Review: The Legends is a fast-paced wuxia rom-com with two great female leads

Featuring two female leads with character flaws and character growth, The Legends has one of the best written female friendships of late.

The Legends 招摇 might be the best wuxia-ish drama with a female lead out yet (I know, low bar), and the three leads might have my favorite drama lead dynamic since The Disguiser.  The currently-airing drama is still a funny, cute rom-com at heart, but it’s one of the few wuxia that treats its female leads’ ambitions no different than a male lead.  It  reminds me of Wicked the musical with its polar-opposite female leads who share a room and who change each other for good. One of them is pushed into wickedness after being called so by the leader of the land, but the other believes in her even after the world has deemed her wicked. The romance plot reminds me of The Disguiser, with the male lead being in love with not just the female lead but her visions for the world.

update: You should stop watching the moment Zhaoyao explodes because that is when the series also explodes as they go into original content. Everyone becomes out of character and the plot is a mix of cringe+boring+??? after that. 

Zhaoyao (Bai Lu) starts off as a young girl fed naive visions of helping her people “become good” by her mentor and first crush. Yet when he condemns to death an innocent youth prophecied for evil, she is horrified and rebels against him.  Her mentor ends up killing her grandfather while she saves the youth. After being told repeatedly she’s wicked by everyone, Zhaoyao chooses to become wicked. She sets out to build a ruthless empire, killing both her mentor and her old dreams along the way.

Five years later, the “righteous” sects gang up on her and she is killed. The youth she saved, Li Chenlan (Xu Kai), takes over her sect and rebuilds it in her original vision. When she magically returns from death, she finds that her acres of traps and torture equipment have all been converted to pastures and tools for the villagers. Enraged by this sign of betrayal, she goes back to her sect undercover and spends every day trying to seduce and/or kill Li Chenlan.  All this happens in the first five episodes! 

Zhaoyao: Who would be so shameless as to want to care for the most wicked person alive? Zhiyan: I’m that shameless.

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Li Yitong, Puff Kuo star in adaptation of erotica Bloody Romance

Puffy flowers on dress : fairy-like or five-year-old’s holiday dress?

Based on the erotic novel of the same name, Bloody Romance 媚者无疆 focuses on a group of courtesans who uses their job to double as assassins. I imagine they would have to change it significantly to get it approved for general viewership since China has no ratings system, but the trailer seems to be pretty blunt on what it’ll be about it without any graphics.

The series stars Li Yitong, Puff Kuo, and Liu Mengmeng as the courtesan-assassins and  Wang Duo, Qu Chuxiao, and Li Zifeng as male leads. Teaser below.

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Demon Capturing Record of Zhong Kui stills

Is that supposed to be a wolf with antlers?

More stills from Demon Capturing Record of Zhong Kui 钟馗捉妖记 today.  Starring Yang RongYang XuwenMadina MemetLi ZifengAllen TingCheng ZizhuChen Hao, and Ge Tian, a production to keep track of for those interested in Chinese mythology-themed dramas.

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Demon Capturing Record of Zhong Kui releases trailer

Some of this actually isn’t too bad…

Demon Capturing Record of Zhong Kui 钟馗捉妖记 has released a trailer.  Starring Yang RongYang XuwenMadina MemetLi ZifengAllen TingCheng ZizhuChen Hao, and Ge Tian, a drama for those interested in mythology and folktales.

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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy unleashes female character posters

I feel like there’s more variety in the female costumes here than the male ones

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released character posters for the female cast.  Starring Shawn Dou, Huang Xuan, Zhou Yiwei, Janice Man, Wan Qian, Xu Lu, Zhang Jianing,  Jiang Qinqin, and Wang Qianyuan, at least these costumes seem to show more color than the male ones…

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Storm of Prophecy finishes filming

They released a video to celebrate the finishing of filming

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released stills with more color and a video to celebrate finishing filming.  Starring  Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei, Wan Qian, Xu Lu, Zhang Xiaochen, Li Zifeng, Kan Qingzi, Sun JIan, Jiang Qinqin, and Wang Qianyuan, the different backdrops are nice since sometimes, you get tired of seeing the same ones over and over again in different dramas…

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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy unleashes character posters

Male period costuming… getting just as possibly ridiculous if not more so than the female counterpart…

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released character posters for the male cast.  Starring Shawn Dou, Huang Xuan, Zhou Yiwei,, and Wang Qianyuan, I have to say I am not exactly impressed nor am I exactly disappointed either…

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Chen Qiao’en, Zheng Shuang switch places in “Destined to Love You”

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Guess which three of these seven people fight over a “kiss” in the trailer? (hint: Chen Qiao’en is not one of the three)

Tonghua seems to have hit the sweet spot for goofy and fun romances once more with Destined to Love You 偏偏喜欢你, this time starring Chen Qiao’en she tries to put order into the unruly military class of Jia Nailiang, Bosco Wong, Li Zifeng, Zhang Yunlong, Gao Weiguang, Zheng Shuang, etc.

I feel weird about making romantic comedies about the Republican era, but it does look right up my alley.

Chen Qiao’en will make a man out of you

Can you tell who is the  owner of the original body for the six identically-bodied men?

Can you tell who is the owner of the original body for the six identically-bodied men?

Shen Tai may be ready to defeat the Huns, but  Chen Qiao’en will make men out of the of  currently-filming Republican series Destined to Love You.   Character posters were released on Friday featuring Chen Qiao’en, Jia Nailiang, Bosco Wong, Zhang Yunlong and Gao Weiguang from Ancient Sword/Yang Mi Workshop, newbies Li Zifeng and Zheng Long, and guest star Zheng Shuang.

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