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Professor Shen Bu Yan accidentally travels to the ancient era of Acacia, where he becomes obsessed with finding the ancient secret of this era. With the help of the warm girl, Lu Yuan, will he be able to unravel the mystery? (Source: MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the fan-made video of the two main actors uploaded on Bilibili by San Qian Yu (三千鱼). Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • ภาษาไทย
  • Deutsch
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 14
  • Aired: Jun 22, 2023 - Jul 12, 2023
  • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Original Network: Chongqing TV Mango TV
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 1,275 users)
  • Ranked: #1252
  • Popularity: #3203
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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PeachBlossomGoddess
75 people found this review helpful
Jul 18, 2023
14 of 14 episodes seen
Completed 16
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.5

A timeless love story with no beginning and no end.

An Ancient Love Song is a beautiful, haunting and timeless love story with no beginning and no end. The fresh storytelling approach fits Graham Greene's description of a story as something one arbitrarily chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.

Shen Buyan is a professor and popular chronicler of the life of the wicked demon queen of Nancheng that lived thousands of years ago. She is reviled by history for killing a virtuous prime minister and living an extravagant life. Shen Buyan comes into possession of a mysterious jade artefact under an ancient wishing tree that sends him back in time. He discovers that all is not what he expected it to be. He meets the badass Lu Yuan and she moves him so much he wants to change her life and tries desperately to put a stop to a treasonous plot. The story told from Shen Buyan's perspective is in reverse chronological order. Each time he travels to the past, he goes back further in time. Thus the first time he meets Lu Yuan is when she loves him most. And the first time Lu Yuan meets Shen Buyan is when he loves her most.

The plot design is innovative and invites multiple rewatches. The first time I watched it in the order the production intended but you can really start anywhere as the story is a continuum that can be started at any point and can be watched forwards and backwards. Shen Buyan and Lu Yuan are star crossed lovers 有缘无分 destined to meet across time and space but not fated to be together. But because it is a love story that has no beginning in many ways it also does not end. Their enchanted love affair spans thousands of years. Surely that has to be enough.

I cannot praise enough this impressive low budget production that punches above its weight and originates from a fan made video. It is clearly a passion project that the entire cast and production team put a lot of heart into and it shows. It is anchored by the spectacular Zhang Yaqin from Love in Between. She is gorgeous and baddass here too and effortlessly and convincingly transforms from the 36 to the 18 year old Lu Yuan. Shen Buyan is played by Guo Jianan, a bit of a cute newbie actor that takes awhile to get into character but he gets pretty good by the end. The young cast overall delivers charismatic and empathetic performances. The villain role is especialy well done by a young actor with great screen presence and gravitas.

This is a must watch drama that I enthusiastically rate 8.5/10 overall with a story by itself that is worthy of at least 9.0.

PS - Be sure to catch the special, told from the FL's point of view.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYPDTcUwJqQ&t=71s

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uhsame
32 people found this review helpful
Jul 18, 2023
14 of 14 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

A Wonderfully Crafted Love Story

This is a wonderfully crafted love story that takes a unique spin on the time travel genre. I've seen many time travel dramas, but this one is undoubtedly the most intriguing. In this drama, the first time our male lead, Shen Bu Yan, travels back in time and meets our female lead, Lu Yuan, is actually the last time she sees him. He first meets the older Lu Yuan - and each time he time travels, he meets a younger Lu Yuan. So it's like a reverse timeline story which makes it even more depressing imo.

It is a low-budget drama, but I think they've used the budget very well. I can tell there's been a lot of care put into this. The cinematography actually looks really good and has some memorable shots.

I have to say, Zhang Ya Qin [Lu Yuan] carried this drama! She absolutely nailed the character. She perfectly showed the different personalities of each Lu Yuan, from a carefree Lu Yuan to an empress. She's also so beautiful I can't- On the other hand, Guo Jia Nan [Shen Bu Yan] honestly delivered a very mid performance imo... He was definitely outshined by Zhang Ya Qin.

Overall, I highly recommend this gem. It's a short one, so it should be very easy to get through. Plus, the story makes you wanna watch the next episode right away lol.

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Details

  • Drama: An Ancient Love Song
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 14
  • Aired: Jun 22, 2023 - Jul 12, 2023
  • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Original Network: Chongqing TV, Mango TV
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 1,275 users)
  • Ranked: #1252
  • Popularity: #3203
  • Watchers: 4,329

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