Though “IP” dramas (intellectual property) such as Empresses in the Palace <后宫·甄嬛传> and Nirvana in Fire <琅琊榜> are known for their unique and captivating stories, not all original stories are well-received in China. Recent IP dramas such as Ice Fantasy <幻城>, General and I <孤芳不自赏>, and Novoland: The Castle in the Sky <九州·天空城> are some dramas that have gotten mixed to poor reviews—if it wasn’t the dramatic storyline, then it was the poorly-done CG work.
Not all fantasy dramas, however, are getting the same criticism. Novoland’s sister production Tribe and Empires – Storm of Prophecy <九州·海上牧云记>, which premiered on Chinese video streaming sites last month, is getting positive feedback. The high production value, stunning cinematography, and binding storyline are some of the praises that it has received thus far, making it a huge hit among local and international viewers.
A video game based on the series is also released to positive reception.
Tribe and Empires is adapted from the book series of the same name, written by Jin Hezai (今何在). It takes place in the same fictional world as The Castle in the Sky, but the two stories are not related to each other. The fantasy drama stars Huang Xuan (黄轩) as the young prince Muyun Sheng, who had lived his entire life in seclusion due to a cursed identity. It costars Shawn Dou (窦骁) as Muru Hanjiang, an unlikely sidekick of the young prince. Zhou Yiwei (周一围) plays Shuofeng Heye, a young man who seeks to unite the nomadic tribes.
Tribe and Empires spent nearly nine months in production, with principal photography lasting until May 2016. After a series of postponements and cancellations, it finally premiered on China’s Big Three video streaming sites last month. The drama will start airing on Hunan TV on December 30, 2017.
“Tribes and Empires – Storm of Prophecy” Trailer
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.