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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Web Drama: Moonshine and Valentine

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Moonshine and Valentine / The Love Knot: His Excellency's First Love China Web Drama
Title: Moonshine and Valentine / The Love Knot: His Excellency's First Love
Chinese Title: 结爱·千岁大人的初恋 / Jie Ai Qian Sui Da Ren De Chu Lian
Broadcast Website: Tencent
Broadcast Date: May 9, 2018(See Viewing Calendar)
Air Time: Wednesday, Thursday 20:00 (two episodes), members watch next week episodes in advance
Genre: Romance, Idol, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 25
Director: Leste Chen, Xu Zhao Ren
Screenwriter: Shen Yang
Production Company: Tencent Penguin Pictures, Mango TV, Le Young
Region: China
Source: Adapted from the novel Jie Ai·Yi Ke Feng Huan by Shi Dingrou
Videos: Trailer, BTS1, BTS2, MV1, MV2
Watch Episodes On: DramaFever (eng subs), Viki (eng subs), Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story revolving around a news intern who crosses paths with the mysterious descendant of the fox tribe and falls into a romance that transcends lifetimes.

Guan Pipi (Victoria Song) has received an extraordinarily difficult assignment to interview Helan Jingting (Huang Jingyu). He is an antique expert shrouded in mystery who never appears before the public. As she gets to know him, Pipi is shocked to learn about his unusual living habits. He survives on flowers for food and takes moonlight baths. He is blind during the day, but has superhuman vision at night. His heart beats three times per minute and he claims to be from another planet. Pipi encounters consecutive blows from her love life to her personal relations. As Helan stays by her side through it all, it paves the way for an eventual romance. However, Helan's past comes back to haunt them and they become embroiled in the internal power play surrounding his planet.



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Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Thailand.
  • In November 2017, Victoria Song was flown from Thailand to China to undergo an emergency surgery. Victoria Song went on social media later on to say that she's alright and to tell fans not to worry. (Source: DramaPanda)
  • There were rumors around bad blood between the two main leads especially after Victoria Song's manager Jia Shikai went on social media to talk about a certain drama involving one of his artists. Due to Victoria's casting in Moonshine and Valentine, it was said that many of Huang Jingyu's fans started bashing the actress which resulted in escalating fan wars. Without naming names, Jia Shikai declared that his artist will still cooperate in promotions but will not take the stage together. Netizens speculate that Jia Shikai was referring to Victoria Song and Huang Jingyu.
  • Director Leste Chen admits that they really did have another leading lady in mind at the beginning. The original actress backed out due to some differences so someone suggested Victoria Song who was very agreeable to the requirements for the drama and exceeded his expectations.
  • The drama is only 24 episodes and includes one additional episode. It is because the Director believes that shorter dramas (around 20 episodes) tell a tighter story.
  • The cast dubbed their own voices.
  • Former SM Trainee Song Bingyang composed the music for Zhu Que Jie and his lyrics were combined with Zhi Mo's who wrote the original lyrics for the novel.
  • The drama is based on the first book of the three-part series by Shi Dingrou called Jie Ai: Ji Si Da Ren. The third book is expected to be published in 2018.


Cast
Moonshine and Valentine Victoria Song Qian Victoria Song Qian as Guan Pi Pi
Moonshine and Valentine Johnny Huang Jing Yu Johnny Huang Jing Yu as He Lan Jing Ting
Moonshine and Valentine Xu Kai Cheng Xu Kai Cheng as Tao Jia Lin
Moonshine and Valentine Xu Fang Yi Xu Fang Yi as Tian Xin
Moonshine and Valentine Liu Yong Xi Liu Yong Xi as Xiao Ju
Moonshine and Valentine Li Shen Li Shen as Xiu Xian
Moonshine and Valentine Jiang Qi Lin Jiang Qi Lin as Zhao Song
Moonshine and Valentine Zhang Bojia Zhang Bojia as Shan Qian Hua

Supporting Cast
Soundtracks
  • Jie Ai (结爱) by Zhang Yang Yang (张阳阳)
  • Zhu Qiao Jie (朱雀街) by Song Bing Yang (宋秉洋)
  • Goodnight Goodbye (Goodnight Goodbye) by Song Bing Yang (宋秉洋)
  • Yi Yan Qian Lian (一眼千恋) by Fang Yuan (方圆)

Stills
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Posters
Moonshine and Valentine / The Love Knot: His Excellency's First Love China Web Drama
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Moonshine and Valentine / The Love Knot: His Excellency's First Love China Web Drama

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