A Life Time Love 上古情歌 is a 54-episode Chinese drama based on the novel Once Promised 曾许诺 by Tong Hua 桐华 that also serves as the prequel to Lost You Forever 长相思. The famed author who is best known for writing the palace epic Scarlet Heart brings her penchant for romance into a mythological era as she builds on a story inspired by the Classic of Mountains and Seas. In fact, the show’s Chinese title translates to ancient love song, which alludes to a time period only known in legends.
The plot revolves around Mu Qing Mo, a lady from a prominent clan and Chi Yun, a warrior who was raised in the jungle. He doesn’t seem quite like Tarzan (but close enough), all beastly and masculine in a role that Huang Xiaoming is made for. He falls madly in love with the heroine and eventually moves her with his sincerity. There’s a lot of melodrama thrown in for good measure as Mu Qing Mo’s older brother promises to marry her off to another, and things are further complicated by the onset of amnesia and warring factions.
Argh, it bugs me whenever c-drama synopses share too much information because I just read the ending without intending to. All I will say is that you can expect some angsty developments that kind of comes with the territory whenever amnesia is involved.
Tong Hua should be reason enough to watch this but what really got on my radar are the stars attached to the project that include Huang Xiaoming (Nirvana in Fire 2) and Victoria Song (Ice Fantasy). I know not everyone would agree with the casting choice, but I happen to be a huge fan of f(x).
It also stars Peter Sheng Yi Lun (Pretty Li Hui Zhen), Zhang Li, Leo Luo Yun Xi and Janice Wu Qian (Fighter of the Destiny). Baron Chen (Fights Break Sphere) was initially slated to star but he backed out due to a leg injury and was replaced by Zhai Tian Lin (Legend of Nine Tails Fox).
Release Date: June 12, 2017 Dragon TV, Tencent QQ
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