Fights Break Sphere 斗破苍穹, aka Battle Through the Heavens, is a xuanhuan series based on a novel by Tian Can Tu Dou. Aside from a long-running manhua and animated series, the franchise has spawned live-action dramas and most recently, a web movie.
The first live action, which aired in 2018, was fronted by Leo Wu Lei, Jelly Lin and Li Qin. The story follows Xiao Yan, a young prodigy who loses his powers and gains help from Yao Wang. He then embarks on a journey to find his mother’s killer. Before his rise to fame, Xiao Zhan took on a supporting role alongside his fellow X Nine members. While the show also had a lot of critics, it also gained solid fans. However, it would seem impossible now to have everyone return. After all, the cast which has achieved varying levels of success in the industry that it’s unlikely for them to star in a youth ensemble drama.
True enough, Fights Break Sphere Season 2 斗破苍穹之少年归来, which is also called Battle Through the Heaven, brings together a new cast. Former RISE member turned actor He Luoluo who’s just 22 years old plays the new Xiao Yan. This is also his very first costume drama. He is joined by 27-year-old Ding Xiaoying, who’s surely no stranger to the genre with dramas like Douluo Continent and Sword Snow Stride.
Meanwhile, Fights Break Sphere 斗破苍穹: 觉醒 a movie with the same origin story was released November 17, 2023 on Youku. It stars 27-year-old actor Victor Ma Boqian. Adding to the movie’s credibility are the supporting cast made up of veterans Zhang Hanyu, Gao Shuguang and Jiang Wu along with actress Hu Jing. Victor Ma was the grumpy yet loving brother we all adored in Hidden Love. Unfortunately, the movie along with the actor has earned a lot of criticism. One disillusioned commenter even lamented, “I spent 6 yuan for that? Can I get a refund?”
It probably doesn’t help that all three lives actions are functioning separate from each other with its own cast. And it remains to be seen whether the second season will fare better or not.