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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Boss & Me got me started on my love for Mainland dramas which lead to finding Xianxa through Zao Zanilia's Journey of Flower through to Eternal Love.

Both dramas feature male leads who are powerful and cold to start of with but when they fell for the female lead they never deviated. Ye Hua and Feng Teng were the definition of 'Laser-focused'... there wasn't even a hint of a chance for the female love rivals (not that I felt at all sorry for either)

They both acknowledge the romance and couple up very early on, none of this dragging out will they-won't-they business and work through their problems with varying degrees of maturity and success. Both happy endings too. You will fall for both dramas OTPs like a ten-ton brick.

Fabulous chemistry and solid acting. Yang Mi and Zhao Zanilia are both adorable and beautiful and most importantly THEY CAN ACT. Mark Chao is also specially amazing.

Those put off by CGI don't be, its inconsequential and the plot and characters will be what you care about. I've got to say though EL had better cast of characters (It seems like there are hundreds but I loved all of them) than Boss & Me. I watched both dramas twice each now and will probably watch EL again in the near future.
Recommended by reinie
Both star Yang Mi as the lead female and she is as good as expected.

Both have enduring love as a main theme. There's even a separation of our OTPs with both EL and YAMS. Also a forced/contrived cohabitation after finding each other again.

In both you can feel our OTPs almost unbearable pull towards each other. Male leads in both have amazing chemistry with Yang Mi's characters and both can be forceful and imposing(kissing scenes in both the drama and the movie was scorching) but show their gentle sides too. Huang Xiaoming and Mark Chao both have the most amazing jawlines though Mark is undoubtedly the better actor.

EL had the best soundtrack I've heard in a while but there is also YAMS' OST: Silent by Na Ying that stood out. If you're still hung up over EL give YAMS a try if you have 2 hours to spare.
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    Alekwang Apr 24, 2017 - edited

    Okay this is a serious addiction i can't do anything but think about this drama. Can you guys recommend me something similar?

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      RoyalMajesty Apr 24, 2017

      I would suggest, Chinese Paladin 3 with Yang Mi in it.. or Xuan Yuan Sword.
      You might also like Laughing in the Wind that I'm currently watching, it has a
      happy ending... :-)

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 24, 2017

      Princess Weiyoung is pretty good!! It was the "super popular drama in China" right before Eternal Love aired.
      A lot of people who watched Eternal Love liked Journey of Flower too

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    RoyalMajesty Apr 24, 2017 - edited
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    Subi Apr 23, 2017 - edited

    Can we just take a moment to appreciate the person who gave the voice for Mark Chao! The voice really eleveated the character to another tier!!

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      Emily Apr 24, 2017 - edited

      I liked Mark's voice actor too. I read on dramafever that the leads in EL had the same voice actors as the leads in princess wei young. Especially Yang Mi's voice actress is brilliant. She is the most sought after voice actress. She also did Angelababy's voice in general and I. Though I would never have recognized the voice, cause it sounds so different in EL/General and I/princess wei young. Or is it just me?

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 26, 2017 - edited

      Same! the voice actress has dubbed a tonnnn of dramas, and her voice does change a little bit for each drama (altho maybe because I've seen a lot of the dramas she's dubbed for, I can immediately recognize it's her). Not sure how she does it, but it's incredible!

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      MiraiArtx Apr 29, 2017

      The voice actors were so good! Haha but I couldn't help but notice he tends to whisper a lot.

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    krystalsoojungs Apr 23, 2017 - edited

    it's been almost 2 months since I finished this drama and I still can't get over it! I still rewatch my favorite episodes, even now XD

    I love this page as well; the support, love, talking with all you EL fans and having these very interesting discussions is a really fun experience!! Love you all~~~

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 24, 2017 - edited

      The main novel (same name as this drama: Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms) is told mostly from BQ's point of view and I would say that this drama is one of the best book-to-screen adaptations I have ever seen in my entire life. It follows the novel very closely, even taking direct lines from the novel to be put into the script, so the feel is very good.

      Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossom Pillow Books are the sequel novels that tell the story of FJ/DH. Their story in the drama is different from the pillow books because the production team could not obtain the copyrights to the pillow books so the writers had to make changes.

      so basically BQ/YH and FJ/DH stories are split into different novels

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 24, 2017

      I am still stuck in this Eternal Love world and can't seem to get out LOOL XD
      I'm currently waiting for Ode to Joy 2 to start airing, as it's one of my favorite modern cdramas
      but yes historical dramas are definitely much better !!! <333

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      Reta Apr 25, 2017

      Do you guys know where to find the novel fully translated to English?

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      Emily Apr 26, 2017

      Amazon. It's called To the Sky Kingdom

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      Malyza Suon Apr 28, 2017

      I think we have the same problem, lol :D

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    so to keep this short- this show is the bomb, go watch it!

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    cgaman Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Guys, Three Lives Three Worlds is just a cleverly disguised Return of the Condor Heroes. I don't recommend any of the live action ones. China hasn't produced a good one yet. The version I do recommend is the anime version renamed to Legend of the Condor Heroes that can be found on anime.thehylia.com under 'L' and the 1st season was actually animated in Japan...


    When watching anime LOCH, just keep in mind these correlations:

    Ye Hua = Yang Guo
    Mo Yuan = Yang Hong (Yang Guo's dad, the son looks similar to his father)
    Bai Qian = The Dragon Lady (she's much older than Yang Guo, eventually marries him)
    Yang Guo actually lost an arm in season 2 exactly like Ye Hua
    Kunlun mountain = Quanzhen Sect's mountainous temple
    Jade Purity fan = Mongolian Prince's fan
    Zhe Yan the Old Phoenix = the Giant Condor that saved Yang Guo right after losing arm
    Heavenly Lord (current) = leader Guo Jing
    Xuan Nu = The Dragon Lady's 'sister'
    Su Jin = a mix of Huang Rong (the cunning mom) and Guo Fu (the spoiled daughter)
    Big Bad = the Golden Wheel Monk
    Etc.

    (P.S.: In case you didn't know STAR WARS Ep I-III drew inspiration from LOCH: Older woman marrying younger man, they met when he was a boy, hero losing arm, etc. LOCH was published in 1961, so you know who had plenty of time to know about it n draw inspiration from it)

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 23, 2017 - edited

      I don't think it matters LOL, a lot of stories are similar to other stories, there's only so many stories we can create in this world

      what makes each story special is the actors/actresses who play these characters and breathe life into their characters.

      A lot of people who watch Eternal Love haven't seen the Condor Heroes series, so they wouldn't know and they wouldn't care and lots of people like EL not just for the story but a lot more for the actors/actresses that acted in the drama

      there are so many stories that draw inspiration from others, and if we were to nitpick about all these stories copying from other stories, then this world of stories would be a complete mess lol

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      rainruma Apr 26, 2017

      Wow... Thank you!.... I did not realize that, or that LOCH was inspiration for Star Wars I-III ...
      I've only seen Return of the Condor Heroes, I want to see the old Hon Kong versions.

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    DonD Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Anyone else feel bad for Li Jing? I did.
    Yeah he messed up bad but he was always a good guy; just a victim of his own bad choices.

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      Reta Apr 23, 2017 - edited

      Good, I thought I was mistaken, he really did not know she liked him. Lucky you that you are yet to finish the show. I'm still mourning it ending. Enjoy :)

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      DonD Apr 23, 2017

      Ah maybe I was mistaken, it's been a month since I've seen it. ;)

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      Reta Apr 23, 2017

      haha, don't worry, we watch too many dramas to rememebr every detail.lol

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      Emily Apr 24, 2017 - edited

      @reta. I believed that BQ loved Mo Yuan and he loves her. If you go back few pages you'll find an earlier discussion we had about this (I believe it was Moondust who also wrote a lot about it) and why I came to this conclusion.

