Eternal Love | Ten Miles of Peach Tree Blossoms | Three Lives, Three Worlds
Theme Depth: ★★★★1/2
Uniqueness of Plot: ★★★★★
Action & Adventure
Drama / Angst
Yang Mi as Bai Qian
Dilraba Dilmurat as Bai Fengjiu (Bai Qian's Niece)
Vengo Gao as Dong Hua
Ken Chang as Zhe Yan
Alan Yu as Bai Zhen
Maggie Huang as Su Jin
James Li as Lian Song
Wang Xiao as Si Ming
Vin Zhang as Li Jing
A Lot of Other People - - - the Cast was HUGE for this show
Then the worst happens as the ghost lord Qing Cang rises up in rebellion and tries to use the Dong Huang bell to destroy the world forever. Sacrificing his soul to stop the attack, Mo Yuan is knocked into a coma with only Yang Mi left to protect his body.
Time passes. For 70,000 years Yang Mi carefully takes care of Mo Yuan and waits for him to return. Meanwhile: cold, harsh, unemotional Ye Hua, future emperor of Heaven, understands neither mercy nor love. Imagine his horror when he is injured on a trip to earth and must recuperate in the hands of an extremely clumsy human girl who thinks he's a snake. Thus begins the tale of Yang Mi and Ye Hua, a tragic love story spanning three lifetimes woven in amongst betrayal, treason, heartache, joy, and always fighting against the powerful creature called fate. Can they (and those around them) not only learn what it means to love and to forgive, but also find the fates destiny has for them?
LENGTH: This drama is long, and I would definitely divide it into three parts plot wise. Unlike some dramas though, I don't think there was really an episode you could skip and still move forward. Part of the reason for its length is that it had a TON of plot lines running at the same time. You had about 4-5 different couples, plus the whole "saving the world" theme, the Mo Yuan plot, the Ghost world plot. . . . you get my point. It was just a whole lot going on in one story. But I've got to say, I watched it all. Usually I'm pretty quick to skip over boring fighting or "plotting" parts that seem to take up so much of the Chinese drama time. But here, I just soaked it all in. And I actually enjoyed all of the plot lines.
PLOT: Just so good! It was complex, it was convoluted, it was chock full of emotions and action and movement. There were a million things interacting and impacting one another - the romance of once couple subtly igniting events that struck another which triggered reactions flowing on to a third. You felt the romances and tragedies alike. Even when you really hated Su Jin and the Ghost Prince, you could also feel their pain and heartache at the same time. Everyone had their reasons and passions - it was just a story of how you should respond to them.
One of my favorite parts of the drama was how much it taught me about A) Chinese culture and B) their understanding of Buddhism / how the ancient religion worked. You'd be surprised how much of it was part of their mythology and actual hierarchies. For example, I was fascinated by the use of "fate" and "self-will" in this story. Part of the question was how much you can fight against fate and how much your actions will impact your future if fate is already predetermined. I was also fascinated to see how they explained the who saints and gods thing. Like how the whole "earthly test" thing went and what it meant. I actually learned quite a bit :P
Also, it gives you a good glimpse into how China's culture is different from that of Korea or Japan. For example, although Bai Qian can be sweet and kind, she's far from submissive or willing to just take abuse. She doesn't lash out and yell at people like the Kdrama starts sometimes do, she doesn't just accept it like the Jdrama girls do. She gets mad and then gets even. Smart girl - she waits and plots and then just does it. And in China, that doesn't make her a bad person. She's loyal, honest, and kind to those who deserve it. If she's a bit brutal to the bad guys, well they are bad guys after all. I liked her :)
FINAL THOUGHTS: This drama isn't something to watch if you're looking for light and fluffy or sweet and cheerful. Although it has a happy ending for some, it isn't so happy for everyone. Kind of like life, the drama has its ups and downs. It pulls you along for an emotional roller coaster and you really do get involved. If you don't have time to watch all the episodes, then hold off. But if you really like Chinese dramas and want something to sink your teeth into, this is a great romance / fantasy show!
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