Prince of Lan Ling

Prince of Lan Ling (2013)

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A prophecy foretold that victory goes to the one who has the priestess' blessing. Yang Xue Wu, the last priestess of her clan, unwittingly embroiled in a war between Northern Qi and Northern Zhou. Although she foresees the tragic fate of Lan Ling Wang, the general of Northern Qi, she nonetheless falls in love with him and helps him win the war against Yuwen Yong, the king of Northern Zhou. But destiny can not be altered.

  • Native title:

    蘭陵王
  • Also Known as:

    Lan Ling Wang; Masked Beauty; 兰陵王 ; The King of Lan Ling

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DragonAlien
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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28 days ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
In the last couple of months these Chinese dramas really are my cup of tea, I find them to be so appealing and interesting especially their historical ones. Also I love their approach to romance, in all these historical dramas couples are so natural, realistic with real kisses and hot scenes, spontaneous hugging, touching, biting, kisses all over the place and it looks so great. It's not that I find that the read more most important but when you have those moments between couples I want to see them as more realistic as possible. :P

Anyway apart from that I always loved Chinese historical movies the most so it's logical that I enjoy in Chinese dramas too. Lan Ling was easily one of the best historical dramas I've seen and I could gladly give even the higher score but those episodes from 20 to 26 or 27 I think, were too draggy and unnecessary with many illogical turn of events and I found the reactions some of the characters too unbelievable. Except for that everything else was FANTASTIC. LITERALLY. I think that the acting was outstanding and that even the side characters were brilliant and shined in some moments more than the leads.

Ariel as Xue Wu was perfect, she became my fav. female from historical dramas, so witty, smart, caring, funny, cool, brave and strong full of love to give to her man and all her friends, it's so rare to see a woman like her. I loved how she was such a support to Lan Ling and a true wise woman who deserved to be treated as a Queen, without her Lan Ling wouldn't succeed in anything, she was so psychically strong and in some scenes I loved how she showed balls like a real man. :P
William as Lan Ling- beautiful, wonderful, so freaking hot and grandiose man, a true leader who loved his people more than anything, who was willing to sacrifice himself in order to save the woman he loved and to save his soldiers and his country, I enjoyed in watching his brotherly love with Fifth Prince and how they shared their deepest thoughts together. And when he was a masked warrior oh well I was so in love with him, that role was even more suited for him. ;)
Yu Wen Yong-the way Chan Daniel has portrayed him was just magnificent, his expressions, gestures, his ability to be such a great Emperor and grand man, how he fell in love with Xue Wu and loved her until his last breath and who fought for her but to the point when it was possible, how he respected her, I enjoyed so much in their scenes together, I think they had incredible chemistry, they should make some other drama as a couple for real. ;) He broke my heart several times, I really fell hard for him and once more I had that second lead syndrome.

Amongst them all, there was one character I literally loved the most, it was Wei Qian Xiang as Xiao Dong, that guy was freaking brilliant and I have to say that without him, his helping and solving some things, nothing would be possible, he was of the crucial help for Xue Wu, Lan Ling and Yu Wen Yong. So spontaneous, free spirited, in love with life, a rebel who was by each step side by side with her, who supported and believed in her no matter what, who was also the most intelligent one- he saw before everyone else threats, who was evil and who's not, reminded me so much of Moon Jae Shin in SS which was fantastic. Above that he had so great chemistry with Ariel, both of them were such a splendid sight for the eyes, their scenes were the most funny and interesting ones. ;)

This drama also has such a great villains, the most hateful ones. I really found in Lan Ling the character I hate the most but really hate, she climbed up to my number one and most definitely she well deserves that place. Zheng Er- you who have seen this drama know why I'm saying this, you who haven't- go and watch. I've never seen some woman to be this evil to the core, to the tiniest bone in her body, twisted, nasty, terrible, disgusting, obsessively jealous, her smile is the most creepy one, I have goosebumps every time I think of her. The actress deserves and award for such a brilliant performance.

Music was beautiful and so wonderful, I like all the ballads, especially from Della "Shou Zhang Xin", it brought tears to my eyes.

