I’m on a total Xu Kai high since finishing Arsenal Military Academy, so I decided to give Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain a spin. Come see if the first two episodes spoke to me!
From our friends at mydramalist.com:
“A story that follows Wang Lu, a young genius, who enters the Spirit Blade Sect and embarks on an unconventional journey towards immortal cultivation.
The Spirit Blade Sect was established in the year 4233. Through years of producing martial arts prodigies, it has been hailed as one of the five great sects. As the nine continents face a crisis, a genius by the name of Wang Lu joins the Spirit Blade Sect and comes under the tutelage Wang Wu.
Despite Wang Wu’s beauty, she is hundreds of years in age. Famous for having a sharp tongue and an erratic temper, she and her disciple Wang Lu engage in endless squabbles while trudging on a path to becoming the strongest sage in all the lands.”
Sounds like a pretty typical setup for a fantasy, right? Yeah, right.
The opening scene centers around two mystics, one of whom is flying around in a complicated ritual to interpret the meaning of the stars. As soon as he realizes that the stars are predicting the imminent end of his world, he lays down on the grass, crosses his arms across his chest, and waits for death while the other mystic makes fun of him. It was HILARIOUS.
We’re introduced to the main character, Wang Lu (Xu Kai), shortly thereafter, and the absurdity doesn’t stop. Wang Lu talks like he’s just playing a video game and we’re watching his character interact with the rest of the video game characters — kind of like Love O2O, but with only one player. It gives the entire episode a very A Knight’s Tale feel.
Wang Wu (Sandrine Pinna) is all over the place, but always for laughs. She’s the mystic who makes fun of the doomsday mystic in the first scene, and she just gets funnier and more over the top from there.
Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain seems to be funny, off-kilter, and just this side of slapstick. Being a Chinese drama, I’m sure it’ll get serious at some point, but for now it definitely tickles my funny bone.
What do you think, drama fans? Will you be watching? You can find Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain on Netflix and on the iQIYI app.
Until next time, I remain —
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi