The Advisors Alliance review: ep. 1 -4

Cao Pi: Here’s your sword back.
Guo Zhao: This isn’t mine.
Cao Pi: It was mine. Now it’s yours.   #HowToGift101

Episode 3,  scene X:   Yang Xiu ,   the ambitious antagonist in the first few episodes, had just kicked off a dying Sima Yi into the river.  He is relieved, proud of what he has accomplished.

When he is left alone , he  turns to see his hands in the dimming night.  There’s blood on his hands.  He realizes what he has done, betraying his father’s trust and hope for a Han alliance, murdering at least two men.  He screams into the night.

The scene is representative of how The Advisors Alliance 军师联盟 has so far treated its characters – as complex and contradicting human beings.

With a rich set of characters, a fast-paced plot, thoughtful but colloquial dialogue, and just the right amount of romance and humor mixed in,   The Advisors Alliance is probably the best scripted ancient drama in the past couple of years. Continue reading

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Promo Round-up: The Advisors Alliance

The Advisors Alliance takes viewers to the ever-popular Three Kingdoms era, and this time the entire story will be told from Sima Yi’s (Wu Xiubo) perspective. Liu Tao (Ode to Joy 2) plays his fierce wife Zhang Chunhua while Janine Chang (Midnight Diner) plays Bai Lingyun, a spy from the Cao faction and Sima Yi’s concubine. Xiao Shunyao and Tan Jianci from M.I.C. costar as sons Sima Shi and Sima Zhao.

On the other side we have the Cao household, led by Yu Hewei (I Am Not Madame Bovary) as warlord Cao Cao and Li Chen (variety show Keep Running) as Cao Pi. Tang Yixin (Psychologist) and Zhang Zhixi (Three Heroes and Five Gallants) star as the latter’s consorts.

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Stills for The Advisor’s Alliance

After seeing stills like these, I come to appreciate the sheer variety of costuming styles that exist in China and how they grow side by side.

The Advisor’s Alliance 军师联盟 has released stills.  Starring Wu Xiubo, Li Chen, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Tang Yixin, Zhang Zhixi, Zhai Tianlin, Yu Hewei, and Zhang He, I will admit I’m getting a bit impatient for a more official release date.

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The Advisor’s Alliance continues run of quality stills

Didn’t really like Liu Tao’s character in The Legend of Miyue. Hope she fares better in this one.

The Advisor’s Alliance 军师联盟 has released more stills, giving us a look at the various settings the drama will take place in.  Starring Wu Xiubo, Li Chen, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Tang Yixin, Zhang Zhixi, Zhai Tianlin, Yu Hewei, and Zhang He, this is definitely on list of dramas that need to be put on the fast-track for release.

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Breathtaking first trailer for The Advisors Alliance

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I need an official glimpse of Sima Yi’s adversary Zhuge Liang. The feather fan in the trailer is not enough…

The Advisors Alliance stars Wu Xiubo as Sima Yi, a politician and strategist of Cao Wei in the Three Kingdoms period. Sima Yi served as a strategist to three rulers, including warlord Cao Cao (Yu Hewei) and Kings Cao Pi (Li Chen) and Cao Rui (Liu Huan).

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The Advisor’s Alliance wows with more

I think this is the more realistic period-pretty we all want a dose of time to time.

The Advisor’s Alliance 军师联盟 has released more stills shortly after the last release.  Starring Wu Xiubo, Li Chen, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Tang Yixin, Zhang Zhixi, Zhai Tianlin, Yu Hewei, and Zhang He, I think it’s amazing how much these costumes seem to transform the actors into their respective roles.

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The Advisor’s Alliance releases stills

Nice concept poster! :)

The Advisor’s Alliance 军师联盟 has released more stills.  Starring Wu Xiubo, Li Chen, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Tang Yixin, Zhang Zhixi, Zhai Tianlin, Yu Hewei, and Zhang He, really looking forward to this one as well.

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The Advisor’s Alliance releases posters

See!! We can have nice posters!!

The Advisor’s Alliance 军师联盟 has released more stills.  Starring Wu Xiubo, Li Chen, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Tang Yixin, Zhang Zhixi, Zhai Tianlin, Yu Hewei, and Zhang He, those who wanted to get a look of the costuming can start off with these.

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Liu Tao, Wu Xiubo, turtle bond in The Advisors Alliance

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Someone needs to tell the production company they are missing an apostrophe in the title…

Starring Wu Xiubo, Liu Tao, Li Chen and Yu Hewei, The Advisors Alliance (军师联盟) is a historical epic chronicling the life of Sima Yi, a famous politician during the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history.

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Wu Xiubo, Liu Tao, M.I.C. take over the Cao empire

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The genes for good looks clearly run in this family.

Wu Xiubo, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Wang Dong, and M.I.C. boyband‘s Tan Jianci and Xiao Shunyao form the extraordinarily good-looking Sima family in The Advisors Alliance 军师联盟.   The series follows the Sima Yi‘s initial support for and then eventual coup d’état of the Cao Wei Kingdom.

For those of you confused,  Wu Xiubo and Wang Dong play brothers. Liu Tao and Zhang Junning play Wu Xiubo’s wives.  Tan Jianci and Xiao Shunyao play Liu Tao and Wu Xiubo’s sons.   Now you’re probably even more confused …. On the side of the Cao family, we have Yu Hewei, Li Chen, Zhai Tianlin, Tang Yixin, Wang Renjun, Zhang Zhixi, and Liu Huan. 

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