Investiture of the Gods 封神演义 is a 65-episode Chinese drama that revolves around Jiang Ziya, Da Ji, Shen Gong Bao and Yang Jian, all of whom are historical or mythological characters often popularized in modern works. Claudia Wang Likun plays the infamous Da Ji, a beautiful maiden forced to become the concubine of the Shang Emperor and entices him to commit atrocities against the people.
The Heavenly Elder has decided to use the battle between the Shang and Zhou to hold the investiture of the gods, so he sends Jiang Ziya to assist Ji Fa (Zhang Bo) in overthrowing the Shang Emperor. Luo Jin plays Yang Jian, a descendant of man and god who achieves greatness after countless trials and tribulations. Jiang Ziya takes Yang Jian under his wing which puts him on a path to fulfilling his destiny. The series also stars Zhang Bo, Yu Hewei, Deng Lun, He Dujuan, Colin Chou, Hu Jing and Hai Yitian.
Update 2019: Back then, drama and movies were seemingly being done in pairs with Three Lives and Three Worlds and Love O2O. The star-studded movie League of Gods was released in 2016 when a drama with the same storyline had also completed filming in 2015. Coming back to this post years later and it’s finally airing!
I’m realizing a few things about the drama belatedly, like the fact that I hadn’t yet discovered Deng Lun as this was way before his Ashes of Love fame. His name is now up there along with Wang Likun and Luo Jin in recent promotions for the drama though I’m not sure how big a role he actually plays as the fox demon who takes Da Ji’s soul.
I also thought that this was about Yang Jian’s journey, but it seems to be more about Da Ji and her struggle with evil. It all sounds very intriguing to be honest since Da Ji is often portrayed as the villain. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but keeping precaution in case it falls among one of those overly tacky fantasy dramas that are just bad 😅. It takes over the slot for The Legends so you guys, this may be another one to watch?
Release Date: April 8, 2019 Hunan TV (two episodes every Monday to Thursday at 10pm). Starting May, it will air from Monday to Wednesday.
For synopsis, cast and ratings, see Chinese dramas in 2019.