The Story of Minglan 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦 is a 76-episode historical drama based on Guan Xin Ze Luan’s 关心则乱 novel of the same name. It follows our heroine, Minglan (Zhao Liying) through her childhood as she blooms into a beautiful woman and eventually marries the leading man Gu Ting Ye (Feng Shaofeng). Funny how that worked out in real life too.
Minglan is the 6th child of the Sheng family. Her mother dies early and although she is intelligent and kind, she’s not favored by her father nor anyone in her family. Through the years, Minglan hides her brilliance, hoping to one day avenge her mother. During the process, she will meet many friends and foes, including Gu Ting Ye.
Zhu Yilong from Guardian is the other male lead. I feel like we may hear the sounds of hearts breaking when he doesn’t get the girl! I’ve seen Zhao Liying in Journey of Flower and Princess Agents. Don’t get me started with the latter, I’m still disappointed with the ending, but I really like Zhao Liying’s acting and probably have a preferential bias for her dramas. This seems like a slice of life story in an ancient setting and not my usual choice. I feel confident about this though because it comes from the makers of Nirvana in Fire.
Other cast include Kira Shi Shi, Zhang Jianing, Cao Cuifen, Liu Jun, Liu Lin, Gao Lu, Wang Renjun, Wang Yinan, Li Yixiao, Chen Jin, Wang Herun, Zhang Xiaoqian, and Li Hongtao.
Release date: December 25, 2018 Hunan TV, iQiYi, Tencent, Youku (eng subs on Viki)
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