During a high-speed motorboat chase with a criminal, Cheung Chau police officer Wong Tai-mui gets herself trapped in a waterspout, accidentally opening a time portal. She travels back 200 years to 19th century Hong Kong, a time when the island was under Qing rule. She encounters a family of Canton pirates, led by Cheng Yat, his wife Shek Giu, and their adopted son Cheung Po Tsai. Using her knowledge of the future, which she keeps in a smartphone, she saves the pirates from a deadly naval battle against the Qing naval fleet led by Prince Man-ho, the eleventh son of the Jiaqing Emperor. Puzzled by her mysterious origins, Cheng Yat and Shek Giu remain wary of Tai-mui and are hesitant in trusting her.
At Beijing's Imperial Palace, Imperial Consort Yim and Imperial Consort Shun manipulate Man-ho to get themselves into a position of higher power. Jaded from politics and family feud, Man-ho decides to let go of his ambition for the crown and flees the palace.
On the day the tiangou covers the sun, another waterspout appears over the Canton sea. Cheung Po Tsai helps Tai-mui open the time portal so she can return to 21st century Hong Kong, but in doing so he also falls into the portal, travelling to the future with her.
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I'm quite good at guessing what's gonna happen next in a drama. But this time it was impossible. The plot kept surprising me - in a good way (it gets boring if the plotline is too obvious).
The acting was well played. The music didn't ruin the drama. In some dramas the music chosen - or the time it's played at - are so misplaced that you end up paying too much attention to the music in stead of the drama. But in this drama the music was well matched.
The ending was a bit too much, but still a nice one.
So if you like a surprising plot, time travelling, romance, pirates and a lot of action you should definitely give this drama a chance.
It's one of the best time travelling dramas I've watched so far!
I've only given a 5 rewatch value because I - almost - never watches the same drama twice. No matter how good it was. But I guess it would be fun rewatching - at least parts of it - when you already know everything you'll end up knowing in the end...
(For English subs just search on Google - you can't find it on YouTube. )
The ending of this story was without-a-doubt the BEST!!!!!! I'm not going to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but it was a lot more uplifting than I expected. I have watched other "traveling to the past" sort of movies/tv series, like Scarlet Heart and A Step Into The Past and Love Through A Millennium, and usually they would end it either in a completely heart-rendering or somewhere along those lines. Even when the ending ends on a lighter note, I would still feel gutted in some way because, to me, it was not a happy ending that was complete. But the ending in this tv show is a great difference. It was unique, original, and did not leave me yearning for a true happy ending. I think the ending, alongside with some other factors, made the show really worth watching.
Acting/Cast: I've read many things about how the acting was "elementary" and was not up-to-par, but I totally disagree. I think the choice in the cast was a good choice and it made sense incorporated into the storyline. The fact that Grace Chan may looks like a foreigner when she is actually not fits with Wong Tai-Mui's character in the show. Not only that, but I now cannot imagine how the show would turn out if the casting was not like the same. In my opinion, the casting of this show really did enhanced my watching experience as a viewer. And their acting abilities were a great/primary factor in this as well...
The music was also really great. There were primarily 3 songs throughout the whole show, even though there were many different interpretations of each songs here and there. I gave the music a top score because I actually enjoyed the music, and when it was played in the show really helped enhanced my emotions for that scene even more. I think in a great show/movie/drama music plays a big factor on how immersed they can get the viewers to be in the film..... and the song selections and timing of these songs in this show was commendable.
When I get the chance, I will definitely rewatch this show again.^^