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Sunday, 2 August 2020

Web Drama: The Long Ballad


The Long Ballad / Changge Xing China Web Drama
Title: The Long Ballad / Changge Xing
Chinese Title: 长歌行 / Chang Ge Xing
Broadcast Website: Tencent
Broadcast Date: March 31, 2021
Air Time: Th-F 20:00 (2 eps) 1st week, 2nd week onwards M-W 20:00 (2 eps)
Genre: Historical, History
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 50
Director: Chu Yui-bun
Screenwriter: Pei Yufei, Chang Jiang
Production Company: Huace Film & TV, Yan Yu Film & TV
Producer: Yan Bei
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from a manhua of the same name by Xia Da
Watch Episodes On: Viki (eng subs)

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story that follows a princess who is a brilliant fighter and military strategist as she sets out on a journey to avenge her family and retake the throne.  

Due to the Xuanwu Gate Incident when Li Shimin instigated a coup to assassinate his rivals, Li Changge (Dilireba) who is the daughter of the murdered crown prince is forced to escape the palace. On her way to Youzhou to find help, Changge encounters Ashina Sun (Wu Lei) who goes by the alias Qin Zhun. While their meeting was born out of a fight, they gradually come to respect and cherish each other as equals. In crushing a conspiracy in Youzhou, Changge exposes her real identity and flees to Shuo Province.

Alas, Shuo Province has fallen under siege from the Turks. Changge puts on a valiant fight against the invaders but never expected to meet an old acquaintance. Leading the enemy forces is none other than Qin Chun. Changge willingly allows herself to be taken as a prisoner of war after the fall of Shuo Province. Upon learning that the Great Khan has ulterior motives, Changge decides to temporarily set aside her personal vendetta for a greater cause.



Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Hengdian World Studios.
  • Filming began on March 29, 2020 and wrapped on July 27, 2020.
  • Dilireba and Qu Chuxiao were initially rumored to be the leads. However, many assume that Qu Chuxiao's subsequent problems with his agency is the reason why he did not get cast at the end.
  • Filming began with Dilireba as Li Chagnge and Wu Lei as Ashian Sun. Some were concerned about their 7-year age gap and that Wu Lei may look too young for Dilireba.
  •  The manhua conceived by author Xia Da never got an ending as it has been on hiatus due to issues between her and her production studio who owns the rights to Chang Ge Xing.
  • It is a fictional story set in Chinese history.
  • It was suddenly announced on March 31 that The Long Ballad will be released on the same night at 10:30 p.m.


Cast
The Long Ballad Dilraba Dilmurat Dilraba Dilmurat as Li Changge
The Long Ballad Leo Wu Lei Leo Wu Lei as A Shi Na Sun
The Long Ballad Zhao Lusi Zhao Lusi as Li Leyan
The Long Ballad Liu Yuning Liu Yuning as Hao Dou
The Long Ballad Alen Fang Yilun Alen Fang Yilun as Wei Shuyu
The Long Ballad Yi Daqian Yi Daqian as Mu Jin

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