Ban Shu Legend

Ban Shu Legend (2015)

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Produced by Yu Zheng and written by screenwriter Zhang Wei, this is the counterpart to his previous popular series Female Prime Minister. The story tells of the niece of the first female prime minister Ban Zhao. The titular Ban Shu earns her way up to become a teacher at the Royal Female Academy formed by the Empress Deng Wei. However, her job in the court becomes much harder when conspiracies begin to read moretake place, as a result she decides to leave the court to spread the Han culture.

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    Ban Shu Chuan Qi; The Legend Of Ban Shu;

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Dec 8, 2015
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
I really love this drama (watched this 4 times and planning to watch this the 5th time)
The thing that I love about this drama is the superb cast. The actress who played Banshu is not a very popular actress but I must say, she exceeded by expectations! Banshu is a very rash and cheerful girl, and the actress played the character really well. Really love it. The actor who played Wei read more Ying is also not a popular actor but I am charmed but him. He has the looks, the charisma...and his daily outfit in the drama is a white robe (prince charming), I am not surprise that his character managed to charm so many female characters in the show coz I am here being separated by a screen and could still get charmed. His acting skills are just bonuses.
Banshu's character can be a little rash at times and her actions are often exaggerated but I love her so much! She doesn't really know the palace etiquette and doesn't act like the normal gentle female teacher (????teacher who tutors the female students), but this is what make her special. She often does not care abt her image and behaves how she wants to behave. But what makes her so likeable is that she is so selfless. She cares a lot abt Wei Ying although he always reprimand her, places people before herself, saves her students' lives more than once despite them not liking her, and so on. Although she is very strict with her students and punishes them even though they are all daughters of high ranking officials, she is actually doing them good. For example, she makes them run around the court yard after seeing them all skinny and frail and she even gave the child emperor a good beating after the males students from ?? (an imperial all boys school)played a prank on her. It's very heartening to see her managing to earn the utmost respect of all students in the end.
The empress dowager in the story is not your typical evil old lady. She is actually quite young. She's the one who instructed Banshu to tutor the female students and gave her the permission to change the way the girls behave. After that, she ordered Banshu to teach the males form ?? coz she's disappointed that only 2 students signed up for the imperial exams and that all professors in charge of teaching the male students are all on sick leave (including Wei Ying) because of the palace fire. She sent Banshu coz she knows that Banshu fears nothing, not even high ranking officials' sons or daughters, and Banshu's duty is not only to teach poems blabla, but also instill the students of both schools good moral values.
Wei Ying is a ??? teaching the students of ??? He is very loyal to Liu Xuan (??, his lover whom he could not save. Hence, he is always stuck in the past and could not forget abt Liu Xuan. He even waters the plants that Liu Xuan had planted for 3 years straight without fail. In the end, he realizes that his love for Xuan has reduced to friendship and the one he loves is actually Banshu.
There are some characters who are there for some comedic effect, such as Huo Heng and Yao Juan. Yao Juan is another female teacher who is always taken advantage of by the students coz she is short-sighted and timid. She often walks into things because of her bad eyesight but that's okay, she's also very loveable.
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Jan 14, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
The titular character is played by a fairly unknown actress, but after watching this, you'll think you're seeing her everywhere. Played by Jing Tian, Ban Shu comes from a 'tribal' life, even though her father is of the capital. Raised without his influence or his family's backing, she begins her journey to finding her true heritage by taking part in the palace's school for female etiquette.

Her first meeting with her 'brother-in-law' read more (husband of her cousin), Wei Ying, starts them both off on bad footing. Due to the way that she was raised, Wei Ying (played by Zhang Zhe Han, who also portrayed the young Lin Shu in 'Nirvana in Fire'), has ill feelings towards her culture due to his belief that they left his wife to die.

Over time, their feelings of mistrust and disdain turn to friendship...and maybe even something more. However, instances arise that make this road a bumpy journey.

