Untouchable Lovers 凤囚凰 is a Yu Zheng production adapted from the novel Feng Qiu Huang written by Tian Yi You Feng 天衣有风. Untouchable Lovers just doesn’t seem as cool, but it is what it is. Yu Zheng recently posted a summary of the entire drama and parts of it are surprisingly good, painting richly complex characters caught in a web of political intrigues and schemes.
I can’t say the same for the rest of the story, which devolve into a hot melodramatic mess. I heard that Yu Zheng changed the novel to the point that it’s almost unrecognizable, so I’m inclined to believe that the bad parts are probably more Yu Zheng than the novel itself (see English translation of novel at AsianHobbyist).
In AD 464, Liu Zi Ye became the emperor but he is violent and cruel. The biggest clan in jianghu sends a woman to impersonate the emperor’s sister Liu Chu Yu and take her place as the Princess. As Chu Yu (Guan Xiao Tong), she gallivants around male aristocrats and uses them to hasten the success of her mission to overthrow the tyrannical emperor. She meets Rong Zhi (Song Wei Long), a man who helps her, yet their relationship becomes more complicated than that.
All the red flags are actually heightening my interest rather than the opposite, I’m weird like that. The show’s Baidu page (aka Chinese wikipedia) still has a picture of Yang Rong like a sad reminder of what could have been. The bad hair also has netizens referring to it as a sewing machine on Guan Xiao Tong’s head.
And what’s up with all the wide angle shots? Few is good but not every single one. Even so, these are trivial matters compared to getting the cast and the story right and I hope that Guan Xiao Tong and Song Wei Long have got what it takes to make it work.
Release Date: January 14, 2018 Hunan TV, iQiYi (two episodes every Sunday and Monday at 10pm)
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