I liked fighting scenes, cinematography was great, costumes astonishing, sceneries breathtaking, and the chemistry between the leads one of the best I've seen if not the very best one. They became one of my fav. couples in the whole world, their chemistry was too great, moments they shared were priceless, kisses, conversations, hugs, teasing, even fights were great, intimacy- one of the best I've seen, mindblowing for sure.

Every vivid fan of historical dramas should see Lan Ling, every fan of the actors in it should see Lan Ling, every fan of intelligent script should see Lan Ling and every fan of real passionate love and intimacy should see Lan Ling.
The bottom line is- Lan Ling is a great drama with its own flaws, holes and boring moments like almost every drama but hell it was worth watching every moment of it. And it has the most perfect ending. At least I found it to be so appropriate and logically wonderful.
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purplenette
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Aug 8, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I have to say that this drama hooked me. The reason I gave it a 9 overall instead of a 10 is that the story was frustrating at times and I was disappointed in the easy ending for the crazy people. I think it is misleading to believe that this drama is about the war between Qi and Zhou states. It is a love story. I'm not a fan of historical dramas, read more but I'm so glad I watched this. Besides my frustration during episodes 21-26, I enjoyed the roller coaster of crazy that came after. The set and costumes as well as directing is excellent.

I know this drama is about Lan Ling, but I fell in love with Chan Daniel's character Yu Wen Young. He was the most consistent character. I enjoyed every minute that he was on screen. Feng William portrayed Lan Ling Wang with the perfect blend of dignity and warmth. I admit that sometimes I found his character frustrating, but it had nothing to do with the acting. His character was supposed to be loyal to Qi state and the people and he was until the end. Ariel Lin is a very interesting actress. I don't think many actresses could pull off the quirky character of Yang Xue Wu as well as she did.. Mao Lin Lin as Zheng Er was amazingly freaky. Her smile gave me the shivers. I was frustrated and enjoyed her madness at the same time. All of the other actors were good also.

The music is nice.

I might rewatch the first 20 episodes one day.

If you enjoy historical dramas with a love story, then I think that you would enjoy this.
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In both dramas Ariel Lin is a smart girl who'll do anything for her beloved one even to give him some precious advice during time of war. And if you liked Ariel Lin in one drama you'll surely like her in the other one .
Other than that Prince of Lan Ling and Legend of the Condor Heroes are totally opposite from each other and in my opinion Lan Ling Wang was way better !
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If your a fan of or loved Feng William in Palace then Prince of Lanling is for you.

Another historical (feel) drama with Feng WIlliam as the lead male.
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    Chrisstina 28 days ago

    Excellent drama! I've never seen such great and colourful costumes and cinematography so far, this C-drama is definitely number one when it comes to that. Oh how much I love Ariel, she was one of the best female characters in dramaland (nothing can replace Se Ryung in TPM though), but I can say that she's right after her. Clever, unique and beautiful. Chemistry was right up to my taste, intimate, sizzling and passionate. So many funny and interesting side characters my favourite is Xiao Dong-his loyalty and friendship with Xue Wu was sweet and powerful. Overall, I definitely, definitely recommend this drama to every fan of historical dramas! ;)

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    Melanie Surya Apr 17, 2015

    uhmm.. am i the only one here who just can't get into this drama? I've tried to watch it 3 times and can't get pass the first few episodes. I mean the 1 & 2 episode is so cringe worthy but i still tried to hold it in, at least the main leads are still easy on the eyes & the movie itself is visually good. first of all, there's just no logic in this drama and everything seems so elementary from the dialogues & the plot line that sometimes gets too ridiculous. Ok fine perhaps I should not overthink while watching this & i should cast the little intelligence i have aside. Secondly, we have another young, naive, & annoying female lead *sigh* & of course we have another heroic almighty prince charmingT.T ok fine, perhaps its for "character development" & despite my cynical comment I actually love romance-filled dramas. but the romance is just typical & bland so far. am i the only crazy one here who can't seem to see how "amazing" this drama is? or perhaps is it gonna get better? Another thing is that I just can't believe that people compared this to be nearly as good as bbjx. like what????!!! ok I'm going to try to continue watching because i'm not giving up now & hopefully i'll find something that will push me to keep on watching. #sorryforthehate

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    racheltan Apr 10, 2015

    this or scarlet heart ?

