Eternal Love

Eternal Love (2017)

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After a devastating war, the immortal tribe paid a heavy price to seal the demon lord. 70000 years later, in an attempt to re-seal the demon lord who broke free, Bai Qian was sent to the mortal realm. In the mortal world, she meets Ye Hua and falls in love with him. Su Jin, who is jealous of Ye Hua's love for Bai Qian, intentionally creates a series of misunderstanding between them read moreand causes Bai Qian to lose her eyes. Thinking that Ye Hua has betrayed her, the devastated Bai Qian jumps off from the Zhu Xian Terrace. At her request, all her memories have been erased and she forgets Ye Hua. Hundred years later, the two meets again as deities. Another lifetime another world, Ye Hua recognizes Bai Qian but the latter remains indifferent. Three lives three worlds, her and him, are they fated to bear an entangling loveline?
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  • Native title:

    三生三世十里桃花
  • Also Known as:

    三生三世,十里桃花; San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua; Three Lives Three Worlds; Ten Great III of Peach Blossom; The Eternal Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms; Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms; Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms;

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kiera
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Mar 1, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I made a vow to write a review immediately after the show ended and believe me when I say the emotions are still raw. Where do I even start? Eternal Love is such a compelling and beautiful piece I don't think I can find the exact words to describe it.

The story is brilliant in itself and I am honestly sure it did the book justice. I think if you're watching this read more without reading the book beforehand, you would love the show a lot more because you're watching without expectations plus either way, Eternal Love will blow you away (even if you're not a fantasy/xianxia/historical genre kind of person) Also, If you like The Journey of Flower, you will love this without a doubt.

Everything, every single thing is so stunning from the costumes, to the set and the cinematography. And the most beautiful part is, of course, their love story. The different clans coming together and all the magical elements and all are very interesting. I won't delve into the story too much because its pretty complicated but fear not, you will never be bored of it for a second.

The acting was spectacular. Yang Mi did a fantastic job as always. Although it was my first time watching Mark Chao, his character as either Mo Yuan or Ye Hua is so easily to fall in love with because he is that good at acting. Chemistry was flawless. A transparent love was beautifully portrayed; you could feel their love and pain and share their happiness. Kiss scenes are very good too. They're not exactly rough but tender and deep? I honestly did not expect so many kiss scenes because I was quite disappointed with the lack of intimacy in The Journey of Flower but you're blessed here :')

Every other character was very likeable having their own unique personalities. The other side characters and love stories are also super sweet especially Dong Hua's and Feng Jui's.

It seems like everything about the drama is perfect even its music is so apt. The entire OST is so enchanting played at right timings. The duet is so haunting which really gives Bai Qian & Ye Hua moments that goosebumps. So, so good.

The only problem I have (not with the drama) is that I hate misunderstandings that cause conflicts in a relationship which my heart cannot handle. Ye Hua and Bai Qian's relationship has many 'tragedies' that can really break your heart because they've been through so many tribulations caused by some side bitches but in the end, everything for this drama is worth it.

Rewatch it? Definitely. No qualms about it.

This is truly a masterpiece and I can safely say Eternal Love is my favourite C-Drama.
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moondust
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Mar 1, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Probably the first time a drama of this length has me thoroughly enthusiastic from beginning to end. More rare is the case of a drama adaptation not only breathing life to its book, but surpasses the original work in every aspect. The challenge is to stop oneself from the binge to see how this karmic game of fate, love, misunderstanding and tragedy takes three 'lifetimes' to resolve. Even if fantasy is not read more one's cup of tea, the love/romance here is one everyone can enjoy

*Story (10/10)
This drama has done a wondrous job keeping faithful to the original story while incorporating parts of its spinoff "The Pillow Book" about the secondary lead pairing.The Chinese title of this drama is "Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms" and like its name suggests, tells the story of Ye Hua and Bai Qian - gods who are separated yet bounded by fate to find each other in their lives again throughout the course of three arcs, for a memorable journey of emotional highs and lows balanced with good action and drama. Though there are 58 episodes, it is filled with plots to leave one consistently guessing what the next development is from beginning to end.
Just as one score settles, another rises.

Characters are fleshed out and although the main couple gets the bulk of the focus, secondary characters and their relationships are not cheated out of a good storyline either.

