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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Emily
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Feb 9, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I just positively had to write a review on this drama. Had to.
If you're thinking of watching this drama but being put off by the 46 episodes, as I initially was, I have to say- don't worry! The episodes aren't as long as some, and you'll find yourself flying through them.
With those 46 episodes in mind, I guess it's obvious to say that a lot happens in this drama. The read more story is a classic one of fighting the good fight for the good of the people, with a thrilling and beautiful romance (and love triangle!) to spice it up. I almost want to say that the romance is a bit too much, considering it feels like the center of our love triangle becomes a plot point more than anything, but it's definitely excusable.
There are several different arcs that we see our characters go through, and the characters also naturally develop with the story. By the time each character reaches their peak in the show, you've basically had a complete rundown about why they are the way they are, why they're doing what they're doing, and what your opinion is on them. This drama has much better developed characters than most in the sense that there are literally no characters I can think of (besides one that becomes irrelevant fairly early on) that I hate COMPLETELY. Of course there are moments of frustration, but even then you can definitely understand where they're coming from. This is a far cry from the usual drama antagonist, the ones that raise hell for no other purpose besides raising hell. It was refreshing.
Now, I'm complimenting the characters and their development, so you might be wondering why I didn't give a '10' to the Acting/Cast... well, that's honestly for no other purpose besides some brutal overacting in occasional places. But thankfully enough, those expressions that were overacted were at least fairly accurate!
The music was flawless. Nothing else needs to be said about that. Trust me.
Side note as well- this was a very... well... simply put, it was a very pretty drama. Besides the occasional questionable CGI sequence (that I'm fairly positive would only bother a perfectionist like me), the aesthetic qualities of this drama are worth being noted. Both in scenery and in people's faces. The Prince of Lan Ling isn't exactly unpleasant to look at if you know what I mean. And the clothes! The costumes! They were gorgeous, I feel like the people who made the clothes were having the time of their lives designing those clothes. Don't even get me started on the hair, which was almost* completely flawless. (* I think one of the actors had the occasional allergic reaction to the wig glue or something, I don't know man.) Basically, it was a very pleasing drama to look at.
Rewatch value is only a 9 for length, but the depth of the story, characters and romance will no doubt make for an engaging, interesting watch every time.

Ugh. This was just such a satisfying drama! Just watch it! I no doubt have more to say but it isn't occurring to me right now.
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sophie0626
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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Nov 7, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Overall:

The drama is very fun in the beginning and begins to get more and more heart touching. It is very beautifully done, events spaced out well. Actors are great :) Many people fall for the looks, which is very eye pleasing.

Story:

It is based on the battle between the two territories, but not overly based on action scenes. Having a magical spark added to a historical dramas always makes things read more more fun. As a result, it becomes more of a legend rather than realistic portrayal of the history. Very calm and steady storyline, no heartache until the ending. Can't say if it's totally tragic, but tears were shed.

Cast:

Again...eye pleasing. Although sometimes the long hair really bothers me. The main characters were into their characters, especially the bad ones. Totally feel the rage to kill them. Details were portrayed very well. As well, we have two great main actors.

Music:

I must say that the music itself makes me remember the scenes from the drama. Everytime I listen I have flashbacks. Ost totally match up to the mood of the drama.

Rewatch:

It's not a heavy drama, which will set you to a depression or something. It is a drama you can watch to just relax yourself and to release yourself. The ending is worth watching over and over again. For those who wants to cry, but have no specific reason why the ending is a very good start.
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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 !
Recommended by Dounie
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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    Melanie Surya 4 days ago

    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 11 days ago

    this or scarlet heart ?

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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..

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    chante Sep 20, 2014

    I came across Perfect Couple and its a ok drama. But it reminded me of this drama which is a totally cool drama. I would have change one thing about the ending but difiently worth watching.

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 521 users)
  • Ranked:

    #128
  • Popularity:

    #149

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