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      rainruma Apr 26, 2017

      I wanted to love bad-boy Li Jing very much .... But he was too weak, too whinny.

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    Subi Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    You know you're having withdrawal syndrome when you are watching any related content of eternal love on YouTube. I was just wondering though, does anyone know how Ye Hua manages to wield a sword so well even after losing his right arm after returning from the mortal realm?

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      Subi Apr 23, 2017

      So glad that so many people love this drama and are clarifying the little doubts!

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      Emily Apr 24, 2017 - edited

      Subi, I was the one who posted the same question (and some other) a while ago (after airing in China). And someone gave me the same answer, but I'm doubting. I wanted to check the novel if YH also used his right arm there when he fought the demon lord in the end. I'm not sure. If not, then I think it's an intentional loophole? Action scenes are difficult to shoot. If Mark also had to use his left arm (while he is right handed), the action may not have looked that great. That's my pratical explanation.

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      Subi Apr 24, 2017

      Hey Emily, your reasoning also makes a lot of sense. Just as a hugeeee fan of Ye Hua, I really want to believe that he's become super powerful more than Mo yuan or Bai Qian. I would love for Ye Hua to be invincible just so that he doesn't have to go through all that turmoil again! Do you know if the book is available in English translation? Also is there a second part to the book?

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      Emily Apr 24, 2017

      Subi, the novel is called To the sky kingdom and you can order it on amazon. The kindle version is around USD 5 (though I live in europe and had to pay EUR 5..). I just posted a comment that Jordan posted the link to miniseries and the epilogue . You can find it few pages back.

      I also love YH! He's so loving and caring, the best husband and dad thinkable :)

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      Emily Apr 24, 2017 - edited

      There is pillow book part 1and part 2 about dong hua and feng jiu. In pillow book 1 ye hua and bai qian's wedding take place. You also find a few more scenes about YH/BQ and Ali (like Ali being upset that YH carries him back to his own palace at night whilst Ali wanted to stay in his mom's palace. YH lied to Ali that he sleep walked back.

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    Reta Apr 22, 2017

    Omg, the ost in this show is just so beautiful, especially the song "Chilly". I love how it is implemented in the show during the warmest scenes.

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    Subi Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Can't get over it!!! Don't know what to watch?! Ye Huaaaaaa!!!

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      Reta Apr 22, 2017

      I know right. same here. I'm glad I have my stats final exam to worry about, because I won't be able to find another show that compares to eternal love anyway.

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      Subi Apr 22, 2017

      LOL not sure if I can exactly say that you are lucky you have a final coming up, but I just happen to be damn free this weekend and really need something to get over this!

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      Reta Apr 22, 2017 - edited

      haha. I think I will start watching Arang and the Magistrate when I'm done, it has the same genres ( Historical, Romance and Fantasy). It is not rated as high and it is korean. It probably won't be as good as eternal love, but i'll give it a try and tell you if it seems good if you like. And actually, do you have any suggestions. I have seen scarlet heart, which was pretty good too, but you probably have seen that one.

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      Subi Apr 22, 2017

      I started watching arang and the magistrate cause i love both LJK and shin min ah but I dropped it cause it got really boring for me. Historical wise I really really like Nirvana on Fire, lthough there is no romance the story is marvellous. If you are looking for something totally different check out the Thai drama full house or Kleun cheewit. It's nothing like eternal love, but I remember being super addicted to it when I was watching it.

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      Reta Apr 22, 2017 - edited

      Thank you so much for the recommendations. I'll make sure I check them out. And Good luck for you finding a good show. I tried looking for Kleun Cheewit before but couldn't find it. I just looked for it and found it. Thank you for mentioning it.

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    Liveload13 Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Done watching this drama for the 3rd time and still cant help but get affected with all the acting. Such a great cast. I also love all the characters even the 2 female antagonists. Eternal love is the best cdrama so far for me. Can anyone recommend any cdramas that can make me get over with my addiction to eternal love. Thanks

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      guccigall Apr 22, 2017

      If you are willing to venture to modern Cdrama, the Boss-and-Me gets a two thumbs up from me!! Watched that series 5 times.

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      Liveload13 Apr 22, 2017

      I already watched that before and i agree i also love that series hahahha

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      Reta Apr 22, 2017

      I completely agree, I have seen a handful of Chinese drama but eternal love is my favourite. However, of the ones i"ve seen, here are the ones I really liked starting with my most favourite, eternal love, love me if you dare, love O2O, when a snail falls in love and an old one (which you've probably seen) devil beside you. I've seen many others that were pretty good, but few could be compared to eternal love.I Finished eternal love yesterday and have been looking for a similar drama, but I guess I'll be fruitless for some time.

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      endbeginning Apr 23, 2017

      These are my favourite chinese dramas if you have time:
      Cruel romance, Nirvana in fire, Scarlet heart, Princess weiyoung, Perfect couple, Destined to love you

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      Liveload13 Apr 23, 2017

      Thank you all!!! Im interested in watching nirvana in fire because its one of the top shows here in mydramalist

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    Sussannah Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    I LOVE the way the voice actress says "Ye Hua". It just sounds like it melts on the tongue and was meant to be. Mark Chao's acting blew me away. And his characters.. man, so devoting and ever true to Bai Qian. Ahh tingles everywhere! Been about a month and a half since I finished this drama btw.

    https://imgix-media.dramafever.com/news/images/7e4d42ec-c0e8-410a-a2f1-8de4a116d251.jpg

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      Liveload13 Apr 22, 2017

      I agree with you hahaha they have good voice actors and actresses unlike in some cdramas that ive watched where in i got irritated with the female characters' high pitched voice.. i also love how she says ye hua

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    AmauryLindy Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Omfg I had to stop at the end of the first ep. I'm so confused wth. I feel like I'm watching something completely different than the synopsis. I swear Chinese dramas always make my head hurt. So is the teacher the male lead? Also how is this going to the mortal realm. Also so many characters we have never met are talked about like I'm supposed to know there whole life story. Idk if I'm just impatient but this first ep automatically gave me the impression that this show is gonna be annoying.

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      Tongko Apr 22, 2017

      Zhe yan and mo yuan is phoenix clan, the golden lotus is taken to nine heaven so ye hua become dragon clan.. dragon clan is ruling in the nine heaven.. cmiiw..

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      moondust Apr 22, 2017

      The first 10 eps provide a background to the plot and events. Synopsis doesn't actually take place until after. Teacher is not the main male lead but is played by the same actor Mark Chao and there is a reason for this related to the plot.

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      guccigall Apr 22, 2017

      Just keep at it, everything will fall into place eventually.

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      Alekwang Apr 23, 2017

      PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! I put this drama down for MONTHS after watching the first episode because I couldn't understand a thing and it made no sense to me when people were telling me "that's just the background of the story" and couldn't understand its importance, but don't worry, the "real" story starts around episode 10 and the main guy appears *SPOILER ALERT* around episode 8.
      Give it a try and everything will make sense and you'll know all their names, just pleaee, don't do what I did (not watching because of the first few eps).

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 23, 2017

      yeah you've gotta get through at least the first 10 episodes!! some people think the first couple are kinda of slow (altho most people enjoy it) but the first ten episodes are sooooo important to setting up the plot/background for the rest of the story to follow.

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    musiq Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Hello, does Xuan Nu knows that Si Yin is a girl? I think that Xuan Nu thought that Si Yin is a boy right? Yet, she didn't seem shock that Li Ying is so in love with him a boy?

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    Alekwang Apr 21, 2017

    Hm, okay. I've tried to watch this several times before but didn't find it interesting, but I'm on episode 14 and I'M SO HAPPY I STARTED THIS. The people who said it would get better were right! I'm really enjoying it.

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.

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  • Score:

    9.1 (scored by 1,381 users)
  • Ranked:

    #6
  • Popularity:

    #16

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