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I am confused. In instagram..there are clearly pictures of BOTH of them on the cliff, reuniting. Dream? But looks real so an alternate ending?

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Im confused are people saying the show is bad based on the netflix version or the Chinese one which was slaughtered?

 

 

1 hour ago, pristineqi said:
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Sad ending... :bawling: :bawling: :bawling:

 

 

how does it end spoiler it ofc .

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1 minute ago, Wotad said:

Im confused are people saying the show is bad based on the netflix version or the Chinese one which was slaughtered?

 

 

I guess based on the TV broadcast version. I just checked it out on Netflix, the DVD version was superb (although some subtleties and accuracies of the dialogues were lost in translation....)

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5 minutes ago, yunmo19 said:

 

I guess based on the TV broadcast version. I just checked it out on Netflix, the DVD version was superb (although some subtleties and accuracies of the dialogues were lost in translation....)

Ok because i was excited to watch this but now i see it getting bashed.

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On 9/15/2018 at 7:28 AM, MikiRei said:

It looks like from Minhai arc afterwards, the script was changed drastically. There are so many loose ends which compared to the beginning, it's like night and day. 

 

That and when looking at all the "making of" clips, there are scenes in there that aren't in the final version. E.g. 

 

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There's a bit in the making of where the emperor is really old and Ning Yi by now has his moustache and how he bows to Ning Yi as a sign of him approving of Ning Yi taking over the realm. The final version is COMPLETELY different.

 

There's also a part where Ning Qi was crying and stabbed his hand to show the emperor how hurt he is.

 

That was not in the final cut either (according to people on Douban. I haven't watched the latest episode 66).

 

 

There's rumours on Douban that half way through production, they got someone to come check out their progress and was told that they wouldn't get past regulations. It might explain why the first half of the show was tight as anything and then from Minhai, things were just weird. It's like, they had to reshoot half the show and did switcheroos across different scenes just so they can get past regulations.

 

If that's the case, it really is just a damn shame with all the work they've done. It's unlikely that the Netflix version is going to be the director's cut either. I kind of felt robbed. :tears:

:bawling: It really is disappointing how everything has turned out for this drama.  I feel so bad for everyone who worked on this project.  I've anticipated it since it was announced but never expected this outcome: bad ratings, poor feedback, cancelled early, sliced up episodes...

 

From the comments from a number of people on the thread I feel like it is still be worth a watch so I'll hope the Netflix version will be uploaded soon (Can't watch in  the UK).  I wonder if it would have fared better on another channel as Hunan does have a reputation for butchering their dramas.

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3 hours ago, CatWhiskers said:

I am confused. In instagram..there are clearly pictures of BOTH of them on the cliff, reuniting. Dream? But looks real so an alternate ending?

 

I feel catfished lol

I saw a video with the scene you are referring to. There does seem to exist two different endings. I mean...it was well done I guess. I'm kind of miserable but they did a good job :')

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2 hours ago, raziela said:

:bawling: It really is disappointing how everything has turned out for this drama.  I feel so bad for everyone who worked on this project.  I've anticipated it since it was announced but never expected this outcome: bad ratings, poor feedback, cancelled early, sliced up episodes...

 

From the comments from a number of people on the thread I feel like it is still be worth a watch so I'll hope the Netflix version will be uploaded soon (Can't watch in  the UK).  I wonder if it would have fared better on another channel as Hunan does have a reputation for butchering their dramas.

 

I guess the low ratings kind of carried with it all the bad things. Its continued abysmal ratings led to further butchering down the line, which certainly did nothing to help the ratings and eventually, resulted in early cancellation. I'm just glad it released the uncut DVD version alongside the TV version. Some series didn't even get that treatment. 

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5 hours ago, Wotad said:

 

how does it end spoiler it ofc .

 

The Ending on TV version Ep 56 :

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She jumped.

It hurts 'cos I like FZW so very much :heartbreak:

Maybe the ending is different in DVD or Netflix version ???

 

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4 hours ago, tendrilsofwind said:

 

I feel catfished lol

I saw a video with the scene you are referring to. There does seem to exist two different endings. I mean...it was well done I guess. I'm kind of miserable but they did a good job :')

 

There seems to be an alternate ending. But it is never aired. Not even in the dvd version. But they released official photos of it. It is just so weird.

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5 hours ago, raziela said:

:bawling: It really is disappointing how everything has turned out for this drama.  I feel so bad for everyone who worked on this project.  I've anticipated it since it was announced but never expected this outcome: bad ratings, poor feedback, cancelled early, sliced up episodes...

 

From the comments from a number of people on the thread I feel like it is still be worth a watch so I'll hope the Netflix version will be uploaded soon (Can't watch in  the UK).  I wonder if it would have fared better on another channel as Hunan does have a reputation for butchering their dramas.

