Ancient Love Poetry is adapted from the novel Shang Gu (上古) written by Xing Ling starring Zhou Dong Yu and Xu Kai. The story follows one of the four Immortals named Shang Gu who falls into a deep slumber after sacrificing herself in a trial 60,000 years ago. She wakes up with no memories of the past. But someone else hasn’t forgotten about their love, another immortal who waited for her, our male lead played by Xu Kai. Their epic love story undergoes several rounds of life and death (you don’t say).
Head-scratching Synopsis From Wetv: When commoners encounter difficulties, they will pray for Gods, but what if Gods meet obstacles? It tells the deep love and hardship between two of the four true Gods Bai Jue and Shang Gu. With Shang Gu’s growth as basic thread, this magnificent God thrives from humble newbie to the decisive immortal which still couldn’t break the shackle of fate. God lives long and has deep-rooted love. Man would destroy everything for the life of hers, while someone would wait silently for 60 thousand years and finally present her all lives of three realms with his own. Under the broad realm, will she be able to bear this everlasting love that transcends three lives?
I can’t help but laugh when this drama teasingly called itself the modern version of The Legends of the Condor Heroes! Lol! Why? Because their leads’ characters names are Guo Jing and Huang Rong. XD Our male lead is a transferred doctor from the border so he’s considered as unconventional and doesn’t follow protocol like a regular doctor who is used to technology within arms reach. He falls for the prettiest and brightest female doctor whose sister is his boss and also hellbent on keeping her single.
I can’t believe it’s been two years since I last talked about this remake of Jin Yong’s novel, Ode to Gallantry, and it’s still sitting on the shelf! With the recently released trailer, I hope it’s a positive light for the production. It stars relatively new faces in Cai Yi Da and Jenny Zhang. I did watch the 1989’s adaptation with Tony Leung and Sheren Tang shortly after and found it entertaining. The story is about mistaken identity between two long-lost twins. One is a sly womanizer with a humble background, Shi Zhong Yu, while the other one is a quiet, upright leader of the Changle Sect, Shi Po Tian. One is often mistaken for the other, which allows for amusing dialogues and awkward situations for their friends, foes, and lady loves.
I know what you’re gonna say: “Again?!!” Yep. Because Jin Yong is the only author in China. *snarks*
But Zhang Ji Zhong, one of the famed producers (and directors) in China, isn’t new to Jin Yong. Some of you might even remember his name in various productions’ credits. Popular works under his name include Romance of the Three Kingdoms, The Water Margin, Return of the Condor Heroes 2006, and Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003, to name a few. And of course, you can’t say he didn’t play a part in propelling the careers of Huang Xiao Ming & Liu Yi Fei. So newbies must be auditioning desperately to snatch a role in the upcoming series.