C-Drama: Mermaid Legend

  • Another name: Mermaid Tale / Legend of Mermaid
  • Chinese title: 追鱼传奇
  • Language: Chinese
  • Episodes: 36
  • Released: 2013 July 13
  • Main Cast: Zhao Liying (Hong Ling), Kenny Kwan, Dai Jiao Qian, Ting Allen
  • Genre: Romance, Chinese Mainland
  • Synopsis: Hong Ling is an innocent, niave mermaid, who is oblivious to the world beyond the waters of her own world. One day, she happens to upset the Sea King and is sent to the human realm. In this new world, she meets a human boy, who she will eventually fall in love with. Initially, things may appear to be a joke for Hong Ling, but later the consequences of her actions comes at a much larger price than she will have imagined.

Comment: I haven’t watched this series yet – only the trailer. Judging by the trailer, it is one of those series that we’ve seen in the markets already. It’s been done, and seen. The only thing that’s different is the mermaid concept? Okay, because she’s a mermaid who’s lived under the sea her entire life, she’s clueless about love and deals with things in a childish, naive manner. According to that 20 minutes trailer, the story seems under-developed. Because right now, it just looks like a country girl moving into an urban city, in which she will discover love and encounter hardships in a human populated setting. Also, I can’t stand Zhang Liying’s cutesy acting in this one. It’s just not my thing (never was), but maybe it is for you – I don’t know. I really liked her in The Female Prime Minister though, but in Mermaid Tale… not so much (She’s a great actor nonetheless. I’m anticipating her next film, The Palace!).

But other than that, I thought the effects looked decent, minus the sea creatures that Hong Ling summoned to teach the humans a lesson. Other than that, some of the scenes were pretty good-looking.

Enough of me rambling, I’ll let you be the judge, yourself.

C-Drama: Legend of Lu Zhen

  • Another name: The Female Prime Minister
  • Language: Chinese
  • Episodes: 59
  • Released: 2013
  • Main Cast: Chen Xiao (Gao Zhan / Prince Changguang), Zhao Li Ying (Lu Zhen), Qiao Ren Liang (Gao Yan), Yang Rong (Guan Yin)
  • Genre: Romance, Period
  • Synopsis: Originally from a well-off family, Lu Zhen is forced to leave her home due to a false accusation made by her stepmother of murdering her father. Habouring feelings of vengeance for her father, she enters the palace, in hopes of obtaining a position as a high ranking minister to re-investigate and bring justice to her father’s death. Once she steps through the gates of the palace, she becomes involved in a series of events of the royal harem and gets intertwined in a relationship that is disapproved and envied by many.

I’m actually enjoying this drama a lot – so much that I watched it without English subs when there was none available. Don’t worry, I understood a bit of it. I don’t know the historical side to the story so I’m not sure if the drama portrayed it accurately. But the plot is quite interesting, compared to other dramas. Yes, you still have the scheming women of the royal court, manipulating people and using them at their own disposal – a lot of evil plots and betrayal – all for the sake of love and power. However, Lu Zhen, staying true to her nature and holding tightly to the belief that women are just as capable as men, uses her own abilities to climb to the top and garners popularity and trust through her kindness. As you can see, you don’t get the average, weak girl that you normally see in dramas, which is a refreshing change. Despite all the chaotic misfortunes that they encounter, Lu Zhen and her partner’s love remains strong and true.

I love their chemistry!

In the end after all that they’ve come across, they stood together, hand-in-hand.

It took Guan Yin a while to notice Gao Yan’s unrequited love for her, and she figured it out eventually.