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      sophia 29 days ago

      I like this drama a lot but not Scarlet Heart. I know Scarlet Heart is popular too but I can't get into that drama.

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    crazyhearts23 Mar 9, 2015

    Please please someone tell me does this have a tragic ending? I'm on episode 20 right now and I'm so scared that it has a sad ending

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    Alexandra Feb 10, 2015

    As soon as my exams are over, I'll start this drama, hope I'll like it :)

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    Ellie Jan 6, 2015
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    Dounie Dec 27, 2014

    This drama was my favorite of 2013 ; despite some notable loopholes I truly enjoyed it from the beginning to the end .
    I can only love : Yang Xue Wu ❤ , Gao Chang Gong ❤ , Yu Weng Yong ❤ and Ande Wang ❤
    PS : Han Xiao Dong ❤❤ is simply one of my favorite supporting characters ever , so brave , funny and loyal to Xue Wu <3 I'm giving him lots of love !

    My favorite Chinese Drama !

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    MinaVIP Dec 23, 2014

    The story was really good but i feel like i need to comment on the ridiculously bad scenography and flming ._. acting aside, i feel like this drama deserved a bigger budget. I dunno if it was just the quality of the videos i watched, but it felt like a very low budget drama.

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    PrettyBrown_Eyes Dec 2, 2014

    Despite popular opinion I liked the ending. I thought it was very fitting as it was what she/he was meant to do. It made sense for such an ending.

    Really going to miss this drama was very good and despite it's many flaws still a top rated drama for me (I may be a little biased with Ariel being in this)

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    Lia Nov 11, 2014

    Fantastic drama overall. I wouldn't mind rewatching!!!!!! Love Love Love. Especially, the main characters.

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    abigaile Oct 30, 2014

    can anyone please tell me where can i watch it online with eng sub?

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      Suzuno Nov 6, 2014

      You can watch it on Dramafever or on drama.net - both have eng subs. :)

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    sophia Sep 26, 2014

    Love Love Love this drama~~ Ariel Lin and Feng Shao Feng on screen chemistry is off the chart!! Their love for each other is very touching, and love their country people even if they huv to sacrifice their life. The first 20 episodes or so are the best part of the series, later episodes are so depressing, sad and makes me angry for killing my OTP with villains tatics. But still, the best drama, after i finished this i still cant get over them. So in love with both Ariel Lin and Feng Shao Feng after Lan Ling Wang, only if the ending is a happy ending, i would be happier. But Wuxia dramas do not end with happy ending. Nonetheless best Chinese Drama ever for me. Won't be able to forget Xuewu and 4th prince. <3 <3 <3

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    meanie Sep 25, 2014

    I'm up to ep 10...but after reading the reviews, I'm not sure if I want to finish it because of the sad ending! I hate sad endings! Should I?

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      Malyza Suon Sep 25, 2014

      you should! you just reached episode 10, still have more funny episode. Anyway this drama deserve our tear. you gonna love it :)

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    Malyza Suon Sep 23, 2014

    Give a thump up to this drama! I'm a fan of chines ancient drama, I have watched a lot of chines ancient drama and this one us gonna be my favorite one :)
    First I watch it cuz Ariel Lin cuz I'm her fan and than I found this drama more interest. the more I watch it, the more I get addicted.
    I like cast: Xue Wu, Lan Lin Wan and Yuwen Yong. Honestly I felt jealous Xue Wu, she has two guy who love her till dead. if can, I want three of them end up happy together but can't. I cried so hard when Lan Lin Wan fake dead, when Yuwen Yong dead, when Xue Wu dead. The first drama started with a lot of fun but end up with flooding tear :(
    I'm going to watch this again for sure even u have to cry again.

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    dore430 Sep 21, 2014

    Excellent! Loved everything about it from start to finish!! Recommend it highly..

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    46
  • Aired:

    Aug 14, 2013 to Aug 30, 2013
  • Aired On:

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

    CCTV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.5 (scored by 543 users)
  • Ranked:

    #126
  • Popularity:

    #148

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