Lee Honey).  There is something rather satisfying, I dare say, about the story.

The Fiery Priest is none other than Kim Hae Il.  There was a quick flashback of a soldier fighting so I reckon that Kim Hae Il before he became a priest, was a former military man, who now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Bipolar Disorder.

His symptoms are excavated by the many harrowing, wrongdoings, criminal things that are happening around him and yet no one was taking responsibility or try to solve the problem.  It is frustratingly a ‘dog eat dog world’.

Kim Hae Il has a reputation of losing it easily and he did when he came upon a shaman pretending to exorcise a man for a fee, lots of money.  Kim Hae Il showed the people that everything was a fake to get their generous donation.

Kim Hae Il then asked the shaman who was his mastermind.  He readily squealed that it was a loan shark, who Kim Hae Il went to see immediately.  To get to the big boss, he had to beat up all the guards and then the loan shark himself.

Kim Hae Il ended up at the police station with the loan shark insisting on lodging a case against the priest for landing most of his guards in the hospital for serious injuries.

In the end, his diocese asked him to take a ‘vacation’ and stay with Father Lee Young Joon.

At that moment, Father Lee Young Joon was having a problem with some thugs who have been harassing him to sign contracts with the property developers.

Kim Hae Il was welcomed warmly by Father Lee Youg Joon and by the other priest and a nun.

He was then advised by Father Lee Young to be calm and not to seek trouble.  Just walk away.

During the following Sunday service, Father Lee tasked him to conduct the service.

One of the worshippers was Park Kyung Sun.  It was almost lust at first sight for her.  She found Kim Hae Il just gorgeous. Calm down, woman, he is a priest! 🙂

During his sermon, many of the parishioners did not find him gorgeous then because he was blunt and opinionated.  He said how can you ask God to forgive your sins?  His advice was to seek forgiveness from those you have wronged and then only then that you ask God to forgive your sins.

After the service, Park Kyung Sun immediately went to confession.  She wanted her sins forgiven for being short-tempered with her colleagues.

Kim Hae Il asked if she had sought forgiveness from her workmates?  He then ended the confession time abruptly.

Kyung Sun was not happy but one look at the priest handsome face and she was mollified.  She then asked if Father Lee had perhaps talked about her.

He said no but he saw her on tv; copying her look of rolling her eyes.

There was a press conference by the property developers which is being backed by the police.  The conference was interrupted by strikers and ordinary citizens whose housing and livelihood are affected by the development.

The Chief of police signaled to the police on duty to turn a blind eye and go and leave the thugs working for the property developers to beat up the people.

At that time Kim Hae Il and a young priest were passing.  They notice the brawl, as well as the posse of police marching away.

Kim Hae Il was thinking himself not to interfere as the advice from father Lee was still fresh from his mind

But the Powers that Be sent thunder.

Episode 3-4 (2)

In this back to back episodes, so many things are coming out.  Hai Il was a soldier and he carries the guilt of throwing dynamite to an underground room where children were hiding.  He was obeying orders from the platoon leader.  He did try to reason that they have not properly searched the room for any possible casualty but he was told to obey orders.

This incident had him so guilt-ridden that has resulted in PTSD.

There was also an incident at the church where the thugs once again harassing Father Lee.  It was turning violent when Hai Il turned up.

The thugs ended up in the police station but were released immediately as the case was decided as so minor it was not worth the ink on the paper.

Hae Il went to the station and created such a fuss.  Telling them that they are only affirming their reputation with the public as corrupt and can’t be relied upon for justice.

Hae Il woke up feeling at peace when she saw the breakfast hangover soup Father Lee had already prepared for him.

But where is Father Lee?

He had vanished, they cannot contact him on his mobile.

They were then alerted that Father Lee had committed suicide.

Everyone was sad, including the parishioner.

Hae Il was sure that Father Lee was the last one to commit suicide.  Being a Catholic, suicide is a mortal sin.

He went to the morgue for the autopsy and found evidence that he was dragged by his armpit.  It was not a suicide.

But the police said that it was because his shoes were arranged neatly by the cliff before he jumped down.

Hae Il was determined to find out the truth. He consulted Kyung Sun, but even she said it was a suicide.

Then it was reported on the news that Father Lee committed suicide because he cannot face a pending case of sexually harassing a parishioner as well as embezzling funds.

This is obviously a smear campaign from the property developers that even Kyung Sun thinks they have gone too far.

Episode 5 – 6 (3)

Because of the controversy about Father Lee, the number of churchgoers started to dwindle into a handful.

It also did not help that Hae Il is banning hypocritical parishioners, including Park Kyung Sun.

Park Kyung Sun is an ambitious prosecutor that she was kiss-assing her superior, knowing that there are corrupt.  She even accepted bribes to keep quiet and do what she’s told.

One of the things she was instructed to do was to put Hae Il in prison.  But she had developed a soft spot for the handsome priest.  She just can’t punish him as he was just too appealing.

Hae Il was repeatedly advised including by bishops to let the matters about Father Lee to die down, to forget about it, which only infuriated him even more.

He asked a pathologist to examine Father Lee’s body secretly as the police were having it guarded.  Hae Il is now sure that he was murdered.

And the suspect was Cheol Bum, who had asked to be given an award and received it from Dong Ja, Head of the Gudum Office.

The last part of these episodes was how Hae Il got to know the kindly Father Lee.  After being guilt-ridden from having instrumental in killing the girls in the underground bunker, he retired and had his records as a member of NIS was expunged.

But this was not the end of it, he can’t cope with the trauma and his only way was to escape through alcohol and brawling.

One drunk moment, where he could have easily frozen to death in the snow, Father Lee stumbled upon his inert body.

Father Lee took him back and gave him a sense of new purpose.  He studied the scriptures and went into the seminary and became a priest.

Episode 7-8 (4)

Kim Nam Gil is just so gorgeous.  Perfect posture.  He makes the cassock or soutane so fashionable.

Anyway, it was the day of Cheol Bum’s award ceremony & dinner.

Hae Il gate-crashed it and made such a scene that it became a talking point among the elite of the town.

However, this was not enough to really create a wave.

Hae Il, however, remembered what Kyun Sun sarcastically told him and that was why not contact the big man, contact the Pope.

Hae Il used his translation apps to write to the Pope in Italian about how Father Lee being a victim of a smear campaign which will not only impugn in the Korean local church where he served but all to the whole Catholic faith.

Hae Il waited and waited for the reply until he was beginning to being disenchanted.

But when the pope received the letter, he immediately wrote to the South Korean President to reopen and reinvestigate the case of Father Lee.

The president did just that and a fact-finder had been assembled.

Unfortunately, the investigator chosen was Dae Young, who was the most inept, naive and gullible member of the police squad.

The good thing though was the part of the investigation team was Hae Il.  They did not know that he was a former NIS.

This drama is so good.  Comedic in part and melodramatic in others.  It is all so thrilling.

2 March Update: Apparently, shooting has been temporarily halted as our intrepid hero, Kim Nam Gil suffered a rib injury.  Get better soon.

Episodes 9-10

Hae Il is working with Dae Young but he must as well be working alone as the latter was absolutely useless. The witnesses have disappeared and the police were giving contradictory information of their whereabouts.  The police said they were in Europe, but they also said in Dubai

Seo Seung Ah is still a newbie detective has not been corrupted yet.  She is still very idealistic, wanted to keep peace and order.

She volunteered to watch the CCTV pointing to the Church entrances at approximate time when Father Lee left the church.

What she found out was that the crucial moments had been deleted due to a technical error.

Hae Il so happened to know a hacker and went to see him and asked him to find the exact location of the two witnesses.

He found them easily.  They have not left for Europe but rather drinking French wine while planning how to spend their bribes.

Seo Seung Ah was told by Hae Il to go arrest the culprit/suspects.  It did not turn easily as a couple of minion from Russian Street were shadowing the witnesses.  Seo Seung Ah was an able fighter but so were her opponents and there were two of them.

Thank goodness Hae Il decided to turn up and beat up the Russian Street guys.

Episode 11 -12

Seo Seung Ah was driving the witnesses and Hae Ill back to the police station when Hae Il got an urgent call from the church.

He told Seung ah to go straight to the station while he’ll drop by at the church.

Poor Seung Ah was ambushed by more Russian Street guys and she got totally beaten up.

Meanwhile, Hae Il joined Father Sun Kyu and Sister In Kyung in a meeting with an official who was terminating their contract to run the old people’s house and children nursery.  The reason given was due to Father Lee’s misdemeanor.

No matter what Hae Ii, Father Sun Kyu and Sister In Kyung  said, the official was not interested.

Hae Il and Sister In Kyung went to see the Gudum Borough leader, again she was equally as dismissive of their protestation.

They later found out that the contract was given to a religious cult, Daegakgyo and they noticed that Cheol Bum was involved with the selection of the cult.

Hae Il challenged Cheol Bum to a fight at the car park and Dae Young was acting as referee.

Episode 13-14

 

Episode 15 – 16

 

Episode 17 -18

This is my favourite episode in this brilliant series.  It is so original, oodles of humour and gorgeous oppas.

 

 

 

 

 

Secret (Kdrama Review & Summary)

Global Granary Recommends! *****

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Secret (Kdrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Classic, Romance, Mystery, Melodrama, Prison, Crime
  • Date Released: Septemeber 2013
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Hwang Jung Eum as Kang Yoo Jung
  • Ji Sung as Jo Min Hyuk
  • Bae Soo-bin as Ahn Do-Hoon
  • Lee Da-Hee as Shin Se-Yeon

Synopsis:

This one of the best Kdramas out there starring the bombastic tandem of Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung.  This I think is their first and they should do more.

Kang Yoo Jung (Hwang Jung Eum) was devoted to her boyfriend, Ahn Do Hoon.  They had been dating for seven years.

On their seventh anniversary, Yoo Jung was all excited because finally her boyfriend has now graduated from university and after years of slogging had become a state prosecutor.  Their dream was finally realised.

Hoping that they would now move to the next level, i.e. marriage, Yoo Jung baked a cake and brought in some shopping to his parents’ house to celebrate.

But it seems Do Hoon and family had marriage in mind but not her as the bride as she heard that precisely that time, he was on a blind date with a girl from an affluent family.

Though she was dying inside, Yoo Jung did not show it to his parents.

She just quietly went home with her cake, which she started eating sadly in her room.  She then saw the diamond ring it was tossed haphazardly to her by a playboy, Jo Min Hyuk (Ji Sung) when his intended refused to accept it.  It was a marriage as a business merger.

As Joo Yung was trying out the ring, her father came in and was all happy thinking that she was engaged.  He said that he was so happy, she deserved her prosecutor boyfriend as she had supported him all those years.  He then said that he was downstairs waiting for her.

And he was.  He took her to a restaurant.  He confessed that he was pressured into going into a blind date by his mother and promises not to ever to do it again.  He then presented her with an engagement ring.

Suddenly all is good in their world.

He was driving her home in that rainy dark evening when their world collapsed.

They had an accident with a lorry containing barrels.  When Do Hoon investigated, he found a collapsed woman, bleeding profusely.

Instead of helping, he left and did not say anything to Joo Yung about it.

They were later found out but Joo Yung offered to say that she was the driver as the car was registered in her name.

The dead woman was pregnant with Min Hyuk’s baby.  He had been looking for her. She was his true love.

Joo Yung ended in prison and the one who prosecuted her was Doo Hoon and he recommended that she be given five years in prison.

On her first day of incarceration, she had a form of hazing and beaten up.  A few days later she fainted as they were exercising at the prison yard.

She later found out that she was pregnant.

She settled in prison with her baby and made a core of friends who helped look after her baby with her.

She was due for parole and during the hearing one of her close friend inside testified that she was a violent mother.  They saw her baby was black and blue with bruises.

Her baby was taken away and she served her remaining term.

When she got out, she had a loving reunion with Doo Hoon which was witnessed by an aggrieved and vengeful Min Hyuk who had been watching her on the sideline even in prison.

Now his revenge begins.

But as Blaise Pascal said: ” The heart has its own reason which reason knows nothing of.”

He started falling for Joo Yung.

 

 

 

 

Memories of the Alhambra (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Memories of the Alhambra (KDrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Mystery, Gaming, Business, Si-Fi, Romance
  • Release Date: 1 December 2018
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes
  • Netflix Original

Cast:

  • Hyun Bin as Yoo Jin-Woo
  • Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee-Joo
  • Park Chanyeol as  Jung Se-Joo
  • Park Hoon as Cha Hyung-Seok

Quick Precis: Race against time:  the search for Jung Se Joo.

Hurrah Park Shin Hye is back and with the most handsome leading man as well in Hyun Bin.  They almost starred in Fox Bride, thank goodness they did not take the roles.

Episode 1

The drama started with Jung Se-Joo (Chanyeol) who was in Barcelona.  He was on the public telephone to Jin Woo.

Their conversation was cut short because Jung Se-Joo was being followed.  He ran for the train going for Granada and nervously sat on one of the bunk beds in the sleeper compartment, waiting and counting every mile until the train reaches its destination.

He did fall asleep but woken by the announcement that they were approaching Granada Station.

The sudden burst of thunder and rain worried him, he opened the compartment door and then there was a gun being fired and blood splattered all over.

(The other person in the compartment wondered why the boy (Se Joon) left the cabin without his rucksack. Strange that he did not hear the gunshot and there were no blood in sight!  Hmmm. – What is going on?)

Meanwhile, Jin Woo, CEO of Jaywon Holdings, was also in Spain after introducing a smart lens, which revolutionalises virtual reality programs, thereby putting South Korea in the gaming map.  Jin Woo also invests in games development.  He was the person Se Joo was speaking to before he caught the train.

Se Joo, during their telephone conversation, arranged to meet up with Jin Woo in Granada, whose most famous landmark in the palace of Alhambra.

When Se Joo mentioned Cha Hyung Seok being a bad man and he doesn’t want him to get his hand on his game, Jin Woo was more than intrigued.

He flew immediately to Granada and stayed at the Bonita Hotel as advised by Se Joo.

Hotel Bonita is a rat infested, derelict backpackers/student hostel.  It is run by Jung Hee Joo.

Seeing that Jin Woo looks very prosperous, Hee Joo tried to discourage him from staying in her hostel.

There was only one room that caters for a single traveller and that was located on the 6th floor.  To reach the room would involve navigating a long and winding staircase.  Jin Woo got a shock when they finally got to the room.  It has not been cleaned for months or even a year or two.  There were cobwebs everywhere and inch-thick dust covering the top furniture, rats are running loose, the toilet is blocked and there were no suitable sockets to charge his mobile phone.

But he did not overly mind as he was thinking of the game that Se Joo had sent him.

He called his programmer in South Korea, and then he was advised that everything has been arranged.