*Acting/Cast: (9/10)
Yang Mi's Bai Qian may be the protagonist, but Mark Chao is the highlight. To express so much with so little is what Mark does wonderfully, and his ability to portray two similar characters (Ye Hua & Mo Yuan) so differently with their set of own characteristics, mannerisms and reactions is impressive. As for Yang Mi overall she did well portraying the different personalities of her characters - from playful,mischievous Si Yin to naive and innocent Su Su and finally the aloof with an attitude Bai Qian - by far her best performance. Together these two produce the chemistry to keep audiences thrilled and satisfied. Overall the cast is well put together with several other memorable faces (Zhang Bin Bin, Dilraba etc) making the drama that much more enjoyable


*Last thoughts?
- All the sets, props, scenery and people are simply eye-catching, which keeps one visually interested all the way through.
- Aside from the visual fest and story, Mark Chao is another reason to rewatch


It's been a while since I enjoyed a romance-fantasy genre this much, this will be going straight into my archive of favorites. No doubt one of the best Chinese dramas have to offer
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the story is very different and much lighter, but the main couple's romance is really cute.. i find myself smiling when their cute scene started.. hahahaha
Recommended by carolline
Same Director Lin Yufen (who also worked on Love O2O and Journey of Flower) both based on C-Novels, Xianxia with a strong romance core.
Recommended by reinie

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    reinie Jul 13, 2017 - edited

    I know its still early days...but has anyone heard anything about the Pillow Book adaptation? Rumours and speculations? I know that it was bought by the different Production company but shouldn't there be more movement by now...they should be riding EL's popularity like a cowboy!

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      BadAllDay Jul 23, 2017 - edited

      I'm watching this drama at the moment and tried to google for more info. I've heard the same as you and would love to know if there's going to be an adaptation too!

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      reinie Jul 24, 2017

      It's making me sad that we have no news as of yet. I've taken to stalking the Director instead. The hope is that she'd be asked to get involved in any sequel/alternative production. Keeping my eye on Soompi for news.

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    Pinocchio Jul 11, 2017 - edited

    Why are people comparing this to NIF they're literally 2 different genres so it shouldn't even be the same

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      reinie Jul 13, 2017 - edited

      @Elix Cool story bro...please move on along, I'd really appreciate that thanks...
      I like how you're getting so riled up about this, maybe you should take up Copyright Law in the future and maybe move to China to help combat this huge issue, it might improve your terminology too...'fan brats' doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
      Love,
      A 'fan brat' XOXO

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      reinie Jul 13, 2017 - edited

      @Pinocchio unfortunately in life 'haterz gonna hate'...what I want to know is how people think this stacks up against General & I or Journey of Flower.
      In all honesty I don't know either, I had a vague hope that I left the flame wars behind me in my misspent youth but I see they'll follow me to my grave. We should all just stop adding wood to the fire or alternatively give it more rope to hang itself. I don't know which I prefer...

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      Elix beorn Jul 14, 2017 - edited

      @reinie lol being a fan brat and all is ok, but definitely I am going to stand up for whats right unlike you fan brat. Do I seem riled up? Its more like you are projecting your feelings onto me for reasons not know to me. Maybe its time to grow up for you from being a spoiled fan brat to someone having sound judgement. Twisting words don't really make you right "fan brat" or does it? Just because a "fan brat" likes this drama doesn't mean all its negatives are to be dismissed in consideration of his/her majesty the "fan brat". Seriously demented response reinie. Maybe you need a doctor too.. Its ironic that just when I am about to "move along" someone like you "comes along" lol.

      Now this was a personal attack in response to your personal attack. Can you tell the difference between criticizing drama and being disrespectful or your IQ too low for that?

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      EmpyreanConqueror Jul 14, 2017

      @Elix beorn, let's leave them be.

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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017 - edited

    Most chinese drama are way to long and has a lot of useless/ interesting characters BUT I actually liked or even loved every Character of this Drama and the main story of cause!

