The Legend of Qin: Review

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I watched this several years ago but got lazy and didn’t review it right away. I was thinking of dropping the review altogether. However, I felt it would be a waste if I didn’t. After all, I did do the info translations for the drama. That helped with remembering the majority of the plot. At least, the relevant parts. Don’t ask me about really small details, lol. I forgot those already.

Main Cast:

  • Lu Yi (陆毅) as Ge Nie (盖聂). Lu Yi hadn’t his lost touch and his screen presence as he carried through with his character. It was very intriguing to watch his character unfold. There was already the nerve-racking intro scenes and what was to come of the results. Yet that was just a layer of his character. Watching him going through his journey and carrying such a burden made you feel for him. There were many secrets he had to keep and things he couldn’t really clarify at times. The amount of endurance he had to go through in order to finish that mission was unthinkable. Yet somehow, he bore it all.
  • Michelle Chen (陳妍希) as Duan Mu Rong (端木蓉). Michelle finally found the right role for her and restored her image among the mainland presence. I didn’t blame her at all for taking the other opportunity and wanted to make a name for herself. She just had to find out the hard way that someone sucked big time in trying to create such an image for her in the other production that I won’t mention (because I don’t need to give that person more space than he already did). Not only was her image in this series way better, but her acting carried through as well. (I have a weak spot for Taiwanese stars trying to break out and do more serious production beyond the idol dramas and am also quite protective of them when they get heat SO yes, I was more glad to see her finally shining in here. Ironically, the mainland is now flooded with idol dramas–whether ancient or modern, but that’s a totally different topic which I won’t discuss anymore here.) Her character in here could be so responsible and protective of her tribe at times thus becoming a good role model for someone like Gao Yue. She could also become so childish and stubborn at times when engaged in some disagreements with Ge Nie. It was somewhat amusing to watch at times as she tried to take control of the situation again. I liked it that she was a mixture of cuteness at times whereas she was reliable and mature in others. It gave her character much more meaning in that sense.
  • Jiang Jin Fu (蒋劲夫) as Jing Tian Ming (荆天明). What to say about him except he was a major let down for being part of the main lead? Seriously, I also had high expectations of him, considering he was praised to high heavens by viewers during the time this aired or for his other works when he was practically everywhere. I don’t know if it was his character or his acting style, but it was frustrating–to say the least–to side with him at times. So I ended up with the conclusion that it was probably plot hole. Because sometimes, he was likable or relatable as a character. Others, you just wanted to smack him. (Yeah, that bad.) Perhaps, he was better at the comedic scenes than the serious ones. I don’t know.
  • Hu Bing Qing (胡冰卿) as Gao Yue (高月). She gave off the fairy-like vibe when she first appeared for me and seemed to be portraying a role of a perfect girl. The way she was protected by the majority of the people in her tribe, I didn’t blame her for becoming a weakling figure. However, she surprised me with her knowledge and later helped with some of the trials they had to go through. Her awesomeness went down to about 50% after that scene where she helped Tian Ming and Shao Yu navigate through that one maze/traps thing. Then the plot just dragged on that wasn’t helping her case. I, obviously, did not blame her for being inactive because she was plagued by the curse. However, the writers failed her when they dragged it out for too long. It was a complex situation and they got a lot of historical figures and details to incorporate into the plot itself, but some things could be rid of completely to still provide relevancy to the overall picture. Somehow, it was unfortunate she got the short end of the stick–as far as interesting characters were concerned.

Supporting:

