Noble Aspirations

Noble Aspirations (2016)

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One night, when Zhang Xiao Fan was eleven years old, everyone in his village was killed, leaving only his childhood friend Lin Jin Yu and a villager Uncle Wang survived. They were later adopted by the Qing Yun faction, the leader of the righteous and good. Lu Xue Qi is from the same faction as Zhang Xiao Fan, the Qing Yun. She is said to be a “fairy from nine skies” for read moreher beauty that can enchant the entire country. Bi Yao is the daughter of the arch lord of Gui Wang faction. Very energetic and arrogant, she loves Zhang Xiao Fan.

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    The Legend of Chusen; Zhu Xian; 诛仙·青云志; Qing Yun Zhi; Legend of Chusen;

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Nov 21, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The story seems to be your typical cliche story of a young person who suffers from tragedy and you follow him as he grows and matures and develops. I like how they got both Zhang Xiao Fan and Lin Jin Yu to suffer from the same tragedy and you can see how the two people develop differently giving you a comparison giving you a feel of the main antagonist. Through out the read more whole series you can see how Zhang Xiao Fan changes and become more mature throughout many life and death situation. Flash backs are used very well to show us the trouble all the different characters has face and how we could empathise with them.

I feel all the actors did a good job portraying their role but i want to especially mention the 2 females leads. Zanila who play Bi Yao did an amazing job as always. She must be one of the most sort after actress in China at the moment. She seems to be every other drama and always does a splendid job. Yang Zi who protray Lu Xue Qi, I feel is really underrated. She has good chemistry with Li Yi Feng and the rest of the cast. She protays a believable character who seems to hide all her trouble and with a cold attitude but is in fact very caring. There is a very big cast and all the members seem to make themselves stand out one way or another.

The music was done very well. The use of music during emotional scenes was just right and not too over the top. The music didn't over shadow anyone's dialogue and added enough dramatic effect for it to work. Both the OST were good to listen to and enjoyable.

I generally dont judge a show on re-watch value as sometimes a good show doesn't necessary have much re-watch value. I can say the Legend of Chusen is one of those shows as there are not many surprises and you can guess how most of the story pans out anyway.

Overall I enjoyed this drama a lot. It exceeded my expectations and I would recommend people to watch it if you are into this genre. It is your typical 'chosen one' storyline with a Romeo and Juliet romance. I am looking forward to season 2 even if it is not as long and I hope it gives us a complete conclusion.
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Nov 25, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
I was craving for a wuxia series when I started watching it. Maybe that's why I could tolerate a typical storyline and dragging pace of this series.
Nonetheless, it is one of the decent ones in recent wuxia/xianxia genre. It has good action/battle scenes. Even though it follows a typical wuxia storyline of a young naive boy becoming a hero, it is still enjoyable. The story is, however, quite dragging, sometimes it read more takes three or more episodes to go through a sub-plot.
As for acting wise, I am not that impressed with Li Yi Feng and most of the casts but I have always liked Zhao Li Ying since her older works.
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In both series we have magic, good looking men, training clans and love triangles. In both series the focus is mainly on the story of two men.

Novoland focuses on the rivalry between people and "gods", while Legend of Chusen has the focus on the battle between different sects of good and evil.
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It is the sequel to Noble Aspirations. I think they should have all been one season, but the production decided to split it up. If you watched Noble Aspirations you need to finish the story by watching the sequel.
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    SakiRyuunosuke 3 days ago

    Does this drama have bromance or something...? Or is a totaly romance drama?

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    OKasiandrama May 24, 2017

    Is there any romance?

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    QueenCherry May 18, 2017

    Loved Yang Zi and Jun Jie their characters made me continue to watch the 2 leads were boring as hell.

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    June77 Apr 28, 2017

    Really enjoyed it

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    Jordan Apr 19, 2017

    I am having such a hard time finishing this....38 of 55....

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    claudya87 Apr 13, 2017

    I really enjoyed it..I like to see weak characters become strong and proving everyone wrong. Also the who's actually bad & who's good theme kept me interested. Never judge a book by it's covers.

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    Red Apr 9, 2017

    I like Bi Yao but sometimes I wished Lu Xue Qi was the main character :/

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    Liang-Ying Mar 12, 2017 - edited
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      Soju Jun 5, 2017

      Thanks for saving my arse.

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    Jay Feb 19, 2017

    This really feels like an RPG game at times, surprised that it came from a novel. Understandably, there are some twists that are generally not found in games, particularly, the weak main character. Male main characters are usually mentally strong even if they're not physically strong, usually, they are reliable right from the start (i.e. very determined, charismatic leader, uplifting, has a firm goal, etc). This guy is the opposite, seems kindof feeble and weak-willed, but it's interesting because you can see him grow (mentally).
    Another twist would be the main character's love interest chasing after another, which there's no (game) trope for.

    Really enjoying this so far, despite usually disliking fantasy. Does this count as wuxia? never liked them.

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    wolfgirl9 Feb 9, 2017 - edited

    Is this any good? should I give it a try?

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      iChuu Feb 16, 2017

      Yes tbh. My first historial Chinese fantasy drama. I was hooked after the first episode

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      Meliana Mar 13, 2017

      me too..

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    Gardenia Dec 7, 2016 - edited

    Can I just ask one more thing...Does anyone know a similar drama to this with a (physically) weak male lead that get's stronger as the story progresses? I prefer it to be supernatural/historical if possible and romance of course :D ( If you know any other than the recommendations please share! :')

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      DonD Dec 20, 2016

      Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber (2009) is really good imo, weak hero then gets stronger.
      Legend of the Condor heroes (2008) also very good, same thing weak hero then turns powerful.
      both can be watched on youtube or kissasian com

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      Gardenia Dec 21, 2016

      Thank you so much, I'm so happy I'm gonna cry :'D I'll make sure to check them out soon thanx a lot!

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      Gardenia Jan 5, 2017

      Thank you so much I will try them out! :D

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      Sho May 5, 2017

      since fighter of the destiny is out now i'd definitely recommend giving that a shot

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    Gardenia Dec 5, 2016 - edited

    Ok, so I just noticed this right now...Why does Xiao Fan have two names!!?--> (Gui Li) I beg you tell me that he will become evil :D

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      wavy3 Dec 6, 2016

      :) :) Yeah im excited!!

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      Gardenia Dec 7, 2016

      Me too XD

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      silvermcv Dec 15, 2016

      Season 2 is airing already for VIP members. No international subbing website has gotten rights as of now.

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      Plural Jan 5, 2017

      It might be a late answer but this is based on what I read in the translated novel. Xiao Fan is his real name and Gui Li is his alternative name when he is in the "evil" place. "Gui" in Chinese means ghost.

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      Gardenia Jan 5, 2017

      Thanx for telling me, I think I've heard that name in the drama though...?

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    silvermcv Nov 27, 2016 - edited

    I just saw that Yanzi and Qin Jun Jie are dating in real life. I knew it, they had so much chemistry on the show.

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      Nubii Dec 4, 2016

      they have a new show coming out where they are the main leads. i think thats where they started dating XD

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    Shoua Yang Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    Just a curious thought since I don't speak Chinese. Which dialect was used for this drama. Of course its Chinese, but is it in Madarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, etc..? Help a sister out. Thanks in advance.

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    Tina Nov 20, 2016 - edited

    I'm so dissapointed.


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    Jul 31, 2016 to Nov 8, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday, Sunday
  • Network:

    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 413 users)
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