Storm of Prophecy stills not nearly as impressive as trailer

The trailer was amazing… but after watching it a few times, I kind of miss colors outside of yellow, white, black, and red… They seem to be really strict with the color control here.

More stills for Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记.  Starring Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei,  Janice Man, Wan Qian, Xu Lu, Zhang Jianing,  Jiang Qinqin, and Wang Qianyuan, I like how the costumes are different without hitting the point of being ridiculous.

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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy unleashes character posters

Male period costuming… getting just as possibly ridiculous if not more so than the female counterpart…

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released character posters for the male cast.  Starring Shawn Dou, Huang Xuan, Zhou Yiwei,, and Wang Qianyuan, I have to say I am not exactly impressed nor am I exactly disappointed either…

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Novoland: The Castle in the Sky releases teaser

I’m sorry but his face and body positioning here cracks me up…. what gives?!?

Novoland: The Castle in the Sky has released character posters.  Starring Zhang Ruoyun, Guan Xiaotong,  SNH48’s Ju Jingyi, Liu Chang, Chen Ruoxuan, Zhang Luyi, and Liu Min, you might be wondering why everybody has wings and that’s probably understandable after reading the spoiler below.

This is the third drama after Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy and City of Hopeless Love to be set in the fantasy realm of Novoland. The three are not produced by the same company.  Unlike the other two, which are adaptations, this is an original story focusing on the winged race , one of the six races of Novoland. The main conflict point seems to be the fall of a floating city constructed by the winged race and the various misunderstandings and schemes that come into play after the fall.

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Storm of Prophecy continues to rule with new trailer

My most anticipated drama of the year, Empires and Tribes: Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记, released its second trailer today.  The cinematography is still jaw-dropping, and the longer trailer gives us a glimpse at the cast.  I’m especially impressed by the performance of antagonists Wang Qianyuan and Wan Qian.

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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy teases with key props

I have to admit I am pleased with what looks like more realistic-looking weapons for a change.

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released images of what looks like key props for the production.  Starring Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei , and Wang Qianyuan, I guess we can some nice character posters pretty soon.

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Storm of Prophecy sets new bar for Chinese TV

This is the highest level of TV production in China so far.  The cinematography is stunning, the set intricate, and the editing indicates a wonderful control of pace.  I think I’m in love.

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 blew me away in the opening scene of the trailer alone.  I hope this sets a new bar for Chinese TV, and I have high hopes for future adaptations of the Tribes and Empires series.   I actually cried thinking about how this could be the future of Chinese TV.

The series is directed by Cao Dun and stars Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei, Xu Lu, Wen Yongshan, Zhang Jianing, Wan Qian, Kan Qingzi, Peng Guanying, Yu Haoming, Wang Qianyuan, Reyizha,  Jiang Qinqin, Zhang Junning (Janine Chang), Li Xin’ai, and Li Nian . No news on airing date yet. This is the first of three upcoming series set in Novoland, all by different authors and companies.

Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy begins the journey to a new world


One of Chinese literature’s biggest mythical world is finally being brought to life.

An universe with its own stars and creation story,  the mythical land of Novoland 九州 (you may know it as the setting of City of Hopeless Love) is finally getting its first real TV adaptation with  Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记.  The novel by Novoland co-founder Jin Hezai is the first of a series of novels of  set in Novoland to be adapted on the screen.

The story follows the brotherhood of a imprisoned half-human half-spirit prince (Huang Xuan),  an abandoned son of a general (Shawn Dou), and the heir of a slaughtered tribe (Zhou Yiwei)  as they uncover the secrets of their past and seek both revenge and justice for the ones they love.

The rest of the stellar cast includes Janice Man, Xu Lu, Wan Qian Qian, Zhang Jianing, Wang Qianyuan, and Jiang Qinqin.

Minor roles are played by  Zhang Jingchu,  Yu Haoming,  Kan Qingzi, Peng Guanying, Gu Xuan,  Reyizha, Sun Jian, and Li Zifeng.