  • Sun Yi Zhou (孙艺洲) as Wei Zhuang (卫庄). He took the wrong gamble when he let his jealousy get the better of him. He was indeed talented, but failed when it came to picking the right person to follow. That also caused his downfall. Despite all the misdeeds that he got himself into, he was actually another interesting character I looked forward to seeing more as the story unfolded between several characters in here.
  • Gina Jin Chen (金晨) as Chi Lian (赤练) aka Yu Ji (虞姬). It was really strange to see Yu Ji in such a situation and the context of the story. Yet I felt that Gina’s acting and the way it was written for her, she delivered really well. She seemed so fierce and intense during the initial parts of the plot that it felt weird–or hard to imagine how she would fit into the other parts of the plot. Then we got to learn more about her history and background. Having such a harsh past, it made sense she put up layers and layers of wall to protect herself. After some more details for her revealed, I felt more intrigued than ever and ended up being addicted to watching her more than some other characters who had bigger parts or more scenes.
  • Qin Jun Jie (秦俊杰) as Xiang Shao Yu (项少羽) aka Xiang Yu (项羽). He was fated to be an ambitious, powerful force in here. So, I didn’t have much of an expectation for him. However, he surpassed the interest factor for me. Especially after he broke off from the other faction and went on his own journey.
  • Gong Bei Bi (龚蓓苾) as Xue Nv (雪女). She was fierce and a forced to be reckoned with. I was glad to see another strong female character among all these chaos. It was refreshing to see the difference in her character as well. Coming from watching The Flame’s Daughter, she amazed me. (Um, yeah, I watched The Flame’s Daughter first and then backtrack to watch some past series. If you follow me long enough, you know my crazy pattern, lol.) Anyway, she was so convincing and projected a different feeling toward this role versus the other one.
  • Sui Yong Liang (隋咏良) as Gao Jian Li (高渐离). He was one of my favorite characters in here. I was more interested to learn more about him and his journey than some of the other major characters as well.
  • Qu Zhe Ming (曲哲明) as Bai Feng (白凤). At first, I hated his selfishness and his arrogance, but found his background story tragic. It made sense and how he had learned to defend himself and his fellow companions only.
  • Zhang Lei (张雷) as Zhao Gao (赵高) aka Dong Huang Tai Yi (东皇太一). The master manipulator all right.
  • Song Ning (宋宁) as Da Si Ming (大司命). I actually liked him a lot for his intelligence–despite him being under control and forced to go along with some of the schemes initially. I thought it was a matter of perspective and the winners always wrote the history in their favors, right? So, who was to say which side was supposed to be the right side to be on? Well, we knew the one who wanted to get rid of everyone to snatch all power was the bad dude in here, but that was for the series’ purpose really.
  • You Jing Ru (尤靖茹) as Shao Si Ming (少司命). I didn’t hate her–although she was seen carrying out a lot of the tasks. She was a victim of her time–as most characters were. She grew up in such a place and when she finally traveled outside of the bubble, there was much more to see and question what she learned all along growing up. She was another intriguing character to follow and allow us to see how she could break past he barriers and do more.

Others:

  • Wang Yan Lin (王彦霖) as Dong Guo Zhi (东郭植).
  • Canti Lau as (鞠玄) aka Jin Wan Liang (金万两). This role of his restored my faith in his acting skills. He was much more natural and exuded the leader role so convincingly. To be fair, it was a bit hard to swallow with his role in DGSD. I wouldn’t blame him too much. (I hated the character regardless of the person who portrayed it. And was glad that character was knocked down a few pegs in there instead of celebrating him like no tomorrow and condemned the others like they always did.) Anyway, possibly because of how awesome he was, it was really hard to swallow when watching his downfall. Well, it was a complex time and it made sense, NOT too ridiculous with the setup. But it was a shame. It was one of the reasons why it as harder to hang on for the remainder of the series for me–if it wasn’t for some characters in here. I don’t remember exactly anymore, but he was possibly one of the first major characters who fell. So, yeah. It hurt more than the later events. (I was switching my mood to mad by the time they made their way down to killing different characters, lol, so yeah. I was no longer sad but way past mad at that point.)
  • Yu Bo as Liu Bang (刘邦) aka Liu Ji (刘季). I almost forgot about him. Yeah, it has been years. So yeah, but interesting to see him portray that character.
  • Zhang Meng as Li Ji (丽姬). Also forgot the majority about her. Yet I didn’t think she appeared much anyway.
  • Ji Xiao Fei (姬晓飞) as Han Xin (韩信). He was one of the ones I actually paid attention to during the initial parts yet somehow just lost track of as well because there were so many characters involved.

Relationships – family, friends, romances:

  • Lu Yi/ Ge Nie and Michelle Chen/ Duan Mu Rong. They surprised me. Yes, I saw a lot of stills released before watching, but wasn’t sure. Because sometimes, pictures were misleading and you wouldn’t know how it turn out until you actually watch. But I really liked them throughout and they were the sole reason I ended up sticking around until the end. Because it was omg, sooooo long. Even with its extended cast, the series dragged and dragged for who knew until when. Anyway, they had their misunderstandings at first, but learned to work together and grew closer over time. Their relationship was a mixture of maturity and immaturity. There were cute moments and also touching moments as well. She was the stubborn person in this relationship but it actually made sense with their conflicts and differing views. At least, it didn’t drag out forever.
  • Jiang Jing Fu/ Jing Tian Ming and Hu Bing Qing/ Gao Yue. They were the definition of boring for me as far as this series went. Mostly because of their characters, obviously. It was such a shame though. Because I was intrigued by how their story unfolded at first. I even welcomed some of the journey they went on together, etc. Then I was wondering how they could end up together–with a lot of things they had to deal with throughout. But the longer the series dragged on, the more I got bored with them. Perhaps, it had to do with a lot of repetitive scenes or formula that surrounded them as well. Not to mention how I didn’t think he deserved her. Seriously, I usually DO NOT want characters to be forced together–just because I preferred one pairing over the other and thought they had more chemistry or whatever. But his hot-headedness and his uncompromising ways made me tenfold more annoyed and felt like he was throwing way too many tantrums. Sure, he cared about her and wanted to focus on her only, wanting to protect her, not wanting her to receive harm in any way. But his inability to help the situation made it so frustrating. It wasn’t just one or two times either, but it was like a rinse and repeat kind of thing, like a never-ending cycle.
  • Qin Jun Jie/ Xiang Yu and Gina Jin Chen/ Yu Ji. I was really, really, really surprised to like them WAY more than I should be. I didn’t know how they were going to end up together with all the intensity and how different they were, considering the plot laid out. However, as historical figures, you know they were meant to be together. (Unless you tweak the plot to the point of a certain someone that I won’t name.) But I actually enjoyed seeing their development than the dragging details of what happened to Tian Ming and Gao Yue. Sorry for the dunk once again, BUT it was that boring. In the context of this plot, I had my doubts about him really caring for her–or was just moving on because he couldn’t get together with Gao Yue. But when their story unfolded and how they ended up together was convincing enough and actually felt natural.
  • Sui Yong Liang/ Gao Jian Li and Gong Bei Bi/ Xue Nv. Their story was interesting through and through. Their ending was a tragedy but was more meaningful and heart-wrenching that a certain plot that dragged out unnecessarily. They were my second favorite couple in here, so of course, I felt it when their final scene rolled around.
  • Song Ning/ Da Si Ming and You Jing Ru/ Shao Si Ming. Their story was unexpected thrown in at the last minute or something. It had that feeling, because of all the chaos that was going on. Then the wrap up was on its way. However, it added to the many layers of the relationships in here. It was also a such a tragedy with them. Indeed, just a little bit more and they were in the clear. It made sense because of the time and the chaos involved. Yet it was choking–after having witnessed some of the major couples in here passed away already.

