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Top 50 Actresses of 2019

 

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Translations:

  1. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

  2. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

  3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

  4. Di Li Re Ba / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

  5. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

  6. Lin Qin / Lý Thấm

  7. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

  8. Angel Wang / Vương Âu

  9. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

  10. Victoria Song / Tống Tây

  11. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

  12. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

  13. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát

  14. Angel Zhao / Triệu Kim Mạch

  15. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

  16. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh

  17. Li Yi Tong / Lý Nhứt Đồng

  18. Xing Fei / Hình Phi

  19. Yang Chao Yue / Dương Siêu Việt

  20. Yukee Chen / Trần Ngọc Kỳ

  21. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

  22. Wendy Zhang / Trương Tử Phong

  23. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

  24. Lareina Song / Tống Tổ Nhi

  25. Xin Zhi Lei / Tân Chỉ Lôi

  26. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

  27. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

  28. Zhang Xue Ying / Trương Tuyết Nghênh

  29. Amanda Qin / Tần Hải Lộ

  30. @@@@

  31. Bridgette Qiao Xin / Kiều Hân

  32. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

  33. Yao Chen / Diêu Thần

  34. Zhao Lu Si / Triệu Lộ Tư

  35. Yoona

  36. Shen Yue / Thẩm Nguyệt

  37. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

  38. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

  39. Bai Lu / Bạch Lộc

  40. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái

  41. Ma Yi Li / Mã Y Lợi

  42. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm

  43. Song Yi / Tống Dật

  44. Lulu Xuan / Tuyên Lộ

  45. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần

  46. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

  47. Meng Zi Yi / Mạnh Tử Nghi

  48. Yan Ni / Diêm Ni

  49. Wu Jin Yan / Ngô Cẩn Ngôn

  50. Li Nian / Lý Niệm

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Top 50 Actors of 2019

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Translations:

1. Zhu Yi Long / Chu Nhứt Long

2. Deng Lun / Đặng Luân

3. Jackson Yee / Dịch Dương Thiên Tỉ

4. Xiao Zhan / Tiêu Chiến

5. Wang Yi Bo / Vương Nhứt Bác

6. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

7. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

8. Li Xian / Lý Hiện

9. Luo Yun Xi / La Vân Hy

10. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

11. Luo Jin / La Tấn

12. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

13. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

14. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

15. Alan Yu / Vu Mông Lung

16. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

17. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

18. Roy Wang / Vương Nguyên

19. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân

20. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

21. Xu Kai / Hứa Khải

22. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao

23. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

24. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong

25. Vin Zhang / Trương Bân Bân

26. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

27. Lei Jia Yin / Lôi Giai Âm

28. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

29. Shawn Dou / Đậu Kiêu

30. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương

31. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Dịch

32. Zhang Yi / Trương Dịch

33. Lai Guan Lin / Lại Quán Lâm

34. Chen Xiao / Trần Hiểu

35. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

36. Xing Zhao Lin / Hình Chiêu Lâm

37. Johnny Bai / Bạch Vũ

38. Guo Jing Fei / Quách Kinh Phi

39. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

40. Bai Jing Ting / Bạch Kính Đình

41. Yang Shuo / Dương Thước

42. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân

43. Xu Wei Zhou / Hứa Ngụy Châu

44. Joseph Zeng / Tăng Thuấn Hy

45. Johnny Huang / Huỳnh Cảnh Du

46. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

47. Huang Lei / Huỳnh Lỗi

48. Jeremy Jones / Từ Chính Hy

49. Hu Yi Tian / Hồ Nhứt Thiên

50. Jin Han / Kim Hàn

End of Year Thoughts

2019 has been a very frustrated and tiresome year for me. Mostly because I haven’t updated my blog since February. It’s even worse than that one time I totally disappeared for three months and didn’t care to update. It had to do with the fact that I’m still in the process of revamping the blog since I moved it to its new home. Another reason and a major hindrance was real life. It always gets in the way of me doing what I enjoy. I was worn out and frustrated that it was hard to update. I also didn’t want to just update for the sake of updating like that one year I did, which ironically caused more work for me because I had to go back and deleted the overly nonsensical posts that I published during that year.

