Fighter of the Destiny

Fighter of the Destiny (2017)

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Chun Chang Sheng was abandoned in a flowing river and plucked up by a Taoist monk. He’s actually the fourth Prince of the Chen’s Royal bloodline. He’s plagued with an incurable illness, fated not to live past the age of 20. To find a cure, he leaves his temple, armed with a promise of marriage scroll, to become a student at a famous academy. He meets Xu You Rong and they slowly read morefall in love after hopping through the trials and tribulations of his journey.

  • Native title:

    择天记
  • Also Known as:

    Zetianji;

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Fated not to live past the age of 20, Chen Chang Sheng must go on a journey to fight his destiny and live a full life.

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PHope
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Jun 5, 2017
  • Overall 3.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Usually, I don't watch dramas that have so many episodes. But this one seemed interesting. The story is okay, with the fantasy element all over the place. However, the specially effects didn't help give this drama that really good epic quality it deserved, as they were almost fake and didn't help the actors act along them as well. The acting was nice (considering the low quality graphics) and Luhan performance was, as read more always, okay. My main concern was the romance that didn't have the intensity it should have, as the chemistry between the two actors was weak. Finally, the costumes were really beautiful. So, overall, 3.5 out of 10.
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cgaman
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Jun 11, 2017
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
A less tragic Nirvana in Fire meets Lord of the Rings!

I writing this review with 9 episodes left (I wanna take the rest nice and slow coz I don't want this awesome drama to end).

It's important to note that the drama went into production before the author finished writing the web novel, so if anything the movie version might be truer to the original work and differ from the drama. read more OK, enough of OT stuff, back to the core of review:


Fans of Lord of the Rings will rejoice that FotD is essentially a reimagining. You have the Star Formation that gives power to the Empress that is essentially the One Ring. It is essentially detrimental to Empress (it's actually something evil that is controlling her), yet she has trouble letting the precious-s-s go.

Then, there is CCS dagger-like sword that looks like Bilbo's Sting dagger. And of course the little dragon ZS is modeled after Smaug the Dragon from The Hobbit, but a good kind dragon, not an evil one. Then, when LL teased ZS with hard-to-guess riddles, that scene essentially imitated "Riddles in the Dark" between Bilbo and Gollum in The Hobbit.

Superimposed over this are scenes remiscient of Nirvana in Fire: Sick guy returns to the Capital to attain his destiny, elite guards getting murdered to frame someone, the main hero can't actually fight against powerful villains but uses his cunning to subdue them, an Imperial ruler that is cold and "heartless" even towards her own child, etc.

Nevertheless, the drama packs an awesome punch coz let's face it there is nothing new under the sun, only inspiration from some works that existed before!
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Two stories are somewhat similar when you look at the relationships between the characters.

- Both male leads are outstanding doctors with little experience of fighting at the beginning
- Both female leads are the best disciples of a sect responsible to protect the world.

Fighter of Destiny, because its more extended, has more character growth and more arcs, but the feeling is the same.
Recommended by YanFaisal
same kind of illness
secret idenaty
both mc's are very intelligent
same kind of subtle romance
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    Glai0907 6 days ago

    I'm sorry Janice Wu basically stole the show. I literally fast forward to her scenes, and the supporting cast.

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    ctinav23 15 days ago - edited

    I don't think I even reached episode 20... acting is not strong in this drama so I'm considering giving it up. I feel that the cast is very inexperienced and it's almost mediocre. I guess one thing I enjoyed was that the main character was really sharp and clever but Luhan played a very meek character which threw me off, he doesn't seem compatible to the main actress. I am not feeling the vibe between them nor the chemistry. She'd match a more manly character. On top of that, I can't stand the unnecessary side stories of the side characters... I really can't stand the bully/cocky scenes most Chinese dramas have and the naive/immature/slow/showoff side characters. I understand the need and the beauty for having side characters but all of it just made the story drag and made it unenjoyable for me. I guess I can't blame the actors for listening to the instructions of the director, but the buildup of the story in the beginning is important to keep viewers interested. The story is not strong enough to last 56 episodes. But to save the hate, I think this drama is better suited for lighter hearted audiences. Sorry for being a touch critic but I wasted at least 10 hours on and off falling asleep just trying to get past the first two episodes. I'm just going to skim through the episodes now just to see if it gets better, then I will make a review for this.

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    Jordan 20 days ago

    ...i just saw nirvana in fire as a 'similar' drama and while i haven't seen it it seems like on a whole different level to this one....but that is my bias coming out bc i really wanted to like this show and now i just cringe whenever i see it

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    Lakdona 25 days ago

    What happpen to Black Robe? Just run into the formation and that it?

