Drama Spotlight: The Starry Night, The Starry Sea

The Starry Night, The Starry Sea


1. Aside from the fact that both dramas feature humans and mermaids (merman) falling in love, it is in no way similar to The Legend Of The Blue Sea.

2. The drama is based on the novel of the same name by Tong Hua, who has penned other popular books like Scarlet Heart.


       Feng William              Bea Hayden               Wang Sunny            Wang Molly            Sui Yong Liang

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        Wu Julan                   Shen Luo                     An Zuo               Wu Liang Liang         Zhou Bu Wen


Shen Luo - The Humble & Modest Female Lead... NOT! 

Shen Luo used to work in a match-making agency but quits her job to move back to her home island. She is a cheerful person, always looking at the bright side, and never lets anything get her down. Shen Luo is often described as stingy by her friends. She is often shown to be too confident of her looks and personality, although not in a vain way. She's also kind towards other people, which is what first attracted our male lead to her. Due to her parents divorcing when she was a kid, she doesn't believe in love.


Wu Julan - Tall, Dark & Mysterious Male Lead 

Wu Julan/Regulus (Lucas) is the prince of mermaids. 150 years ago he was betrayed by his close human friend, who stole the spiritual pearl with help of Black Wizard. Since then he doesn't trust humans. By a fateful turn of events, he meets Shen Luo, who takes him in (not for free, though) and restores his faith in humanity. 


Zhou Buwen - The Mustached Villain 

Buwen used to be a close friend of Shen Luo when they were kids. However, he moved away from the island when he was 15 years old. Now he has come back to the island intending to win over Shen Luo, and get rid of his love rival through any means necessary. 


Wu Liangliang - The Badass Second Female Lead 

Liangliang comes from a family whose entire existence is to serve the merman clan. She moves to the island to help and assist Wu Julan claim back the spiritual pearl. She is also a psychiatrist who works at the island's local hospital. She is often caught in a dilemma between of her duties and her past love. 


An Zuo - The Sexy Antagonist

An Zuo is part of the Black Wizard, who once stole the spiritual pearl. He is in search for the spiritual pearl for some mysterious reason (which later gets revealed). An Zuo won't let anything or anyone stop him, least of all Wu Julan, whom he believes has the spiritual pearl.


Jiang Yi Sheng - The Charming Playboy

Jiang Yi Sheng first appears as the goofy best friend of our female lead. He is supposedly the number one handsome man of the island, which he never fails to mention. He is the biggest flirt, a smooth-talker, and a playboy. He is also a psychologist at the island's local hospital and never misses an opportunity to flirt with the nurses. He is one of the best friends in a drama and is always there for Shen Luo. Whether it's to provide her a shoulder to cry on or give her advice on how to seduce men - he truly does all for his best friend.



1. To see Wu Julan's smile

No, I'm not kidding. I have honestly screen-capped every scene in which he smiled. Aside from the fact that he is just gorgeous, his smile is just so cute. The fact that his character is shown to be a more serious type, which means he smiles rarely, makes it even more attractive.

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2. The beautiful, beautiful sceneries

This show has one of the best sceneries in a drama. Since the whole story takes place on an island, it makes it even more enticing. The seashore, the greeneries, and even Shen Luo's home; every place is just breathtakingly beautiful. The drama was shot in various places such as Taiwan, New York, and Shanghai.

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3. The comedy

Despite the lack of comedy tag in the drama, it had various hilarious moments. The fact that Wu Julan is a merman who has returned to land after almost 150 years and hence has no idea about the new technologies and gadgets, make up for quite a few funny moments. Also, Jiang Yishang, Shen Lou's best friend, is, for the most part, a comic role in the drama. And not to mention Shen Luo's antics to get closer to Wu Julan. You can't help but laugh.

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4. The secondary couple. 

The playboy vying for the attention of a cool and aloof girl is really interesting to see. He keeps pestering her and she keeps ignoring him. Also, one of the things that I liked about them was the fact that Liangliang was always saving Jiang Yisheng, instead of it being the opposite. It was like a breath of fresh air.

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5. The OTP 

A girl who doesn't believe in love and a guy who distrusts humans - does it get any more interesting than that? Their love story moves slowly and beautifully from friends to something more. It's really heartwarming to see the couple grow closer. I've always loved the kinds of couples where one lead is the quiet and serious type and other has a bubbly personality, so that might have contributed to my love for this OTP. Whatever the reason, they are one of the very few OTPs that I loved.

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Like most Cdramas, it's also dubbed, but it's something you get used to and don't notice after a couple of episodes. Unlike other Cdramas, this one only has 32 episodes, which isn't very long (in the land of Cdramas), with each episode being 40 minutes long. 

If you like Cdramas or just fantasy dramas in general, this drama is definitely a good watch.

If you decide to give it a chance, do leave a comment!

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    Rapmoniee May 26, 2017

    i want to watch it because the writer of novel.... and feng william look so different (first i see him in ice fantasy)

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    StormDiaboli Apr 2, 2017

    Thanks! I am watching this because of the article! I usually only watch K drama but this is quite a cool show.

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    MClyd Mar 25, 2017 - edited

    I'm daft. What's OTP means?

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    Lili Mar 25, 2017 - edited

    Just tell me if everyone dies in the end in this Chinese drama also. Because if the answer is yes, no, thanks. Sick and tired of crying my eyes out.

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      eoniii Mar 27, 2017 - edited
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    destiny909 Mar 25, 2017

    Thank you for the recommendation. I usually don't watch modern-day Chinese dramas, but decided to watch it after reading on your article. I enjoyed it and also liked the ending. It shows that the female lead is also willing to sacrifice herself for her love. It is quite poignant really.

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    Dukesa8820 Mar 25, 2017 - edited

    just finished...love it..

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    Lovely Mar 24, 2017

    I'm not over eternal love yet so it'll take some time before I can watch another C-Drama but it looks very interesting

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    KalkaBike Mar 24, 2017

    Finally a C-drama I think I can start watching! They usually have so many episodes. I don't have the courage to start my C-drama road with many episodes as I'm not familiar with them.

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    etcetera Mar 24, 2017 - edited

    i dont usually watch fantasy drama. if do i often drop it because i cannot comprehend the superpowers or some sort (im more to logic lol). however it's different with this drama!! im lovin it so far. i was hesitant at first but seeing the hype about it i decided to give it a try. the one thing thats got me hooked is bea hayden's acting. her bubblyness doesnt look fake at all. i get really annoyed when girls trying to act cute *rolls eyes*

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    KMR Mar 23, 2017

    Mmmmh...seems interesting. Thx for the recommendation.

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    Vampirella Mar 23, 2017

    William Feng is always cute. His smile is just like "Awwwwww" ♥ :D

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    werwiewowas95 Mar 23, 2017

    .... OK you convinced me lol

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    Akaisora Mar 23, 2017

    Thank you for the rec, I didn't even notice this series and I adore fantasy drama. Will definitely watch this one. :)

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    Panda Mar 23, 2017

    Gonna watch it for the hot mustachio

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