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      Mimi Jul 11, 2017

      Same I still can't get over it even tho it ended for so long already this is literally the best Chinese drama out there like no kidding I haven't seen any drama that has so many eps but still kept me hooked till then end

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    Elix beorn Jul 4, 2017 - edited

    I feel that this drama is way too overrated. To have just .1 rating lower than epic masterpiece like Nirvana in Fire is totally beyond me. Yes, the setting is beautiful with a lot of eye candy. I watched it till ep 16 and it didn't have any worthwhile moment. Worse yet, it is adapted from plagiarized piece of work that constantly strikes on conscience while watching the drama. I feel that the popularity of this drama is typical case of a "fad" and "bandwagoning". In hindsight, when the euphoria has died down, people will realise how cliched it is.
    Edit 1 on 11th July:
    Following are douban ratings for both Nirvana in Fire and Eternal love. Although shared by a detractor of my comment, it actually corroborates my claim that this drama is highly overrated on this site.

    https://movie.douban.com/subject/25975243/
    https://movie.douban.com/subject/25754848/

    Edit 2 on 12th July:
    Irrespective of its comparison with any drama out there, the fact that its "plagiarized" is enough to say that its overrated and not worth 1 percent of the defense its getting. One reason its not rated highly on douban is because its plagiarized.Google translating the first comment on douban will tell you how sensitive issue of plagiarism about this drama is in mainland China.

    Edit 3 on 14th July:

    Here is a proof of how the writer stole not only the whole setting from another author but has also copy/paste whole lines, sentences and characters. It would also be wise to remember that this is just what the author of this drama stole from 1 other author. There is high probability that there numerous other lesser know writers from which she stole.. The writer of this drama is notorious for stealing the work of little know writers and claiming it as her own. Consider the audacity of the author of this novel that after plagiarizing from the other writer, she sent that writer the novel of this drama as a gift.

    https://hamster428.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/plagiarism-allegations-against-tqgz/

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      boby yang Jul 20, 2017 - edited

      I can agree that NIF is a pretty boring tv show. There aren't much scenes where I can relate to or get impressed by and make me watch multiple episodes per day. Perhaps the only thing that kept me watching was the mystery behind the massacre of Chi Yan Jun. That being said, NIF is still a great tv show because of the way it is executed. Hu Gu does an exellent job portraying his character because that is what his character is supposed to be like! Also, the production quality of this tv show is one of the best in the historical drama category. The only ones I can think of that is on its level are like ZHZ, Three Kingdoms, The Advisors Alliance, etc. I really suggest finishing this drama. Maybe you won't have the eagar to get through all the episodes in one day, but this drama is truly one of the best and worth finishing.

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      ninan Jul 20, 2017 - edited

      It is interesting to see different opinions about dramas. Sometimes the scenes people likes are exactly the one other people hates. :-D I appreciate most commenters clearly give the reasons why they like or dislike the drama. For me both NIF and EL are interesting and worth watching. Don't depends on the rating so much, it is normal it maybe not your taste while the others are crazy about it. On the not so high rated drama sites, there are also enough people complaining how under-rated the drama is. btw, Douban rating is totally different from mydramalist, a lot of romance dramas with young actors and actresses leads are never high rated. Their taste is more for serious dramas while mydramalist is with more romantic kdrama fans. Honestly speaking, not much for reference if you are more kdrama fan...

      No matter like or dislike in the end please do give a chance to at least finish it before you make the judgement. If it is too long to start and you r not afraid of spoilers, try some MVs or short clips on youtube to see if it is your taste. Or some recap blogs. The blog "The Problematic of the unproblematic" is the best among them. Just look for the tag of "three lives three worlds ten miles peach blossoms". Totally hilarious recaps about EL there (btw, they made NIF recap as well). Or try the novel directly.

      PS: It is not fair to compare dramas of different genres. NIF and EL although both are historical dramas, one focuses on the strategy side and one is pure romance. The audience group is also totally different. NIF is more all around with huge number of male and elderly audience while EL is mainly for young ladies. But both are top production in its genre. Please do give a chance to finish them. :-)

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      hapaybruce Jul 21, 2017

      Don't believe the ratings in douban. The users of douban are mostly crazy about western things and obsequious to westerns, in China we call it 崇洋媚外. 90% of them are western culture fans and of course the fans of western dramas.So 90% of Chinese dramas are undervalued there regardless of how popular they are.The ratings in Chinese video websites are more objective since the users really watched the drama not like many douban users who haven't even watched a complete episode.In fact this drama create a new record of views in Chinese internet.