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    Lakdona 27 days ago - edited

    Did the main lead end up together?

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    LydiaR Aug 4, 2017 - edited

    Does Luhan die or not? Someone tell me so I can spare my tears and a dozen tissues if he does.

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    renecop545 Jul 22, 2017

    The original book = poetically written, at times philosophical, coming of age tale about cultivation, martial arts fighting, and sect politics

    This tv series = 70% romantic cheese, 20% family drama cheese, 10% pretty characters and damsels in distress

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    anne Jun 28, 2017 - edited

    Is this worth watching? Or am i bound to skip episodes and fast forward?

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      Mimi Jun 29, 2017

      Idk about others but I fast forwarded the whole time the female lead had one expression she was a stone the whole time, watched it till the ending for luoluo n bc I wanted to see if Nazha the female lead improved but she didn't still expressionless like always

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      Nancy Jun 29, 2017

      Totally agree

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      EmpyreanConqueror Jun 30, 2017

      I'll be honest with you, I absolutely loved the the beginning and a little bit of the middle. I loved the scenes with Chen Chang Sheng and Bai Luo Heng. The main lead Xu Yu Rong as they have said, has 1 expression. The only physical change that happens when she is happy is her mouth and when she's sad is also her mouth. I finished this drama for Chen Chang Sheng and Bai Luo Heng. In my opinion, watch it for Bai Luo Heng. The leads honestly should've switched.

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      Red Aug 1, 2017

      I agree i kinda watch hoping Bai Luo Heng would somehow turn to into the lead xD

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      Nancy Aug 1, 2017
      Reveal Spoiler »
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    DuchessRhea Jun 26, 2017 - edited

    I'm so confused. Episode 52 said "The End" but everywhere I look it says there are 56 episodes? Is there more, or is there an epilogue or something???

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      cgaman Jun 27, 2017 - edited

      The 56 episode version is the uncut one. After SK compromised China national security by placing American THAAD on their soil, China said no to SK actors/actresses and demanded the series remove the Korean personality from the show so we get the trimmed 52 episodes version, which is the official one anyways...

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      DuchessRhea Jun 27, 2017

      Wait there are Korean actors/actresses in it? But I looked at the cast list so man times and didn't see any...

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      Nancy Jun 28, 2017

      major character of the drama had to be cut just prior to the airing of the show, as he was portrayed by Gu Hyun Ho, a Korean bodybuilder and model.

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      Nancy Jun 28, 2017

      He plays Zhe Xiu, a half-demon and half-human who has the animalistic traits of a wolf that can cause him to lose all sense of self. He has led a difficult and solitary life due to people's fear of his powerful abilities, that is, until he strikes a friendship with Chen Chang Sheng and gang and then finds a budding romance with Qi Jian.

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      DuchessRhea Jul 1, 2017 - edited

      Awww man I really wanted Qi Jian to have a love line. That explains a lot.

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    BeKaiLLe Jun 25, 2017

    It ended so quickly. I was not prepared for "THE END"

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    Yasi Yasi Jun 22, 2017 - edited

    How was the romance of this drama?

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    RuhmaAnwar Jun 19, 2017 - edited

    i have been waiting for the 50th ep with eng subs dsperately for almost a week ...... :( dont know when will i be able to watch it

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      bajanVIP Jun 20, 2017

      its out now :)

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      cgaman Jun 21, 2017 - edited

      Same here... I was stuck at Ep 48 waiting for subs. It seems ENG subs up to ep 51 now on subscene. Still waiting for subs to the final episode (52 episodes version)

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      anne Jun 28, 2017

      Try watching in kissasian

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    MiraeYuki Jun 19, 2017 - edited

    i really like the female lead character in this drama.. first she's not the type that will always bring trouble to the male lead in fact she's the one that helped him throughout the drama and of course the others also help the male lead.. second she's not the type that easily affected by others, she act based on what she thinks. also when others keep complaining that she is expressionless, i think that's also a good point about her because she's not like others female lead that always cry and shouting but instead she always handle things calmly and all these thing made she one of the the female leads that i like..

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    prathiyusha Jun 15, 2017 - edited

    does it have a happy ending?

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    cgaman Jun 11, 2017 - edited

    I was looking at YT and noticed they had episodes up to 55, but the version I was watching ended at Ep52, and was wondering where that came from.

    This might explain it:

    "While the series was originally supposed to be 55 episodes, the number of episodes was later reduced to 52 episodes." [Source: Wikipedia]

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    56
  • Aired:

    Apr 17, 2017 to Jun 1, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.0 (scored by 473 users)
  • Ranked:

    #769
  • Popularity:

    #47

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