iQiyi 2016 All Star Carnival

Hu Ge

If you’re suffering from Hu Ge withdrawal (like I do every day), here are some interesting snippets from iQiyi’s annual awards show. iQiyi is a popular streaming site in China (you can download a Google Chrome extension to play iQiyi videos outside of China). The awards show is a lot of good humor, nothing stuffy or overbearingly formal. As expected, Lang Ya Bang performed well, with Hu Ge, Jin Dong (Ling Chen in Lang Ya Bang), Wu Lei (Fei Liu in Lang Ya Bang), the director, and the drama overall won awards.

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Lang Ya Bang – Open Forum

Since there are other sites that have picked up the recapping of this drama – more detailed and faster than I could ever write – I decided to end the Lang Ya Bang recaps to provide an open space for any questions or points of confusion for the drama. Ask away!

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Lang Ya Bang (Nirvana in Fire) – Episode 7

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Wow I’ve never realized that Jing Rui’s eyebrows were so perfectly shaped before… they must’ve had very advanced notions for grooming back in the day. Jing Rui, Xia Dong, and Yu Jin manage to stave off the assassins, and Xia Dong manhandles one until he utters the name of his master – Prince of Yu. Before he can say anything else, another hidden assassin finishes the poor man off. Xia Dong looks as if she has an inkling of who the person behind that assassin is…

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Lang Ya Bang (Nirvana in Fire) – Episode 5-6

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Looks like I’ll never catch up to Viki now… not sure if there’s still any merit in continuing these recaps, but for now, onwards! Mei Chang Su meets Jing Yan, Ni Huang, and Mu Qing outside the palace on the day of the competition. After briefing them on the progress of the youngsters, he remarks that the three of them bring a different air to the palace – due to their righteous, heroic stances brought back from battlefields.

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Lang Ya Bang (Nirvana in Fire) – Episode 3-4

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Oops, I’m falling behind the Viki translations already. Ni Huang and Mei Chang Su are still strolling through the palace, when their conversation is interrupted by sounds of yelling. A supervising eunuch is striking a young servant boy, who is scrubbing the floors. Mei Chang Su intervenes, and he is told that the servant children are all slaves to the palace (arguably the lowest rank). Ni Huang and Mei Chang Su indignantly defend the child, and the supervising eunuch scrambles away.

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Lang Ya Bang (Nirvana in Fire) – Episode 2

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Episode 2 picks up with the Emperor’s conversation with his head eunuch. He reveals that he must keep Ni Huang in the Imperial City through marriage, because she wields a lot of military power in her border territory. The Emperor fears that if she leaves the Imperial City, then he can no longer monitor her actions. Thus far, the eunuch seems to be a reasonable person, no side plotting going on here.

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Lang Ya Bang (Nirvana in Fire) – Episode 1

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The first few episodes are set up like an epic historical drama. Characters all have a short introduction, and they’re presented in a seemingly disconnected context. I’ll do my best to organize the different plotlines, because they all converge in a magical moment, which is also usually the moment that you understand/ appreciate Mei Chang Su’s genius.

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