Ban Cheng Hua Yu Ban Jun Li (半城花雨伴君离) is adapted from the novel World of Hidden Phoenixes written by Yue Chu Yun. The female lead in here goes through a lot of suffering at the hands of the male lead. She disguises herself as a male to fight and earn a name for herself during the war. However, she has to give up that life and be married off to our main male lead, General Ji Feng Li of the South Kingdom, known as the gentle, handsome, and elegant lover to all the ladies. To make sure our heroine doesn’t run away on her wedding night, her father sealed her internal force, rendering her a helpless rabbit. Little does she know, her husband-to-be – the man she also admires, has given her a poisoned cup of wine on their wedding night. Weakened further, our heroine is now at the mercy of the “sudden” imperial edict, naming her as the person to be married off to the Crown Prince of North Kingdom (it was supposed to be another girl). Thus, our heroine begins her hellish life being a chess piece among the kingdoms/royalties and needs to claw her way out.
It’s here guys! Memories of our youth coming right back…. at least with me since I’m old…or shall I say older now compared to when the original aired in 2001. Lol. It still amazes me how many countries and how many times this one story has been adapted in the past decade.
Let me know your thoughts! Have included the first two episodes after the jump.
How do I feel about this trailer… how do I feel. They used the same song (“Cant Help Falling In Love With You“) from the previous adaptation for nostalgic reasons but the feel is definitely different. More youthful, more animated, more vibrant. What jumps out at me is that the trailer tells things from our male lead’s POV, which is a toss up; because what I loved about the previous version is being able to hear Shan Cai’s thoughts throughout the whole drama. Her thoughts were genuine, sincere, and honest, which made disliking her impossible (for me). Let’s see what the new adaptation will bring to the table ~