6 Reasons to Drop Everything To Watch: General & I

6 Reasons To Drop Everything To Watch: General & I

A drama is the result of a process like the one of making a beaded Chanel dress with the result being comparable to the completed high end gown. It is impossible to say which part of the drama is more important as it is also impossible to say which part of the dress is more significant: the beads, the main fabric or the under-fabric as all of those are the dress and without them the gown would not exist in its form and neither would the drama. As such, the reasons to watch General & I are presented not in order of importance but rather in the order of simple logic. They should be looked at as a beaded Chanel dress rather than its different individual parts to enhance one’s experience. Enjoy!

a) Story

A screen adaptation of a historical novel by Feng Nong, A Lonesome Fragrance Waiting to be Appreciated, General & I tells the love story of two enemies, General Chu Bei Jie and Bai Ping Ting, a female military strategist amidst intrigue, power battles, revenge and maze-like plots to separate them in dazzling barnacle settings. The story however is remarkable cliché which might throw doubts into watching the 62 episode long drama, currently airing in China. Cliché dramas have already been invented, have already been seen like fabric has already been created, and different fabrics have already been developed but original cliché dramas like great fabric are hard to come by due to high production costs and intrinsic weaving but they provide experiences of a lifetime and unique experiences are… priceless.


b) The Characters

The 3 Main Characters: General Chu Bei Jie, Bai Ping Ting & He Xia


Chu Bei Jie & Bai Ping Ting witty mind strategies against one another at war then for one another and eventually together against the world make then a power couple to be reckoned with but the enemies keep coming…coming…coming…


Influential Characters



Pawns – Characters with Power but without the Power



General & I Character motivations

General towards Bai Ping Ting – I have been waiting for you all my life and now that I found you, I’m going to keep you by my side and protect you.

Ping Ting towards the General – You were my enemy until you became the man I love so now I’m going to protect you anyway I can.

He Xia towards Bai Ping Ting – We grew up together but you’ve fallen in love with my enemy, so now I’m going to destroy you.

Royal Consort Zhang towards the General – I love you but as you don’t love me, I hate you and I’m going to make you pay.

The Princess of Bai Lan towards her husband – I love you and I believe in you and I don’t believe you married me simply as a strategy for your personal vengeance against your enemies. It’s not true, wait, but it is! Sad!

Her husband toward her – I like you but you’re just a pawn in my chess game, but wait I really like you, except Chu Bei Jie must not live, so he’s more important to me than you! Sad!

Chancellor towards himself – I want power and I’m going to have it whatever the cost.

Chancellor towards the king – You rule, ha, wait, let’s see for how long. Once I have the power, umm…you shall lose yours and everything else. You’ll you know what hit you but you won’t. Ha ha ha.

King towards the General – We grew up together. I trusted you, until I don’t but I cherish you! Argh what’s true and what isn’t? I don’t know.

King towards the Chancellor – I trust you, I trusted you instead of Chu Bei Jie and look at what you’ve done, you rat!

General towards the King – I’ve never betrayed you! I have always been and I will always be loyal to you even if you think otherwise, my King!

c) Beautiful Cinematography & Special Effects






d) Filming Locations

General & I was filmed at Heng Dian World Studios, in Hengdian Town and in Xiangshan Movie & Television City in Ningbo City during the summer of 2016, both of which can be visited.



e) The Music

f) Wallace Chung

Wallace Chung is remarkable in his performance! He’s 42 years old, has a vast and solid career behind him including the box office drama hit: My Sunshine and yet he doesn’t look a day past his 30. He's also performing all the action scenes with the agility of a man in his prime. There aren't many men at his age doing the stunts that he does, and with such a grace demonstrating that age is just a number and a birth year is but four numbers in a certificate.

General & I Trailer

Behind the Scenes

Bonus Features

The actors’ voices were dubbed for the drama. This is common practice in China due to the vast number of languages in China under the idiom umbrella of ‘Chinese’. As each actor has a different accent, to make the overall drama more homogeneous voice wise, they were dubbed. For more information about the voice actors please check General & I at Baidu.

The drama was filmed in the summer of 2016 when Angelababy was pregnant. It was entirely pre-produced. As it was summer, temperatures often soared quite high so it was challenging filming scenes wearing armor. In fact, one day on set, during a scene between Wallace Chung and Angelababy, he was wearing heavy armor despite the fact that it was nearly 50 degrees Celsius indoors!

                                                               Is General & I on your list?

