The upcoming drama starring Hu Ge, Liu Shishi, and Eddy Peng Desert Melody finally got the okay from SARFT, albeit as “Legend of the Sun and Moon” instead. The characters have had their names changed and the setting removed from the Han dynasty. jjss08 may be in the minority of people rejoicing not because it’s getting broadcast, but because it’s being de-historified. (As Yu Zheng did not anger SARFT or break rules with regards to his adaptation of Desert Melody’s sequel, Song in the Clouds, it would be too much to hope that Song in the Clouds will also be distanced from history). Since historical mainland dramas have to have some root in history (unless they deviate too much, in which case SARFT derailing happens) or be categorized as fantasy/wuxia, it seems that Legend of Moon and Stars has moved into the latter. As a reminder – Liu Shishi is a wolf girl who meets and falls in love with Hu Ge’s handsome scholar, but is pursued by Eddy Peng. Though, don’t worry, Hu Ge is also totally into her special shining eyes too. Cute cartoons of Liu Shishi’s costumes here.
Fortunately for Tangren, Chinese dramas (this one included) are almost always dubbed. The original name lives on in the theme song, Desert Melody, sung by Lan Yu and Wang Lin (here). Look below the cuts for stills that jjss08 can now share without snobby disdain.