First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

And another major drama begins airing! The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng airs online at Tencent, Wednesdays – Fridays, 2 episodes per day. Another adaptation of the same story is Queen Dugu with Chen Qiao En and Chen Xiao, with no air date yet.

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Our young queen, Dugu Qieluo, known as Empress Wenxian (文獻皇后) of the Chinese Sui dynasty.

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Zhang Dan Feng as Emperor Wen. He married Dugu young and reportedly stayed loyal to her until she passed away, having the least number of concubines among the Emperors.

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Ady An as the not-so-nice second lead, elder sister.

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Ying Hao Ming.

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Jeremy Tsui.

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Li Yi Xiao.

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Opening Themesong by Li Yu Gang.

Ending Themesong by Liu Xi Jun.

From the writer of Fighter of the Destiny and Female Prime Minister (Zhang Wei) and director of The Legend of Fragrance and Liu Shan Men (He Shu Pei), The Legend of Dugu (独孤天下) has 55 episodes.

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  1. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    It’s interesting that one of Jeremy Tsui’s eyes is blue here. Looked up his other pics and both his eyes look brown to me.

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      I saw his eyes as one blue and one brown.

  2. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    I think Hu Bing Qing is a good actress, I really do, but I just can’t get over the fact that she is the main lead while Ady An, who is an established and experienced actress, gets to play to second lead. Yes, I may be biased here as I am a fan of Ady An, but I still think it’s unfair and sad to see. I wish Ady An had better projects and roles, as she’s been lacking in both. I just wonder if it’s a popularity thing where younger actresses are more favored (which is usually the case), or that Ady An would like to take on different roles for herself. Idk. But yeah…. Just disappointing to see her acting go to waste here…

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      Ady is billed as special appearance. Because looking at the storyline, she’s probably going to die halfway into the drama. But imo her character setup and relationship with the two princes(?) is way more interesting and one of the things I was looking forward to in the trailer. HBQ’s character is the typical innocent and female protagonist we see way too many times in C-dramas.

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      I read that Ady An wanted this role because of the complexity and challenge of the character. She had declined other leading roles for this project. And I think it was a great decision on her part! She’s amazing as the eldest sister Dugu Banruo.

      The promos are somewhat misleading in portraying her as the evil sister. That title definitely goes to the second sister (who is overacting in her evil scheming scenes. I’m afraid her eyes will pop out at times =P). Her scenes with Jeremy Tsui are so heartbreaking.

      Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng are being overshadowed by Ady and Jeremy in the first 12 episodes. B they are still fun to watch and I like how their relationship is developing. My favourite relationship is between HBQ and Ady though!

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      I thought the same too when I saw she wasn’t playing the main character. However, by the 2nd episode you can see why she chose to play the oldest sister. Just by watching you can tell that the older sister is more complicated and her character speaks to the audience more as of now. So far, she is not evil and the most likeable out of the 3, be interesting to see how she changes as the drama progresses.

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      Evil roles are getting more and more popular now (not the annoying kinds like Man tuo’s style (I wish they go away) but the evil girls with some better goals other than possessing men). Ady was one cruel animal killer, that was how she got the one hot guy Yuwen Hu falling heads over heels for her. She rocks all the stylings too, my favorite was that yellow dress. The wedding scene was beautiful!!! Glad the makeup artist is so professional, Ady looks very pretty with red lips, they tone the skin perfectly. Usually girls with red lipsticks are always colored so white that they turn out rather ugly. The dubbers are excellent!!!!!! Each and every dubbers.
      Main leads are not always a good thing, sometimes they’re just traps. Yang Jian resembles a mixture of both Vincent Jiao and Feng Shao Feng, I thought he was going to be a big hit because of his manly looks. The personality play was quite attractive too. There was no problem with his personality, but his brain has issues and he definitely has no eyes to find Man Tuo pretty (– those ugly bangs? — obnoxious smiles….– annoying attitude). They sacrificed him a lot in order to delay his development with the main girl, they made him the dumbest of the dumbest pig. They seriously threw in a so-not-needed childhood lover thing in his flashback too, this main guy got messed up pretty bad. Yuwen Hu is so much more interesting, I love his crazy acting!!!
      I just watched Hu Bing Qing in Beauties Closet. I’m glad she got a much better dubber now that it made things much less annoying. She was annoying in Beauties Closet, only a little bit in Dugu but overall it is mostly good. They did not do much with her character here yet, but I started liking her more after seeing how she fights for herself. I love how she spits out the truth instead of what I’ve always seen (kills me all the time) by just running away to cry without clearing things up and hiding the truth because…oh she’s my sister/friend and I don’t wanna hurt nobody 😛 So overall this Legend of Dugu surpassed my expectation really far, I really thought it was going to be just bad like the others. 12 damn episodes, many things happened and no time was wasted. They use their time even more wisely than Nothing Gold Can Stay.
      There are some funny tropes like fainting when kneeling under the sun for a few hours…cum on…Also, I don’t understand why the prince who likes Hu Bing Qing’s character got terminal illness or something, is it from riding the horse for a few days non-stop? He was such a big weakling at first, after that incident he suddenly changed to a stronger personality type of person, his acting on that is really good but the transitioning didn’t make sense to me?

      • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

        @yoyo_oy: I agree. I think an interesting evil role rather than the usual shrill, spoiled bitchy princess type in a successful show can do wonders for a career. For example in Princess Weiyoung Li Xin Ai played the stereotypical spoilt bitchy sister and the role had no impact but two-faced, angelic looking crazy Li ChangRu in Princess Weiyoung was so memorable and has been great for Rachel Mao’s career.

