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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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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Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber the ninth sets release date on February 27th

The classic wuxia novel is known for propelling the theory that the Ming dynasty was founded by and named after the  Manicheist Ming sect.

Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber the ninth announced its release date of February 27th with a new trailer and a few posters. The series stars Zeng Shunxi, Chen Yuqi, and Zhu Xudan in a fight between three religions and three countries.

Both of the trailers have actually looked interesting to me, and given that there haven’t been a true-to-the-books version made yet, it’ll be interesting to see director Jeffrey Chiang’s take on it given his success with the 2017 version of the Legend of the Condor Heroes.

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Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber releases trailer

The background of the poster looks just like the book covers of the Sanlian version!

The trailer for Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber the ninth but I believe the first adaptation of the latest edition of the novel  actually looks super solid. The scenery, costumes, and choreograph all look natural, as does Zeng Shunxi’s acting minus one scene.  At least three of the four female leads look dead inside every single scene, though.

Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber the ninth cast unveals

Zeng Shunxi as Zhang Wuji the 9th, at your service.

Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber the 9th 倚天屠龙记  has released its first set of stills. I’d always thought this is the perfect Jin Yong novel to adapt for melodramas with idol actors. Glad someone finally took the advice and went for it.  The cast is at least pretty and young , and I already like this Zhou Zhiruo more than the last one.

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The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre to be adapted into a drama for the 9th time

 

The new version of Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Sabre 倚天屠龙记, and is helmed by Jeffrey Chiang, the director of last year’s well-received Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017 (my first reaction to the news was that Deng Chao’s version was only a couple of years ago, until I remembered it aired way back in 2009).

Zeng Shunxi has been cast as male lead Zhang Wuji, though he clearly lacks the skills to bring the character to life. I have higher hopes for Tang Yan’s new employee Chen Yuqi, who was serviceable in Princess Weiyoung.

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