Recommended? I would say half and half. I wouldn’t want to watch it again. But it was somewhat intriguing to see how they spun the plot with some of the historical figures involved.

Fighter of the Destiny


I finally got around to watching this a while 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 it 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 how his death was 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 how most main leads nowadays were just too good to be true. I felt his rogue side 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 Lu Han 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 a 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 the 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 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.

The Braveness of the Ming: Other Characters

Wu Qian joined the cast awhile back. I just forgot to update, lol.

She will be portraying Tang Sai Er (唐賽兒).

Loved her in DOMD. Will be looking forward to see her performance.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Braveness of the Ming

Title / Tên: The Braveness of the Ming (錦衣夜行) / Cẩm Y Dạ Hành

Adapted From / Chuyển Thể Từ: Jin Yi Ye Xing (錦衣夜行) by Yue Guan (月关) / Cẩm Y Dạ Hành của Nguyệt Quan

Episode Count / Tổng Số Tập: 30 Episodes / Tập

Episode Length / Tổng Số Phút Trong Một Tập: 45 Minutes / Phút

Genre / Thể Loại: Ancient, Historical, Wuxia, Idol / Cổ Trang, Lịch Sử, Võ Hiệp, Thần Tượng

Airing / Thời Gian Phát Sóng: 2016

Director(s) / Đạo Diễn: Zhong Shu Jia (钟澍佳), Liang Sheng Quan (梁胜权) / Chung Thụ Giai, Lương Thắng Quyền

Screenwriter / Biên Kịch: Bai Yi Cong (白一骢) / Bạch Nhứt Thông

Producer(s) / Giám Chế: Yang Fan (杨钒), Lin Guo Hua (林国华) / Dương Phàm, Lâm Quốc Hoa

Production Companies / Công Ty Sản Xuất: Shanghai Juxin Media Creativity Co., Ltd., LeTV, Guizhou TV / Công Ty Thượng Hải Kịch Tâm Văn Hóa Sáng Ý Hữu Hạn, Liên Mạng Lạc Thị, Vệ Tinh Quý Châu

Broadcasting Channels / Đài Truyền Hình Phát Sóng: Guizhou TV, LeTV /  Vệ Tinh Quý Châu, Liên Mạng Lạc Thị

