I got a taste of the author’s fondness for sadistic romance 虐戀 in City of Devastating Love and this appears to be no different. Yang Mi (Sword of Legends) and Mark Chao (The Warriors Gate) take the lead as Bai Qian and Yue Hua. Second leads Dilraba Dilmurat (Pretty Li Hui Zhen) and Gao Weiguang (Classic of Mountains and Seas) star as Feng Jiu and Dong Hua, the protagonists of the sequel Three Lives Three Worlds The Pillow Book.
The rest of the cast includes Ken Chang (The Lost Tomb), Zhang Bin Bin (Just One Smile is Very Alluring), Maggie Huang, Zhu Xu Dan (Hua Xin Shi), Dai Si and An Yue Xi (Whirlwind Girl 2). As is the fate of popular novel adaptations, there was much speculation over casting with Wallace Huo with Tiffany Tang Yan‘s pairing being one of the earlier fan favorites.
To be honest, the current cast already has sky high visuals but many still turn to the movie version starring Crystal Liu and Yang Yang for their spot on casting in terms of looks. For what it’s worth, I feel like the drama can turn out to be just as good if not better since it has the capacity to do so much more than a two-hour long movie.
For synopsis, cast and ratings, see 2017 Chinese historical dramas.