 

i can watch it from the UK? 

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Finally  it is available on Netflix Asia. They release about 15 episodes every Friday.  I will likely start this once i find time the next two weeks. Anyone watching from the start like me?

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28 minutes ago, triplem said:

Finally  it is available on Netflix Asia. They release about 15 episodes every Friday.  I will likely start this once i find time the next two weeks. Anyone watching from the start like me?

Same!  I am in the middle of two other dramas at the moment so can't start watching immediately rither.

 

2 hours ago, yunmo19 said:

I guess the low ratings kind of carried with it all the bad things. Its continued abysmal ratings led to further butchering down the line, which certainly did nothing to help the ratings and eventually, resulted in early cancellation. I'm just glad it released the uncut DVD version alongside the TV version. Some series didn't even get that treatment. 

Yes, it's kind of a vicious cycle :(  I think this drama probably might have been better off as a web drama and could probably have succeeded as under the radar stealth success or even on another channel but airing it on populist Hunan TV during prime time on the tail end of summer obviously wasn't the best idea.  But no one anticipated these results and as they say hindsight is 20/20...

 

17 minutes ago, maplinh said:

It should be available in the UK

Have to admit I didn't check as they they aren't always available in the UK immediately but YAY that it is!

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9 hours ago, CatWhiskers said:

I am confused. In instagram..there are clearly pictures of BOTH of them on the cliff, reuniting. Dream? But looks real so an alternate ending?

 

I think somewhere down the the director forgot that this is called the RISE of the FREAKIN PHOENIXES, not the FALL of the FREAKIN PHOENIXES. 

 

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the picture of them both standing on a cliff is an alternate ending :bawling:. I heard that they film two different endings so they can have options later on. In a behind the scenes video, the alternate ending is that NingYi approaches ZhiWei on the cliff. NingYi says: 'ZhiWei, you finally came back. you're still alive'. I guess this means that after ZhiWei jumps off the cliff, she survives (maybe she faked her death or she's just lucky) and Ningyi have always believed that she would never just die like that and waited for her. 

 

ZhiWei jumping off the cliff reminds me of how when she was a baby, she was meant to be the baby that have fallen off the cliff. The wheel of fate does not pardon anyone and she still ends up falling off the cliff :bawling: 

 

One phoenix dies and the other is bounded to a throne built from the deaths of his loved ones, fated to forever be alone. My poor Ning yi having to go through so much crap and still end up like this. This is not the reality i wanted :bawling: . staying strong, never losing your will and doing the right thing does not pay off for these characters. 

 

 

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In honor of the grand finale: incoming long review with spoilers galore. I am way too emotionally invested.

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This show has consumed my days and nights—I find myself hopelessly attached to the characters and their fates.

 

All the production values play a role in setting the mood of this drama. The lighting and cinematography are unbearably beautiful. We are presented with halcyon days, soft light illuminating Feng Zhiwei’s unassuming beauty and Ning Yi’s perfect bone structure (wow look at those cheekbones). As the plot progresses, all this only serves to heighten the brutality of their fates.

 

The incongruous juxtapositions permeate throughout, especially in Chen Kun’s portrayal of the multifaceted Ning Yi. He is the daring, magnificent prince, garbed in armor, carrying the decapitated head of his enemy, threatening his father with rebellion to save his beloved. He is silly and irreverent in the face of Feng Zhiwei, at times incomparably tender. He is also the broken child, frenzied with grief in a way that left me recoiling from the screen.

 

Feng Zhiwei herself is unapologetically fierce and brilliant. When she is introduced to us she is still naïve and gleefully childish. For all her naivete, she still strains against her fate and struggles against those who hope to control her. For the first half of the show, Feng Zhiwei is the only major character who is still lighthearted. It, along with her intellect and no doubt her beauty, is what draws our tortured hero to her. She makes stupid mistakes, but she learns from them and even when she is suddenly plunged into despair at the death of her family, she does not let her pain make her vicious.

 

I found her to be the most tragic character. It would have been so easy for her to escape it all and just retreat into some distant land to live a carefree lifestyle. However, she is trapped by her own grand ambitions, forever feuding with her desire to be free. I wanted her to throw away her senses, love with wanton disregard, but she refused—and infatuated as I am with Ning Yi, I can’t say I could have made a different choice. If she became empress, she would have sacrificed her dignity. He loves her now, he may love her forever, but what a tedious existence it is, to live and die by your lover’s capricious whims. She would not have been allowed to be Ning Yi’s equal or make her own choices…he had never even thought to ask her what she wanted.