Plot Summary / Tình Tiết: At the beginning of the Ming dynasty,  Commoner Xia Xun accidentally struck a wealthy merchant and scholar Yang Xu. Becoming a pawn within JinYiWei, witnessing and monitoring how Zhang Shi San and the others had treated him so cruelly, he wanted to rise up against them to protect himself and the citizens. At the same time, he also met with his future wife, Xie Yu Fei. The two started off as a bickering couple. Not long after while traveling back to his home town, Xia Xun was chased by JinYiWei, but was saved by Xi Men Jing and Ji Gang. The three of them just met but were like old friends so they became sworn brothers. Afterward, the three of them unknowingly saved Prince Yan and his wife along with the princess. Xia Xun’s abilities had aroused the attention of the two leaders of JinYiWei, Bai Yi Xia and Luo Ke Di. Through his training with Bai Yi Xia and Luo Ke Di, Xia Xun became one of the best of JinWeiYi. After Zhu Yun Wen became king, he implemented the plan of centralizing his power by getting rid of some outer forces. With a heart that cherished his country, Xia Xun didn’t want to see his fellow citizens suffering from any more pain, so he decided to assist Prince Yan in becoming king. He and Ji Gang collaborated perfectly alongside Prince Yan. After Prince Yan became king, they both contributed majorly. / Đầu nhà Minh, bình dân Hạ Tầm lỡ tay đánh chết phú thương tú tài Dương Húc. Biến thành con cờ của Cẩm Y Vệ, chứng kiến và giám sát Trương Thập Tam và những người khác đối sử với y bằng những thủ đoạn cay độc, y quyết định tự bảo vệ và trừ hại cho dân. Đồng thời, y đã gặp được người vợ tương lai là Tạ Vũ Phi. Hai người bắt đầu từ một cập hoan hỷ hoan gia. Không lâu về sau trong lúc đang trên đường đi về cố hương, Hạ Tầm bị Cẩm Y Vệ truy đuổi, nhưng được Tây Môn Tĩnh và Kỷ Cương cứu giúp. Ba người mới gặp mà đã như bạn cũ nên đã kết bái thành huynh đệ. Sau đó ba người vô ý cứu được vợ chồng của Yên Vương và quận chúa. Năng lực của Hạ Tầm đã gợi sự chú ý của hai người lãnh đầu của Cẩm Y Vệ là Bạch Nhứt Hạ và La Khắc Địch. Trải qua sự đào tạo của Bạch Nhứt Hạ và La Khắc Địch, Hạ Tầm đã trở thành một người ưu tú của Cẩm Y Vệ. Sau khi Chu Doãn Văn đăng cơ đã bắt đầu chính sách triệt phiên. Một lòng lo cho quốc gia giống như Hạ Tầm, vì không không muốn bá tánh phải chịu thêm khốn khổ nên quyết định giúp Yên Vương đăng cơ. Y và Kỷ Cương ở bên cạnh Yên Vương phối hợp thiệt hoàn mỹ. Sau khi Yên Vương đăng cơ, họ đã có cống hiến rất lớn.

Hans Zhang Han (张翰) as Xia Xun (夏浔) and Yang Xu (杨旭) / Trương Hàn vai Hạ Tầm và Dương Húc. Xia Xun assisted Zhu Di in gaining his power, making it one of his greatest accomplishments. Whether it was the Jingnan Rebellion, moving the capital and making changes, or fighting against the Mongolians, seven times traveling to Nanyang, Xia Xun was involved in all those movements. Furthermore, he had left a deep mark within the course of history. / Hạ Tầm phò tá Chu Đệ, để lại một sự tích vĩ đại. Dù là Tĩnh Nạn triệt phiên, dời đô tu điển, hoặc là ngũ chinh Mông Cổ, thất hạ Nam Dương, Hạ Tầm đều tham dự vào. Hơn nữa, đã khắc lên một dấu rất sâu vào quá trình của lịch sử.

Park Ming Young (朴敏英) as Xie Yu Fei (谢雨霏) | Xie Lu Ti (谢露缇) / Phác Mẫn Anh vai Tạ Vũ Phi | Tạ Lộ Đề. Xia Xun’s wife. They had been through many trials and tribulations together, and was a bickering couple. Xie Yu Fei’s original name was Xie Lu Ti. Self-named Yu Fei, nicknamed as Xie Xie. Yang Xu’s future wife. A member of the Xie family within the Chen county. However, during her time, the economic condition of the family deteriorated. At the time her parents passed away one after another, her brother’s leg was broken hence not allowing him to become an official, Xie Yu Fei had to face with many livelihood pressures. / Vợ của Hạ Tầm. Họ là một đôi cùng trải qua hoạn nạn và cũng là một cập hoan gia hoan hỷ. Tạ Vũ Phi tên thiệt là Tạ Lộ Đề. Cô tự đặc là Vũ Phi, còn biệt danh là Tạ Tạ. Vợ tương lai của Dương Húc. Là người của Tạ gia ở Trần quận. Nhưng tới thời của cô ta thì gia đạo suy đồi. Lúc cha mẹ lần lượt mất đi, đại ca lại bị gẫy chân nên đã mất đi cơ hội làm quan, Tạ Vũ Phi phải đối diện với bao nhiêu áp lực trong sinh hoạt của cuộc sống.

Jeremy Jones (徐正曦) as Xi Men Jing (西门靖) / Từ Chính Hy vai Tây Môn Tĩnh. Xia Xun’s sworn brother. Very resourceful and well connected, very smooth and slick with a tactful attitude, very experienced in dealing with situations. He was also a very well known medic. Furthermore, his reputation at Yanggu County was also quite good. To say the very least, no one had ever heard anything about him bullying others, committing any crimes, or it would be impossible for such a graceful person like him to do such things. However, his position within JinYiWei was passed on to him by his father. / Người huynh đệ kết bái của Hạ Tầm, Tây Môn đại quan nhân, trường tụ thiện vũ, bát diện lung linh, thủ đoạn viên hoạt, hành sự lão thành. Bản thân còn nghề phụ là một danh y. Tại Huyện Dương Cốc, thanh danh không tệ. Nói tóm lại, chưa ai nghe qua hắn đã làm những chuyện như hà hiếp dân lành hoặc những chuyện xấu như tác gian phạm khoa. Nếu có, thì đâu phải là một người thanh nhã nữa. Nhưng mà trong Cẩm Y Vệ, thân phận của hắn là từ phụ thân truyền lại cho.

Wei Qian Xiang (魏千翔) as Ji Gang (纪纲) / Ngụy Thiên Tường vai Kỷ Cương. Xia Xun’s sworn brother. Just arrived at the town, self-practiced material arts, having achieved a higher level within his martial arts. He valued fame. Have a strong bond with Gao Xian Ning. Afterward, he (Gao Xian Ning) was expelled from the town. At the time that Gao Xian Ning was on his study traveling journey, Ji Gang accompanied him. However, they ended up stumbling upon the situation with Qiu Qiu kidnapping females at Putai County. Ji Gang, Xia Xun, and the others join forces, executing a plan in order to capture Qiu Qiu. Because of that, he acquired quite a bit of fame. / Người huynh đệ kết bái của Hạ Tầm. Mới tới tỉnh thành, tự luyện tập võ, nhứt thân quyền thuật đạt được võ công thiệt cao. Là người háo danh. Với Cao Hiên Ninh có giao tình thâm hậu. Sau đó Cao Hiên Ninh bị đuổi khỏi thị trấn. Trong lúc Cao Hiên Ninh đi du học, Kỷ Cương đã đi theo làm bạn đồng hành. Nhưng họ lại gặp được chuyện Cừu Thu bắt cóc dân nữ tại Huyện Bồ Đài. Kỷ Cương, Hạ Tầm và những người khác liên thủ, cùng thi hành mưu kế để bắt Cừu Thu. Vì vậy nên hắn mới có được không ít tiếng tâm.

Tony Chen (陳昊) as Zhu Di (朱棣) / Trần Hạo vai Chu Đệ. Hongwu Emperor’s fourth son, Prince Yan. After the Jingnan Rebellion, became Yongle Emperor, started the Yongle ShengShi movement. / Người con thứ tư của Minh Thái Tổ, Yên Vương. Sau cuộc Chiến Dịch Tĩnh Nạn, lên làm Vĩnh Lạc Hoàng Đế, khởi đầu Vĩnh Lạc Thịnh Thế.

Maggie Siu (邵美琪) as Empress Xu (徐皇后) / Thiệu Mỹ Kỳ vai Từ hoàng hậu. The first wife of Yongle Emperor. The oldest daughter of Xu Da, one of the veterans whom helped establish the country. / Vợ chánh của Minh Thành Tổ Chu Đệ. Con gái lớn của khai quốc công thần Từ Đạt.

Cecilia Boey (宋妍菲) as Xu Miao Jin (徐妙锦) | Ming Er (茗儿) / Tống Nghiên Phi vai Từ Diệu Cẩm | Minh Nhi. Little Princess Xu Miao Jin, nicknamed Xu Ming Er, Xu Da’s fourth daughter. Prince Yan’s wife’s sister. / Tiểu Quận Chúa Từ Diệu Cẩm, biệt danh Từ Minh Nhi, con thứ tư của Từ Đạt. Là muội muội của vương phi của Yên Vương.

Guo Zi Qian (郭子千) as Peng Zi Qi (彭梓祺) / Quách Tử Thiên vai Bành Tử Kỳ. The daughter of the Peng family from Qingzhou. Have an older twin brother. Acquired a strong set of martial arts skills. Used the saber technique from WuHu DuanMenDao.  / Thanh Châu Bành gia chi nữ. Có một người anh sinh đôi. Có một thân võ nghệ giỏi. Sử dụng đao pháp của Ngũ Hổ Đoạn Môn Đao.

Liu Chang De (刘长德) as Luo Ke Di (罗克敌 ) / Lưu Trường Đức vai La Khắc Địch. In charge of JinYiWei / Cẩm Y Vệ chỉ huy sứ.

Hao Ze Jia (郝泽嘉) as Bai Yi Xia (白一夏) / Hác Trạch Gia vai Bạch Nhứt Hạ. In charge of JinYiWei / Cẩm Y Vệ chỉ huy sứ.

Wu Qian (吴倩) as Tang Sai Er (唐賽兒) / Ngô Sảnh vai Đường Tái Nhi. Devious, full of youth, full of wit ‘little fairy’ Tang Sai Er. Although she could be a very cute little girl, but she is extremely experienced within the jianghu realm. / Cổ linh tinh quái, thanh xuân mãn dật, thông minh lanh lợi “tiểu tiên nữ” Đường Tái Nhi. Tuy rằng cô ta có thể là một cô gái rất dễ thương, nhưng kinh nghiệm giang hồ rất là lão thành.

Huang Zi Xi (黄梓熙) as Su Ying (苏颖) / Huỳnh Tử Hy vai Tô Dĩnh. She was sent by Xie Yu Fei to Shuang Yu Islands to become the clan leader’s wife in order to help others. / Được Tạ Vũ Phi phái tới Đảo Song Tử để đảm nhiệm chức bang chủ phu nhân để biểu dương chánh nghĩa.