He went to the piazza and it then got mysterious and magical.  Suddenly there was an explosion.  Before he can collect himself together, he saw a knight in steel armour riding a horse coming towards him.  He noticed that the knight had about 5 arrows firmly embedded on his back.  The knight then collapsed in front of him.  He was aghast but his trouble was just beginning.  The hero on top of the monument suddenly came alive and ferociously jumped down in front of him and sliced his arm.  Blood started dripping and pouring into the ground … and then from his right eye, there was suddenly a message that the game was over, he is dead.

It was a game!  And He was mighty impressed.  It was so addictive. It was a 3D (3 Dimensional) – 4D holographic sort of a game.  You feel it, you do it.

He can reset it as many times as he wishes to increase his experience.

He was excited and wanted to meet the creator of the game immediately.

He went back to the hostel and hoping to see the creator of the game.  He was charging and answering his phone in the kitchen when the smoke alarm set in.

Hee Joo had trouble stopping the noisy alarm.

The tired and sleep-deprived Jin Woo took his frustration out of Hee Joo.  He made her cry.

He then learned that the creator of the Alhambra game was a minor at only 17 years of age.  So he needed a guardian to sign the contract for him.

Yep, you guessed it, the guardian was the crying Hee Joo.

Jin Woo then tried his most winning dimpled smile on Hee Joo.

So far so good but I have to be totally honest here as I always am: remember Honesty is the best policy.

Anyway, as much as I am loving this drama, I thought the gaming scene went a bit too long.  I have to be honest here, the gaming/fighting scene was boring.  I got it, it was trying to make a point that Se Joo was a genius boy who created very innovative and exciting virtual reality game but I realised that during the first instant that it showed Jin Woo, the gamer died at the hands or sword of the Nasher guy.

I hope this drama will be more on reality rather than inside a virtual bubble.

Episode 2

omg, Hyun Bin is just so gorgeous!  Whatever angle you look at him, he is perfection!  A real oppa! ha ha ha.

Anyway, this episode introduces the characters a little bit more.

Jin Woo is now on his second marriage, which only lasted a year as his current wife who is an actress wanted a divorce and half of his fortune in alimony.

His first wife, who he still feels a little tenderness but a lot of bitterness, was stolen by his friend and business partner, who co-founded his company, Jaywon Holdings.

This episode is slightly confusing because Se Joo was shown on his way to Granada as per the first episode.  Jin Woo took a plane from Barcelona to Granada that’s why he arrived in Granada ahead of Se Joo.

Anyway, after upsetting and making Hee Joo cry, Jin Woo used his cuteness to calm her down.  It did not work much. 🙂

He learned from her the time of Se Joo’s train arrival.

He went to the station to wait for him.  Se Joo never showed up .  He then found it strange that Hee Joo and her family seemed not overly bothered with the brother’s no-show.

While at the station, he bumped into his ex-wife, the first one, who he was so surprised to see was heavily pregnant.

She said that they had been in Granada since yesterday and that she was going back to Barcelona with her sister.

He put two and two together and realised that Cha Hyung Seok must also be in Granada.

Jin Woo’s programmer and his manager who were monitoring him in real time were surprised to find that Jin Woo commenced a game rather than look for the still missing Se Joo.

Through his virtual smart lens, he was advised that another person had joined in the game.  He and his minders thought that it might be Se Joo but Jin Woo was not surprised when it turned out that it was Cha Hyung Seok himself and he had a higher level, thus better weapons.

Jin Woo was ready to duel but his minder reminded him that one nik from Cha Hyung seok’s blade would kill him in the game.

So they postponed the duel.

Meanwhile, Hee Joo was informed that Jin Woo was far from being a poor man who wears knock-offs because he is actually the CEO of the biggest company in their area of expertise.

Thinking that he was going to sue her, Hee Joo agreed to meet Jin Woo in a nearby cafe.

He told her that she should renovate her hotel or better sell the current one and buy a better and bigger one because Granada will become a magic city, where tourists would stay for months.

One year later… Jin Woo was on a train, looking rather unkempt.  The train was just approaching Granada when he stood up and went into the lavatory where he sorted his guns.  He then went out and started shooting masked terrorists.

So exciting, that the minutes went so quickly.

Episode 3

Apparently the gorgeous Park Shin Hye is trending.  Some netizens think her acting only comprise of one expression:  confused with a bunny rabbit teeth.

So many mean people.  I think she is doing a good job.  I wanted to see more of her, or rather more of her and Hyun Bin together,

Jin Woo offered to buy the Hostal Bonita from Hee Joo for 10,000,000,000SKW which is about 7,794,000 Euros.

After thinking over, she sold the hostel;  it was a no-brainer really.

What Hee Joo did not know at that time is that Hostal Bonita owns everything connected to the game her brother had created.  So Hee Joo unknowingly sold all the rights on the game and merchandising.

Oh come on, I would have sold the game for £100K. LOL  She got £7M+.

Feeling happy with himself, Jin Woo called Cha Hyung Seok to commence their duel.

Jin Woo had been practicing and improving his level all day long.  He has the assassin sword.

Within the game, opponents are not allowed to touch each other.  Fighting should only be carried out with the level allotted weapons.

However, the two ex-friends did have a bit of psychological warfare.  But in the end, Jin Woo prevailed.  He beat and cut up Cha Hyung Seok well and good.  He left him catatonic on a bench in the park.

He then caught a plane to Barcelona.

He was dog-tired when he got to his apartment/hotel room but woken up the next morning with a call from his assistant who stayed in Granada.

He bears bad news.  The police found Cha Hyung Seok cold and dead in the park.

Episode 4

Jin Woo raced back to Granada.  His ex-wife blamed him for the death of her husband.

He then went to the hospital morgue to see Hyungseok’s body.  The pathologist remarked that there was something weird with the body.  It looks like it had been drained of blood and yet there is no visible sign of wounds for the blood to drain.

Jin Woo then went to the park bench where Hyungseok died.  With his smart virtual lens he saw that Hyungseok inside the game was bleeding to death.

The most extraordinary happened.  He had to kill Hyungseok all over again within the game as he had come alive.

To investigate, he went to Hostal Bonita and asked if he can use a high specs computer, which of course Hee Joo would offer him the use of her brother’s gaming computers.

He stayed looking around at the brother’s bedroom and found some useful information.

He then told Hee Joo not to just lend her mobile phone to anyone as she will get into trouble, after returning the phone to her.

Hee Joo innocently smiled at him saying there is nothing of value on her phone.  Their chemistry is electric in this part.  So cute.  Hyun Bin had turned into a sexy wolf, momentarily only though.

He spent the night in his old room on the sixth floor.

He was just about to doze off when there was a loud knock on the door.

He opened it and it was the bloodied Hyung Seok  They ended up having another sword duel.  He tried to call his programmer but it was too late.  Jin Woo fell into the ground floor from the 5th floor at least.

Was he going to die in the hands of someone existing only inside a game?.

Can’t wait for the next episode.

 

 

Our Glamorous Time (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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Our Glamorous Time (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Romance, Business, Action, Drama
  • Release Date November 2018
  • Origin: China, Based from the Novel ‘Our Glamorous Time’ by Ding Mo
  • CDrama: 50 Episodes

Cast:

  • Zanilia Zhao as Lin Qian
  • Jin Han as Li Zhi Cheng
  • Johnny Zhang as Ning Wei Kai
  • Meng Rui as Chen Zheng
  • Yu Hao Ming as Gu Ting Zhi
  • Cao Xi Wen as Zhu Han Jing
  • Lin Yuan as Ya Chen Yai
  • Zhou Yi Wei as Lin Mo Chen
  • Hawick Lau as Li Zhi Qian (Dead Brother)

Quick Precis

Two newbies learned to rely on each other to climb the top of the ladder of a very torturous but glamorous fashion industry.

 

“The scariest in a battlefield is not your enemy but your ally who betrays you.”
-Li Zhi Cheng

Episode 1

This drama started so well.  So much excitement in the first 15 minutes, lots of action with men in ARMY uniform.  So lovely, men in uniform. 🙂

Anyway, Lin Qian or Qian Qian was at the Yunnan province looking for inspiration and materials for her fashion company.  While browsing and haggling, she became a victim of a scammer and human trafficker.

Before she could breathe she was chloroformed and bundled van and deposited nto a hide-out in the mountains.

Concurrently, a group of young soldiers in their camouflage uniform, complete with painted/muddied faces were on their way to ransack the mountain hide-out of these traffickers and drug dealers.

The soldiers engaged in a bloody gunfire with the goons.

The leader of the soldiers was Li Zhi Cheng.  He came to the rescue of Qian Qian, who was gagged and tied up.

After so many beautiful almost balletic moves, Zhi Cheng firing an Armalite with one hand and the other holding on to Qian Qian managed to get away with bruises and minor wounds.

After a quick patch up at the hospital and making sure that Qian Qian was okay, Zhi Cheng left with his group.

Qian Qian was still barely conscious when she noticed that the army van was driving off.  She was rather perturbed that she did not get the name of her rescuer.

Back to reality and her shop, Qian Qian was anxious because she was not making enough to cover the rent of the shop.

She was also annoyed that the materials provided by their supplier, Wenda, was below par and she was getting complaints from her customers.  This was particularly daunting as she runs an online fashion shop.

What she does not know was that Wenda has a new boss.

He was the manly soldier,  Zhi Chen, she has been spending a few daydreams about.

Zhi Chen had to retire from the army to take over from his brother who died rather suspiciously.

Episode 2

One dissatisfied customer called Qian Qian because of the colour of the dress ran with the rainwater.  This client was particularly annoyed because she was just about to give a musical performance.

Portentously, Qian Qian brought with her a white dress as a replacement but it was too large.

With a pair of scissors, a needle, and thread plus the string from her own corset belt, she presented her client a rather ugly and ill-fitting dress.  LOL

Zhi Chen has been slowly taking stock of what he had inherited from his brother.  In the middle of this, his workers were on strike.  He noticed immediately that there was more to the picket line than meet the eyes.  There was someone instigating it.

Then Qian Qian was suddenly in their warehouse, full of woes against Wenda and the materials she received.

An old man, who had just been fired went into the rooftop with his banner, listing his grievance.  But he was actually paid by the rivals of Wenda!

Episode 3

This episode is probably sponsored by Christian Dior.  It was mentioned a few times and there was also a product placement.

Anyway, Qian Qian brother was worried about her, struggling on with her little company which was losing rather than gaining.  He gave her a choice of becoming an assistant designer for Dior or LV or better yet return to the States with him and continue studying.

Qian Qian declined to say that though her company is still barely making money, owning it allows her freedom to do what she wanted.

Episode 4

Ever Night (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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Ever Night (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Historical, Fiction, Romance, Action, Fantasy
  • Release Date: October 2018
  • Origin: China
  • CDrama: 60 Episodes
  • OST: Darkness by Sitar Tan

Cast:

  • Chen Feiyu as Ning Que/ Mr Shisan
  • Song Yiren as Sang Sang
  • Adam Cheng as Confucius (FuZi the Master)
  • Shih Chieh Chin as Runemaster Yan Se
  • Ni Dahong  as Wei Guangming (Grand Priest of White Light)
  • Yao An Lian as State Preceptor
  • Leon Lai as Li Zhongyi (King of Tang)
  • Hu Jun as General Xia Hou
  • Shi Shi as Xia Tian
  • Tong Yao as Li Yu, The Princess of Tang
  • Marco Chen as Lee Man Man (1st Brother)
  • Dylan Kuo as Jin Bai (2nd Brother/Disciple)
  • Kang Keren as Xu Lian (3rd Disciple)
  • Jiang San as Fan Rui (4th Disciple)
  • Chen Pinyan as Song Lian (5th Disciple)
  • Yan Silun as Tie Jilang (6th Disciple)
  • Rong Zixi as Mu You (7th Disciple)
  • Liu Ben as 8th Disciple
  • Wang Zihao as 9th Disciple
  • Wang Zijie as 10th Disciple
  • Yi Yongding as 11th Disciple
  • Hu Yu Suan as Chen Pi Pi (12th Brother)
  • Sun Zujun as Long Qing, 2nd Prince of Yan
  • Andy On as Chao Xiaoshu
  • Crystal Yuan as Mo Shan Shan, the Book Maniac 🙂
  • Huang U. Lin as Lu Chen Jia, The Flower Maniac
  • Zoey Meng as Ye Hong Yu as the Dao Maniac
  • Zhu Tao as Cao Zhifeng

 

WARNING: Highly Addictive Drama!!!

The cinematography is just fantastic.  You can see how barren a desert is, how verdant a grassland is and phenomenally treacherous and cold a snowy mountain is.  Brilliant.  The script is well penned, the characters are well rounded and to top it all it has the most haunting, jazzy, jolly original soundtrack.

One of the best ‘historical costume dramas of the year or even the last few years!  It is truly an epic saga.

One thing though?  How old is Sang Sang?  If Ning Que is 18, then Sang Sang must be 12 or 14 at the most!

Episode 1

Ning Que lived during the apocalyptic version of the Tang Dynasty, where there was a legendary prophesy that Yong Ye would bring chaos (change) to the period.  There is a race to find Yong Ye.

Ning Que was a border patrol soldier.  He went with 7 other comrades into the desert but they were attacked by an opposing faction.  Only Ning Que survived and got back home.

Episode 2

No one was really surprised that he returned unharmed.  He was a good fighter, their best fighter despite his young age.

The person most happy to see him was his ward/slave Sang Sang.

Sang Sang is like a family to him.  They were very very close.  He got her after digging her out from bodies of dead people, which made her eternally grateful to him.

The Tang Princess was married off to a chief of Golden Horde to create an alliance.  But after just a couple of years, the chief is dead.  Unfortunately for the princess, it was customary for the wife of a leader to die with him.

During the burning of corpses ceremony, the princess escaped while one of her ladies in waiting sacrificed herself.

The Princess reached Ning Que’s village.  Incognito as a lady’s maid, she asked the village elder to provide her with an escort to Tang City.

Of course, Ning Que was it, who at first was not interested but his mind was changed when he was reminded that he would be a step nearer to realising his ambition of enrolling at the best academy of the empire.

Episode 3

The Princess was lucky in choosing Ning Que.  He saved her from assassination.  She was so grateful that she told him to call her Ling Yu and to affiliate with her.

Alas, he had to turn her down for the realisation of his dream.

Episode 4

Ning Que and Sang Sang explored the capital.

There they met Ning Que’s friend, who saved him when his parents and clan were massacred.

That was fifteen years ago.  The two boys then found a crying infant next to a dead woman with a black umbrella.  This was how Ning Que got Sang Sang and the umbrella!

The Princess was aghast at how her manor had turned into disrepair just after two years that she had been away.

Episode 5

Ning Que and Sang Sang are homeless.  Ning Que rebuked her for not getting them a room in an inn.

Sang Sang said that they cannot afford a room as they would need every single penny they have to pay for his tuition at the academy.

As luck would have it, they found a property suitable as both lodging and as a calligraphy shop, which was going cheap to rent.

Their landlord is the enigmatic, Chao Xiaoshu.

Ning Que’s longest friend, who saved him when he was young was killed as he had been found out to be a double agent for the Yolong Sect headed by Chao Xiaoshu, who is also the leader of Ichthyosaur gang. 🙂

Before his friend died, he left something, a clue, at Ning Que’s house pointing at an influential politician who frequents the Red Sleeves Invites brothel.

Episode 6

This is my favourite episode so far.  The fighting scene was glorious. 🙂

Chao Xiaoshu saw how NIng Que was able to run so fast when he was chasing the corrupt official at the Red Sleeves Invitation brothel.

He then went to see Ning Que to ask him to be his second as he was about to embark on a death-defying one-man band against hundreds of soldiers from all opposing sides.

Chao Xiaoshu remarked that he was on a revenge mode as his brother had been assassinated that day.

Ning Que reliased that  Chao Xiaoshu was talking about his childhood best friend, Little Black.

I have to say that Andy On looked so charismatic and gorgeous and he reminds me of that Japanese actor, Yamashita Tomohisa. 

Andy On plays Chao Xiaoshu, the master of the swords. and has the ability of astral projection. It was quite impressive, I must admit,  He absolutely owned the scene & episode..

Episode 7-8

Ning Que had received 2000 tael in silver (but looks like gold bars) from Chao Xiaoshu for having helped him out during his battle, which they won.

He also told him to enter the palace the next day.

Chao Xiaoshu is thought highly by the emperor and considers him a younger brother.  The Emperor wanted him to stay nearby but Chao Xiaoshu declared he can’t and then took his leave but beforehand he arranged for Ning  Que to be a part of the Imperial Court as a secret bodyguard to the emperor.

I think Chao Xiaoshu will enter the academy as he had always wanted to be a college boy.  Attaining your dream is never too late. 🙂 (Actually, Chao Xiaoshu went to another academy, a temple for monks and swordsmen)

Episode 9

It is the day of the entrance examination at the academy.

Ning Que realised immediately that he should have studied for it.  He did get an A+ in Math but a D in Governance because he wrote a beautiful love story which the girl who was checking the test papers deemed almost perfect and therefore he might be untrustworthy.

They also had to play a musical instrument which he sadly fails as he concentrated on sword fights.

Then all the examinees were sent into the forest to engage into some sort of paintballing exercise but using paint soaked blunt arrows.

Grimly, their paintballing was interrupted by real assassins who tried to kill the students one by one but their real target was the princess who was attending the examination day as a proxy to her father, the Emperor.

Quick-minded Ning Que used one of the students blunted arrows to shoot the princess so that she falls back to the ground and therefore missing the real arrows that were coming her way.

During all these dramas, he met JIn Bai, who was a master cultivator of arrows & swords 🙂 🙂 🙂  Ning Que was so impressed that he implored Jin Bai to take him as a follower.

Jin Bai refused but in the end, said that if Ning Que can climb a two-story (second floor) building then he might consider him as a follower.

Ning Que was left perplexed.  He shouted, “where can I find the building?”

Episode 10

Ning Que was not confident at all that he would pass the examination so he told Sang Sang that it was time for them to go back to Wei City.

Sang Sang told him that he had to stay put and she likes it where they are.

The result of the exam was published.  Ning Que was listless.  But Chu, his friend that he met at the Red Sleeves Invite surprised him by telling him that he topped the three of the tests.  He was first in Maths, Governance, and archery.

He started in the academy and was quite popular with both the boys as well as the girls already.  He also begins to show great logical mind during class with Master Cao.

Episode 11

It is the start of term and Ning Que is an able student.  He wanted to proceed with cultivation immediately but he is lacking in stamina.

For seventeen days in a row, Sang Sang is left looking after Ning Que who was often in an unconscious state after throwing up each day.

Episode 12

The princess invited Ning Que and Sang Sang to have dinner with her on her birthday.  Apparently, she does not usually celebrate her birthday because her mother died on her birthday when she was still very young.

Ning Que was not in the mood to seat over a birthday banquet right after killing the blacksmith, who used to be his father’s right-hand man but who ended his father’s life.

Finally, Ning Que is making progress at the academy. He made an anonymous pen pal who started guiding him at how to read the mystical books without endangering his health and mind.

It is also a freshman party which was held at the Red Sleeves invites.  Before Ning Que arrived his classmates, headed by a vengeful and spoilt First Prince, had arranged for the dancers to make Ning Que an object of humiliations.

Instead, Ning Que had a whale of a time being feted by the beautiful women.

Episode 12.5

This is a prologue to the drama.  20 years ago (drama time) the demon sect got into the human realm.  At that time war was ongoing between the Yan Empire and Tang Empire.

General Lin (Ning Que’s father) stopped his deputy as well as other soldiers to completely massacre all the people from Yan Empire including the two princes.

The General got executed for his trouble as ordered by the Tang Royal Prince.

At the same time, the Grand Master of Light visited the Royal prince to order him to find the child of Hades, which has entered the Tang empire. He declared that the child of Hades heralds the coming of eternal darkness (ever night) that would result in the withering of every living thing.

The child could be found under a dark cloud and swarm of crows.

The mansion which was directly underneath these phenomena was the residence of General Lin, where a young Ning Que was happily gambolling with his friends.

Immediately soldiers were disposed to the mansion and killed everyone they saw.  They did allow a midwife with a baby in her arms to leave the mansion before they commenced the massacre.

Young Ning Que also got away from hiding in a barn.

But the child of Hades has yet to be revealed.  Is it Ning Que or Sang Sang (the child the midwife had smuggled out)?!!!

Episode 13

Ning Que woke up in a bed at the Red Sleeves Invites with a smile on his face.

He did remember that he left Sang Sang home alone.  So for some reason, he wrote her a letter about not waiting for him and to go ahead and eat the chicken soup she was making.

The proprietress of the Red Sleeves Invites seemed to have taken a rather motherly stance on him and advised Ning Que not to make it a habit to come to the brothel and endanger his Academy life.

She told him that getting into the academy is a sure ticket to a brighter future because people love anyone who is a scholar whether he comes from a poor or rich background.

Ning Que got home and prepared to have a bath.  Suddenly he does not want Sang Sang to help him undress or scrub his back.  He told Sang Sang that she was quite grown up and shouldn’t help men undress.

This upset the innocent Sang Sang.  She had always scrubbed her master’s back.  It looks like Ning Que had lost his own innocence at the Red Sleeves Invites.

Ning Que’s next in his list of revenge was the master correspondent or writing appraiser of the army, who presented and authenticated three letters from the king of Yan purportedly sent to General Lin.  The letters were proof that General Lin was a spy.

The master correspondent became bitter with the army as instead of being promoted he was sidelined so he left and open a tea house.

The two princes of Yan are grown up, the younger brother, Prince Long Qing, had been ordered by his father to go to the Tang Empire to enter the academy.  He had to study hard and be a disciple of Fu Zi and then destroy all those at the Tang Empire.  FuZi, according to the King of Yan Empire is the most powerful and strongest man in the world.

Ning Que had warned the tea man that he was going to kill him for what he did to his father.

Episode 14

Ning Que had his showdown with the tea man, who he killed in the end after learning that the Grand Prince was the one who authorised the death of his father.

The weakened Ning Que was walking along the Vermillion Bird Passageway.   He was suddenly attacked by a roaring firey phoenix.  The bird was being controlled telepathically by the Grandmaster of Light.  But he did not expect Ning Que’s powerful umbrella that could withstand the heat.  He was nervous that Ning Que, who he thinks as the cursed child or the son of Hades is getting more powerful by the day.

Ning Que, though at death’s door managed to crawl up the Academy’s Old Book, where Chen pipi found him collapsed.   Thank goodness Sang Sang arrived as she created so much racket which forced Chen Pipi to help the best he can by providing his much treasured Heaven Channeling Pill that can cure most things and increase the power of cultivation to Ning Que.

Episode 15

The Heaven Channeling Pill had a major effect on Ning Que.  Not only that he recovered fully, but he also gained the power of cultivation, though the basic level still.

With new power, he did a very human thing, he went to a casino to win some money.  He won big by telepathically moving the dice.  Unfortunately, Ning Que doesn’t know when to stop so he got caught, only to find out that the casino belongs to him!

Episode 16

Aww, Chao Xiaoshu had made a will leaving properties to Ning Que which included the casino.  He deeds the properties in order for Ning Que to not have problems with money and therefore would not be tantalised into becoming a paid assassin.

The king finally noticed that some unauthorised person had entered his study and even left him a little poetic calligraphy.  He ordered that the trespasser is found.

Episode 17

Ning Que finally found his object of fate or totem, and it was Sang Sang.  He was overjoyed that Sang Sang was it.  He promised her that they will always be together.

The Princess approached her uncle, the Grand Prince, to moan about her father the king for banning her from entering the palace due to the poisoning of the sixth prince, which was blamed on her and her brother, the First Prince of Tang.  Actually, her brother was guilty.

The Princess made him join the military to make him grow up.

Episode 18

Prince Long Qing was sent to attend the Tang Academy by his father, the Yan King.  His mission was to become a student/follower of FuZi, the most powerful and intelligent person in the world.

Prince Long Qing is legendary for his perfect visage and his handsomeness.  Upon arrival at the Tang Empire, he was met by adulation especially from screaming women, including a cute as a button Sang Sang, complete with red lipstick.

When Ning Que quizzed her whether the prince was indeed the most handsome man she has ever seen, Sang Sang could not answer in fear of hurting her master’s feeling. 🙂

Anyway, the academy bid goodbye to the first prince of Yan while his brother, Prince Long-Qing is taking his place at the academy.

The ever thoughtful Ning Que smuggled Sang Sang into the dining room so that she can admire Prince Long Qing with impunity.  So cute.

Sang Sang, however, was really more beguiled with the amount of alcohol that was on offer.  She loves her alcohol second to her master.

19 November 2018

There is a rumour/newsflash from twitter saying that there is a season 2 for Ever Night but with a different cast.  Wang He Di is going to be the new Ning Que.

As much as I love Dylan Wang/Wang He Di, I would prefer Arthur Chen to continue on as Ning Que.  He is doing such a stellar job.

So hope this is only a baseless rumour!!!

22 November 2018

It has been confirmed by Chen Feiyu’s (Arthur Chen) studio that he will not be coming back to play Ning Que for season 2 because of other work commitments.   🙁 🙁 🙁

Episode 19

Sang Sang’s prowess with the alcohol was used to bait and taunt the egotistical Prince Long Qing, who was often told how handsome he was and he just replied he knows! 🙂

Anyway, Prince Long Qing was impressed by Sang Sang and wanted her to be his maid.

Ning Que immediately said that Sang Sang is his until he wanted her in his side.  Prince Long Qing was not amused and had told Ning Que that he just lost a chance of his friendship with him.  Ning Que said he was not bothered.

The Princess summoned Ning Que after the bon voyage dinner for the First Prince of Yan.  She told Ning Que that there will only one disciple to enter the two-floor building and she wanted it to be Ning  Que but there will be a fierce competition.

Ning Que quizzed Chen Pipi about the contest for the two-story floor.  He was told that the nature of the trials varies from year to year.  He was advised that Fu Zi will give the final test and he told Ning Que to always remember his reason for entering the academy.

There was a very poignant meeting with the brother Yans.  It was so heartwarming that it will bring tears to your eyes.

Episode 20

It is the day of the contest to find the 13th disciple of the great Fu Zi.

Yes, only one will win at this battle of the fiercest ablest warriors. It was well patronised by the best students from universities from in and out of the Tang Empire.

Fu Zi devices the mechanics of the test himself and it was not a walk in the park but rather climbing a very treacherous mountain.

When Ning Que was asked why he wanted to climb the mountain, he readily said “…because it’s there.”  Yes, folks, it was neither George Leigh Mallory nor Edmund Hillary who said the now famous phrase.  It was Ning Que first.  ha ha ha.

Ning Que had to use everything he’s got because Fu Zi seemed to have encouraged his disciples to be as sadistic as they can get.

First, the mountain was so steep, the gravity is working against the climbers, then the road suddenly littered with the sharpest stones, those who passed this terrain had to navigate a road spiked with long sharp nails next.

Those who can’t make it had only to pull the string from their signal and they are miraculously catapulted on the feet of first aiders.

The altitude of the mountaintop defeated most and it was only Ning Que and Long Qing who were left to battle it out who can get to the hanging half a gourd first as winner’s trophy.  It looks like Long Qing is slightly ahead.

Episode 21

Fu Zi, when asked, said that he had chosen his 13th disciple 15 years ago.  He was just making sure now whether that person is worthy!

After getting through the Firewood Door, the final test was the hardest still.  It is a battle of the innermost feelings and thoughts, confronting the saddest cruellest event in life.

They are given a mirage of their nearest and dearest convincing them to make a choice.

At this point of the test, Long Qing was always ahead of Ning Que.

Ning Que’s mirage, Fu Zi wanted him to choose whether he prepares the earth to be under lightness or eternal darkness.

Ning Que would not commit but all he said was that his “umbrella is black, his maid has black face (dirty) and his best friend was called Little Black”, so he does not have any problem with black.

Suddenly a cute Sang Sang in a beautiful pink hanfu and umbrella appeared before him.  At first, Ning Que was happy to see her but quickly realised that the figure was just a mirage.  He said that Sang Sang would not look at him intimately but rather always with disdain, she would not ever question his decisions and certainly would not raise a sword against him as he would never do with her.

He has cleared his mirage and spotted the dried half gourd hanging on a tree,

In the meantime, Long Qing was still battling his mirage of the flower maniac and the Dao Addict.  Despite being in a relationship with the flower maniac, who made him come to life again literally, Long Qing by the command of the Dao Addict killed the Flower Maniac.  He then killed the Dao Addict as well.  For a prince of light, he showed a total lack of empathy.

Anyway, it was too late for him as Ning Que was on top of the mountain untying the gourd.

Every one of the disciples was celebrating and congratulating their new little brother, Ning Que.  Fu Zu gave a beatific smile.

Then it was officially announced that Ning Que won to the waiting Princess and Grand Prince, students and others waiting for the result of the test.

Not everyone was happy. Runemaster Yan Se, as well as the State preceptor, was gutted.

Yan Se said that he had waited for 80 years for a new diviner to come along, and Ning Que was it.

Episode 22

Ning Que is in high demand.  Master Yan Se wanted him to become his disciple for the Divine Talisman Dao and to become the state preceptor when the time comes.

The Academy would not release him though as he has been accepted to the second-floor building for cultivation.

Yan Se went to find Fu Zi to talk this out with him but Jin Bai was there as Fu Zi rep.

It was agreed that Ning Que will enter the second-floor building but will train with Yan Se for his Talisman subjects.

Ning Que was really having a good fortune because the King had let it be known that he was the holder of the River Blossoming Card.

Episode 23

The Yans are really bitter for having suffered humiliation from the hands of an ordinary boy, Ning Que.

Long Qing was extra bitter he said that he really hated the Tang city and one day he will personally destroy it with his own hands.

Long Qing’s second in command ordered that those who humiliated Long Qing should be killed, that means Ning Que.

Two factions came to put an end to Ning Que but he got away, only to fall ill from the magical bell of someone working for the Grand Master of light who believed that Ning Que is the son of Hades who will bring everlasting darkness to the world.

Sang Sang went everywhere to find Ning Que, who failed to come home.  She went to the Academy, who did not really want to know.  Apparently, an edict was issued by Fu Zu that the disciples must not come down from the rear mountain to rescue Ning Que.  In Fu Zu’s mindset, Ning Que surviving and getting away from the kidnapping is a personal test for himself, just to confirm that he is worthy of being a disciple.

Sang Sang finally went to Mast Ya Shen who saw in his talisman what happened to Ning Que,  Sang Sang and Master Ya Shen went to rescue Ning Que.  It was touch and go for some moments as the kidnapper has a powerful cultivation.

Secretly Second Brother came to the rescue and fatally wounded the kidnapper.

Episode 24

After recovering from the kidnapping, Ning Que got his study/apprenticeship schedule from Master Yan Se  He will go to the Academy on odd days and stay with Yan Se for the evens.

Chen Pi Pi introduced Ning Que to the disciples one by one.  There are some funny scenes here, especially with the musicians. Ning Que showed them that he’s got the moves.

His final introduction was with 2nd Brother, who he thanked profusely.  He was arse-licking so much that the 2nd Brother locked Ning que’s mouth to prevent him from uttering another word. 🙂   He finally answered Ning Que’s previous question about where he can find the second-floor building,  It was the Rear Mountain where the disciples congregate.

Because of his newfound fame not only as the disciple of Fu Zi but also as the king’s Flower Blooming cardholder, Ning Que’s calligraphy became much sought after.

His letter to Sang Sang when he stayed at the Red Sleeves Invites where now fetching quite a large sum of money.  It was popularly now known as the Chicken Soup.

Sang Sang had a great idea of selling copies stamped by Ning Que’s original seal. People went gaga over the stamped reprints.

Episode 25

Sang Sang,

Xiao Ye got drunk today so I would probably not make it home to sleep.
Remember to drink the chicken soup.

(A Note from young master)

Sang Sang made a lot of money from the reprints of Chicken Soup.

She is beginning to have a social life of her own as well as some clout because of Ning Que as well as from the patronage of the Princess, who told her to call her Big Sister when they are just on their own.

The princess has been dressing her in cute hanfu and doing her hair.

Ning Que is busy but enjoys learning from Master Yan Se the art of talisman.  He is also mingling more with the temperamental disciples.

Meanwhile, Prince Long Qing has gone back to the Shrine Master, who told him that since Fu Zi did not take Long Qing as a disciple then he was going to make him his own disciple.

Episode 26

Finally, Wei Guangming, the Grand Priest of White Light, thought it was time to come out of his prison cell.  He had been incarcerated for 15 years.

The prison is an impenetrable cage specially crafted by the Shrine Leader. Many have tried to break Guangming out but no one has ever succeeded.   Well, only Wei Guangming himself can.

Prince Long Qing came whingeing and moaning about having lost the second-floor place to an unknown brat.  Guangming can’t take any more of his crappy self-pitying and blame games.

Wei Guangming said to Prince Long Qing that he did not lose to Ning Que but he was defeated by his own fear of the Eternal Night.

Wei Guangming knew that the coming of Eternal Night is inevitable.  So without further ado, he used his cultivation and break through many layers of force field to dematerialise, much to the surprise of Long Qing.

Those with advance cultivation knew immediately that Wei Guangming had gotten out of his cage.  They also knew that something big was about to happen. The Shine Leader was visibly affected by the escape of Guangming that he had a massive nosebleed.

Meanwhile, Ning Que was getting bored at the rear mountain.  He does not want to learn the flute or zitar.

What he wanted is to learn sword control through cultivation.  The second Brother asked him to show his skill but it was too basic so he was left to practice.

Episode 27

Fu Zi and First Brother advised the disciples to be a little kinder to their youngest brother.  First Brother especially asked Second Brother to look after Ning Que.  Compliment him and let him get away with minor misdemeanors as they are just bravado of youth. Fu Zi also said that Ning Que should be allowed to learn more from his Talisman mentor, Master Yan Se.

The demon sect has been waiting and apparently scouring the earth for their leader in the last 23 years.  I think the leader would be Ning Que, he is becoming more likely to be the son of Hades.

Anyway, Ning Que and Master Yan Se were having a bit of geography lesson.  They started at the Vermillion Bird Passageway, where Ning Que remembered what happened to him with the fiery bird.  He was rather wary of going through the passageway.  Holding his hand like he was a child,  Master Yan Xe told him that it looks like he had to introduce the bird to him and he has to get to know the bird well.

They went to a building balcony overlooking the Vermillion Bird Passageway in front and the palace pavilion at the opposite end.

Master Yan Se explained that the whole capital was a formation, product of knowledge from countless generations of cultivators.  It is very strong and thus called the Shocking God Formation.  This formation is an invisible shield that protects every nook and cranny of the city.  The master further elaborated that if the Shocking God Formation is triggered then it means the enemies are at the gates and it might be the end.

Ning Que asked the master why he was so knowledgeable about the Shocking God Formation?  Master Yan Se said that that it was because he is the guardian and protector of it.

Ning Que was rather worried that Master Yan Se was way too honest with this extremely sensitive information with him.

But the master said that the Shocking God Formation have already chosen Master Yan Se’s successor and it was Ning Que.

Ning Que could not believe it and said so.  Master Yan Se replied that he could not believe it either at first but the Formation had decided and even chosen Master Yan Se to be Ning Que’s teacher.

Episode 28

Ning Que had become an overnight superstar.  At a young age and being a newbie at that his name had appeared at the ‘Sun’ book of exemplary cultivators.  This was because Ning Que managed to create his very own of Talisman at such a short time. And Sang Sang was with him.

All the disciples were saying proudly that it was because they nurtured him.  It was only Fu Zi who rightly said that Master Yan Se honed Ning Que’s talent in the right direction.

Ning Que is really feeling nurtured by his master.  He looks up to him as a father figure.

Meanwhile, Long-Qing had been tasked to get rid of Ning Que before he gets too powerful.

Despite Ning Que’s stardom, Sang Sang is worrying about silvers as Ning Que spent the silver like they are water.

Now the gathering darkness is fast approaching.

The wasteland people who affiliated themselves with the demon sect have decided to take back the grassland which was theirs originally.  The Shrine leader has ordered that the wasteland people should all be massacred.

Episode 29

There are seven heavenly books revered by the Xilling Light sect.  The most important of these books had been missing for 500 years or so but now it is believed that it is in the mouth of the mountain leading to the wasteland’s grassland.

Aside from killing every single wasteland people of the demon sect, the Shine Leader and Grand Master of Light ordered Long Qing together with the Dao Maniac, who is the head of Justice Department to lead soldiers to search for the book.

The Shrine Leader also sent a letter to everyone, including the king of Tang to send soldiers to get rid of the Demon sect once and for all.

The king, for diplomatic reasons, ordered that the students of the academy led by Ning Que should go and practise at the wasteland.  He was not ordering them to join in the killing of the demon sect (because his most beloved wife used to belong to the demon sect) but to just put on an appearance for the sake of unity with Xilling.

Sending Ning Que to the wasteland was not a popular choice at first but Master Yan Se was not bothered because he has a plan.

Ning Que had to break the news to Sang Sang that he was going away for quite some time and it would only be him without her..  awwww

Episode 30

Ning Que has an emotional farewell with all the disciples who told him to be careful and come back safe.  Each one gave him a present, except for the second brother who gave him a question.  The question… no sub yet 🙂 🙂  watching this episode which is only halfway translated.

Poor Sang Sang was upset as she was not going with him.  I think he is beginning to keep a little distance from Sang Sang because of boy’s hormone.

Master Yan Se sent him out with a very warm hug.  He told Ning Que to be careful.  He also mentioned the Heavenly Book that is sacred to the Heavenly Light sect.  He told Ning Que that the demon sect and heavenly light sect have the same root, much like the Abrahamic religions of today!

Episode 31

Sang Sang and Ning Que had a very emotional goodbye.  She back-hug him which he allowed for a few moments but told her to go as he was starting to tear up himself and that would not be good as his comrade will laugh at him.

Ning Que has been away for a month and yet Sang Sang misses him so much.  She hears his opinions  in everything she does.  Awww

Ning Que also often thinks of her fondly until he saw a beautiful woman who was intending to commune with nature in a snowy mountain in the buff.  🙁 Ning Que disturbed her ritual of disrobing.  She threw a cultivation spell towards him and he rolled down the snow, then immediately surrounded by equally beautiful women.  He later found out that the first woman he saw was the Book Maniac.

Meanwhile, Master Yan Se was stopped midway his checkers move against the State preceptor when he had a mental inkling that the Grand Master of Light had just entered the Vermillion Bird Skyway.  This should be impossible for most but the astral power of the GMoL is such.

I love this episode the powerful elders in this drama are mostly here and played by charismatic veteran actors.  This is what made this drama stand-out above the rest.  There is a feeling that one is watching something opulent.

Sang Sang had finally met the GMoL, who was charmed by her natural goodness and radiance.

Episode 32

Above the Sacred Chair
Under the Sky
– State Preceptor

The state preceptor apparently finally understood the above.  I wish he would explain.  Does he mean that Master Guangming was so powerful that he was above all mortal beings but just under God?!!!

Master Guangming had his presence felt by those who can cultivate.  He was found by the state preceptor in the street where Sang Sang lives.

Master Guangming said that the child of Hades is in the Tang empire and has been getting stronger within the last two years.  The child will bring eternal darkness.

With one flick of a hand, Master Guangming fell all the guards of the state preceptor, who had a eureka moment regarding the true nature of the Grand Master of Light.

Meanwhile, Ning Que started stalking the beautiful Book Maniac, who is the master of the Ink Pond Park.

Ning Que volunteered to escort the beauties of Ink Pond Park to deliver provisions to the soldiers at the other side of the mountains into the wilderness.

The major difference between people and animals is that people are more animals than animals so they can eat animals.
– Master Guanming to Sang Sang

The kind hearted Sang Sang had taken Master Guangming under her roof,

Epiosde 33

Guangming asked Sang Sang to be his disciple.  Sang Sang asked what can he teach her?  Can she fight alongside her master and will she win?  Guangming said yes?  She then asked again if she can be better than him, Master Guangming?  He said yes and no.

She then said that she will let her master decide for her.  He is away in the Wasteland but is due back soon.

Her master is having too much fun in the Wasteland.  So much adventure, including losing the provisions and having most of the Ink Pond Park disciples killed.

Episode 34

The Book Maniac is resisting Ning Que’s charms as she believes herself in love with the Mr Thirteen, who is, of course, Ning Que.

He pretended to be someone else when he volunteered to escort the Book Maniac to deliver the provisions.  Now he is sorry he did not tell her who he really was from the start.

Master Guangming is finally gaining Sang Sang’s trust and who had become friendlier towards him.  Sang Sang was chuffed at the idea of learning martial arts so she could fight with Ning Que side by side.

At the Tang Palace, the 3rd master of the demon sect was punishing the royal family which did not go very well with the Queen, who was from the demon sect previously.

She is now loyal to the King and doing everything she can to protect the king and all of his children.

Episode 35

The King protected the queen but the princess learned about the crisis at the palace and brought her own men to the rescue.

The king wanted everything to be kept a secret and told his daughter that if someone tried to do further action about the incident, then that person would be killed, meaning the king would kill his own daughter if she in any way spread gossip about the queen being from the demon sect.

Ning Que had a right go with everyone who did not help him and the Ink Pond Park when they got ambushed by the bandits.

He also told them that Xiling has no right to criticise him because his teacher, Master Yan Se is one of the three greats of Xilling.  Plus he is the 13th disciple of FuZi.   Nevertheless, the old granny continued moaning so Fu Zi who can hear everything telepathically gave her a bloody mouth, which put the fear on her.

I love the chemistry between Fu Zi and First Brother.  Fu Zi is too fussy that First Brother had that look of wanting to throttle Fu Zi sometimes. LOL

Episode 36

Ning Que and the Book Maniac are wrapped up in a bubble of first love.  The Book Maniac fell in love with Thirteen as soon as she read his Chicken Soup letter.  She wanted to know who Sang Sang was.

Ning Que was enthralled with Book Maniac’s purity, beauty, cleanliness, and gentleness.  To him being with her is like every moment is like the last thing in the world.

While he was excited like the teenage boy that he was, poor Sang Sang was almost molested by the 3rd Prince of Tang.  Thank goodness, Master Guangming was there to save her.  Sang Sang was so grateful to him that she said that he was her second favourite after her master, Ning Que.

Sang Sang and Master Guangming were kneading flour to make noodles when the master showed Sang Sang how to cultivate her light from within her through her finger.  She had her ET phone home moment.  So cute.

Master Guangming was so overwhelmed and declared that she was the child of light and she will be the Grand Priestess of Light.

Meanwhile, Ning Que had the Book Maniac tagging along to find the sacred 7th book.  He can’t help but mention Sang Sang now and again.  He intoned that he hopes Sang Sang will like the Book Maniac as well.

Episode 37

Ning Que and the Book Maniac are nearing the mouth of the mountain towards where the 7th heavenly book is supposed to be kept.

They encountered a vengeful Prince Long Qing who was still unforgiving towards Ning Que for besting him over the 13th apostle of Fu Zi.

He issued a challenge to Ning Que regarding who can attain the next level first.  Ning Que was very calm.  He told the prince that it was against Fu Zi teachings to gamble so he is not playing.

No matter how much Long Qing insults Ning Que in order to incite him, Ning Que was not bothered until the Prince said that he was still interested in Sang Sang. Long Qing said that he will give Ning Que a few villages in return for Sang Sang.

Finally, this got to Ning Que.  Even if Long Qing is giving him a few countries, Sang Sang is non-negotiable.

Even the Book Maniac was surprised how Ning Que was suddenly annoyed.

Ning Que finally accepted the challenge.  If he loses, he will have to give up his being a disciple of Fu Zi and Master Yan Se.  Abandon his QiHai and Xueshan.

If Lao Qing loses, he then had to relinquish his status of princehood, and live like a dog, He was to forget being the child of light of Xiling.

Master Yan Se’s teachings:

If you can’t win, you can run, but can’t die.

People can’t always win.  It is normal to lose.

The Book Maniac was worried for Ning Que.  She asked him how can he just leave his cultivation, Masters Fu Zi and Yan Se.

Ning Que said he doesn’t have any intention of doing so.  Gamblers paying off their debts are woods.

Thank goodness he is no wood because he won, he wished and suddenly saw a mirage of Sang Sang running towards him, he reached the next level faster than Long Qing.

Long Qing was not happy with this development so he sent a deluge of globules of sharp ice to Ning Que’s way to kill him.

But Ning Que was well prepared by the various parapernalia gifted to him by the deciples.  With his magical arrow, he got Long Qing straight in the heart/chest.  Fortunately for him Long Qing, the Dao Maniac was with him and gave him the cure for his wound.

Episode 38

The Book Maniac was worried for Ning Que for the repercussion of shooting with a bow and arrow, almost killing Long Qing, who is a favourite of the Shrine Leader of Xilling.

Ning Que was not bothered.  He said that making him bet Sang Sang was Long Qing’s grave mistake.  Ning Que cannot lose Sang Sang.  She is not his Ming Men (gate to life).  Sang Sang was his life. ahhhhhh

NIng Que and the Book Maniac got into the Daming Lake which leads to the mouth of the demon sect mountain.  They are being pursued by the Dao Maniac to revenge Long Qing as well as fulfill her mission of killing Ning Que as ordered by the Shrine leader of Xilling.

The Dao Maniac though wanted the book as well so had a truce with Ning Que and entered the mountain with them.

Inside they found the rumoured dead Liang Sheng 32, the previous Grand Priest of Justice.  He was in chains and he said he has been a prisoner for 15 years and kept permanently in chains from the formation created by Ke Haoran, Ning Que’s uncle Brother.

Liang Shen tried to seduce them with power.  He said he will transfer his power to any one of them.  The first one to get near him was the Dao Maniac, who he immediately seized to drain her of her of strength and spirit.

Episode 39

Ning Que, of course, would defeat Liang Shen though with extreme difficulty.  Ning Que helped the battered Dao Maniac to heal her wounds.  He told her that she would have permanent scarring on her neck but that should not trouble her as he knows she doesn’t have any intention of getting married.  Her pursuit of knowledge is absolute.

NIng Que did not find any sign of the heavenly at the demon sect cave.

Sang Sang is a busy host.  She had many visitors.  Chen Pi Pi is a regular but who at first was overwhelmed with realising that the Grand Master of Light is actually staying with Sang Sang.  Chen Pi Pi is known to Master Guangming because Chen Pi Pi was one of their pupils in the monastery until he ran away and got taken in by Fu Zi as the twelfth disciple.

Before long, Master Yan Se was also in the scene.  He asked Guangming his purpose of staying at his disciple’s (Ning Que) house.

Master Guangming said that Sang Sang is his disciple, who is the Grand Priestess of Light.  Master Guangming then found out that Master Yan Se’s disciple and Sang Sang’s master is none other that Ning Que.  Master Guangming immediately said that he needed to leave.  He tried to convince Sang Sang to leave with him.

Episode 40

This to me is a highlight episode. I watch it first without the English sub so I did not understand a word.

Kudos to the actors, the more mature ones; they were such tremendous actors that you sort of understand what was going on.  Ni Dahong and Shih Chieh Chun were really charismatic.

This episode is also a welcome respite from the flirtation between Ning Que and the Book Maniac. They do make a lovely pair but what would happen to Sang Sang?!!!

Master Yan Se had tried to convince the Grand Master of Light to chill out.  It was time for him to retire.  Perhaps enjoy some of the delights of what Red Sleeves Invites has on offer. 🙂

It was time for Guangming to pipe down on his obsession with the son of Hades.

Guangming, however, was adamant.  He said that he completely believed in the Heavenly God and what he saw in the book clearly points to General Lin’s manor where the son of Hades was.

Master Yan Se said that perhaps they have grown old and they should leave this matter to the younger generation.

They agreed to have a showdown the next day. This is the episode where Sang Sang stood between the two masters while they tried to impress her with magical and fantastical cultivation into the high heavens.

Their show of abilities was phantasmagoric that even Second Brother and Cheng Pi Pi were dazzled.

Episode 41

Sang Sang was desolate!

Missing Ning Que so much, she needed someone to look up to as well as needing her strength and teaching her new things.  She found the perfect mentor in Master Guangming and she felt valued once again.

But it did not last.

During the battle of super cultivation powers between the two masters, they seemed on par with each other.

Master Guangming did have a eureka moment.  He saw something in the heavens which made him say that everything that they believed in was wrong but also right.  (That is sitting on the fence)

In the end, they agreed to leave the world and let the present and future generations to deal with whatever happens.

Touching hands, their powers coalesce and their bodies disintegrated into dusty molecules of ashes.

Sang Sang had to pick/scoop up the dust into the pots that she brought with her. A pristine unused jar as requested by the Grand Master of Light and a used oily pot for the less fastidious Master Yan Se.

Second Brother with Cheng Pi Pi was most concerned with how sad Sang Sang had become.

With the Second Brother’s cultivation, he had the ashes automatically pour into the pots.

The ‘death’ of the masters were felt with sadness by everyone.

The second part of this episode is back to Ning Que and his flirting with Book Maniac which First Brother found most hilarious.

Apparently Master Guangming was the instigator of the bloody massacre that occured 15 years ago at the manor of General Lin (Ning Que’s father).  It was foretold that the child of Hades was at that manor.

What he did not know was that Sang Sang has the spirit of Yong Ye, who is the bringer of the Eternal Darkness.

Epidose 42

Fu Zi went to see the last two survivors of the eternal night.   They were reluctant to talk but said that the heavens fatten you up and then gather you up but not in a good way more like the witch fattening up Hansel and Gretel to cannibalise them.

Anyway, First Brother was pushing Ning Que and Book Maniac together.  He even introduced the idea of a lifetime journey of them together, which meant marriage.

Ning Que was at first surprised but did not abhor the idea.  He admitted that he did not mind at all making the Book Maniac his family.

Anyway, NIng Que told First Brother that he really wanted to hurt Great General Hou Xia.  First Brother warned Ning Que that the General was too strong for Ning Que.  However, he brought Ning Que and the Book Maniac to ‘toyang City which is the lair of General Xia Hou.  During their meeting, First Brother ordered General Hou Xia to retire.  He enumerated a number of bad deeds by the general which he considered minor but in First Brother’s book, the general committed a major one by trying to kill Ning Que, a disciple of FuZi.

Episode 43 (Unsubbed)

Ning Que has a more advance cultivation.  He was on fire a la Ghost Rider.  This was transference cultivation from Liang Shen, the former Grand Priest of Justice.

With his stronger cultivation, he killed another player in the massacre of his clan 15 years ago.

Episode 44 (Unsubbed)

Sang Sang was arrested.  She was rescued by Cheng PiPi who had stronger cultivation than the one who arrested Sang Sang.

After a bath and a change of clothes, Sang Sang was invited by the Princess to one of the Queen’s Flower Festival,  Among the guests was a woman who can’t take her eyes off Sang Sang.  Is she Sang Sang’s mother?!!!

The woman was a wife of the palace doctor.  The woman used to be a concubine but the first wife who was related to the princess died.

Episode 45 

This is a very traumatic episode for Sang Sang and for me.  I cried with Sang Sang.  I am teary now just thinking about what happened.

Firstly. Sang Sang was invited by the woman she met at the Queen’s manor to her house.  Sang Sang was treated to a sumptuous meal.

The woman introduced her to her husband who was equally excited to meet Sang Sang.  They can’t do enough for her.

The woman then brought in a bowl of pear soup which she pseudo accidentally poured into Sang Sang shoes.  She wanted to take off Sang Sang shoes and wash Sang Sang feet.

Though Sang Sang said that she knew the madam deliverately pour the soup on her feett, she graciously removed her shoes and showed her feet.  The woman was beyond herself with trepidation and excitement.  Sang Sang’s right foot bears the mark the woman’s child had.

Apparently, the child was a victim of child trafficking.  The original wife sold the baby to human traffikers as a revenge for the concubine and her husband begetting a child.

The couple was sure that Sang Sang was their missing child they had been looking for for sixteen years.  They tried to embrace her but Sang Sang was not having it.

She was at home when the couple came in and told her once again that she was their missing daughter and she should come home with them.  Sang Sang had to lock them out.  She does not want to leave her master’s house.

Finally, Ning Que came home but with a beautiful woman in tow.  He was with the radiant Book Maniac.

Poor Sang Sang.  She was left unsure what and how to take this new whole situation in.

Ning Que opened his arms wide for her excited embrace but Sang Sang ignored him.  He went to look for her a couple of times but she rebuffed him.

While Ning Que, Book Maniac, First Brother and Chen PiPi seemed to be having a jolly old time, poor Sang Sang was left surreptitiously looking at them. The Book Maniac noticed her and Chen Pi Pi noticed that the Book Maniac noticed Sang Sang was looking in.

Taking pity at the sad Sang Sang Chen Pi Pi went to see Sang Sang in the kitchen and tried to cheer her up.  He was always at Team Sang Sang.  He said that he can’t take Ning Que and the Book Maniac’s flirting.

Finally, Sang Sang and Ning Que were alone.  Once again he opened his arms for a hug. She hugged him tight and he hugged her tight back.  They missed one another.  But being a boy who can be thoughtless, he blows warm and cold.  After the hug he told her to continue on doing up the dishes..  He then gave her a gift.  It was a clay bird, she was happy to receive it but Ning Que once again told her to do the dishes.

The next day, Ning Que had a very sorrowful time taking in the death of his teacher, Master Yan Se.  He became even more remote with Sang Sang as she was also grieving for her own teacher, Master Guangming, which only annoyed the grief-stricken Ning Que.

He blames Guangming for the death of his teacher and being the mastermind for the murder of his family and friends 15 years ago.

Ning Que does not take kindly to Sang Sang being upset about her teacher.

Anyway, still, they went together to put to rest the remains of their teachers on the mountain overlooking the sea.  Ning Que told her to bury her teacher further away from his teacher.

Sang Sang would not listen as she was told by Masters Yan Se and Guangming that they would like to be buried together as neighbours.

Ning Que then showed Sang Sang what he had become.  He frightened her with his demon-like appearance a la ghost rider. 🙂  He said he got the cultivation from his uncle brother, Ke Haoran.

Sang Sang was frightened.  She told him that he was the son of Hades that her teacher was looking for.

Ning Que told her to look at him closely.  He is still her master who likes her sweet and sour noodles with 30 slices of spring onions.

Sang Sang ran off scared.

Episode 46

Ning Que went to the Second Floor Building, Rear Mountain, to greet his fellow disciples.

Ning Que was with the Book Maniac when they happened to meet a young monk belonging to a secret mountain sect.  He challenged Ning Que to a duel.

Ning Que at first declined the duel but seeing that the Book Maniac seemed to know the young monk and holds in high regards, Ning Que agreed to a duel.

The match ended up a tie one and Ning Que earned the admiration of the young monk.  During their match, the young monk give as much as he could and Ning Que took it without retaliating and still lived.  The monk was impressed by Ning Que’s stamina.

Ning Que did not really do anything to repulse the cultivation power of the monk being he was too busy stopping his spellbound to come to fore.

Ning Que was weakened and needed help from the Book Maniac to walk.

He now hardly spend time with Sang Sang and when they do spend time, they are awkward.  He might not as well be there for all the attention he gives her.

Ning Que had really fallen for the charms of the Book Maniac who confesses to him at every opportunity which makes him happy and excited like a boy that he still is.  He bought her a present of eye-glasses (more than the crappy clay bird he bought for Sang Sang).

Sang Sang sees them being into each other in a big way.  They would stand in the middle of the street flirting for everyone to see.

The Maniac kissed Ning Que on the cheek which was witnessed by Sang Sang.  Ning Que was catatonic with delight and in his own world, where Sang Sang is not allowed to enter. I

It made Sang Sang feels redundant in her master’s life.

Episode 47

She was washing his feet before he went to sleep, instead of the playful father/brother/mentor/friend she was used too, he was abrupt and formal.  He told her to allow him to warm his bed, meaning to fall asleep, before she comes up to bed herself.

Sang Sang realised that she was now superfluous to his needs.

Instead of going to bed herself, she spent the night cleaning the whole house and the next morning she packed her belongings and went to see the Book Maniac.

Sang Sang sadly but honestly said that the Book Maniac has pretty hair, pretty eyes, pretty face, pretty hands, pretty clothes and she will  be their new madam.

Seeing that Sang Sang was visibly upset, the Book Maniac handed her a white handkerchief, which Sang Sang declined to accept at first of its being too pretty for her dirty face.  Mo Shan Shan said not to worry as she can keep the hanky.

Sang Sang then went to the house of her ‘parents’ to stay.

Ning Que woke up and called for Sang Sang immediately.   Not getting any reply, he went downstairs and he still can’t find her anywhere.  Thinking that she might have gone to the market, Ning Que went back to sleep.

When he woke up again, he called for Sang Sang but still no sign of her.  Getting really annoyed and worried, he went to the police/Ichytosaurus Gang to report Sang Sang as missing.  The police said they will keep an eye for Sang Sang.

Ning Que then went to the princess.  The princess rather maliciously said that Sang Sang was with her parents.  This confused Ning Que.  He found out that Sang Sang’s father is the Palace Scholar.

Ning Que went to the house of Sang Sang’s parents who seemed very nice and reasonable.

Ning Que met Sang Sang who had turned spoit and disagreeable.  She was shouting at Ning Que for threatening her parents.

Ning Que was shocked how Sang Sang had changed in just a matter of days.  He got a stick and walloped her with it, he then pinched her ear for being disrespectful.

They argued who looked after the other more.  Ning Que said that he had looked after her after digging her out from dead bodies.

Sang Sang countered that she had done all the chores from the age of eight so she had been looking after him ever since.

Ning Que then said that he had killed many bandits and gave her the money he earned.  She said she made them a small fortune from her ideas of selling his calligraphy.

They argued bitterly.  It came to a point where Ning Que reminded her that she always agreed that there will come a point when Ning Que will get married.

But Ning Que siad that he and Sang Sang are together forever.

She rightly asked how can that be possible if he was married.

Ning Que was prevaricating so Sang Sang screamed for her father asking if there were any eligible sons of ministers for her to marry.  Her father confirmed that there are plenty and her mother said that someone was asking for Sang Sang astrological sign.

Snag Sang said to arrange a marriage for her.

Ning Que was raging.  He said she cannot get married.  She is too young. Sang Sang said the Great Mountain Park, where the Book Maniac is from gets married at 14, still Ning Que said you are from Tang, to which Sang Sang said they allowed to get married at 16 and she is 16.

Ning Que said she was too dark and skinny, who would want to marry her? (He was so desperate he started demeaning her).

Sang Sang said she is the daughter of the palace scholar and a friend of the princess and the disciple of Master GuangMing plus she has 12,000 tael of silver.

Ning Que was shocked. She is very marriageable.  LOL  but she screamed she cannot get married!  Her parents shouted in unison that she can, it is their decision.  Ning Que threatened them with his umbrella to leave.

When they both calm down they had a talk, where Ning Que convinced Sang SAng to come back with him.

Sang Sang was much too aggrieved to give in and Ning Que knew it.  She told him that she doesn’t want him to be with someone else, even with Mo Shan Shan, the Book Maniac.

Rather defeated, he left Sang Sang to calm herself them and he will be back for her the next day.

When he got home, he realised that as much as he thinks of Sang Sang as his life, his reason of being, in reality he has neglected her and taken her for granted.  She must have been lonely all those months he was away at the wasteland.

Episode 48

Sang Sang leaving Ning Que was unthinkable that even the disciples had so much to say about it.  They measured and countermeasured the pros and cons of both Sang Sang and Mo Shan Shan as to who should be the right bride for Ning Que. Some said why not just marry both.

Majority of the disciples are on Team Sang Sang.  But ultimately it’s Ning Que’s decision as what 3rd sister had said who abstained from the voting. 🙂

Ning Que went to see the Book Maniac.  He stayed far away from her and just looked at her with longing and regret.  He then left as he was too upset about Sang Sang.

He met up with Chen Pi Pi and Ning Que was moaning how unreasonable Sang Sang was being.  She would never allow him to take a concubine.

Chen Pi Pi gave him the full force of his anger.  He told NIng Que how much Sang Sang had done for him.  Without her, he would have been dead.  It was her who forcefully took the Channeling pill from the dithering Chen Pi Pi and fed it to the near-death Ning Que.

Ning Que realised the truth of it.

He went to the Book Maniac to break up with her officially.  The Book Maniac, though dying inside, graciously accepted his decision.

What Ning Que did not know was than Sang Sang was missing him so much and had he come back to take her home, she would at whatever terms he offered.

Anyway, the heartbroken Ning Que went drinking and met an old man, who happens to be the great Fu Zi. Ning Que ran away with his tongue.  He told Fu Zi that he killed the next state preceptor of Xiling, who is Daoshin.  He said that he able to defeat Daoshin because Ning Que is spellbound.  Before Ning Que incriminated himself further, Fu Zi tapped him in the temple to make him sleep temporarily.

The first brother was there to look after the unconscious Ning Que but got told off by FuZi for having pushed Ning Que and Mo Shan Shan together. 🙂

Episode 49

The emperor’s head eunuch Li was sent to Sang Sang’s parents for Sang Sang return back to Ning Que by order of Fu Zi.

The parents were very unhappy to do so but can’t really decline especially when Sang Sang, hearing that Ning Que was in a bad way, hurried back to see him.

When Ning Que woke up from his hungover, he immediately realised that something was going on.  He can smell beef congee, He hurried downstairs into the kitchen. He was excited to see Sang Sang happily preparing food in the kitchen.

Ning Que was over the moon. He just stared at Sang Sang for the longest time.  He had not been this deliriously happy for ages.

But his happiness did not last long as he received a long letter from the Book Maniac, telling him that she realised that he was not ready to have someone else with him, that he got used to being alone, it became his way of living but if he happens to want to see her, she will be waiting for him or she will come to see him.

Seriously?!!!

Ning Que had a bit of a cry in front of Sang Sang while remembering his brief time with the Book Maniac.  It seems that he really likes her but Sang Sang is more useful to him afterall she is his totem, meaning if he wanted to go up the next level of cultivation Sang Sang plays a major role.

So the Book Maniac is Ning Que’s ‘the one that got away.’  At the dead of night. Ning Que will be thinking and longing for her .  She will become his romantic ideal.

Run Sang Sang Run. 🙂

If this is not enough upheaval for Ning Que, Fu Zi had summoned to see him.  Fuzi was very unhappy that Ning Que has no control over his cultivation leading him to kill a Daoshin, though a rather aggressive monk.  Apparently, he is the son of the old woman Ning Que insulted during his time at the Wasteland.  She was that termagant of a woman who even insulted Fu Zi.

Fu Zi welcomed Ning Que but at the same time had told Ning Que that his official membership/welcome party as the thirteenth disciple had to be postponed.

NIng Que lacked finesse and self-control, which makes him unsuitable as a disciple just yet.

As punishment for Ning Que, Fu Zi ordered that he will be confined in the reflection cliff, where he will be able to think things through.  The confinement will be for a short time or forever.  It is up to Ning Que to puzzle it out how to get out.  Of course, the punishment is optional.  He doesn’t have to do it but this would mean being expelled from the group permanently.

The twelve disciples did everything to calm Fu Zi,  Chen Pi Pi made him a lovely eel pizza complete with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

While Fu Zi was getting through the slices of the whole pizza, each of the disciples reasoned and begged Fu Zi to be more lenient with Ning Que.

Fu Zi mentioned that if Ning Que gets out of the reflection cliff, he will become the ambassador of the Rear Mountain, he is that good.

Ning Que met Fu Zi and Second Brother by the reflection cliff which is a cave.

Episode 50 

Ning Que will be confined in a cave under a force field formation which he can’t get out of.

Only the other disciples can get in and out.  When Ning Que asked why they can and he cannot, they teased him that he was too weak.

Ning Que tried to get out several times causing himself bodily harm.

Anyway, the cave has a little hut directly in front of it where Sang Sang had camped in.

She can push in food and things into the cave but assumed she can’t get in until she brought in a big bowl of water into the cave without thinking.

Ning Que noticed immediately that she has been and out.  He asked her why she can enter into the cave.

She explained that it was probably because her teacher had declared that her Qi is pure. He had shown her how to create light through her finger.  Ning Que suddenly wanted to know more.  He asked her why she did not tell him before.  She replied that she had forgotten about it because she does not use it except in cooking meat.

Ning Que laughed saying that if only her master could hear her, he would jump off his urn.

Sang Sang is becoming more perfect for him.  She can now cultivate, just like Mo Shan Shan.

Ning Que’s first visitors were First & Second Brothers. The Second Brother immediately noticed that Sang Sang was not feeling very well.  She seemed to suffer from cold disease or she gets cold easily.  The second Brother healed her.  I have to say these two have good chemistry. (Song Yiren and Dylan Koh should do a drama together as leads) The Second Brother has always been pro-Sang Sang in a big way.  He was ready to fight with the First Brother, who insisted that Mo Shan Shan was the girl for Ning Que.  🙂

Anyway, Ning Que moaned and complained about Fu Zi.  He even threatened to report Fu Zi for contravening Tang laws for imprisoning him.

NIng Que was laughed at by the two Brothers.  Second Brother explained to Ning Que that being inside the cave with its formatted doorway, no one would know outside of the Rear Mountain that Ning Que is spellbound and therefore, he will be far from harm at the same time he can’t be dangerous to others.

Ning Que finally understood that Fu Zi was actually looking after him; doing him a favour..

The Brothers further explained that what Ning Que got is not necessary evil as long as he can manage it and put it under control.  Being inside the reflection cliff should give him time and space to study, learn and control his spellbound.

This episode also showed that the Third Sister, Xu Yilian, originally belonged to the demon sect, that is why the pink jade ring she gave to Ning Que enabled him to open the gates of the demon sect mountain but by doing so got spellbound by the  Lian Sheng, the former Grand Master of Justice.  Fu Zi asked Third Sister why the demon in her heart had not vanished even after 20 years as his disciple?

Third Sister lecture/reminded Fu Zi that because Xiling declared themselves the followers of Heavenly God, anyone else believing otherwise was evil and demonic or bad.  There is no real justice.

The Third Sister then asked to be excused leaving Fu Zi rather thoughtful.

Episode 51

Ning Que’s time in the cave is rather productive as his fellow disciples have visited him and some have given him reading materials for perfecting his cultivation,  Sometimes he even shares the book to Sang Sang.

His Brothers and Sisters were ultra-generous with him that he was learning their individual expertise, thus he has the potential to be the best of the lot.

Sang Sang was munching a carrot near the academy when she was stopped by Cheng Li Xue, the vice grandmaster of Tian Yu Academy.  He was with the Grandmaster of Xiling..  They asked if she was Sang Sang.  When she said yes hesitantly, the guards got down on their knees to pay her respect.

They then told her that they have come to fetch her and take her back to Xiling.  They then explained to her that there are three sectors in Xiling: Guang Ming Hill, Tian Yu and Jurisdiction.  The death of Master GuangMing created a vacancy which needed to be filled and Sang Sang was it being the only disciple of the Guang Ming.

Meanwhile, Pi Pi went to Fu Zi to report what was happening to Sang Sang. Fu Zi  was rather annoyed at being disturbed in his ‘study’ of beef balls 🙂

Anyway, FuZi said he knows and sent PiPi to inform Ning Que.

First Brother hinted that it was a bit cruel to let Ning Que know about the Sang Sang situation when he can’t do anything about it.

Greatness cannot be achieved without obsession.
– FuZi

Affection is a great motivation.
– Fuzi

 

The crafty FuZi knows that Sang Sang in peril is a great motivation for Ning Que to overcome his weakness and clear his mind and get out of the cave, which he did.  Because of Sang Sang(his totem/obsession), Ning Que got out of the cave which he had been confined in for three months.

At that moment, you can feel that Fu Zi knew what happened because he was suddenly eating tofu, by proxy for Ning Que, which seems the favourite food of those who just came out of prison. LOL

Ning Que got to Sang Sang and rescued her from Xillling sect of light by telling them that Sang Sang and him  are two peas in a pod. One cannot exist without the other.

He also said that he was going to marry her.

Sang Sang was as surprised as their audience.  Ning Que whispered to her to say something, He said just nod her head.

She nodded at him but he said not to him but to them.  She then nodded left and right!  So cute.

Anyway, Xiling said that they would give Sang Sang three days to make a decision.

Trouble seems to attach to Ning Que like a magnet.

Sang Sang and Ning Que were just a few steps away from the Xilling Light group when Lui Yi Qing of Nan Jin Sword Pavillon challenged him to a duel.

Liu Yi Qing is the brother of Lui Bai, the master of the Nan Jin Sword Pavillon,

Anyway, Lu Yi Qing, without the knowledge of Lui Bai had been tasked by Xilling to kill Ning Que.  (When Lui Bai found out he was incandescent with rage as Nan Jin Sword Pavillon was independent of Xilling)

Ning Que declined the duel, still smarting from Fu Zi’s warning about his being a spellbound and Daoshin’s death.

But he recognised immediately that the sword that Liu Yi Qing was using was the one owned by the missing  Chao Xiaoshu.

The impulsive Ning Que once again engage in a fight.  But his cultivation has increased and he easily beat the Yi Qing, who does not know when to surrender. Ning Que has a more powerful sword, which was newly crafted by his Brothers Fourth and Sixth..

Ning Que, I supposed mindful of Fu Zi’s lesson about excessive fighting and punishment, he let his new improved sword to do the deed to stop an over-enthusiastic assailant. He raised his sword towards high heaven and the light emanating from it blinded the Liu.

Episode 52

English subtitle, where art thou?!!!

Lots of blah blah blah in this episode. 🙂 🙂 :)`

Finally, Ning Que was welcomed back into the fold.  It was his official welcome party and he was asked to choose his emblem colour.  Black was his choice which gladdened Sang Sang’s heart as it would not show the dirt easily.

He thanked Fu Zi and each of the disciples of their support.  It was lovely and fun to see all the disciples and Fuzi in one scene, however, in the end Fu Zi is still a sadist.  He felt that Ning Que needed to continue learning his lesson inside the force-field controlled cave.  He told him to leave and he will send him a gift that night.

While Ning Que was there, Fu Zi visited him and they had a blah blah blah about the moon and did Ning Que understand the meaning of Fu Zi’s gift as cultivation.

As a final reminder to Ning Que, Fu Zi pointed to the sleeping Sang Sang and told Ning Ning to honour his promise, meaning he has to marry Sang Sang. Awww

After a few more days, Ning Que was back home with Sang Sang in separate beds.  They had more blah blah blah about her going to Xilling.

Ning Que said that it might be good for her.  She should have ambition, like all the women he knows.  Sang Sang said she has ambition.

Ning Que waited for the big reveal with bated breath.

Sang Sang said that her ambition is not to go anywhere.

Sang Sang went to sleep like a baby while Ning Que was left frustrated.

He then dragged her unwillingly for an audience with the Xilling masters.  They had a very serious blah blah blah, which I think Ning Que said that he was not against Sang Sang going to Xilling but Sang Sang doesn’t want to go and what Sang Sang wants, he supports.  Anyway Sang Sang is very young to be a grandmaster.

They said that even if Sang Sang comes to Xilling, she would not automatically be made a grandmaster.  It takes years to train plus the fact that she would need to travel the world to get a feel of humanity.

Sang Sang finally spoke.  She said she is definitely going to Xilling but in three years time. Vice Grandmaster Cheng was about to complain but the head Grandmaster stopped him and said it was fine.

Sang Sang and Ning Que happily left.

The grandmaster told the vice that they only had a verbal agreement, it is not written in stone.  Also, he saw the power within Sang Sang.  It is greater than he imagined.

This episode also shows what happened to Chao Xiaoshu.  He was recuperating from his wound after fighting with the guards at the temple.

Episode 53

Ning Que has officially become the protector of the Shocking God Formation after the king had passed the formation key, which was left to him by Master Yan Se.

Ning Que then went to get to know the Vermillion Bird at the passageway which is central to the Tang capital.

Episode 54

Sang Sang made a lot of money selling prints and reprints of Ning Que’s calligraphy.

With the money, The two went to the bank to deposit their fortune.

Ning Que was so happy with himself he wanted to hold hands with young Sang Sang. Ahhhhhhhhh

As a happy couple would do and wanting to settle down, they invested in real estate overlooking a pond, a perfect site for practising cultivation.

Meanwhile, the Dao Maniac just wanted a quiet life gaining more knowledge, but she can’t get the peace anymore at Xilling.  In fact a mob of black hooded specter-like men came for her and almost molested her.

She was so annoyed, she had had enough of Xilling.

Next week might end the first season of this excellent addictive drama.  I heard that this frist series comprised of the first 500 or so chapters of the novel.  There are apparently a thousand or so chapters all together, which made up for a 20 volumes of books.

Those who wanted to read them, apparently you can find them only roughly translated.  I have not search for them yet.  Perhaps when the withdrawal symptoms kick in, I might do.

Episode 55

Awww lots of blah blah blah

Ning Que and Sang Sang are more intimate.  This is the episode where they were on a boat dropping some cannon balls on a lake when Sang Sang almost toppled over in the water.  Ning Que got her and stared at Sang Sang for the longest time.

Sang Sang could not help herself, she gave him a kiss on the cheek.  Ning Que then put aside his oar and gave Sang Sang a tender kiss on the cheek in return.  Ahhhhh  They then held hands as they frolicked in the mountain, completely into each other Ahhhhhhhhh

Episode 56

Chen Pi Pi was rather down in the dumps because he doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings with Tang Tian Tao.  He fell in love with her at first sight.

Ning Que encouraged him to confess but Chen Pi Pi has his doubts.  He cannot really be in a relationship with her being a disciple of Fu Zi and also from the clan of Zhi Zhou monastery.

Anyway, Ning Que and Sang Sang still tried to push the two together.

Later on, Sang Sang told Ning Que that Tang Tian Tao was adamant that she will get into a relationship or married as she will become the saintess of Mo Zong.  The requirement for a saintess is being a virgin. Poor Chen Pi Pi.

The Dao Maniac had now come into the scene and straight into Ya Ming Lake where Ning Que is now living with Sang Sang.

She escaped from Xilling and wanted to stay at Ning Que’s.

She saw Sang Sang and commanded her to bring hot water into her room.

Ning Que looked at the Dao Maniac and told her that Sang Sang is the lady of the place.

The Dao Maniac was shocked, seeing that the Sang Sang looks fairly ordinary and very young.  She wanted to know that she was the Grandmaster of light which Sang Sang confirmed.

Sang Sang accompanied the Dao Maniac to her room and when she came back she told Ning Que about the Dao Maniac attachment to a handkerchief.

NIng Que smirked which made Sang Sang rather suspicious enough to ask if he knew the Dao Maniac very well.

Ning Que said, hardly!

He did never find out about the magic or what the handkerchief does from the Fifth Sister.  Probably whoever he gave the hanky to would fall in love with him and be protective of him at the same time. 🙂

 

Episode 57

The Dao Maniac started to train Ning Que.   No one can take away Ning Que’s life except her.  She said that she owns Ning Que’s life.

Episode 58

Long Qing is getting powerful again after taking in potions from a sacred jar.

There was a man inside a mountain which rather reminded me of a painting by Caravaggio of St Jerome, which I saw at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Malta.

The old man was very powerful with sophisticated cultivation.  He became the master/target practice for the now invigorated Long Qing.

Episode 59

During a court assembly, General Xia Hou had reported his intention of retiring with immediate effect which was accepted by the king, who announced that the massacre 16 years at General Lin’s mansion will be reopened for investigation.

This news did not go down well with the general, who was so put out that he threw his sword in front of the king as a sign of disrespect much to the shock and annoyance of the king,

The general then walked out and happened to meet Ning Que and Sang Sang just outside the palace gate.

Ning Que told the general that he wanted him to take responsibility for the massacre at General Lin’s mansion.  Ning Que also realised that this would be a pie in the sky.  And the only thing that would make the general to admit to his transgression was if Ning Que defeats him.

The Grand Prince who was a witness to this accidental meeting said that it is against

Tang Law to challenge a retiring official who had done so much for the kingdom.

Ning Que said that he would challenge Xia Hou to a death duel.

The King who came out to see what was going on had told Ning Que that many reparations would be done in honour of the slain General Lin.

Ning Que then said what about his father and mother, he then told them that his parents were too ordinary that their names were not mentioned on the report of who died at General Lin’s manor.

Everyone was shocked that Ning Que was not General Lin’s son.  They have always assumed that he was.

Ning Que then said that just because his parents are lowly, don’t they deserved to be avenged?  It was quite a lovely speech.

Xia Hou accepted after having palm cutting exercise with Ning Que as a form of agreement.

Xia Hou said to bring it on, name the date and the place.

To prepare, Ning Que practiced with the help of the Dao Maniac. He was on par with her taking away one of her earrings which inspired him to go to his blacksmith brothers and mold a hair ornament for Sang Sang.  Awww

Episode 60

WOW!!!

The ending really is so hanging, blowing in the wind for a second series.

Majority of the disciples and also Fuzi believed that Ning Que will be able to overcome Xia Huo in the end.

But Li Man Man was always putting the downer. He thought that Xia Huo has the edge.

FuZi told him that he saw Ning Que sixteen years ago during the massacre, he saw him get up, he saw him finding a baby and an umbrella, he saw him fighting bandits, he saw him climb the rear mountain, he saw uncle brother Ke Haoran in Ning Que.

They both want freedom, explained Fu Zi.

Freedom

Li Man Man: What is freedom?

FuZi: Freedom is the courage to choose.

  • Choose to live
  • choose to die
  • or choose not to choose

Anyway, the two combatant met in an icy arena over the frozen Yang Mi lake, which is under a formation created by the Fifth Sister.

They were witnessed by First & Second Brother, Chen Pi Pi, Dao Maniac, Nian Tian Qing, Ye Qing Qie., the King and Queen and among many others.

Their fighting scenes were sublime, very cinematic.  I could have watched it all day long.  The choreography was just amazing.  It was beautifully balletic.

Ning Que was astonishing, giving everything he’s got but Xia Hou, who had reached Wu Dao had attained the ultimate level of cultivation plus his indestructible Ming Dao armour, was more than a match for him.

Ning Que ended up in the lake drowning until he heard the faint scream from Sang Sang, who was injured after she tried to stab Xia Hou with the magic umbrella.

NIng Que started having a mental image of what occurred fifteen years ago, how his whole family was massacred.

He was just in time to save Sang Sang as Xia Hou was walking towards her to finish her off.

Ning Que was back shouting not to touch Sang Sang!!!

Despite using as much stamina as he can produce, Ning Que was still not as experienced as Xia Huo.

Ning Que ended up thrown next to Sang Sang, who was looking all spent.

Xia Huo said sarcastically to Ning Que that with his arsenal of weapons and also being possessed by the demon sect, why did he not have a contingency plan?

Ning Que said that he has got his sword to protect Sang Sang as she sleeps,  Sang Sand stood up and suddenly levitated towards the sky and became a source of bright light over Ning Que giving him renewed strength and vigour,

Everyone was in awe.

Xia Huo recognised the phenomena as the Huo Tian light.

Ning Qu managed to cut  Xia Hou’s trusty spear/javelin throw in half and slashed through his Ming Dao armour, thus reached into Xia Hou’s fatal point.

Xia Huo was surprised and as a last recourse took the other half of the Tong Tian Pill expecting to invigorate and cure him.

For a while he felt strong again.  With one hand he grabbed Ning Que by the throat but then he felt his heart was burning, pulsating too fast.  He then knew that he was double-crossed by the Xilling Shrine Leader.

Xia Huo had a very moving monologue that brought tears to my eyes.

He said that Ning Que wanted him dead, Xilling wanted him dead, everyone wanted him dead.  He asked Ning Que if the world will be better after he is dead?  He said he did everything to survice.  Actually, he was right, he led the massacre sixteen years ago because he was ordered to.  He was following orders as a good soldier would do.

He then told Ning Que that Yong Ye is coming and NIng Que is the only that can protect the Tang Kingdom and his sister, the Queen.  He also told Ning Que that his greatest enemy is the Xilling.

I think he passed some of his cultivation to Ning Que and pushed him toward Sang Sang who fell from above with a thump.

They both watched Xia Hou blow up into tiny bits of atoms while Sang Sang with the last of strength covered Ning Que with her body.

When everything had settled a bit, Sang Sang moved away from Ning Que.

Ning Que then screamed piteously “Sang Sang can not die.”  as he cradled the lifeless body of Sang Sang.

Sang Sang can’t be dead, can she?!!!

The ending was Long Qing is now all-powerful, doing a Tarzan body image inside a cave lit by 10,000 candles.  He is back.

Can’t wait for the next series.

Wang He Di is apparently going to be the new Ning Que.  He has some big shoes to fill!

December 2018

Ever NIght has apparently started filming quietly and Wang He Di (Dylan Wang) has been spotted among the cast including Song Yiren, who is reprising her role as Sang Sang.

The cast though has not been announced officially.  It is rather heartbreaking that Chen Feiyu is no longer the Ning Que we have come to love, but a little piece of my heart is happy to know that Season 2 is on its way. 🙁 🙂

 

 

The Eternal Love Seasons 1 & 2 (Chinese Drama Review)

The Eternal Love poster

 

The Eternal Love (Chinese Drama Review)

  • Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Historical
  • Date Released:  Season 1 – 2017
  • Origin: China
  • CDrama: 24 Episodes

Cast:

  • Xing Zhao Lin as Mo Liang Cheng (4th Prince)
  • Liang Jie as Qu Tan Er / Qu Xiao Tan / Qu Xiang
  • Chen You Wei as Liu Shang
  • Sun Yi Ning as Jing Xin
  • Richards Wang as Mo Yi Huai / Mo Yi Feng
  • Wang Hao Ge as Mo Jing Xuan [14th Prince]
  • Xin Rui Qi as Zhao Qing Yun
  • Zhong Qi as Qu Pan Er
  • Hu Chun Yong as Yu Hao

 

I am watching this drama this weekend.

I have just finished episode 1 and I must say, I enjoyed it.

It is a time travelling drama.

A girl from the present time travels to the past and possessing the body of the Second Daughter, Qu Tan Er of the Qu Family.

Qu Tan Er, poor girl has developed a rather schizophrenic personality.  One minute she is the demure, introverted and shy Qu Tan Er and then she is possessed by the girl from the 21st century who is feisty, modern and self-confident, Xiao Tan.

The back story was that Qu Tan Er tried committing suicide as she was being forced to marry the 8th Prince when she was already in love with the King’s oldest son.

When she recovered enough from her suicide attempt, she became a different person.

I must say this drama is so entertaining that I have just finished watching episode 2.  I was surprised at how quick it went.

Episode 2, Qu Tan Er has now become the consort of the 8th Prince.

Episode 24:  Yup it is 12:58 am and finally finished the last episode of this interesting and enjoyable drama.  It is full of action, and beautiful sceneries.  There are also yards upon yards of beautiful free-flowing Hanfu costume.

And the actors are so flawlessly gorgeous.

Most importantly, if you wanted romance, this sure is big, I mean huge in romance.  The kissing scenes are so sweetly erotic.

Love this drama. It is not flawless because some of the dialogues (or probably the English translation) would leave you feeling mehhhh!  Like when ‘Old Weirdo” said that the Demon King has grown really powerful and became an expert in Martial arts.  That was funny.

If you are feeling nostalgic in living in the past, wearing all those beautiful flowy hanfu, think again, apparently, your family can be your own worst enemy.

So much so that I shall be watching Princess Agents or is it, Agent Princess. 🙂

And last but not the least to mention is that it has  beautifully haunting original soundtrack (OST)


The Eternal Love Season 2

The Eternal Love Season 2 poster

    • Release Date 22 October 2018
    • CDrama: 30 Episodes
    • Cast:
      • Xing Zhao Lin as Mo Liang Cheng (4th Prince)/Cheng Cheng
      • Liang Jie as Qu Tan Er / Qu Xiao Tan / Qu Xiang
      • Che You Wei as Liu Shang
      • Sun Yi Ning as Jing Xin
      • Richards Wang as Mo Yi Huai / Mo Yi Feng
      • Wang Hao Ge as Mo Jing Xuan [14th Prince]
      • Zhong Qi as Qu Pan Er
      • Hu Chun Yong as Yu Hao
      • Liao Hui Jia as Princess Lan Ye Xi

       

Note: There might be some confusion with regards to the characterization of the 4th Prince.  In this series, he is not two but comes in three personas.

He is Cheng Cheng (Mo Liang Cheng) in the present/modern times.  He is Prince Mo Liang Chen of the Dongyue Kingdom and he is also Liu Shang, wearing a latex mask to conceal his identity as Cheng Cheng and Prince Mo Liang Chen.

Episode 1

I love this drama so much I am watching it without subtitle so cannot understand what was going on fully.  But having said I have enjoyed it.fd

At the end of season one, the lovers were parted when Qu Xiao Tan was sucked in by a vortex, created by the explosion by the Demon King, that spewed strong gravitational force that skewed space as well as time.

Well, they were not parted for long because miraculously Mo Lian Cheng complete with his princely outfit materialised in the modern-day dimension surrounded by tall buildings with cars whizzing in a cacophony of sound heralding the fast-paced of the 21st century.

Mo Lian Cheng got used to the times pretty quickly; out with the long hair, in with the boy band hairstyle, out with the beautiful hanfu replaced by well-fitted trousers and shirt.

For a year we learn to adapt to a new way of life in another dimension.  He became a prosperous antique dealer.

But all this time he had only one goal and that was to find Qu Tan Er.  He knew that she would not have any memory of him as the timeline in this dimension was different.

Mo Lian Cheng did not waste time, he has a superhuman stamina of body and mind.  He can read books after books a la Superman.

He looked for her every single day until he finally found her working as a realtor.

He did not waste any time in contacting her.

When they first met again Mo Lian Cheng was excited to see her.  She was intrigued by him as well.

Especially when out of nowhere he asked her to marry him.  Huh?!!!

Exactly!  He then qualifies that he needed to be married to a native of that area to be able to purchase a house.

So cute, when his female assistant suddenly arrived and was rather proprietorial towards him, Mo Liang Cheng made sure that there was no misunderstanding.  He told off the assistant of coming to his house for not calling first and also his house is private and she should never come again.

He was going to drive Qu Tan Er to her house when he has a powerful intuition that something is going to fall on his car.  He opens the door and pushed her out and then a huge fridge falls from the sky straight to his car trapping him inside.

Qu Tan Er was inconsolable, neighbours came out to help free Mo Lian Cheng from the car.

Qu Tan Er ended up sleeping his bed with him.  It was the sweetest scene ever.  Their old chemistry is still delightfully present.

Episode 2

Qu Tan Er cannot understand what was going on and she thinks he was a bit of a perv.  So she tried avoiding answering his calls.

She went for a blind date in a restaurant.  But what she does not know, Mo Lian Cheng was not the only that cross-over to her dimension.  There were baddies, called the soul reapers, who were intent on doing her harm or returning her to the past.

Her date was taken over by the soul reapers.   He drugged her drink causing her to fall asleep.  Thank goodness Mo Lian Cheng cannot bear to let her out of his sight so he was able to save her in the end and once again ended up in his bed.

She was annoyed that she seemed to always end up in his bed.  She quickly tried to get away but not fast enough because Mo Lian Cheng gave her a deep passionate kiss with annoyed her even more.

She was just walking to catch a ride when a black car stopped next to her.  A woman hypnotised her into entering the car and drove her near a cliff by the sea.

Mo Lian Cheng was just in time to see her diving into the water under mind control by a black-suited woman.

He jumped after her and after some beautiful slow-motion underwater,  we see him seeing the prince Mo Lian Cheng.

Qu Tan Er also woke up in the body of Qu Xiao Tan without remembering the past.

It seems this dimension is not the one their original one where Mo Lian Cheng and Qu Tan Er first met.

And curiously it seems that there is going to be two Mo Lian Cheng in this dimension!

Episode 3

Yes, there are two Mo Lian Cheng.

Qu Tan Er’s father had been banished to the front line by royal decree.  His position as minister of finance has been taken away because of his corruption and insubordination.  As a punishment, the House of Qu has been broken down with his first daughter serving as a made at the mansion of the Noble Dugu while Qu Tan Er will become a made of Mo Lian Cheng, the Eight Prince.

Qu Tan Er was confused because Mo Lian Cheng, who she considers as her boyfriend from 21st-century dimension was aloof and remote and doesn’t seem to know her.

While she was sweeping the yard, her version of Mo Lian Cheng came to her now dressed as a prince as well and gave her a tender hug.

Poor girl, she will be so confused.

Episode 4

Qu Tan Er finally confirmed that Prince Mo Lian Cheng that she has been trying to seduce was not her Mo Lian Cheng’s boyfriend.  He does not have a rose tattoo in his chest.

Everyone is after the Soul Suppressing orb.

The Noble concubine Dugu has become the King’s favourite and she has been generating controversies to implicate Prince Mo Lian so the King does not favour him anymore.

Noble Dugu was doing it to avenge her Yu Family who was massacred.

SERIES UPDATE

As of 7th November 2018, it has been announced that there will be a Series 3 to this drama and hurrah, the original cast will all be in it.  Yey

Episode 5

Liu Shang (doppelganger) has become Prince Mo Lian Cheng adviser.  The prince does not trust him fully because he finds Liu Shang strange, who avoids physical contacts and can seem to echo and reads his mind.

Episode 6

Tan’er thought that the Mo Yi Feng, the first prince, was from the future as well because she saw him with an old pocket watch. When he asked her to go back with him, she thought he meant to the future so she willingly went with him but they were stopped by Future Mo Lian Cheng, who told Yi Feng not to interfere with Tan’er as she was going to be his future princess.

Tan’er got so confused because as soon she parted from Future Mo Lian Cheng, she met Prince Mo Lian Cheng who was on a carriage with different clothing as well as being so aloof.

She thought he was schizoid.

This episode is so cute because Prince Mo Lian Cheng is starting to fall in love with Tan’er all over again.  He even becomes partial to steam dumpling which he did not like to eat before.

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Episode 13

Episode 14

Epidose 15

Episode 16

Episode 17

Tan’Er, Princes Mo Liang Chen and Mo Yi Feng were summoned to the palace by the Emperor, who wanted to know who Tan’Er would like to marry.  Would it be Yi Feng or Liang Chen?

Tan’Er surprised everyone by saying that doesn’t want to marry either.  The Emperor guesses that she was already in love with someone else.

She previously won the prize to determine her own life-partner, hence, the Emperor did not push her to name her lover.

But as soon as they were out of the palace, Prince Mo Liang Chen asked her whether the person she was in love with was Liu Shang.

Mo Liang Chen then told her that he was going to change her mind.

Directly from the palace, Tan’Er went to Liu Shang’s manor, where they had a hug and a kiss.  He then told her that he knew already what happened at the palace.  He then cheekily told her that she had fallen in love with him. So cute.

But their romance might not be all sweetness and light as Liu Shang is beginning to lose his sight.

The pretty and feisty princess of Yoyheng had come to the palace

Episode 18

For alliance purposes, the Princess Yoyheng was being treated with extreme indulgence.  The King of Tang had told her to choose from any one of his sons.

Princess Yoyheng ultimately chose Liu Shang because he answered her question with a very modern sense.

Tan’er was so jealous that she did something about it.  After having an almost energetic bed scene with Liu Shang/Cheng Cheng, she borrowed his latex mask and then use it to approach the Princess of Yoyheng to tell her that Liu Shang has terrible habits.  Not good at all and that he was in love with someone else.

The Princess though can’t be convinced to give up on Liu Shang.

Meanwhile, the Mystical Old Man has finally found a brake to space and time and there is one chance that ChengCheng and Tan’er can go back to their own timeline.

Unfortunately, Tan’er did not show up at the allotted time and though Cheng Cheng is slowly dying in this dimension, he refuses to leave without Tan’er, who had been taken a prisoner of her own father.

They want to use her for the soul-destroying orb.

Episode 19

Tan’er and Cheng Cheng missed their chance to leave this dimension to back to theirs.

Unfortunately Cheng Cheng is now on his last leg.  He was going downhill fast.  Before he gets really bad, he asked the Princess of Yoyheng to help him convinced Tan’er to give up on him.

They pretended to be an engaged couple.

Tan’er was obviously very sad, she told Cheng Cheng that she hated him, that he was a liar, who went back on his words about being always with her and protecting her.

Tan’er went back to her father’s mansion to nurse her bleeding heart.

Prince Mo liang Cheng confronted Liu Shang to ask him who he really was because he just found out that the real Lui Shang had already died.

Cheng Cheng has no recourse but to tell the truth,  He removed his mask and told the prince that he was him.

Episode 20

The Princess of Yoyheng felt so sorry for Cheng Cheng and guilty about Tan’er.  She doesn’t want to be the derail the course of true love so she went to the Yu Manor and clear the situation with Tan’er.  She told Tan’er that Cheng Cheng has only her in his heart.  It was because he was very sick so he pushed Tan’er away.

Tan’er went looking for Cheng Cheng and found him already blind.  Still, he tried to push her away but she gave him a good resounding slap that seemed to have woken him up.  They made up seemed loved up but not for long because Tan’er’s father who looked like he was possessed with something malevolent turned up looking for the soul suppressing orb.

With his magic/cultivation, he hurt the already weaken and blind Cheng Cheng.

Then Prince Mo Liang Chen turned up with his bodyguard and the Old Man.

Tan’er’s father had her taken by his soldiers with swords around her neck.  He asked for the return of the soul suppressing orb or Tan’er will get ‘it’.

The orb was given back to the father who took off with Tan’er with them.

Cheng Cheng was dying.

Episode 21

Prince Mo Liang Chen allowed the Old Man to transfer some of his energy to Cheng Cheng and in doing so, he learned a bit about Tan’er and Cheng Cheng’s love story and they were not from his dimension.

Tan’er had been manacled in a secret dungeon by her father to force her to open the soul suppressing orb.

But when she tried to open it, it would not budge.

Her sister came to visit her to give her food but she managed to convince her to bring Prince Mo Hi Yuhai.

Episode 22

Pan’Er told YuHai where Tan’er was being kept by her father. They went to rescue Tan’Er but the father appeared while Yu Hai was trying to free Tan’Er.

They had a fight and the father used his dark energy to stimulate the poison which Yu Hai already ingested during his wedding night with Pan’Er.

The poison is eating him from within and he has not much time to live.

Pan’Er went to her father’s study to get the antidote.  She swallowed the pill and then kissed Yuhai on the lips to suck in the poison into herself.  She lovingly sacrificed herself.

Yuhai got better but she was dying.

She asked YuHai if he ever loved her, even for a brief moment.

YuHai was very honest.  He said to her that in his heart there will always be Tan’Er.

To compensate for her devotion towards him, Yu Hai promised Pan’Er that in his next life that all the love he has will all be solely hers.  (Hmmm clue for the third season)

Cheng Cheng came to the rescue of Tan’er.  He had a sword fight with Tan’Er’s father who was possessed by the Soul Suppressing Orb.

Since Cheng Cheng was not really 100 per cent healthy as he was living on borrowed energy from Mo Liang Chen, he was not up to the strength of Tan’er father.

Thank goodness, the fully recovered YuHai appeared and took over from Cheng Cheng.  He managed to kill his father-in-law but not before Pan’Er had to sacrifice herself all over again.

YuHai told her off for being a fool.  Pan’Er confessed that she was dying anyway because she has now the effect of the poison he originally ingested.

Before she died, she whispered to him where her father kept the book and the soul suppressing orb.

As YuHai was leaving with the body of Pan’Er in his arms, he told Cheng Cheng that he might have save him but that does not mean they are friends.

They are just beginning, meaning as foes.

Cheng Cheng was very upset because one of his mission was to ensure that YuHai does not turn bad and die.

As Cheng Cheng and Tan’er were leaving the secret dungeon themselves, Tan’er asked Cheng Cheng about the inscription on the heavy wooden door.

Cheng Cheng said that it tells the story of his grandfather, Mo Yi Feng who died in a battle but his soul was absorbed into an orb which was kept by his friend, Yu???.  The dungeon was secretly built to house the soul suppressing orb.  But unbeknown to them another person followed them to Dongyue Kingdom and it was Yu Qiaotan who was the cause of the death of Mo Yi Feng.

This was the reason why Tan’Er, who is really Yu Qiotan, was being hunted by assassins even in the 21st century.

Episode 23

Prince Mo Liang Chen still has doubt about being one and the same person as Cheng Cheng.  He had been testing him continuously.

And add to the confusion, Yi Huai has guessed correctly that there are two Liang Cheng.  One is nearly blinded and one his brother.

But Tan’er is having the time of her life.  She wondered what she did so good in the universe that she is rewarded with two gorgeous men at the same time.

Episode 24

Prince Mo Liang Chen has been competing with Cheng Cheng over Tan’er’s affection.

Tan’er now complains that she was getting fat from the cakes made for her by Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng.  She told them that she was on a diet but still they feed her.

Being one and the same, they always think alike.  They each bought her a house. She had to choose which one she wanted.  She asked if she can have both.

Yi Huai is really determined to confirm his suspicion about the two Mo Liang Chen.  He instigated a scenario where he will surely find out the answer.

While Prince Mo Liang Chen, Cheng Cheng and Tan’er were house-viewing,  Yi Huai arranged that they are ambushed by a masked assassin.

The fight ended with Cheng Cheng being stabbed in the chest and his real face revealed for Yi Huai to see.

30 November 2018 Update

I heard that Xing Zhao Lin and Liang Jie won’t be back for Season 3.  Xing Zhao Lin needs a bit of rest & relaxation from making back to back dramas for 2018 while Liang Jie, who is an engaged lady has had too much kissing in this season 2 drama that she wanted a bit of rest as well.

Oh no.  what would season three be like?!!!

Episode 25

Yi Huai had Tan’er kidnapped.  Then conveniently with the King and Liu Shang, someone dropped the unconscious Tan’er into a deep pond.  Liu Shang jumped down and swam towards Tan’er but dislodging his masked in the process.

The king called both the Prince Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng for a serious talk.

Yi Haui said that it was obviously Prince Mo Liang Chen who tried to assassinate the King and had Liu Shang disguised as Cheng Cheng to cover up to the injured Prince Mo Liang Chen.

There is a lot of logic to this statement so Prince Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng were thrown to prison.

One thing that was good being locked up together was that they had a chance to have a proper heart to heart discussion and resigned with the thought that they are really one and the same

The Empress Dowager, who had a soft spot for Prince Mo Liang Chen visited them in prison.  Though she can’t comprehend that there were two versions of the prince before her, she put a key to the bread she brought the prince.

Episode 26

Cheng Cheng got out of prison but Prince Mo Liang Chen remained as the guards came sooner than expected.

This is a very sad episode.

Prince YiHua staged a rebellion to take over the throne, he forced his father the king to issue an edict that he was stepping down and allow Prince Yihuai as the new emperor.

But the king drank a cup of poisoned tea.  He would rather die than be coerced into giving up his throne.

Prince Yihua was desperately sad that his father was dying.  He told him that he did not want him to die.  Prince Yuhai said that he just wanted the throne so he can make Tan’er his empress.

He then told the king that this rebellion would have not happened if he and TanEr were allowed to live a happy and peaceful life together.

The king said that he did not personally prevent the marriage.  It was willed by his father.  Taner was always meant for Mo Liang Chen.

As he was dying, the king hugged his son and said that all along he was the closest one to his heart and he will always be the one to succeed him.

I cried so much.

Episode 27

Prince Yuhai is the new emperor and first of this edict was the arrest of Mo Liang chen, Cheng Cheng, Taner,  Jingxin and the 14th Prince.

They got away except for Jingxin and the 14th prince.

Despite tortures, Jingxin refused to divulge the whereabouts of Taner, Cheng Cheng and Mo Liang Chen.

Cheng Cheng is getting weaker and he asked Mo Liang Cheng to look after Taner when he’s gone.

The 14th prince got away but had to leave Jingxin, who he promised to rescue.  They confessed to one another.  The prince said that he loves her despite her being only a maid.

Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng did not trust how easy it was for the 14th prince to get away from his jailors.  They were right, it was part of a plan.

Mo Liang Chen and Cheng Cheng went into the palace with their men.

Epiode 28

Mo Liang, Cheng Cheng and their band fell into the trap of Prince Yuhai.

He said though he will give him a chance.  If Mo Liang Chen can defeat him, he will relinquish his claim to the palace as well as Tan’Er.

They had a duel and it looked like Mo Liang Chen was winning.  Prince Yuhai suddenly dropped his sword and used his soul suppressing orb power to defeat Mo Liang Chen.

He succeeded as well as Cheng Cheng had to stand in front of the cutivation power of Prince Yuhai to take the full force of the orb.

Old Weirdo appeared and took the weakened Cheng Cheng and Mo Liang Cheng was taken out by his bodyguard.

Prince Yuhai told Tan’er that they can now be together.  Taner told him that she was not his Taner.  She was from the future, the same as Cheng Cheng.

Poor Cheng Cheng died and Mo Liang Cheng was not very healthy either.

Episode 29

Mo Liang Cheng opted for the spirit of Cheng Cheng to be transferred into him as well.  He now has the memories of Cheng Cheng as well.

Episode 30

I do feel really sorry for Prince Yi Hua.  He really loved his Tan’Er to the very end.  The effect of the soul suppressing orb on him was messing his mind up.  He has gone crazy and yet continues to love only Tan’Er.

Taner and Mo Liang Cheng got married in a partly modern way of to have and to hold,.. in sickness and in health, forsaking all other…

Nine months later, they had a baby boy.

A year later, the baby ….

Season 3 coming soon

13 April 2019 Update.

The leads corraboration will not end with season 2 of this drama.  They have been signed to star in the remake of the iconic Fated To Love You..