Candle in the Tomb

Candle in the Tomb (2016)

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There is an old Chinese saying, "A human lights the candle and the ghosts blow it out."
Hu Ba Yi is well versed in Feng Shui with specialization in tomb configuration, which he learned from an antique book he inherited from his family. The knowledge saved him when he fell into a ditch in a snow avalanche in Tibet. And again when he and his friends joined an archaeology team to explore read morethe "ghost cave" located in Taklamakan Desert. As he helped the team navigate through the dangers, he couldn't help feeling that someone had predicted their every move and designed the traps and hidden passages accordingly.

"Candle In The Tomb" is a web drama based on the Chinese web novel series, "Ghost Blows Out the Light", written by The Ruler Under Heavens.

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Jan 23, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Candle in the Tomb is the best out of the Winter batch of 2016/2017 Cdramas by a long mile, and that's largely because of the refreshing subject matter and its production quality. There are some green screens which were not processed properly in post-production, but in general the CGI is pretty good.

The drama is adapted from the uber popular same-name novel and hence the story is rich. A lot of it read more is just pure imagination on the author's part, but the good thing is that there is no cliches (like all the love stories you've been seeing), and it's a pretty "loyal" adaptation (yes, this is a dig at General and I). The directing is great, the jump scares are terrifying (the two kids in the first tomb and the professor in the penultimate episode - brilliant, brilliant acting on his part), the acting is decent, there's a little humour here and there, just bits of everything. But it's really well-executed, and that's what sets it apart from the awful The Lost Tomb*.

The main complaint I have about the drama is its pacing. The first episode is quite dull since it was mainly used to introduce the main and side characters, one which won't appear much in the rest of the drama at all. I think they have every intention to make a sequel (I heard that Da Jin Ya will have a larger role in the next books) and that's why they expended this much time in setting up everything. The first tomb exploration was quite eventful, and that's where things start to get interesting. However, the pacing problems began again. I mean, they took half an episode to bury Professor Hao!

Also, the whole archaeological team just seems like a huge burden to our three main characters. You're really just watching to see how they die out one by one, and it's difficult to feel sorry for them because of how useless they are. There's a huge reversal at the end but I won't spoil it here.

Other minor flaws include two dubbers for Shirley Yang because the original actor is Taiwanese, and the main dubber is not fluent in English, bad syncing for the English dubbed lines, Shirley Yang's exceptional picture interpretation skills, the archaeological team member who's obsessed with aliens (a horrible attempt at comedy) and so on.

It's difficult to elaborate on the highlights of Candle in the Tomb, because it is a very consistent drama, and thus the flaws stand out more. But trust me, despite what I have to say about the negatives, the drama is definitely worth a watch. In any case, I'm really looking forward to a second season, preferably with the same cast.

*There's bound to be recommendations for The Lost Tomb because the two dramas are of the same genre and are based on the same topic. Nevertheless, there's no need to spend time watching TLT. It's so bad that you should flush it out from your memory if you ever tried watching.
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    DNI 4 days ago

    Is this worth watching? Is the story any good (or is this episodic)? Or is it nonsensical and stuffed with boring romance?

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    amourexdile 9 days ago

    I really hope that there is a season 2 and that it includes the same actress and actors for the main characters. The Ghouls was good but the leads were played by other people. I really like Jin Dong, Chen Joe, and Zhao Da. I hope that they can reprise their roles.

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    Claudia 21 days ago - edited

    I loved this show! Candle in the Tomb was well-written, exciting and lots of unique adventures that were intriguing and not too far-fetched! I was surprised a week ago when I saw an episode 22 posted on Viki and then it disappeared a few days after. Boo hoo! Seems like 21 really isn't an ending. I am hoping for a season 2. Does anyone know? Another dose of this story would be terrific!

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      amourexdile 11 days ago

      Have you seen either The Ghouls or Chronicles of a Ghostly Tribe? They are both movies with the same characters as this drama (the actors/actresses are different though). The Ghouls was pretty good. I haven't seen Chronicles of a Ghostly Tribe. Also, the prequel will be released at the end of this year- Candle in the Tomb - The Weasel Grave.

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    nastou19 23 days ago - edited
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    LuvK 26 days ago

    Enjoyed this web drama, was blown away with the ending was not expecting it. . Love the lead, guy and the supernatural parts.

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    Mou 27 days ago - edited
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      anopinion 23 days ago

      She may be lying about that. I can't remember the plot from the novel so I can't say for sure though.

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      amourexdile 9 days ago
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    Orion 27 days ago

    i love this drama the best story

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    kailtynkox 27 days ago

    when will season 2 air?

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    Orion 28 days ago

    Tomb adventure is best

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    Orion 28 days ago

    I like this drama

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    Mystearica81 Jan 28, 2017

    I smell a sequel! Season two

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    Reina Jan 26, 2017 - edited

    I find it so slow, kind of disappointed ...

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    Kiseki Jan 23, 2017

    The fat guy annoys me so much I swear. His greed almost got him and everyone else killed so many times and he doesn't learn.

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    Karin Jan 23, 2017 - edited

    I don't quite understand the ending of the drama. It is more like an open ended ending. Is there a second season, I wonder?

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      Karin Jan 25, 2017

      I have completed episode 21. Do you mean there is more to this?

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      nastou19 Jan 26, 2017 - edited

      The last three episodes (19 to 21) are supposed to air in China on february 6th. Are we talking about the same drama? Are you sure you're not mixing it together with another one? In this one, they're in a desert most of the time.

      EDIT: Okay, I just checked on Youtube and episode 21 is there o_O I guess they first release it on internet before airing it on TV and then on DF, where it gets subtitled. Sorry, my bad!

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      Karin Jan 26, 2017

      No problem. I am just hoping for more episodes.

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      NewKDramaAddict 28 days ago

      I wonder why Viki has an ep 22?! That was an abrupt ending for ep 21

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      Alessa 27 days ago

      I was asking myself the same yesterday...¿?

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    QAS Jan 16, 2017 - edited

    This is my second tomb drama in the last six months. Candle is written well.


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    Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 23, 2017
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    35 min.


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