I watched quite a few series this year that I wanted to write reviews about, also translated quite a few songs that I wanted to publish. Yet stuff from real life kept creeping up to suck the soul out of me. I seriously don’t want to get really emotional and personal on here, considering how most of you came to look for helpful information or fun posts. Yet that was the sole reason why I failed to update this year so I thought it was relevant.

I think I had updated more on my Facebook page yet that was also lacking in many areas. Then the Photobucket crash incident happened. So now you guys might have some ideas why half of my images don’t show up. It’s another thing I have to fix before I could get this blog back on track. I hope to do that this upcoming year. I also hope to get back into finishing my fanfics, which seems impossible because it has been years for some stories and I’m going nowhere still. Yet I hope that could change next year.

Lost Beauty by Angela Chang

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Song Title: Lost Beauty (遺失的美好)

Music by: Huang Han Qing (黃漢青)

Lyrics by: Yao Ruo Long (姚若龍)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Teal = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = English
Indigo = Vietnamese

海的思念綿延不絕
hai de si nian mian yan bu jue
The ocean’s longing is continuous and endless
Nỗi khát khao của biển triền miên vô tận
終於和天 在地平線交會
zhong yu he tian   zai di ping xian jiao hui
Eventually, it will will join with the sky at the horizon
Cuối cùng, nó cũng sẽ chắp nối với bầu trời ở nơi chân trời
愛如果走得夠遠
ai ru guo zou de gou yuan
If love could travel that far
Nếu tình yêu có thể đi tới bao xa
應該也會跟幸福相見
ying gai ye hui gen xing fu xiang jian
It will definitely meet up with happiness
Thì nó sẽ nhứt định tương hội với hạnh phúc

承諾常常很像蝴蝶
cheng nuo chang chang hen xiang hu die
Promises are usually like butterflies
Những lời hẹn ước giống như là những con bướm vậy
美麗的飛 盤旋然後不見
mei li de fei   pan xuan ran hou bu jian
They will fly beautifully, hovering and then disappearing
Nó sẽ bay lượn thiệt đẹp, rồi sau đó biến mất đi
但我相信你給我的誓言
dan wo xiang xin ni gei wo de shi yan
But I believe in the promises you’ve given me
Nhưng tôi tin tưởng những lời hứa hẹn mà anh đã trao ra
就像一定會來的春天
jiu xiang yi ding hui lai de chun tian
Just like the spring that will definitely arrive
Giống như là mùa xuân rồi cũng sẽ tới

我終於帶著你愛的微笑
wo zhong yu dai zhe ni ai de wei xiao
I’ve finally carry along your love with a smile
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng mang theo tình yêu của anh mà mỉm cười
一路上尋找我遺失的美好
yi lu shang xun zhao wo yi shi de mei hao
On the road, I will seek out my lost beauty
Trên đường đi, tôi sẽ tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
不小心當淚滑過嘴角
bu xiao xin dang lei hua zui jiao
Carelessly, I let my tears slipped past my lips
Không cẩn thận, tôi đã để nước mắt tuông trào khỏi bờ môi
就用你握過的手抹掉
jiu yong ni wo guo de shui mo diao
I just used the hands that you once held to wipe it away
Tôi chỉ dùng bàn tay mà anh đã từng nắm để lau nó đi

再多的風景也從不停靠
zai duo de feng jing ye cong bu ting kao
Regardless of the landscapes, it couldn’t persuade me to stop
Cho dù có thêm bao nhiêu phong cảnh đi nữa cũng không thể giữ tôi lại được
只一心尋找我遺失的美好
zhi yi xin xun zhao wo yi de mei hao
I only have my heart in seeking out my lost beauty
Tôi chỉ chú tâm vào sự tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
有的人說不清那裡好
you de ren shuo bu qing na li hao
No one could say clearly how good it is
Không một ai nói rõ được rằng tốt ở chỗ nào
但就是誰都代替不了
dan jiu shi shui dou dai ti bu liao
Yet no one could replace it
Nhưng cũng không có ai có thể thay thế được vị trí của nó

(music)