Jang Hyuk (张赫) as Zhu Yun Wen (朱允炆) / Trương Hách vai Chu Doãn Văn. JianWen Emperor / Kiến Văn Đế.

Zhao Chong Yue (赵崇越) as Xu Zeng Shou (徐增寿) / Triệu Sùng Việt vai Từ Tăng Thọ. The youngest son of Xu Da, Zhu Di’s brother-in-law. / Con trai út của Từ Đạt, em vợ của Chu Đệ.

Yin Han (殷晗) as Consort Ning (宁王妃) / Ân Hàm vai Ninh Vương Phi. The daughter of Zhang Tai, a military commander. / Con gái của Binh Mã Chỉ Huy Trương Thái.

Qu Zhe Ming (曲哲明) as Zhu Gao Xu (朱高煦) / Khúc Triết Minh vai Chu Cao Húc. Zhu Di’s son / Thứ tử của Chu Đệ.

Wang Xiu Zhu (王秀竹) as Xiao Ying (小樱) / Vương Tú Trúc vai Tiểu Anh.

Howie Huang (黄文豪) as Zhu Yuan Zhang (朱元璋) / Huỳnh Văn Hào vai Chu Nguyên Chương. Hongwu Emperor / Minh Triều Khai Quốc Hoàng Đế.

Marco Li (李耀景) as Feng Xi Hui (冯西辉) / Lý Diệu Cảnh vai Phùng Tây Huy. JinYiWei / Cẩm Y Vệ.

Wang Guan (王冠) as Zhang Shi San (张十三) / Vương Quán vai Trương Thập Tam.

Sources: Baidu, Shagnhai Juxin Media Creativity Co., Ltd., and The Braveness of the Ming’s Official Weibo

Go here for the Viet version of the novel.

*All translations were done by DTLCT, so if you decided to share elsewhere, please credit (or link back to the blog). (You can take out one language or the other to your likings.)

**All images credits are as follow: Hans Zhang’s Official Weibo, Hans Zhang’s Studio’s Official Weibo, The Braveness of the Ming’s Official Weibo

The Legend of Qin: Live Adaptation

Title / Tên: The Legend of Qin (秦时明月) / Tần Thời Minh Nguyệt

Episode Count / Tổng Số Tập: 65 Episodes / Tập

Episode Length / Tổng Số Phút Trong Một Tập:  Minutes / Phút

Genre / Thể Loại: Historical, Drama, Adventure, Wuxia / Lịch Sử, Tính Kịch, Mạo Hiểm, Võ Hiệp

Airing / Thời Gian Phát Sóng: 2015

Director / Đạo Diễn: Li Guo Li (李立國) / Lý Quốc Lập

Screenwriter / Biên Kịch: Xu Yuan (徐远) / Từ Viễn

Producer / Giám Chế: Tangren / Công Ty Đường Nhân

Broadcasting Channel / Đài Truyền Hình Phát Sóng: Hunan TV

Plot Summary / Tình Tiết: At the end of the Warring States period, Jing Ke’s assassination on the Qin Emperor was unsuccessful, sacrificing himself. The World’s Finest Swordsman Ge Nie was entrusted by Jing Ke to escort his son, Jing Tian Ming, to safety and to hide him from the Qin Emperor’s wraths. At the border of the Kingdom of Qin, at Can Yue Valley, Ge Nie–relying on himself– was able to fend off three hundred Qin soldiers. Qin Emperor, furious, ordered Prime Minister Li Si that he must get rid of the two. Li Si, through Dong Huang Tai Yi of the School of Ying and Yang’s advice, sought out Wei Zhuang, a member from Ge Nie’s sect. Wei Zhuang’s swords skill is at an impressive level, however, from the start, he had always ranked at a lower level than Ge Nie. In order to acquire the title of the World’s Finest Swordsman, Wei Zhuang had agreed to Li Si’s terms. Unbeknownst, he had fallen into Dong Huang Tai Yi’s trap. So when Tian Ming was born, the School of Yin and Yang had secretly planted “Gan Yuan Yu Sha” on his body. “Gan Yuan Yu Sha” involved a huge conspiracy.

While on the run, Ge Nie and Tian Ming made friends with a group of martial arts experts from Mojia and a descendant of a general from the King of Chu, Xiang Shao Yu, and a young lady from Mojia, Gao Yue–a person fate had driven to being the last known member of Mojia’s Ji Guan Town. Ji Guan Town was hidden at the cliff of Xiongfeng Mountain, gathering all of Mojia’s profound, brilliant minds. The place contained the last of the remaining parties to forge against the Kingdom of Qin. That place was also a hiding place for Mojia’s disciples.

Facing Mojia’s well-fortified Ji Guan Town, Zhao Gao first used the strategy of provoking to once again stir up Wei Zhuang’s hatred. Then he would use power to lure Wei Zhuang in, letting him believe that he only want Hu Hai to ascend the throne. Wei Zhuang could only continuously yearn for power and status. In order to knock down Ji Guan Town, Qin Emperor had sent out the most powerful soldiers. Wei Zhuang found Gongshu Chou, the leader of the Gongshu clan. Gongshu Chou and Mojia had some grudges against one another since several generations. Ji Guan Town’s strict, protective fortifications had to face an unprecedented challenge.

