Review: Love and Destiny questions the trope of reincarnated love

If the same soul grows up with different experiences and memories, are they still the same person?

Fated romances are one of the most common tropes in Chinese drama, so much so that many series take for granted that one will always love the same person in every lifetime. Xianxia drama Love and Destiny 宸汐缘 is a rare rejection of the assumption, instead questioning the ideas that the soul is the sole entity of human identity and that one’s life is necessarily bound to that of one’s past lives. In one of the most morally ambiguous battles in a recent drama, a chapter climax of the series has the male leads fighting for different reincarnations of the female lead. One male lead is determined that the human reincarnation of the female lead dies on time so her soul will return to heaven; another wants to try and save her current mortal self. The former believes that it’s important to save her soul so that she lives on, but the later believe that each life is a new person and they can’t sacrifice one of her lifetimes for that of another.

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Review: Love and Destiny is a gift that keeps on giving with every watch

First, Love and Destiny 宸汐缘  has no association to Eternal Love, it just shares the same world setting.   This is an original work by the production team of Eternal Love  – they came up with the script for this while filming Eternal Love.

The best way I can describe this series is imagine you order a dish at some hole in the wall place that you stumble upon and it turn out to be the best dish you’ve ever eat.  The ingredients do not go together, presentation is not impressive, but for each bite that you eat, the flavors just explode in your mouth and before you know it, you’ve finished the dish and you want to order more.  That’s my experience with this series. This may be the best c-drama that I will have seen for a very long time, at least for this genre.

Like lead actress Ni Ni said in an interview, this series is a love journey, and we get to embark on it with our leads. There are no misunderstandings, no love triangle nor second lead syndrome. The whole series focus on our leads and their love journey and the other characters add richness to it.  If our leads are not together, it’s very organic and makes sense.  Issues get resolved fairly quickly and in very mature way. (more…)

Love and Destiny releases theme song, sets release date

Still on the fence, but the production values seem top-notch.

Ni Ni and Chang Chen’s Love and Destiny 宸汐缘 has finally set a release date for July 15th (this means there’s a 50% chance of it actually being released). The drama released a MV today for its theme song by Zhang Bichen and Zheng Yunlong. From the producers and director of Eternal Love, the drama tells of the love story between the God of War and a maiden destined to bring chaos to the world. [Extended Synopsis]

Love and Destiny unveils main cast and releases new trailer

Chang Chen and Ni Ni’s upcoming fantasy drama Love and Destiny comes from the producers and director of TLTWTMPB / Eternal Love, and tells of the love story between the God of War and a maiden destined to bring chaos to the world. [Extended Synopsis]

Behind the scenes with Chang Chen and Ni Ni

(To be honest, I’m finding it very hard to remain optimistic about this show.)

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Chang Chen, Liao Fan, Ni Ni brace themselves for the storm in Savage

The film will be screened in the US and Canada on May 3rd.

Action revenge thriller Savage 雪暴 stars Liao Fan, Zhang Yicong and Huang Jue as a group of robbers who intend to steal a truckload of gold bars. Chang Chen and Li Guangjie play a pair of cops who happen to get in their way, and the latter is killed in the process. Ni Ni plays doctor Sun Yan, who somehow gets entangled in the mess. The film won the New Currents Award at its debut at the Busan International Film Festival.

The film will be screened in select theaters in the US and Canada on May 3rd. See locations here.

 

 

 

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Review: Forever Young is a poignant love letter to the world

 I cried three times in the process of editing this review. This sweepingly beautiful but simple ode to Tsinghua University is a tear-jerker for all seasons.

Set against one of the most stunning visuals of the year, Forever Young 无问西东 tells its simple tales with an incredibly romantic lens that makes it difficult not to admire.  Director Li Fangfang (Heaven Eternal, Love Everlasting) always manages to play my emotions just right to evoke all my emotions for the world she captures.

The film from centers around four loosely connected stories of six characters (played by Wang Leehom, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Huang Xiaoming, Tie Zheng, and Chen Chusheng) facing their true selves through making difficult choices, from scary ones like life-and-death decisions to the even scarier decision of picking a college major. (more…)

Forever Young finally sets a date

Reasons why Zhang Ziyi is still a queen.  Also, #BestCinematography

My most anticipated film since forever, Forever Young 无问西东 has finally set a release date for January 14th! I really hope someone picks it for a NA release.

Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom, and Chen Chusheng, director Li Fangfang’s  ode  to Tsinghua University focuses on the coming-of-age of the school and the nation as depicted through five of its students through the year.

The movie’s had three trailers and all of them are extremely gorgeous, but I still have no idea what the plot is.

Forever Love trailer:

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