The drama is full of comedic misunderstandings, mainly caused by Ban Shu, as well as emotional rollercoasters of love, life and family.

The love aspect of this drama is clearly present, but isn't so overpowering in the sense that there is constant love rivalry. Everything works itself out in a timely manner, and audiences can be assured that they won't spend most of their watching time wanting to pull their hair out.

Ban Shu Legend has been toted as the younger sibling (but I believe more like cousin) to The Legend of Lu Zhen. In terms of the period setting and strong female heroines. I can see the similarities, but I wouldn't recommend watching this drama if you're hoping for another Lu Zhen.
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Well Legend of Lu zhen has another name called female prime minister ban shu legend is counterpart on female prime minister both in ancient time.
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Both dramas have female lead as teacher in the ancient academy, see how they manage the naughty students and how interesting they handle the lessons. Both have romance involved, also bickering otp at first. There are also cute supporting characters inside.
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    rumtumcat Jun 18, 2017 - edited

    i agree with the review by Yuki_tokki above.
    it was not popular actor n actress . i guess this is way its not sub yet? but this drama is good

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      CheriLynzzz Jun 19, 2017

      Yes, probably.
      Though the actress has been getting roles in more well known projects lately, so maybe someone will come back to sub it?

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      rumtumcat Jun 20, 2017

      ya i hope it got sub for the others who want to watch it. btw any other drama to intro?? besides Princess agent and A Life Time Love ? want to wait until it complete before start binge

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      CheriLynzzz Jun 20, 2017 - edited
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      rumtumcat Jun 20, 2017

      thankssssss will try My Only Love Song for now =)

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan Jul 16, 2017

      @CheriLynzzz she got casted along with Che Bolin for 2018 drama....and Im so waiting for I wanted to check her out on this one I will watch w/o subs on Youtube in the meantime

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    Maral May 3, 2017

    where can I download Chinese Drama???

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    iXiumin Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Does this show have a sad ending?

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    Mary Apr 17, 2017

    its still raw everywhere. someone sub plsss

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    CarpeDiem Apr 16, 2017

    Complete watching RAW long time ago and now I can watching Dubbed in my language, Thank you.

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    namopanik Apr 10, 2017 - edited

    do I need to watch Female Prime Minister first?

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      CarpeDiem Apr 16, 2017

      No need but if you like Lu Zhen then I think you will also like Ban Shu.

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    kathy Mar 25, 2017 - edited

    I'm on eps 33 and I don't really care for the main actor. Rooting for the empress's brother but knowing that she will not be with him.

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    sweetmint Feb 20, 2017 - edited

    Is there a lot of romance in this drama?:)

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      kathy Mar 25, 2017

      Romance isn't the main focus

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      sweetmint Mar 25, 2017

      But more romance than like say Female Prime Minister?

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      kathy Mar 26, 2017

      That's on my list to watch.

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      Rin Mar 31, 2017 - edited

      Actually, this is pretty heavy on romance. There are quite a number of pairings, and are mostly likable. It's just that there's also a good mix of non-romance like the parts about Ban Shu and her students.

      I haven't watched Female Prime Minister so I have no idea which one has more romance in comparison.

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      rumtumcat Jun 18, 2017

      if you ask me. i said yes =)

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    Mary Dec 19, 2016 - edited

    Can someone..anyone sub this or tell me where i can watch it subbed pleaseeeee. i have made so many requests months ago

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    Eruu0 Oct 26, 2016 - edited

    Is it better than Female prime minister ?

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    Lili Oct 23, 2016

    Where can I watch this with english subs?

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    DehAlaska Sep 3, 2016

    where can i watch this with eng sub?

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    Shelly Aug 28, 2016 - edited

    Beautiful colorful drama with the smartest female lead ever! Loved the entire drama. Never boring.

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    Tsab Mim Vue Jul 15, 2016

    how come im not able to watch? when i click on the episode it says not available, can anyone help?


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    Oct 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2015
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    45 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 97 users)
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