Wei Zhuang assassinated a group of experts within the regiment, plus the troops that were dispatched in succession. For a moment, Ji Guan Town ended up in a constant internal battle, silently surging forward.

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Cuối thời Chiến Quốc, Kinh Kha thích khách Tần Vương bị thất bại nên đã hy sinh. Thiên Hạ Đệ Nhứt Kiếm Cái Nhiếp được sự phó thác của Kinh Kha phải hộ tống con ông là Kinh Thiên Ming bỏ trốn sự truy sát của Tần Vương. Tại biên giớ của Tần Quốc, ở Tàn Nguyệt Cốc, Cái Nhiếp một mình đã đánh lui ba trăm kỵ binh của Tần. Tần Vương phẫn nộ, ra lệnh cho Thừa Tướng Lý Tư nhứt định phải diệt trừ hai người. Lý Tư, từ chỗ của Âm Dương Gia Đông Hoàng Thái Nhứt, đã được chỉ dẫn để tìm kiếm tới sư huynh đệ đồng môn của Cái Nhiếp là Vệ Trang. Vệ Trang kiếm thuật siêu quần nhưng từ đầu tới cuối vẫn phải đứng dưới Cái Nhiệp một bật. Để đoạt được danh hiệu Thiên Hạ Đệ Nhứt Kiếm, Vệ Trang đã đồng ý với sự yêu cầu của Lý Tư. Không ngờ rằng đã tự mình rơi vào cái bẫy của Đông Hoàng Thái Nhứt. Thì ra lúc Thiên Minh chào đời, Âm Dương Gia đã lén lút bỏ “Càn Nguyên Ngọc Sát” trên người. “Càn Nguyên Ngọc Sát” có liên quan tới một âm mưu lớn.

Trên đường lưu vong, Cái Nhiếp và Thiên Minh kết giao với một số cao thủ của Mặc gia cùng với hậu nhân của đại tướng Sở Quốc là Hạng Thiếu Vũ và thiếu nữ của Mặc gia là Cao Nguyệt–một người số mệnh đưa đẩy đã trở thành người duy nhứt biết về tịnh thổ của Cơ Quan Thành của Mặc gia. Cơ Quan Thành ẩn nấp tại khu vực của Tuyệt Lãnh Hùng Phong, tụ tập lại những người trí tuệ uyên thâm nhứt của Mặc gia. Chỗ đó đã quy tụ lại những thế lực sau cùng để phản Tần. Chỗ đó còn là chỗ lánh nạn của đệ tử Mặc gia.

Đối diện với sự phòng thủ kiên cố của Cơ Quan Thành của Mặc gia, Triệu Cao trước tiên dùng kế khích tướng để một lần nữa khơi dậy sự oán hận của Vệ Trang. Tiếp theo sẽ dùng quyền lực để cám dỗ Vệ Trang, để cho hắn tin tưởng rằng chỉ muốn cho Hồ Hợi đăng cơ. Vệ Trang có thể tự ước mơ mãi về quyền lực và địa vị. Vì để công phá Cơ Quan Thành, Tần Vương đã phái đi những tinh nhuệ to lớn. Vệ Trang đã kiếm được chưởng môn của Công Thâu gia tộc là Công Thâu Cừu. Công Thâu Cừu và Mặc gia mấy đời có thù. Sự phòng thủ củng cố, nghiêm mật của Cơ Quan Thành phải đối diện với một sự khiêu chiến trước giờ chưa từng có.

Vệ Trang thích khách một số cao thủ trong quân đội cùng với một số binh được đều động. Một thời gian, Cơ Quan Thành nhiều lần xảy ra nội sát, ám lưu dũng công.

Lu Yi (陆毅) as Ge Nie (盖聂) / Lục Nghị vai Cái Nhiếp. The World’s Finest Swordsman. Exuding an indifference attitude yet has a gentle, righteous heart. Because Jing Ke’s unsuccessful assassination attempt on the Qin Emperor and died in front of him that Ge Nie swore that as long as he was alive, he would take Jing Ke’s place to fulfill Jing Ke’s dying will. The sword “Yuan Hong” was created from the small knife that Jing Ke used to assassinate the Qin Emperor, which the Qin Emperor ordered his men to reforge and was given to Ge Nie. Because of a misunderstanding, Duan Mu Rong developed hostility toward Ge Nie. When the misunderstanding was resolved, they fell in love. / Đệ Nhứt Kiếm Thánh. Bề ngoài lạnh nhạt, nội tâm hiệp cốt nhu trường. Bởi vì Kinh Kha thích khách Tần Vương không thành và chết trước mặt y nên Cái Nhiếp phát thệ rằng chỉ cần y còn sống, y sẽ thai thế Kinh Kha hoàn thành di chí. Bội Kiếm “Uyên Hồng” là Tần Thủy Hoàng cho người rèn lợi từ chủy thủ mà Kinh Kha dùng để thích khách và đem tặng cho Cái Nhiếp. Bởi vì sự hiểu lầm nên Đoan Mộc Dung mới nảy sinh lòng căm thù đối với Cái Nhiếp. Lúc hiểu lầm đã được giải trừ, hai người nảy sinh tình cảm.