        Second sister is insufferable. OMG! Is she seriously supposed to be a sought after beauty because her hair, face, attitude, voice, everything are just ugly. She looks terrible compared to any of the other girls.

  3. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    Watched ep 1. Dialog quality leaves much to be desired.

  4. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    Where are you guys watching this??? I need subtitles, but I have been waiting for this one for so long that I am even willing to watch all the available episodes raw. TT_TT

  5. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    mantuo is very annoying. yang jian here is so boring. hopefull in the next episodes there’ll be more scenes jieluo and yang jian.

  6. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    I was looking forward to this version. I hope some kind soul English subs it but it probably won’t happen as there are no trendy popular star here 🙁

    I dislike Chen Xiao so I don’t want to watch the version he is sacting in

  7. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    I’m rather underwhelmed, not that I was expecting much. I agree with one of the comments above—the dialogue definitely leaves much to be desired, and I definitely felt like FF-ing through a lot of stuff. The actress for Man Tuo overacts really badly, and Hu Bingqing being cute and naive is just…awkward-cute?? If not for Ady An’s Dugu Banruo and Yuwen Hu, I definitely would’ve already dropped this show. I feel like I’m just going to skip to their scenes only, and then drop the show once Banruo ends up dying.
    Although, this does make me wonder, why can’t there be cdramas that feature ~morally dark~/power-hungry royalty/nobles as the leads? I swear, get the right people and I think a show like that would be HUGE among audiences downright fatigued by the same Mary Sue fare dramaland loves churning out. (Although given the dramas that end up getting really big, I’m more disillusioned by and distrusting of the general Chinese audience :P)

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      Censors might take issues with “morally dark~/power-hungry royalty/nobles” leads who succeed by the drama’s end, because it may not be “historically accurate” or does not promote proper social values, even though we all know history was often white-washed.

      Historical drama costs a lot to produce. Product placement options are very limited. Best that the drama can be picked up by TV networks. Chinese TV drama audience tend to be older. Seems like female-centric drama’s core ajumma audience simply prefer the white and black contrast between the (initially) pure innocent female lead and her rivals/enemies.

      • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

        While I want to watch some Cdrama but most are much to be desired. I stopped watching TVB series because of the same old same old storyline. With China entertainment being so big and having so many production companies, I would have thought that there would be some innovative ideas that they could come up with and surprise the audiences somehow. Unfortunately, even with eye catching visual, it’s still recycled of old materials. Not every series need to have romantic angles, love doesn’t have to be between a man and woman, it can be friendship, family, etc. One of the things I love about Japanese drama is that they managed to have series without any romance and still make it works.
        Nothing put a person in a bad mood than dropping series after series. Urgh.

        • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

          I’ve learned to expect dropping a drama and saved myself a lot of aggravation.

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      Agreed! BanRuo would have been a great lead! I haven’t watched any of Ady‘s dramas but she is definitely awesome in this one! 霸气!

      • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

        You should watch Autumn’s concerto! Older Taiwanese drama. It’s a roller coaster ride for sure.

  8. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    BanRuo is my fav! I dislike Qieluo coz everyone seem adore her while i didn’t feel that way at all. I feel Mantuo is stupidly irritated that i feel sorry for her.

  9. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    Such an unusual surname. Are the Dugus from Tribes and Empires related on this Dugu family?

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      Tribes and Empires is fictional. I dropped it fairly early, and I don’t remember anyone with the surname Dugu in that drama. I did think of Wan Qian (Nanku Yueli), who was Dugu Jingyao in The Glory of Tang Dynasty. Historically she MIGHT be the descendants of these Dugus (actual historical figures), but it’s also likely a coincidence.

  10. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    Surprisingly the most watchable out of the currently airing dramas (made it past 2 eps!). Banruo is awesome and has the best dialogue (like the scene where she told her off two younger sisters and stressed how important it was for the family to stick together). Her romance with Yuwen Hu will probably be very angsty but interesting to watch since both characters are upfront with their intentions and not stupid (hoping there’s no noble idiocy).

    Jialuo and Yang Jian haven’t left much of an impression on me yet.

  11. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    I have to agree that it is just because Hua Bing Qing’s character is so typical that didn’t leave me any impression although her character is the main lead. I have to say while watching the trailer Ady’s character and performance was what got me interested in the drama. She did great job really! Also the storyline is pretty good.

  12. 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

    Hu bing qing is an amazing actress….I have seen her in Whirlwind girl ….her role wasn’t easy and she did it gracefully..we should give young talents a chance before judging them….it’s not her fault that her character in dugu is naive or typical….it was written that way…her duty is to act not write….morever unlike some actress she has potential….i hope she picks a powerful role next time because i know she can do it…she has the potential.
    Give her chance guys….!

    • 28 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of The Legend of Dugu with Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng?

      At least she didn’t fail in Dugu, her character just didn’t really shine and there wasn’t anything spectacular about it. But she is not hateful, so she did do well, it’s the way it was written that made her not really in our memory. I don’t think she get enough screen time compared to Man Tuo (like who wants to see her?). Thank God Yang Jian is also gone for almost 2 weeks because he is a headache to me by now but then the plot is then stuck and getting nowhere although the first 1-12 eps were really good I was really looking forward to more episodes, but the last 2 weeks kind of failed me. I do NOT like her and Sabrina Chen acting like 5 years old in the closet, LOL, that was just so unexpected because I really thought they would be serious women from the stills and story description, I knew Sabrina was a really strong actress from Wuxin I did not expect the overly cutesy killer at all. Hu bing qing is so much more prettier in the closet although I hate the acting in that drama, she is likeable in Dugu but why did her bunny face got swollen? That was a bit sad, she still looks good but still so much prettier with more cheeks on the face though. It was like a Dong Jie mix with Ariel Lin.

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