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      hapaybruce Jul 21, 2017

      The copyright issue of the TV series has nothing to do with whether it is good or not. plagiarism is a problem between the producer and the author. Whether the TV play is good or not is depend on the effort of the director and the actors.In fact almost all IP dramas have copyright issues, this has become a means of making topics and a means of attracting attentions.As an audience, I focus only on the drama itself.

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      Mimi Jul 22, 2017

      I tried both NIF n WLFKBJ but they both weren't that good to me even tho they had such high ratings n I dropped WLFKBJ at like ep 5 bc it was so boring n definitely overrated imo

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    marygracierO Jul 3, 2017 - edited
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      Hwa Young Min Jul 3, 2017

      Me neither... I acnt get over how good the drama is, im currently watching it the third time

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      marygracierO Jul 3, 2017

      Agreed, from start till the end. I hope will be able to get over this. I really had difficulty looking for great dramas after this. Hope to see more of Yang Mi and Mark Chao's colab. They really do have great acting and chemistry.

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      Pinocchio Jul 11, 2017 - edited

      Same for some reason I didn't really like the second otp much bc probably Ik that they wouldn't have a happy ending n true this is literally the best drama ever that I've seen so far

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    KOKONATTSU Jul 2, 2017 - edited

    I was finding it really hard to get over this drama when it ended and to find a new drama to watch, so right now I accidentally bumped into Princess Agents & I am REAAAAALLLLY into it!!!! You guys should check it out too!!!!!

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      lan_lan Jul 3, 2017

      Funny thing, the opposite of what happened with me while watching EL is happening with PA. When I started EL my interest was so so, watched because I was bored. However as the series went on the interest grew and then after the 10-14 episodes came, I was addicted. Whereas with PA I was addicted from the beginning, but as the drama goes on my interests started to wane. And then by the 10-13 episodes I ended up dropping it and went back to watching Eternal Love haha.

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    Hwa Young Min Jul 1, 2017 - edited

    Hi sb once posted why it was understandable why Bai Qian wants to forget their relationship while Ye Huas wants to remember it. Id ont understand it lol. Can sb explain it to me? Thanks :D

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      krystalsoojungs Jul 2, 2017

      BQ says in like episode 26 that since this whole experience was simply a heavenly trial for her to become a high goddess, then the experience wasn't of much use to her so why not forget it since it was so painful.

      as for why YH wanted to remember it, that's not stated directly in the drama. but I would assume it's because it was one of the best times of his life when he finally felt that he could do smth to his heart's desire and not have to constantly follow what the Heavenly Emperor wanted to do and also he probably felt guilty towards her and probably wanted to remember her so he could tell A'Li too

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    reinie Jun 28, 2017 - edited

    I've now seen a good number of wuxia/xianxia and yet still to find better wigs than the ones here. The wigs are strong in this one :DD

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      reinie Jun 29, 2017

      I know right?! And the amount of swaying and swishing going on is epic, shampoo commercials have nothing on them! Haha

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      lan_lan Jun 29, 2017

      I definitely agree on this. HOWEVER it was bugging the crap out of me that there were a few scenes where DH Dijun actor's real hair color kept peeking out at the back of his neck. It was kind of distracting.

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      reinie Jul 4, 2017

      I noticed that a couple of times but I got sucked in by Gao Vengo's pretty,pretty face... :P

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      MiraiArtx Jul 15, 2017

      :O I didn't notice at all. I guess it's time to go back and look. Gives me another reason to stare at him lol

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      Shi Jul 22, 2017 - edited

      what? lol i never noticed it!! but i love love their silky hair though. when i was watching princess agents in the beginning, i just wondered why their hair is not as silky as the ones in eternal love and it bugged me a while. hahaha

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    Emily Jun 27, 2017 - edited

    For all people who like me read the novel To the Sky Kingdom after watching the drama... I always found the drama surpassed the novel, because the latter is totally written from Bai Qian's POV. You never get to know how YH felt and there was little or no details written about their time as Susu/YH. Because of this YH in the novel felt cold and distant to me.

