Once Upon A Time 三生三世十里桃花 is a movie adapted from the popular novel Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms. It revolves around Bai Qian and Ye Hua, two immortal beings whose romance is fated across lifetimes. It is the kind of story that is going to come with major heartaches, but it also tells a stirring fairytale overflowing with sweet moments.
The first stills of the main leads are strikingly ethereal, leaving little doubt that the casting is spot on, at least visually. For one, Crystal Liu has always been everyone’s ideal goddess. Yang Yang (Love O2O) may not have amassed an equally impressive experience in ancient roles, but he certainly has that pristine perfect look to match that of his co-star.
I honestly can’t imagine how the movie can manage to condense everything into a couple hours, and I also don’t know how it’s going to live up to a predecessor that has set the bar insanely high. I’m referring to its drama counterpart starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao which I’m fiercely protective of at this point. Even so, I’m curious and open to see another take on this beautiful story. If the character stills are any indication, it certainly looks and feels completely different.
The movie also stars Luo Jin (Princess Weiyoung), Kevin Yan Yikuan (Xiao Shi Yi Lang) and Li Chun (Journey of Flower), all of whom are familiar faces from recognizable productions.
On another note, I was made aware by an anonymous commenter that Tangqi Gongzi who wrote the source novel has long been accused of plagiarism (see comparisons made here). It’s uncanny how blatant the similarities are if you actually take the time to read it, and it seems proper to shed light on the controversy.
Release Date: July 21 August 3, 2017 (China) and August 11, 2017 (North America)