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    StephStephieTeff Feb 7, 2017

    I read this as 5 reasons to drop this drama, so I thought it was strange someone would take the time to write that kind of article and ignored it.

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    amourexdile Feb 7, 2017

    Thanks for recommending it! I started watching it and now I am on ep 11. I'm really liking it so far. Some things are a bit unrealistic but they don't distract too terribly from the story. I really like the relationship b/t the two mains and their battle of wits.

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    zukuu Feb 4, 2017 - edited

    Because of your article I just started watching this. I'm on pain meds from a tooth extraction and this is just what I needed while in bed all day. Everything (and everyone) is beautiful! And I know people said the first few eps were slow but I loooooved them. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      Patricia Feb 6, 2017

      Hi, I hope you're feeling better and I'm happy that you are enjoying the drama! :) Get well soon!

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    AniAmboche Feb 3, 2017 - edited

    Im crying while watching ep 44..
    They will be apart for such a long long time..
    One of my feveret drama right now

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      Patricia Feb 6, 2017

      Tell me about it! Have you been watching them raw? I count the hours until they air and upload ep 54! It's going to be epic! The reunion!!!!

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    AneMi Feb 3, 2017 - edited

    At a first glance I read " 6 Reasons to drop watching general and I".... and I was like "what? why?" Then I read it right! lol

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    AnnGominho Feb 3, 2017 - edited

    I wasn't used to watching Chinese dramas, but lately they are surprising me a lot... I just loved this first episode drama so far... This drama, no doubt, has entered my list of favorites. (I'm just having this positive thinking to have a happy ending. But, I remember all the time that it's an epic drama... LOL)

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      Patricia Feb 6, 2017

      Continue the positive thinking! :)

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    Ssong Feb 3, 2017 - edited

    I don't think the cinematography is worth mentioning. Except for a few scenes, it's mostly forgettable. The CGI is terrible and mostly looks fake. The storyline is interesting but I'm at Ep 25 and it's starting to get slightly repetitive and boring. I'm only watching this show for Wallace Chung. But even his voice dubbing is distracting. I wish they'd found someone better to dub for him.

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      Patricia Feb 6, 2017

      I see your point but for me, I don't know if its the same for you I forgot all the drama shortcomings and focused on the positive sides of the drama and the shortcomings as overall they blend well together and make the story visually fascinating to watch. :) I'm at ep 53 and it has been a roller-coaster of emotions but a very good one. :)

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    Kadiance Feb 2, 2017 - edited

    It's nice to hear someone talk about the BTS of a Chinese drama :D

    Thanks for bringing notice to WHY PEOPLE DUB & the hard work actors/actresses put into their job during the hot seasons :(
    I didn't think they filmed all of this in one season. Looking at the scenery, it looked like it would have taken a whole year to get all the shots they wanted! Thanks for the article, much appreciated :D

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    AniAmboche Feb 2, 2017 - edited

    Amazing drama..for those who likes romance drama..hundred percently u will like to watch this #generalandi

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    Six Feb 2, 2017 - edited

    Amazing article on an astounding series! I had no idea how hot it was during filming. That makes all the performances more remarkable.

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    Rouzmary Feb 2, 2017 - edited

    I already knew of it before it started airing. Was SOOOO excited! And when it started airing? LOVED it!
    And when I found out it was based on a novel, of course I read it! Some awesome people have it translated to English and one can read it online. The novel was super amazing!

    I'm in love with both drama & novel ^^

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      Patricia Feb 6, 2017

      Me too!!! I read the novel straight. Started it and finished it in one go! That's how much I love it and the drama! :)

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    Fumichan Feb 2, 2017 - edited

    Thanks! I've watched the trailer and the cinematography is WOW! Where can I watch this online? Will watch this right after I finish Scarlet Heart (2011).

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      MinaVIP Feb 2, 2017

      kissasian.com or dramanice.to

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    Fortuna Feb 1, 2017 - edited

    Okay, the beauty of the cinematography alone makes it look like it's worth a try. Thanks for the recommendation. :) Oh, it's already on my PTW list. xD

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      Patricia Feb 2, 2017

      :) My pleasure! :) General & I is amazing to watch!

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    Rigby Feb 1, 2017 - edited

    This looks so interesting and intriguing. I will have this in my Plan to Watch list. Thank you for this at Patricia.

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      Patricia Feb 2, 2017

      My pleasure! :) You're going to love it! :)

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    fiflydramalover Feb 1, 2017

    Woah, I didn't know Chinese dramas are dubbed like that! Very cool.

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