    Well, recently I found out that the author also wrote a side story/epilogue from YH's pov where you get to read how much he loved Susu and about his childhood. I thougt the script writers made up the YH/Susu scenes on mount junji, but it was actually also from the YH epilogue. However in To the Sky Kingdom the epilogue/side story is not included. You can find these chapters in the translated version of Hamster.

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    Kiie Jun 26, 2017 - edited
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      ninan Jun 28, 2017 - edited
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      Kiie Jun 29, 2017
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      ninan Jun 29, 2017

      Sorry Kiie. Hope did not ruin your fun for watching it. :-P

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      guccigall Jun 24, 2017

      Don't worry, they will have their happy ending in Book 2.

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      Sophia Jun 27, 2017

      Thanks for sharing the link! But it's so long... I will wait for the series to come out. Hoping for the same cast, as their chemistry was amazing and both portrayed their role so well that I cannot imagine anyone else playing them.

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      reinie Jul 4, 2017 - edited

      You should read it anyway, it's a relaxing read, only took me about 5 hrs, though I did skim read some parts when they were in the dream in the 2nd part

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    moonziyan Jun 21, 2017 - edited

    I'm on episode 5 and I'm thinking of dropping it. Someone convince me otherwise.

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      QueenCherry Jun 21, 2017

      YOU WILL REGRET IT The drama doesn't really POP Off until episode 14 that is when it GET's LITTTTT from there until the end.

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      GiaGia Jun 21, 2017

      If you're really getting bored. Jump to episode 26, watch it. Then, go back and watch 6.

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      Alekwang Jun 24, 2017

      DON'T DO THE SAME MISTAKE I DID! UGHHH! Like seriously, if you go back a few months in the comment section, I was like you! I couldn't get into the storyline at all! But then episode 13/14 came and I was IN LOVE with it. It's now one of my favorites!

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      Sophia Jun 27, 2017

      I too thought the beginning was too slow but at some point it got so interesting that after I finished, I decided to rewatch the beginning and relevant scenes.

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    Trouble-chan Jun 18, 2017 - edited

    Anyone know what's happened to the drama sites? Kissasian is struggling to stream apparently, and I've not been able to get on dramanice and dramacool for days now.ks something afoot? Getting a bit sad as I only really have Netflix UK if they're all going to disappear.....

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      Lovedoramas Jun 21, 2017

      You are welcome.i didn't want you to miss a good drama.hope you enjoy it.

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      Trouble-chan Jun 27, 2017

      Thanks Sunny - I see they're back up, but a lot of the site isn't working. Search, etc. Still, at least they're back. :) Thanks for the links. Also KA is back pretty much as before so hopefully all three will keep going for now. I really wish East Asian tv companies would let them stream because people like me watch them and then buy our favourites on DVD, so they MAKE money in the end. smhs

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      LPA Jul 6, 2017 - edited

      Thanks for the comments on streaming sites. I'll try Drama Nice and Drama Cool, but I've tried kissasian sooo many times and I finally just gave up! There are so many junk ads that you can't help accidentally touching while you navigate the screen and it always drops in the middle of the drama. It's so frustrating.

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      Trouble-chan Jul 6, 2017

      LPA - That's the problem with KA, whilst DN and DC have their own pop up issues they don't usually carry the viruses that KA's often do and they DON'T appear every time you touch your mouse, unlike at KA. I can recommend both DC and DN, DN edges it because, whilst run by the same people, it has the ability to have a bookmarks list of favourites. :)

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    Meli Jun 16, 2017

    still don't really feel mo yuan character, but it's one of the great drama, i think if they show us more, what god can do , beside just ghost tribe

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    oppalover87 Jun 16, 2017 - edited

    There's needs to be a second season. I wanted to see more of dong hua and feng jiu

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      Sophia Jun 27, 2017

      Me too, I actually cried for them and not for the main couple. I saw on YouTube that they are producing another series about DH and FJ, but that they are not sure whom to cast...

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      MiraiArtx Jul 15, 2017

      They were my favorite couple! And although it seems unlikely I really hope they cast Dilraba and Vengo again.

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    58
  • Aired:

    Jan 30, 2017 to Mar 1, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    ZJTV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    9.1 (scored by 1,787 users)
  • Ranked:

    #6
  • Popularity:

    #7

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