Genre: Historical Costume Drama fiction, Romance, Policing, Magistrate
Date Released: 2018)
Origin: China. Based on a novel by Yue Guan
CDrama: 48 Episodes
Song Zuer as Xia Ying Ying
Joe Xu as Ye Xaoi Tian
Yu Tong as Tian Miao Wen
Luo Guan Lin as Xu Bo Yi
Emily Chen as Lady Ya
Xiao Tian is a money grabbing prison officer, who was begged by an imprisoned corrupt government official to deliver his last will and testament to his wife to ensure that his young daughter from his concubine get enough money for her dowry one day and not to suffer from his wife’s tightfistedness.
After traveling miles to reach the Yang mansion, he realised that the family was very unpopular for good reason.
They were a bunch of tugs and get away with it as the wife is sister to the magistrate.
Xiao Tian declared that prisoner Yang, before he was executed had given her hand in marriage to him, wrongly thinking that Ying Ying was the daughter instead of a 6 years old girl.
Anyway, he can’t go back on his word so he took both Ying Ying and the little girl with him to get out from the mansion.
Outside he told them to make their own way as he was out of there.
As fast as he walked, he can see the two just behind him.
He noticed some horseback riders, who he surmised were there to kill them.
Ching Ching begged Xiao Tian to take them to the little girl’s aunt. He asked her who she was exactly. she told him that she was running away from a forced marriage. She then came to the rescue when she saw the maid beating up the little girl.
Xiao Tian said that there is only one reason, he would help them and that is if she becomes his wife..
Xiao Tian, Ching Ching and the little girl tagged along with the new magistrate of Haiyan on their dangerous trek into the mountains.
While the three were answering the call of nature, the magistrate and his men were attacked by bandits killing everyone.
After burying the bodies in a shallow grave the three continued on to Haiyan where they reported what happened to the magistrate.
The government officials were in a panic as the minister of taxation was about to deign them with his presence.
To report that the new government official was dead would be catastrophic.
They forced Xiao Tian to pretend to be the dead magistrate.
Xiaotian doesn’t have much choice but takes the temporary position of a magistrate.
He asked them thought to arrange for the little girl to be delivered safely to her aunt in Tongren, while ensuring that Ching Ching must stay with him.
The story is about Bo Yi, who was pursuing Miao Wen despite being engaged to another for a long time already.
The girl worked hard to pay for his tuition and clean his house and does everything for him.
After using her, he told her that he does not need her anymore because he had fallen in love with someone else good family standing.
The poor fiancee was mortified and yet beg him not to leave her.
Their unraveling story was heard by Ying Ying, Xiao Tian, and a scholar with a powerful father.
They called Miao Wen to tell her about the story and she put Bo Yi straight up that she does not want anything else to do with him.
Bo Yi left town but promising to come back for revenge one day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?.
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
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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)
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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)?!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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) that he will not be coming back to play Ning Que for season 2 because of other work commitments. 🙁 🙁 🙁
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the backing 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.
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 him out but no one has ever succeeded. Well only Wei Guangming can.
That is after 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 crap. 🙂
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.
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 misdemeanours 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 imagined again what happened with him with the fiery bird. He was rather wary of going through the passageway. Holding his hand like 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.
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.
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, the 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.
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
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 distant 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!
Ning Que bid farewell to Second Brother and gave him a question as a going away present.
Ning Que has been away for a month and yet Sang Sang misses him so much. She hears his opinions about everything she does. Awww
Ning Que also often thinks of her fondly until he saw a beautiful who was intending to commune with nature on 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.
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 with the 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,
Guangming asked Sang Sang to be his disciple. Sang Sang asked what can he teach her? Can she fight along with 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 disciple killed.
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 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.
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 anyway 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 Yiling has no right to criticise him because his teacher, Master Yan Se is one of the three greats of Yilling. Plus he is the 13th disciple of FuZi. 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
Ning Que and the Book Maniac are wrapped up in a bubble of first love. The Book Maniac was already in love with the Thirteen when she learned of 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.
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.
Ning Que got the most important book of the Heavenly Light sect.
Episode 40 Unsubbed
This to me is a highlight episode though I am sorry to say that it is not subbed in English yet. So 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.
Master Yan Se had a showdown with the Grand Master of Light. 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 Unsubbed
Sang Sang was desolate!
Missing Ning Que so much, she needed someone to look up to as well as needing her and teaching her. 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. In the end they decided to put their powers together to stop the coming of the eternal darkness.
This decision, however, meant that with their powers their bodies will turn into dusty molecules of ashes.
Sang Sang had to pick/scoop up the dust into the pots she brought with her.
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. But the thing is that the gathering darkness seemed to have been halted. It was brighter.
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 Unsubbed
This episode is Fu Zi at work.
Episode 43 (Unsubbed)
Ning Que has a more advance cultivation. He was on fire a la Ghost Rider. 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 a stronger cultivation that 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 tea party. Among the guests was a woman who can’t take her eyes off Sang Sang. Is she Sang Sang’s mother?!!!
Episode 45 unsubbed
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 water which she pseudo accidentally poured into Sang Sang shoes. She wanted to take off Sang Sang shoes but she did not want to in the end.
Sang Sang 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.
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 is 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.
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.
Finally, Sang Sang and Ning Que were alone. Once again he opened his arms for a hug. She hugged him tight but Ning Que halted it before Sang Sang gets comfortable. He then gave her a gift. It was a clay bird.
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 he 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 then showed Sang Sang what he had become. He frightened her with his demon-like appearance a la ghost rider. 🙂
Ning Que went to the Second Floor Building to greet his fellow disciples.
Being concerned himself with his rather demonic persona, complete with blazing red eyes, when he is enraged, Ning Que had an exorcism by a monk recommended by the Book Maniac.
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 and he was catatonic with delight and in his own world, where Sang Sang is not allowed to enter. I
t made Sang Sang feels redundant in her master’s life.