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Cast:
Hu Ge as Yi Xiao Chuan and General Meng Yi
Ren Quan as Yi Da Chuan
Bai Bing as Princess Yu Shu
Chang Chih as Gao Yao and Zhao Gao
Zhang Meng as Gao Lan / Xiao Yue (Yu Ji)
Tan Kai as Xiang Yu
Jin Sha as Lu Su
Zhang Wei as Gao Jian Li
Chen Zi Han as Lu Zhi
Allen Ting as Meng Tian
Li Yi Xiang (李易祥) as Liu Bang

Genre:
Romance, History, Drama, Fantasy

Plot:
During an excavation, Da Chuan and his father discover an ancient box with a keyhole on the lid in the shape of a tiger. Da Chuan’s younger brother Xiao Chuan, a restless photographer who spends his life playing around, mysteriously happens upon an ancient necklace with a tiger shaped jade pendant. While running from his hot blooded girlfriend Gao Lan, Xiao escapes behind the security of his brother’s dig site. At the same time, a group of artifact thieves break into the compound and steal the box. Xiao Chuan, along with Gao Lan’s older brother, Gao Yao, chase the thieves and finally catch up to them. The two of them get the box back but when Xiao Chuan inserts his necklace into the key slot of the box, the two are teleported back 2000 years to the Qin Dynasty. Da Chuan, his parents, and Gao Lan begin the search for clues on where the two have disappeared and why there is a group of people constantly trying to block their path.

With knowledge from the future, how will Xiao Chuan and Gao Yao survive in the ancient Chinese civilization? Will they become a part of history and become prominent figures in war and politics? Along the way, Xiao Chuan meets numerous maidens, each attracted to his wisdom, unconventional ways, and his mastery of martial arts; but as trouble follows in his wake, will he learn to become a better person and change to more serious ways? Xiao Chuan falls in love with a Princess but she is forced into marriage with the Qin Emperor, will their love survive all the obstacles and challenges? Gao Yao starts from the bottom of the social hierarchy as a slave and slowly rises in the ranks among the palace Eunuchs, will power and thoughts of revenge corrupt him? Will Xiao Chuan’s family at home be able to find out how to bring him back? As Gao Lan follows Da Chuan around, will an unlikely love blossom?

Review:
This is the first time that I have ever watched an ancient Chinese drama over 42 episodes. My first impression was very good, though. The music, acting, and storyline really intrigued me. This is not to say there were no flaws. I thought the action was not realistic enough, the amount of time spent on battle scenes clearly showed a budget limit. There were many parts that were dragged out and conversation was slow and repetitive in many places.

Possible Spoilers
I think for the most part Hu Ge does a decent job in this drama, although he is not my favorite ancient drama actor. The female actresses were all decent, but Chen Zi Han and Jin Sha probably caught my interest the most. As you might know I love Chen Zi Han in a number of dramas I’ve reviewed before and she really can play the villain role pretty well. The love between Hu Ge and Bai Bing, the Princess, was really odd in my opinion, because they never really had a scene where they really fell in love. Also, when they were split apart, their emotions were like epic super strong that Hu Ge had to be a drunk and Bai Bing couldn’t get a grip on reality without Xiao Chuan. It was just really rushed and then when they were supposedly “in love” they were borderline obsessive. Even Hu Ge, as Xiao Chuan, lost all his thinking.

The main point of interest in this story was the plot. I loved everything that happened, from the court politics to the times that Hu Ge saved people and made powerful friends all over the kingdom. All the famous stories from the Qin Dynasty are a part of drama including the tears of a maiden causing the collapse of the Great Wall of China, the heroic and strength of Xiang Yu, the feats of Liu Bang, the killing of the giant snake, the power of Zhao Gao, and even the assassination attempts on the Qin Emperor.

I just want to finish up with a few comments on what I would have liked to see: better special effects (even just a little), more realistic fight scenes, more soldiers (even if they have to use CG), better love stories. Other than that I think the drama was very attention keeping. The scenes during modern day were slightly less interesting since they kept using the same backdrops.

Rating:
4.2/5.0

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Cast:
Chen Zi Han as Luo Rou
Lu Yi as Luo Yi
Kou Zhen Hai as Rou and Yi’s father
Li Qin Qin as Rou and Yi’s mother
Jia Nai Liang as Wen Jie

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Plot:
When Luo Yi was just a small girl, she was adopted into the Luo family and became the younger sister of Luo Rou. As children, the two never got along. Because of Luo Yi’s kind hearted personality, her father always doted on her more. Luo Rou had a very spoiled and childish personality and often played cruel jokes on Luo Yi. In addition, Luo Yi was deaf in one ear.  The family lived a decent life since the father was owner of a successful company, however, due to some misfortune, the company became bankrupt. Because of this, the mother and father pass away.

This is the story of Luo Yi and Luo Rou and their struggle as siblings in finding love. Luo Rou is often jealous of Luo Yi because she naturally attracts love with her kindness. Because of this, Luo Rou grows up as a person who always competes with Luo Yi both in love and work.

Without their parents, how will the sisters live on? Will Luo Rou’s hatred for her younger sister result in some greater catastrophe? Will Luo Yi ever find her real parents?

Review:
I think this is one of the lesser known mainland dramas, although I can’t confirm this because I don’t know the details of the audience from China, but I am sure many people in the US have never heard of this drama. I was just looking around at some video files and I saw the title 雪在烧. It attracted me somewhat and I decided to watch the first episode. It was mostly about the childhood of the two sisters Ru Yi and Zi Han but I was instantly sucked in. Personally, I love characters who embody a certain kindness and innocence. Seeing Luo Yi always give in to her sister was really tear wrenching. I knew that when she grew up the drama would be even better.

I think the acting was very good in this drama. Veteran Chen Zi Han is an actress who is very adept at playing the villain in any drama, or at least the character that we all hate. Her performance in Return of the Condor Heroes 2006 as Guo Fu is proof of this trait. Ru Yi on the other hand really fits her role in this drama. Just by watching her actions I could feel sympathy for her. The supporting cast does a great performance but the main roles of the two sisters really moved me. The drama is a little draggy sometimes but it does move along quite nicely. The drama does not have too many twists but instead presents itself as a very solid flow which helps build up the mood to the very final episode. It is both gratifying and sad at the end but I will let you guys decide how it is.

4.8/5

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