Without advance announcement, Legend of Anle (安樂傳) suddenly dropped its first episode on July 12. While Dilraba Dilmurat (迪丽热巴) and Gong Jun’s (龚俊) stunning visuals were enough reason to tune in, viewers are dissatisfied with the excessive camera filters and shoddy technical details.
Adapted from the novel titled The Emperor’s Book (帝皇书), the drama follows Di Ziyuan (Dilraba Dilmurat), who is the sole survivor after her family is beheaded for treason. Hoping to seek revenge and restore family honor, she enters the palace to investigate the imperial family. Helping the crown prince Han Ye (Gong Jun) solve several corruption cases, Ziyuan could not help but fall for the “enemy,” and a touching relationship grows between them.
Despite its lack of publicity prior to release, Legend of Anle already rose to third on the ratings list and is expected to soon surpass Xiao Zhan’s (肖战) historical romance drama The Longest Promise (玉骨遙). However, more critical viewers point out Legend of Anle’s overuse of filters, which often zoom in on Dilraba and Gong Jun’s pale faces and blur background details. The CG scenes also seem rushed, and do not justify Youku’s exorbitant budget spent to produce the drama. While Ziyuan’s flirtatious scenes seem fun at first, her overzealousness in touching the crown prince and even stripping his clothes when they barely know each other offend some viewers, who find the character’s behavior inappropriate for a historical drama.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.