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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Aryael
26 people found this review helpful
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Aug 30, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Story: The love triangle in this story will make you cry, sigh and smile. There is no evil man here. Both men are equally deserving of her. It is a story of sacrifices, of hardships, of courage and virtue. At first, I was doubtful about a romance drama being set in the Southern-Northern Dynasties period, knowing from history, that it was a bloody era to live in. Dynasties come and go. There read more was no stability in that period of chinese history. Furthermore, prince Lan Ling comes from a royal family that was slaughtered to extinction. Prince Lan Ling himself died at a young age (around 30s). So, how can there be a love story centred around this setting? Well... there is! And this drama told a wonderful love story involving Prince Lan Ling, Yang Xue Wu and King Yuwen Yong. I like that the writer stuck to the historical events to the end. There was never a boring moment, despite the length of the drama (46 episodes). Each episode ends with a cliffhanger that makes you want for more. Before you realise it, 46 episodes have come and gone! Highly addictive! My only warning before you start? You will need tissue - bucket loads of it! Truly a touching love story.

Acting/Cast: No complains on acting. Everyone did exceptionally well. Everyone's veteran actors and actresses; so they know what they are on about. The chemistry between the 3 leads in the love triangle was very good and believable. The only issue I noticed was a wardrobe malfunction with King Yuwen Yong... where you can see his 'fake hairline' in one of the later episode (forgot which one). They probably hurried the production of that episode. Other than that, all's fine and dandy!

Music: Beautiful songs that reflects the mood of the story. You will love the hauntingly sad vocals of Della Ding and Jia Jia. Each of the 3 leads have a song for them that pretty much sums up their love for each other.

Rewatch value: Time permits; I'll defintely re-watch this gem. In fact, I am out and about trying to get hold of the whole series in DVD.

Overall: I gave this drama a 10/10 simply because I can't give it 9.5/10 here. It is not really an 8/10 either. I made this decision by comparing this drama against Bu Bu Jing Xing (the perfect 10 ancient chinese romance drama for me) and against BBJX, this drama is around 80-90% at the level of BBJX. To me, BBJX is still No. 1 and this one here is a close No. 2. I hope this gives you an idea where this drama sits in terms of ranking. Lastly, just sit back and enjoy!
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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 those you'll find in some dramas, and you'll find yourself flying through them.

With those 46 episodes in mind, I guess it's obvious to say that a lot read more happens in this drama. The 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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They're quite similar. Prophecies and good looking princes, fighting for the throne, strong headed characters, annoying second lead women, misunderstood and in need of petting males, etc.

Although from my point of view Prince of Lan Ling is much better and truly flawless..no awkward singing scenes either..
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gao wei who is suppose to be the cousin of lanling and the antagonist in prince of lan ling is the adopted son of lu zhen in legend of lu zhen. i would say this is a prequel to prince of lanling. it's a great drama, so underrated! watch it and you will fall in love with the lead male, BUT don't read wiki, never
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    Meggie Chen 8 days ago
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    Destin 10 days ago - edited

    does this drama have a lot of action/ fighting scenes in it, just like the trailer show it does?

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    CharityRich 18 days ago

    Team Yu Wen and Xue Wu forever

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    rumtumcat Oct 8, 2016 - edited

    Watch till ep25. Feel too draggy. Should I continue...???

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      Mohammed Taher Patla Oct 23, 2016
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      oppalover87 21 days ago

      I've had it on hold for about 2 months from episode 31. Watched Episode 32 and i think i'm going to have to skip to right at the end. The only EVER drama that i have had to do this too. ITs too draggy, Zheng 'er is too annoying to watch. I want to watch more interactions with Wen Yong but just can't be bothered now

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    yarnie Sep 21, 2016 - edited

    i dont want to believe that writer also producer see/feel that the ending is her justice :/ ending sucksssss

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      Meggie Chen 8 days ago

      the ending for this drama was not good in my opinion ;(

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      yarnie 8 days ago

      i agree but still i cant give this drama any less rating because i dont know i just love it so much ToT;;
      It must be cause of Ariel Lin & im masochist sometimes...

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    Domo Sep 13, 2016

    This drama is etched into my heart and will always hold a very special place. Main reason being the King of Zhou, quite possibly the BEST second lead in drama history ever. He was so well written, and so well developed, that I never stopped rooting for him til the end. Daniel Chan is the best actor here too

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    JayRandom Apr 5, 2016
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    nova hariyana Jan 31, 2016

    I don't like sad ending drama but so far i really likevthis one.

