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Hu Ba Yi, Shirley Yang and Fatty Wang discover that the rumoured life-saving "dust bead" had become a burial object in the tomb of the King Xian of the ancient Dian Kingdom and set to find the traces of the mystic object. Following a human skin map, the three pass through the secret underground waterway of the ancient Dian Kingdom under the Zhalong Mountain, but unexpected encounters and trials are waiting for them. (Source: Baidu Baike, MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the 3rd volume in the novel series "Candle in the Tomb" (鬼吹灯) by Zhang Mu Ye (天下霸唱). Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 13, 2021
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Original Network: Tencent Video
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 287 users)
  • Ranked: #3310
  • Popularity: #8788
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
WandereR
11 people found this review helpful
Sep 13, 2021
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 11
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.5

The wind blows from the west

Our Mojin Xiaowei gang of tomb raiders are back in the third instalment of the web series, which began in 2016 with Candle in the Tomb. Pan Yue Ming, Zhang Yu Qi and Jiang Chao reprise their respective roles of Hu Ba Yi, Shirley Yang and Wang Pang Zi since they were first cast in the first sequel, 2020’s The Lost Caverns.

Based on the 3rd volume in the Ghost Blows Out the Light (鬼吹灯) novel series written by Zhang Mu Ye, our three intrepid adventurers’ quest for the elusive Dust Bead (translated as Fowl Dust Orb) continues. Aided by the clues gleaned from the Book of the Dragon Bones which was found in Shaanxi’s Lost Caverns (aka Longling Maze), this time the search takes them to the hidden worm valley of the ancient Western Dian Kingdom, where the mausoleum of its founder, King Xian, is located.

The production crew from The Lost Caverns, led by director Fei Zhen Xiang and screenwriter Yang Zhe, remained in place for this project. Principal photography wrapped up in May 2020 and took place primarily in the exotic Yunnan region of Southwest China.

I’m extremely pleased to say that the overall quality of the production, adaptation and technical execution remains excellent, as it was during the team’s first outing together in The Lost Caverns. The storytelling continues to be compelling and riveting, while the fine balance between character development, witty humour, edge-of-the-seat thrills and dynamic pacing has been expertly maintained to keep viewers sufficiently engaged and entertained.

As is the tradition of the Candle in the Tomb web series thus far, expect great visual aesthetics, well-rendered special effects, widely varied BGM score, awe-inspiring set designs for the catacombs and, of course, no Mojin adventure would be complete without horrifyingly surreal adversaries. The scale of the action, CGI rendering and the overall technical difficulty of tomb raiding have increased exponentially in the drama. The immersion of local culture as well as aspects of Feng Shui and Taoism into the plot setting remains outstanding. This truly is a great example of a well-crafted “single location raid” concept.

This being their second outing together, there really isn’t much left to critique on the performances by Pan Yue Ming, Zhang Yu Qi and Jiang Chao. I honestly believe that retaining the main cast largely helps in preserving the chemistry of the lead characters, thus resulting in a deeper conviction and believability of the portrayed camaraderie. Additionally, it enables viewers to build a stronger connection to the characters in their journey of exploration as well as self-discovery along the way. It certainly did with me.

This has been another hugely entertaining and satisfying viewing experience. Once again the story has not come to the end. The answers found in the worm valley of Yunnan have led to even more questions, thus deepening the underlying mystery. As such, we have two more sequels lined up where hopefully the puzzle could be unravelled, namely The Kunlun Shrine and Raiders of the Wu Gorge. Stay tuned for more thrilling tomb raiding adventures in fascinating faraway locales!

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Completed
Jan Pospisil
2 people found this review helpful
Sep 15, 2021
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

GBotC continues being good

The formula still works.
If you enjoyed the previous series, you'll like Worm Valley.
Most of my other review points still apply - the writing is tight, the story has structure and the pacing is mostly very good. The short length really helps.
There's not a whole ton of character development, because the heroic trio are more iconic than dramatic characters. So Old Hu does his feng shui, Shirley kicks and shoots things and Fatty is greedy and annoying. For the most part it works, but sometimes it was a bit frustrating how one note they could be. (Fatty especially could use SOME development)
The production value is great. I'm not sure this even cost that much money, but it looks excellent - everything from sets, CGI to shot composition are well thought out and executed.
This season we even get wonderful rubber monsters (not a spoiler since they're in the trailer) and more!
The treatment of indigenous people was also mostly ok - they are humanized and act both heroic and villainous depending on character. Cool stuff!
It looks like the story is taking us to snowy freezing Kunlun next, and I can't wait!

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  • Drama: Candle in the Tomb: The Worm Valley
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 13, 2021
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Original Network: Tencent Video
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 287 users)
  • Ranked: #3310
  • Popularity: #8788
  • Watchers: 901

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