Fan Bing Bing‘s massive historical drama, Win The World (赢天下), is based on the story of a Qin Dynasty widow who was named the most successful and richest entrepreneur of the time, Widow Qing. After her husband’s death, she remained unmarried but the drama will draw out her complicated relationship with Qin Shi Huang (played by Gao Yun Xiang). Google tells me her ancestors became rich for digging “elixir” through mining. She was even once rewarded by Emperor Qin Shi Huang and considered as an older sister, and even given the title “virtuous woman.” There was mention that she even helped him built the Great Wall of China with her immense wealth. But if the trailer tells us anything, this is gonna get scandalous too. Somehow, I could never get into Fan Bing Bing’s dramas.
Feels like I’ve been in webdrama land for a while now. Can’t help it! The Legend of The Monster is another to air on Qiyi on February 26th (VIP pass), and is based on an urban fantasy novel written by Ke Rui. I tried reading the novel and was left feeling quite confused because of the numbers of characters! Interesting characters but way too many to keep track. The quick description you read is as much as I could glean from the story and baidu page. It’s basically a world where monsters and demons lurk among humans and live their very ordinary lives, trying not to get caught, until the day a greater evil force arrives. There is a human girl in the mix. Who are we kidding? There is always a human girl!