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    elizabeth Jan 25, 2016 - edited
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    Kiseki Dec 3, 2015 - edited

    This drama is overrated <.< I was disgusted by the blatant fanservice in the first episode (SERIOUSLY NUDE BATHING SCENE??). Not to mention the main female character is naive and very unlikeable for me. I came in expecting an action/battle drama but got a corny romantic melodrama.

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      mika Feb 7, 2016 - edited

      You do realise... that all film is basically fanservice? That's why there's such a large market built around it: of course the directors and screen writers are making the drama for themselves, but they only have the opportunity to do so because of viewers, so it makes sense that they'd try to please their broader audience.

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    SSKF Oct 4, 2015 - edited

    Anyone can tell me which drama to watch after Prince of Lan Ling? I liked PLL because of the numerous and chem-tastic scenes between Lan Ling and Xu Wu. I need another historical Chinese drama that is just as romantic.

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      SSKF Oct 22, 2015

      I'm saving that for a dry spell. I hear it's great and who could pass up Ha Jo Won and Jo Chang Wook

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      MinaVIP Oct 23, 2015 - edited

      Hm...Then how about "Faith?" or Six Flying Dragons? It's just recently started to air xP and I love every second of it. It has romance too :3 maybe not focused on romance, but it's a very good drama ^^

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      Domo Nov 21, 2015 - edited

      Historical Chinese drama? Let's see here...

      Bu Bu Jing Xin (Scarlet Heart) will be everything you are looking for. Warning: it is an emotional roller coaster.

      Scarlet Heart is about a young girl from the modern times who accidentally travels back in time to the Qing dynasty as the daughter of a noble Manchurian family. Her sister is married to the 8th prince of the ruling imperial family. She finds herself somehow entangled in the course of history, falling in love with the princes and inadvertently involved in the historically infamous "9 Princes Succession Battle" which was one of the most ruthless and vicious political plots in Chinese history, a struggle among Emperor Kangxi's sons in the fight for throne ascension. As a girl from the modern times, she is aware of how history eventually will be played out and since she cannot travel back to her time, she decides to stay but she is careful about every move she makes so not to alter history.

      The historical and political elements of the drama are all true, strategically tied into the fictional love story and the character of Ma'ertai Ruoxi (the modern girl). It is based on the hit novel with the same time. It was a hit series with popularity even outside of China. The Koreans bought the rights and production is currently underway to remake this, their version called "Moon Lovers". When even Koreans are interested in remaking your dramas, you know you've done something right XD

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      dramafreak007 Nov 28, 2015

      Sound of Desert was really good.

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      mika Jan 17, 2016 - edited

      I second Domo's comment; Bu Bu Jing Xin is really good (just... the hair might take some getting used to).

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    TheGrowlingStomach Jun 28, 2015 - edited

    gah! I don't think I've ever wanted to rip someones smug face off as much as I do Zheng Er's. someone seriously needs to set that lady on fire and send her back to her domain in hell's fiery furnace

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    Chrisstina Apr 24, 2015

    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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    melmeimoi Apr 17, 2015 - edited

    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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      nyny Jun 13, 2015

      your opinion is definitely respected, everybody has different tastes in dramas ^^ i'll admit there are a lot of popular dramas i could not see the allure in

      personally, i loved the plotline of the first 15 episodes. while yes, there were a lot of cliches utilized, i think they were used cleverly to make the watchers care for the characters. oh! and it definitely gets better after the first two episode :D
      the female lead is yes naive, but that's what later makes her so charming, she's so pure and wants to see the light in everybody (this ends up changing the lives of many other characters)
      its funny because i've tried to get into bbjx so many times but i can't XD you should teach me haha

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      Kiseki Jun 20, 2015

      It sounds like whoever told you this drama is amazing overhyped it for you xD Personally I don't find this drama much good at all, the whole prophecy and destined to be together thing was too cliche. I didn't find the chemistry between the main leads all that good either, and i pretty much gave up on liking this drama sometimes around episode 2 during the bathing scene which was too full of fanservice Lol.

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      rumtumcat Oct 8, 2016

      Me too

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    racheltan Apr 10, 2015 - edited

    this or scarlet heart ?

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      alice Apr 24, 2015

      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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      bojinator Jul 1, 2015
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      Yasi Yasi Sep 4, 2015

      I feel you haha. 14th prince T.T

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      bojinator Sep 4, 2015

      yup

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 975 users)
  • Ranked:

    #213
  • Popularity:

    #189

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