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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Drama: Investiture of the Gods


Investiture of the Gods China Drama
Title: Investiture of the Gods
Chinese Title: 封神演义 / Feng Shen Yan Yi
Broadcast Network: Hunan TV
Broadcast Website: Mango TV, iQIYI, Sohu, Tencent
Broadcast Period: April 8, 2019 - May 29, 2019
Air Time: Monday-Thursday 22:00 (two episodes), released online 24:00 (See Viewing Calendar)
Genre: Costume, Fantasy, Xuanhuan
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 55
Director: Shin Woo Chul
Origin: China
Watch Episodes On: Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story about the investiture of the gods that follows Yang Jian, Ji Fa and Jiang Ziya as they face off against the evil powers led by King Zhou, Da Ji and Shen Gongbao.

In the late years of Shang Dynasty, King Zhou indulges in carnal pleasures and debauchery. He listens to the instigations of Fei Zhong to covet official Su's daughter Su Daji (Wang Likun) for himself and launches a war in her name. However, Da Ji has already been possessed by a fox demon. She enters the palace and commits horrifying atrocities through the hands of the king. Meanwhile, Ji Chang, the duke of the West, has been diligently caring for his people and continues to grow the forces of Xi Qi.

The Heavenly Senior sends Jiang Ziya (Yu Hewei) to assist Ji Chang in his efforts to defeat King Zhou. Jiang Ziya learns of a man named Yang Jian (Luo Jin) who is born with a third eye and godly might. Knowing that Yang Jian would one day have to make the choice between good and evil, he takes Yang Jian in as his disciple to inspire his kindness and sense of justice.



Fun Facts

  • It is produced by Mango TV.
  • Filming took place in Hengdian World Studios.
  • Filming lasted around five months, beginning March 18, 2015 and eending August 18, 2015.
  • Korean Director Shin Woo Chul is a veteran in the entertainment industry whose works include Lovers in Paris, On Air and Secret Garden. It is his first time to direct a Chinese TV series.
  • The Gods is yet another adaptation based on a novel called Investiture of the Gods, which has inspired many similar works in the genre. It aims to provide a different flavor to the well-known story, packed with more intensity, mystery and high-flying action.
  • Zhang Bo and Yu Hewei are in special starring roles.
  • Initially planned for 65 episodes of broadcast, it was suddenly announced that the drama will conclude with 55 episodes leading many to guess that it had to be hastily edited to squeeze down the remaining 10 something episodes into the finale.
  • A total of 53 episodes have aired so far. When viewers tuned in to watch on the day of the finale, many were surprised that the finale did not air. Instead, Young Blood premiered on the same time slot.


Cast
Investiture of the Gods Claudia Wang Likun Claudia Wang Likun as Su Daji
Investiture of the Gods Luo Jin Luo Jin as Yang Chuo
Investiture of the Gods Allen Deng Lun Allen Deng Lun as Zi Xu
Investiture of the Gods Zhang Bo Zhang Bo as Ji Fa
Investiture of the Gods Yu Hewei Yu Hewei as Jiang Ziya
Investiture of the Gods Collin Chou Collin Chou as Di Xin

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Episode Ratings
Hunan TV
DateEpisodeCSM55 Cities (%)CSM Nationwide (%)
RatingsAudience ShareRankingRatingsAudience ShareRanking
2019-04-081-20.8778.10460.6307.4506
2019-04-093-40.8097.58270.5306.4708
2019-04-105-60.8768.37550.5406.6706
2019-04-117-81.0619.38920.5606.4701
2019-04-159-100.9188.17840.5506.4807
2019-04-1611-121.0508.86230.5405.9707
2019-04-1713-140.9228.19540.5005.9207
2019-04-1815-161.0979.39910.5305.9307
2019-04-2217-181.10610.08520.5406.5705
2019-04-2319-201.19510.60120.5206.0506
2019-04-2421-221.0708.72810.4406.4906
2019-04-25231.2769.08510.7106.6204
2019-04-2924-251.0769.57820.5606.3405
2019-04-3026-271.2578.12720.6106.4905
2019-05-0528-290.7046.14770.3704.1608
2019-05-0630-310.9379.36560.4806.4707
2019-05-0732-331.0529.95430.5306.9606
2019-05-0834-351.08110.51630.5206.6105
2019-05-1336-371.21010.32410.5606.2405
2019-05-1438-391.1149.48530.5406.0806
2019-05-1540-411.0599.68630.5506.5106
2019-05-2042-431.0148.75530.5305.6305
2019-05-2144-451.0518.64630.5205.5505
2019-05-2246-471.09910.17840.5806.7605
2019-05-2748-491.26810.81120.6106.6904
2019-05-2850-511.1149.24550.5605.9204
2019-05-2952-531.0769.58640.5606.6105
Average1 - 531.0519.1480.5436.300


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Viewing Calendar
* Broadcast is suspended starting May 1 for labor day holiday and resumes on May 5. Starting on May 6, it airs from Monday-Wednesday 22:00, released online 24:00.

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