Michelle Chen (陳妍希) as Duan Mu Rong (端木蓉) / Trần Nghiên Hy vai Đoan Mộc Dung. One of the leaders of Mojia, following the path of medicine, suitable with the title of “Medic Fairy”, young yet very skillful with medicine, possess an upbeat, aggressive personality. Because of Jing Ke’s death, originally exuded a strong hostility toward Ge Nie. However, after interacting with him, she slowly changed her views. After resolving the misunderstanding and helping each other, she developed feelings for him. / Một trong những người lãnh đầu của Mặc gia, thừa kế y thuật, xứng đáng với danh hiệu “Y Tiên”, niên kỷ nhỏ nhưng y thuật cao minh, tánh cách hoạt bát và điêu ngoa. Bởi vì cái chết của Kinh Kha nên mới đầu đối với Cái Nhiếp một lòng căm thù cuồng liệt, nhưng sau khi tiếp xúc cận kề với nhau mới dần dần thay đổi quan điểm. Sau khi giải trừ hiểu lầm và tương trợ lẫn nhau, cô đã nảy sinh ái mộ.

Jiang Jin Fu (蒋劲夫) as Jing Tian Ming (荆天明) / Tưởng Kình Phu vai Kinh Thiên Minh. The son of Highly Skilled Swordsman Jing Ke and Li Ji. Because of his background, he was hunted down by Qin Shi Huang. Afterward, Ge Nie found him and protected him from then on. Devious, loyal. When Tian Ming was attacked by Yu Sha’s power, Gao Yue appeared and was able to help Tian Ming return to normal. / Con trai của Tuyệt Đỉnh Kiếm Khách Kinh Kha và Lệ Cơ. Bởi vì thân thế nên bị Tần Thủy Hoàng truy sát. Sau đó Cái Nhiếp tìm tới và từ đó được bảo vệ. Cổ linh tinh quái, trọng tình trọng nghĩa. Trong lúc Thiên Minh bị sức lực của Ngọc Sát tấn công, Cao Nguyệt đã xuất hiện và giúp cho Thiên Minh trở lại bình thường.

Hu Bing Qing (胡冰卿) as  Gao Yue (高月) / Hồ Băng Khanh vai Cao Nguyệt. The daughter of the leader of Mojia. Duan Mu Rong’s disciple. Innocent, gentle, has an intensive knowledge of medicine, is Duan Mu Rong’s helpful assistant. When Tian Ming was attacked by Yu Sha’s power, it was Gao Yue who helped restore his mind. Afterward, the two fell in love. / Con gái của cự tử của Mặc gia. Đồ đệ của Đoan Mộc Dung. Thiên chân vô tà, ôn nhu uyển chuyển, tinh thông dược lý, là trợ thủ đắc lực của Đoan Mộc Dung. Lúc Thiên Minh bị sức lực của Ngọc Sát tấn công, là Cao Nguyệt đã giúp hồi phục thần trí. Sau đó hai người tương ái.

Sun Yi Zhou (孙艺洲) as Wei Zhuang (卫庄) / Tôn Nghệ Châu vai Vệ Trang.

Gina Jin Chen (金晨) as Chi Lian (赤练) aka Yu Ji (虞姬) / Kim Thần vai Xích Luyện aka Ngu Cơ.

Qin Jun Jie (秦俊杰) as Xiang Shao Yu (项少羽) aka Xiang Yu (项羽) / Tần Tuấn Kiệt vai Hạng Thiếu Vũ aka Hạng Vũ.

Gong Bei Bi (龚蓓苾) as Xue Nu (雪女) / Cung Bội Bì vai Tuyết Nữ.

Sui Yong Liang (隋咏良) as Gao Jian Li (高渐离) / Tùy Vịnh Lương vai Cao Tiệm Ly.

Qu Zhe Ming (曲哲明) as Bai Feng (白凤) / Khúc Triết Minh vai Bạch Phụng.

Zhang Lei (张雷) as Zhao Gao (赵高) aka Dong Huang Tai Yi (东皇太一) / Trương Lôi vai Triệu Cao aka Đông Hoàng Thái Nhất.

Song Ning (宋宁) as Da Si Ming (大司命) / Tống Ninh vai Đại Tư Mệnh.

You Jing Ru (尤靖茹) as Shao Si Ming (少司命) / Vưu Tịnh Như vai Thiếu Tư Mệnh.

Sources: Baidu and Viet Wiki (Mostly references for characters’ names)

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P.S. I got lazy and stopped translating, lol. I’ll go back one fine day and finish.