承諾常常很像蝴蝶
cheng nuo chang chang hen xiang hu die
Promises are usually like butterflies
Những lời hẹn ước giống như là những con bướm vậy
美麗的飛 盤旋然後不見
mei li de fei   pan xuan ran hou bu jian
They will fly beautifully, hovering and then disappearing
Nó sẽ bay lượn thiệt đẹp, rồi sau đó biến mất đi
但我相信你給我的誓言
dan wo xiang xin ni gei wo de shi yan
But I believe in the promises you’ve given me
Nhưng tôi tin tưởng những lời hứa hẹn mà anh đã trao ra
就像一定會來的春天
jiu xiang yi ding hui lai de chun tian
Just like the spring that will definitely arrive
Giống như là mùa xuân rồi cũng sẽ tới

我終於帶著你愛的微笑
wo zhong yu dai zhe ni ai de wei xiao
I’ve finally carry along your love with a smile
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng mang theo tình yêu của anh mà mỉm cười
一路上尋找我遺失的美好
yi lu shang xun zhao wo yi shi de mei hao
On the road, I will seek out my lost beauty
Trên đường đi, tôi sẽ tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
不小心當淚滑過嘴角
bu xiao xin dang lei hua zui jiao
Carelessly, I let my tears slipped past my lips
Không cẩn thận, tôi đã để nước mắt tuông trào khỏi bờ môi
就用你握過的手抹掉
jiu yong ni wo guo de shui mo diao
I just used the hands that you once held to wipe it away
Tôi chỉ dùng bàn tay mà anh đã từng nắm để lau nó đi

再多的風景也從不停靠
zai duo de feng jing ye cong bu ting kao
Regardless of the landscapes, it couldn’t persuade me to stop
Cho dù có thêm bao nhiêu phong cảnh đi nữa cũng không thể giữ tôi lại được
只一心尋找我遺失的美好
zhi yi xin xun zhao wo yi de mei hao
I only have my heart in seeking out my lost beauty
Tôi chỉ chú tâm vào sự tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
有的人說不清那裡好
you de ren shuo bu qing na li hao
No one could say clearly how good it is
Không một ai nói rõ được rằng tốt ở chỗ nào
但就是誰都代替不了
dan jiu shi shui dou dai ti bu liao
Yet no one could replace it
Nhưng cũng không có ai có thể thay thế được vị trí của nó

(music)

在最開始的那一秒
zai zui kai shi de na yi miao
At the very first second of the beginning
Kể từ giây phút ban đầu
有些事早己經注定要到老
you xie shi zao ji jing zhu ding yao dao lao
There are some things that are already predestined until the end
Có một số chuyện vận mệnh đã định trước rồi
雖然命連愛開玩笑
sui ran ming lian ai kai wan xiao
Even if fate likes to play jokes
Cho dù số mệnh có trớ trêu cỡ nào đi nữa
真心會和真心遇到
zhen xin hui he zhen xin yu dao
Truthful hearts will eventually meet
Những kẻ thật lòng cũng sẽ được gặp nhau

我終於帶著你愛的微笑
wo zhong yu dai zhe ni ai de wei xiao
I’ve finally carry along your love with a smile
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng mang theo tình yêu của anh mà mỉm cười
一路上尋找我遺失的美好
yi lu shang xun zhao wo yi shi de mei hao
On the road, I will seek out my lost beauty
Trên đường đi, tôi sẽ tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
不小心當淚滑過嘴角
bu xiao xin dang lei hua zui jiao
Carelessly, I let my tears slipped past my lips
Không cẩn thận, tôi đã để nước mắt tuông trào khỏi bờ môi
就用你握過的手抹掉
jiu yong ni wo guo de shui mo diao
I just used the hands that you once held to wipe it away
Tôi chỉ dùng bàn tay mà anh đã từng nắm để lau nó đi

再多的風景也從不停靠
zai duo de feng jing ye cong bu ting kao
Regardless of the landscapes, it couldn’t persuade me to stop
Cho dù có thêm bao nhiêu phong cảnh đi nữa cũng không thể giữ tôi lại được
只一心尋找我遺失的美好
zhi yi xin xun zhao wo yi de mei hao
I only have my heart in seeking out my lost beauty
Tôi chỉ chú tâm vào sự tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
有的人說不清那裡好
you de ren shuo bu qing na li hao
No one could say clearly how good it is
Không một ai nói rõ được rằng tốt ở chỗ nào
但就是誰都代替不了
dan jiu shi shui dou dai ti bu liao
Yet no one could replace it
Nhưng cũng không có ai có thể thay thế được vị trí của nó

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Fighter of the Destiny


I finally got around to watching this awhile back, but haven’t posted the review yet. I also need to clarify that I didn’t read the novel so I will just base my review on what’s in the series. I actually tried to read the novel but got impatient and then flipped to the end a bit. I ended up hunting down for the summary of some characters instead and understand a bit about the situation of the adaptation. But back to the series. How was it? I’ll save the rants for below.

