Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wing Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林 is a 50-episode Chinese drama that is highly-anticipated for being the sequel to the 2015 hit drama Nirvana in Fire. It is a co-production between Daylight Entertainment and iQiYi that brings together Huang Xiaoming, Liu Haoran, Tong Liya, Zhang Huiwen, Sun Chun, Wu Haochen, Mei Ting, Zhang Bo, Guo Jingfei and Qiao Xin.
The story follows Xiao Ping Jing, a student of Langya Hall who investigates the death of his brother. The plot is framed after the original in some ways given that it also talks about a family of great warriors that fall due to a conspiracy. Huang Xiaoming plays Xiao Ping Zhang, the General of Changlin Army and Tong Liya takes the role as his dedicated wife. They are both listed as guest stars, which must mean that they both die?
In this timeframe, the political climate in the Great Liang Dynasty has stabilized, but the threats of war remain. Because the Liang King is sickly, Empress Xun and her brother Xun Bai Shui are able to plot against the Changlin Army, causing much trouble for the brothers Xiao Ping Zhang and Xiao Ping Jing as they find themselves having to fight a battle that’s not only on the battlefield but also in the equally deadly field of politics.
It’s a story that should take up much of the drama before it takes another turn and begins to focus on Xiao Ping Jing, the younger son of the Xiao family who must continue to fight against those who seek the destruction of his family and the nation. After the death of the Liang King, Xiao Yuan Qi gains control of the military with the help of Xun Bai Shui and it is up to Xiao Ping Jing to stop them.
The show has just dropped a six-minute trailer which reminds me of Nirvana in Fire in the way that everything is shot. As a fan, it brings back the feels, but not entirely considering that none of the cast nor the characters even return. I still pray that it’s good because well, it’s NIF, and that alone means that it’s supposed to be spectacular. Although the story from the source novel by Hai Yan 海宴 was completely adapted into the original leaving not much material left to tell, Hai Yan returns to the production to write the screenplay for the sequel. Hou Hong Liang remains as Producer while Li Xue stays on as Director.
Release Date: December 18, 2017 Dragon TV, Beijing TV and iQiYi (two episodes every Monday to Wednesday 10pm)
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