 

I am still reeling from Zhiwei’s death. She was carrying with her the burden of all the lives forced upon her. All the death and bloodshed and loss, the extent of human brutality she had witnessed, made her heartsick and depressed. She did not see anything but bleakness in her future. She blamed herself for all the circumstances out of her control. It is devastating to be so proud and brilliant and self-aware and despite all the illusory power she is presented with, doomed to be powerless. This drama is set in a fantastical world, but their emotions are all too real. I want to take this opportunity to ask that anyone struggling with depression please seek professional help. It is not your fault; you are not weak if you need help.

 

I am sad that so much was left out. The director’s cut is likely to be better. And yet, this is still one of the best tv shows I have seen, not just one of the best Chinese tv shows I have seen.

 

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2 hours ago, raziela said:

Same!  I am in the middle of two other dramas at the moment so can't start watching immediately rither.

When you start and want to chat, tag me :D . I know some here are ahead  so sometimes conversations are hard to sync since we all have different pacing

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13 hours ago, pristineqi said:
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Sad ending... :bawling: :bawling: :bawling:

 

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BAD ending!

:rage:

 

@moochiball @tendrilsofwind *pat pat*

 

@CatWhiskers and I are equally upset with the ending and how they butchered and rushed the story just because of the bad ratings.

 

I hope those who are watching on Netflix will not be getting the horrible version that we are watching.

 

Else my advise? Don't waste your time.

 

My love-hate relationship with the drama is now changed to "best forgotten relationship".

 

Kudos to Chen Kun and Ni Ni and all the cast for their hard work.

 

Booooooo to the TV station, editor for destroying the story with so many versions and then tanking the drama completely with the ending.

 

Now.. where can I get the refund for my time?  :rage:

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Just like what someone said above ,bad ending instead of sad ending.To be honest i felt very unsatisfied with zhi wei part of the story.It's like they shifted every thing on ningyi,from acting crazy when it comes to his mummy to getting revenge.Like where is zhi wei's revenge at least she should have killed her uncle's concubine or strangle that low born prince or stabbed that old emperor.

    And the plot twist is that ningy's mum was alive this whole time (that actress is really pretty ,i like her eyes)

 

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5 hours ago, moochiball said:

 

I think somewhere down the the director forgot that this is called the RISE of the FREAKIN PHOENIXES, not the FALL of the FREAKIN PHOENIXES. 

 

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the picture of them both standing on a cliff is an alternate ending :bawling:. I heard that they film two different endings so they can have options later on. In a behind the scenes video, the alternate ending is that NingYi approaches ZhiWei on the cliff. NingYi says: 'ZhiWei, you finally came back. you're still alive'. I guess this means that after ZhiWei jumps off the cliff, she survives (maybe she faked her death or she's just lucky) and Ningyi have always believed that she would never just die like that and waited for her. 

 

ZhiWei jumping off the cliff reminds me of how when she was a baby, she was meant to be the baby that have fallen off the cliff. The wheel of fate does not pardon anyone and she still ends up falling off the cliff :bawling: 

 

One phoenix dies and the other is bounded to a throne built from the deaths of his loved ones, fated to forever be alone. My poor Ning yi having to go through so much crap and still end up like this. This is not the reality i wanted :bawling: . staying strong, never losing your will and doing the right thing does not pay off for these characters. 

 

 

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Fall? More like the CONFUSION of the Phoenixes...the MESS of the Phoenixes...wait..what phoenix? A phoenix is suppose to rise from ashes (not dead). I cannot be frustrated enough.

 

I was very apprehensive when this drama came up. I was very into Fuyao and the thought of the world Fuyao and Wuji built collaspe, I didnt like that. But I like Chen Kun and was attracted to the amazingly beautiful cinematography and the beautiful Nini. It started out so so so so good and somehow turn very sour and bitter towards the end..like @mrsj3n said this drama is a best forgotten relationship.

 

I wish they could have release the FULL 100 episodes or at least the Netflix version or on dvd. It was slated to be 100, cut to 70 with sloppy editing and then further cut to save ratings. This is an insult to fans who have been watching and to the actors n crew who work so hard on this. Such a HUGE disappointment.

 

Zhi Wei jumping down the cliff is out of her character. She had so many people dying to keep her safe and she insulted them by commiting suicide? Really?! 

 

And a day before the "end" was aired, the production has the guts to lure us by releasing OFFICIAL photos of BOTH of them happy on the cliff; the alternate ending. What a cheat. And dont get me started on the 15689 scenes edited out. (there is one scene i was looking forward to...during ninhai..zhi wei walks in and ning yi went to greet her..both smiling at each other..) darn..i really wanna know what happen but i guess i will never know now. 

 

 

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