Main Cast:

  • Lu Han (鹿晗) as Chen Chang Sheng (陳長生). He was really likable and relatable as a protagonist. I felt there were many sides to him that it was enough to be an interesting main lead. He had serious moments (plenty, considering his death always looming) and funny scenes–where he interacted comfortably with the others. I liked his intelligence and his kindness toward others. Sure, he had moments where he was super stubborn, but that was what sold me on him, considering most main leads nowadays were just too good to be true. I felt his rouge sides added to the character, but how there was a balance to his character so it wasn’t too over either–like trying too hard and then failed. What I also liked was his sword, lol. Super cool and convenient for road travel. He could store everything in there. This was my first time watching him and I must say I was surprised. Not that I doubt his capabilities of being the main lead. It was more like I only heard of his name but never watched him before. I was glad to finally watch him in this series.
    • Yang Ceng Xi (杨曾曦) as Childhood Chen Chang Sheng (幼年陳長生).
  • Guli Nazha (古力娜扎) as Xu You Rong (徐有容) aka Holy Girl (聖女). I don’t know what to say about this character except extreme frustration throughout. Okay, I have a lot to say yet I had to calm down for a bit to be able to write this review. First off, as the main lead, I felt she was really robbed–regarding the script. Sure, she appeared a lot. But I felt the writers played her major time. She was so bland that I felt I couldn’t justify half of her actions. Sure, she was after all their Holy Girl and had to act appropriately according to the rules, whatever. But I felt, later on, her contribution to the plot was so weak. I wished she had a solid story so it convinced me why she was the main lead. I didn’t need her to jump in and save the day all the time. That would be unrealistic. Yet I felt aside from the scene where they conspired to save Chang Sheng out of that maximum security prison, she didn’t have other scenes where she stood out. Sure, she fought along their side and contributed to help think of plans, but I felt it was still weak. It was still a part of her duty sort of thing. I liked her stubbornness and how she wouldn’t marry QSJ just because the others wanted her to. I liked her rebellious schemes later on–when she finally agreed to join in with the others to break Chang Sheng out (like said before). But why wasn’t she given anymore subplot to convince of her importance? It was 50+ episodes and she only stood around the majority of the time and discussed stuff and be lovey-dovey with Chang Sheng at other times? I got that she was smart in her own way and I liked that she had her reasons for not wanting Chang Sheng to become too obsessed with the constellations. But what else was there for her? Even her scene where she sabotaged Nan Ke’s wedding became a plot for QSJ to turn around. Really? I felt she just became a plot device so QSJ could shine somehow or just a reason for CS and QSJ to disagree–although I do like Chang Sheng a lot. But it didn’t make it any less of frustration to see the main girl so inactive. Aside from that, I felt that Nazha had improved so much with her acting since The Classic of Mountains and Seas. I’m proud of her. It sounds confusing, considering how I criticized the character so much yet I felt Nazha did a good job with portraying such a role, showing the depth of her character with whatever was given. She exuded the Holy Girl vibe very well and was quite articulated. Her ability to express with her eyes also improved immensely as well.
    • Lu Chen Yue (吕晨悦) as Childhood Xu You Rong (幼年徐有容).
  • Janice Wu (吴倩) as Bai Luo Heng (白落衡) aka Luo Luo (落落). She was my favorite female character in here. I was surprised. I thought I would dislike her because of a possible role in the triangle. But I felt she had exceeded all expectations. She was lively and fun. Not to mention so loyal and caring and lovable. There were so many sides to her. She was sort of spoiled too–somewhat–but she was still likable in many ways. I cried many times for her and felt that Janice did a very good job. I liked her since watching DOMD and felt she acted quite well in there. She took her acting to another level. I think her performance was what made her character so likable and enjoyable to watch. It was really sad to see her acting so passive toward the others later. I thought it would be for the best later since she had to move on anyway. But it was really tragic. The transition of her character also proved Janice’s acting was quite convincing.
  • Joseph Zeng (曾舜晞) as Tang Tang (唐棠) aka Tang San Shi Liu (唐三十六). He was hilarious. I loved how he was Chang Sheng’s first friend since arriving at that place. I thought he would be arrogant and look down on Chang Sheng, but he wasn’t so. He was quite grounded for a somewhat spoiled young master. He loved to show off and was very proud of his inventions. Yet he was surprisingly likable. Sure, he did have his crazy moments and was mad at Chang Sheng over some misunderstanding too. But I thought I forgave him since he did leave that one group to join Chang Sheng’s school to show his support. When things mattered, he did back Chang Sheng up. Not to mention, all of those inventions. It was too cool. Anyway, he was my second favorite male character in here.
  • Amelie Xu (许龄月) as Mo Yu (莫雨). I didn’t like her at all–if that was too cruel to say. Yet it was too hard to like her. It wasn’t because she sided with QSJ regarding the triangle either. Partly, but like how the rest of that place totally looked down on others–it was like a rule or something, you have to look down on outsiders to be called one of them. I could respect it that she finally admitted it that Chang Sheng had a good side but she was still siding with QSJ regarding the triangle. Yet what I found ironic for the majority of the series was how she didn’t see it that she was forcing You Rong YET she didn’t like the empress’ nephew either (who hit on her multiple times during the earlier parts of the series). I felt bad for her that she had become that way near the end. It was sad for her and Tang Tang yet that didn’t make her a top character for me either. Hey, I found it super hard to like You Rong too so it wasn’t like I was just picking on her.
  • Gao Han Yu (高瀚宇) as Xuan Yuan Po (轩辕破). He was probably my favorite male character in here. After having watched him in SCI Mystery, I was ready to see another role of his. In fact, that was the reason why I moved on to watching this series earlier than expected. (Yes, my list’s still super long and I don’t know if I could finish it in this lifetime, really.) I had followed it while it was airing but didn’t think to watch it so soon. Anyway, back to GHY, definitely a different role from SCI since his IQ was brought down even more, lol. But he was a really lovable character. He was funny–without knowing possibly. He was seriously loyal and caring toward his friends. It was hilarious. I also liked his crush on Luo Luo and felt it was too bad they couldn’t be together either. Well, he was going to guard her temple later so it wasn’t for nothing. But still sad. The saddest part was how he was crying–or on the verge of crying–knowing that she would forget him too eventually and seeing how it was already happening to Chang Sheng. What was even funnier with him was how he loved to eat but also could cook up a storm. It was a nice touch since in other series, we only get to see those loving to eat and pig out from others’ cooking. Yet he was able to do both. Anyway, GHY’s acting was quite good in here. I think I like him even more in here.
  • Chen Shu (陈数) as Tian Hai You Xue (天海幽雪) aka Holy Empress (圣后). Mixed feelings throughout. Sometimes, I got it from her speeches or her intentions that she was looking at the bigger picture and caring for her citizens. Other times, I just thought she was crazy.
  • Eddie Cheung (張兆輝) as Yin Xing Dao (寅行道) aka Royal Scholar (教宗大人) aka Red Robe (紅袍). Um, I have flashbacks of the ’90s when Eddie was portraying villainous roles all over again, lol. His schemes were elaborate and he was smart enough to stay in the background. However, I felt his intelligence could only be so much. Why? Seriously, he wanted to become king and all but ended up having to control the constellations as well? Um, not too smart there. Aside from that, I didn’t doubt Eddie’s acting.

Supporting:

  • Yao Di (姚笛) as Nan Ke (南客). I didn’t like her but had to admit her character got some mystery and depth to it. Even if she was from the opposing side, I actually admired her stubbornness at times. I hated her stupid jealousy rants but felt she had a better story than oh-say the main girl. Yes, I kept going back to that, but I seriously don’t get why You Rong got the short end of the stick like that. Anyway, I thought the actress did quite well–like some others did in here. She showed her emotions nicely.
  • Johnny Zhang (张峻宁) as Qiu Shan Jun (秋山君). Seriously, right from the start, I didn’t like him. It wasn’t because of his involvement in the triangle. But I’m known to not root for the too-good to be true guy. He was so bland and flaky that I found hard to relate to. People who are way above others/on top of the world would fall the hardest when meeting with obstacles and he indeed fell hard. The fact that he only got more interesting once he turned was really sad. I felt his saving point was the actor’s acting. Because he was so convincing in those scenes, the struggles and the unwillingness to let go of many things in his life. And then there went the reason why I was so mad at the writers. They managed to conjure up such a story for GSJ and couldn’t come up with an ounce of a decent plot for You Rong? Seriously? Even Nan Ke got some depth to her character–aside from the senseless jealousy.
  • Archie Kao (高聖遠) as Jin Yu Lu (金玉律). It was really interesting to see Archie in an ancient setting, lol. I wasn’t used to it but found his character likable. Archie didn’t disappoint in the acting department–obviously. I sometimes felt really bad for him for having to chase down Luo Luo time after time. Later, it was revealed their relationship wasn’t just that of master and servant but there was something deeper. He treated her like family and even promised to stay by her side in the future. Too bad he wasn’t able to fulfill that promise. It was really tragic with his death. I shed a few tears. One of the most tragic deaths of the series.
  • Lin Si Yi (林思意) as Little Black Dragon (小黑龙) aka Zhu Sha (朱砂). I loved her. She was hilarious. At times, she was so stubborn but she was quite likable. One of my favorite scenes was when she used one hand to hold her food and the other hand to lift the door for them to flee. It was awesome. She was after all a powerful dragon. The other character in here who was obsessed with food, lol. I don’t think I could blame her since she was trapped in that place for so long.
  • You Jing Ru (尤靖茹) as Qi Jian (七間). I didn’t care for her sect nor the rest of the members, but she was an exception. Not just because they were isolating Chang Sheng because they were taking their senior’s side, but how they were looking down on Chang Sheng and others in general. Anyway, she was different for me because–although she liked Qiu Shan Jun–but she had a likable persona to her since she appeared. It was like something I was looking forward to finding out more–or if she would appear more than some of the cast in here. It was a different character, so I was curious. She turned out to be quite righteous and reliable later. I didn’t just like her because she later followed them and aided them greatly–that was a bonus, but I liked how she was different from Nan Ke (aka someone else who liked QSJ but reacted differently). She wasn’t jealous of others who liked QSJ or the one QSJ liked. She was grounded in that way and was smart and determined in many areas. Although the others treated her with caution, wanting to protect her at times, but she proved herself to be quite capable.
  • Fu Li Jun (冯荔军) as Gou Han Shi (苟寒食). I had to make an exception from that one sect for him too. Sure, I got that he was worshiping QSJ too–it was hard not to, but I liked that he knew how to think for himself, not acting as a crowd to bully Chang Sheng. Initially, he wanted to show loyalty for his senior, but later interacting with Chang Sheng, he learned to respect Chang Sheng. I felt he was actually a true hero among the members of his sect, NOT QSJ. I’m not saying that because I sided with Chang Sheng regarding the other triangle, but I felt Gou Han Shi was a hidden hero, not showy but genuine.
  • Liu Kai Fei (刘凯菲) as Zhou Yu Ren (周玉人) aka Black Robe (黑袍). Zhou Du Fu’s younger sister. That was as major surprise. I meant with her relation to Zhou Du Fu. It was interesting how she collaborated with the Red Robe dude and then later wanted to switch sides. It made sense since they wanted to survive or at least take down whichever side they felt was more of a threat. But just found that really interesting. I had some suspicions during the scenes where they were in the tomb like she had a special relation to Zhou Du Fu, but didn’t realize it was that close.

Others:

  • Eric Tsang (曾志偉) as Taoist Ji (計道人) aka Shang Xing Zhou (商行舟). Chang Sheng’s master. I thought he was a funny master, considering how it was Eric and all. But I felt he totally played Chang Sheng major time. Yes, he seemed to have his reasons back then, but it was sooo messed up to inflict such tragedies into Chang Sheng’s life. But I guessed since he had no one, it was so easy to influence and change his life however. I felt Chang Sheng was already so forgiving with the situation. I wasn’t grateful that he sided with them later and not with his junior. I felt it was overdue that he did something.
  • Fu Jia (付嘉) as Yu Ren (余人). Chang Sheng’s senior, the real son of the Holy Empress. I seriously didn’t think much of him so it was a surprise that he turned out to be the real son. I didn’t mean I looked down on him or anything. I liked that he was Chang Sheng’s good senior and always supported and encouraged Chang Sheng on throughout. However, I thought he was just another character. Well played.
    • Liu Ruo Gu (刘若谷) as Childhood Yu Ren (幼年余人).
  • Wang Ce (王策) as White Emperor (白帝). Luo Luo’s father, also the king of the demon clan.
  • Gong Bei Bi (龚蓓苾) as White Queen (白后). Luo Luo’s mother, also the queen of the demon clan.
  • Xue Jia Ning (薛佳凝) as Mo Yu’s mother (莫雨母亲).
  • Zhai Tian Lin (翟天临) as Zhou Du Fu (周独夫). Interesting character yet there were many things I still wanted to know about him.
  • Ren Shan (任山) as Tian Hai Cheng Wu (天海承武). Tian Hai You Xue’s older brother. Didn’t think much of him except he was there to cause conflicts.
  • Que Zhe Ming (曲哲明) as Tian Hai Ya Er (天海牙儿). Tian Hai Cheng Wu’s son, Tian Hai You Xue’s nephew. I felt his character was as useless as his father. It didn’t really contribute anything except side dramas.
  • Quan Pei Lun (权沛伦) as Guan Fei Bai (關飛白). It was indeed a shocker for him when his senior turned and killed him, which he realized wasn’t intentional but it was too late.
  • Xiao Yu Liang (肖宇梁) as Zhuang Huan Yu (莊換羽). I didn’t care for him throughout, considering how he was super jealous of Chang Sheng and still dared to act all righteous. He was a coward and despicable. So it was strange to see him trying to help Tang Tang that one time and then died in the conflict. It was strange. Did he repent when I blinked? Because by that time, I was getting really impatient to see the series wrap up.
  • Maggie Siu (邵美琪) as Xun Mei (荀梅). Short appearance, but sort of interesting to see.
  • Wang Gang (王岗) as Tang Qiu  (唐秋). Tang Tang’s father. Mixed feelings.
  • Zhang Jia Ding (张嘉鼎) as Tang Hai (唐海). Tang Tang’s adopted brother. I didn’t like him at all. It didn’t matter what his excuses were and his actions throughout. He didn’t gain any sympathy from me. It was sort of funny seeing how Tang Tang kicked him to Kingdom Come, lol.
  • Hao Shuai (郝帅) as Xiao De (小德). A general of the demon clan, wanted to marry Luo Luo. I was suspicious of him at times. Or because of his mysterious nature. But anyway, I guessed it was all right. At least he didn’t cause trouble or linger too long.
  • Yu Yang (于洋) as Shuang Er (霜兒). You Rong’s servant girl. Couldn’t really like her either although I know she couldn’t really be blamed since she can’t really control her own life.
  • He Zhong Hua (何中华) as Emperor of Zhou Dynasty (太宗). Only seen briefly at the beginning of the series and soon passed away.
  • Gao Yang (高洋) as Goddess of the demon clan (神女). A somewhat important role that influenced both Chang Sheng and Luo Luo’s destinies later.
  • Wu Ze Jin Xi (武泽锦熙) as Medicine Furnace Boy (药炉童子). Hilarious. I enjoyed his scenes. He was what made some of the scenes light up even more.

Likes:

  • Cast. The majority of the cast did quite well.
  • The music. Always loved listening to Zhang Jie for theme songs so it was enjoyable for me. The rest of the soundtrack wasn’t bad either. It fitted with the series in general.
  • The majority of the friendships/bonds in here. Although some characters I cared for more than others, I had to admire them for their loyalty and support when things mattered.

Dislikes:

  • Flashbacks. Seriously, this is the problem with the majority of series nowadays. Once again, I loved the music and liked hearing the songs. But I found at times, the flashbacks were unnecessary–except to promote the songs and possibly extend the length.
  • Length/Pace. Seriously, flashbacks contributed to the problem. On top of that, they didn’t know how to focus on the right story.
  • Organization. It was a mess. The jump back and forth between scenes wasn’t well planned. I meant there were some subplots that dragged on and on, then later it jumped to the another subplot. It made us forgot what in the world happened with the other one. I wouldn’t want them to jump so dizzily from one scene to the next but at times when they show what was happening here vs another, it was really slow. Then at another time, they just glossed over essential details.

Recommended? I think it’s considered average. It could be a good series, but the length killed it. It should have been 35 episodes. Because of the reasons I listed above, the length was unbearable in many ways.