Han Lei, who was an employee of Rhythm and Hues Studios and Dreamworks Animation (he was on the teams for Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar), is the head of Linmon’s special effects department. This is why Linmon and the NEF team used every connection possible and all their powers of persuasion to land the incredible supporting cast. (On that front, Yang Mi’s upcoming Novoland: Pearl Eclipse is also an unrelated story). Just finished watching all the episodes yesterday. Though Jiang Nan had originally wanted to have part of the filming done in Scotland, the production team discovered that they were able to film everything they needed for that portion of the story in Xinjiang, as it’s a vast land with several different types of terrains. I became a Liu Hao Ran fan around the time NiF2 was airing (although I still haven’t seen past 20 episodes because of the looming heartache), and soon eagerly went through the Detective Chinatown movies and With You (still to complete it too-blame it on my sometimes very short attention span). Song Zu’er was confirmed as the female lead in October, and the controversial decision of casting Chen Ruoxuan as Ji Ye was essentially cemented later that month. Xiangshan Studios, also located in Zhejiang province, is where Nirvana in Fire 2 did most of its filming, and is also a prominent film studio. The director had multiple conversations with each actor about their characters, and a lot of actors were touched by the sincerity of the production so were willing to take on less pay or work around full schedules. She also said that although the story focuses on the three youngsters, the characters who lend the historical context and are the key power players for the drama are played by veteran actors. The production team specifically mentioned that three of the veteran actors – Zhang Zhijian, Xu Qing, and Zhang Fengyi, all initially turned down the drama, but changed their minds after understanding more about the story and what the drama is trying to accomplish. When he has his hair down, it means that he’s back in the Northern Land with the nomadic tribes. I’m fine with it not being a Lv GuiChen/YuRan cp (I heard that JiYe/YuRan are a pair) but I also don’t wanna watch Liu HaoRan angsting over one-sided-love for too long? Rumors are that they had received a TON of commercial money for NEF (and also that they very much believed in its quality), so really went to battle for it. Calling Zhang Fengyi just a veteran actor doesn’t seem quite accurate – he was one of the leads for Chen Kaige’s critically acclaimed films Farewell My Concubine and The Emperor and the Assassin. Interesting map! And those additional, semi-spoiler-ish character descriptions helped satiate some of my thirst and curiosity for the books and drama alike. He is someone who is highly ambitious and is at the heart of the power struggle with older brother Lv Shouyu. I loved the trio and my heart ached for them at times and contrary to what people said, I thought the actor who played “Ji Ye” was actually good. Jiang Nan bragged in an interview that the cast features eleven actors/actresses who would be leads in other dramas – and he’s not really wrong. When the production team was first announced, it was said that Chang Jiang (The Advisors Alliance, The Secret of the Three Kingdoms) would be the main writer, but rumors have indicated that the production team didn’t like the draft that she had submitted and may have demoted her (or lessened her involvement). In his preteens, he’s sent to the Eastern Land as a hostage of sorts (those who have read or seen Princess Agents – Yan Xun’s hostage storyline was allegedly taken from this part of Novoland: Eagle Flag). He is going to be so, so awesome in this role. Author Jiang Nan is the head scriptwriter, though according to himself it sounds like he mostly oversaw the process and was not involved with the details. All three actors nailed their roles, bringing out the dis… Thank you SO MUCH for the in-depth intro tho! Jiang Nan is one of the wealthiest authors in China. Two, the beautiful and detailed costumes. From previews thus far, they will definitely be expanding on her character quite a bit – one of the biggest changes is that she’s now been brought into the palace and will have ties to the royal family. Just really thankful to everyone who made this happen, including fans who stayed quiet and waited patiently while the production team and the broadcasters figured things out. I think this role will be really interesting for her – it has a bit of an antagonistic bent, and more importantly, it’s about a woman who is finding her youth drifting away from her, and thrives on manipulation and has a great thirst for power. As you can see in the BTS video below (as well as the trailers/previews released thus far), the part where Haoran has bangs will essentially be him playing his “younger” self. Want to state this here: the love triangle part of the young trio’s relationship doesn’t play a huge part in the books – there are some great excerpts, but in the grand scheme of things, romance is a very small element. Where do I stream Novoland: Eagle Flag online? But yeah, I feel you on the love triangle. I was unfamiliar with most of the actors so it was so nice seeing so many fresh faces. He is pretty much one of the (non-idol) dramaland kings these days. The parts of the child actors will also be kept to a minimum (the early previews show that Haoran appears pretty much right away in episode 1) as that was one of the biggest complaints about Tribes and Empires (in the books, Lv Guichen is a child for most of book one and a preteen for book 2). Novoland: Eagle Flag is a Chinese fantasy drama based on the phenomenal fantasy novel series by Jiangnan. The long-awaited fantasy drama Novoland: Eagle Flag began airing today. Yeah, 12 episodes were cut. The article is very well organized and broken into sections via headings which makes it quite clear what info we’re about to get. Like many of the internet novelists from the early 2000s, Jiang Nan was actually pursuing a career in academia before he changed careers. Suffice to say, I was completely impressed by your write-up and research. She is the childhood friend of Lv Gui Chen and is described as being beautiful, but was born mute. 天空城II gets to air sooner to avoid a run in with the other Novolands and give its lesser known cast a … Novoland: Eagle Flag is a contrast from other Chinese dramas with its many graphically violent scenes. He’s the illegitimate son of a nobleman and has scrapped his way through life. When the cast and crew were filming in Kuqa County, the food that the production team had delivered from the city would be cold by the time it arrived on set. There are six books in total for the Novoland: Eagle Flag series, but as mentioned earlier, parts of the books were first serialized via the Novoland magazines. He has an inferiority complex that no amount of success can ever really chase away. The sequence actually ended up being nominated for Excellence in Title Design at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. sister. Li Ye is a stage actor who is a member of the prestigious National Theatre of China (in China, stage acting is seen as the highest level of performance, and the National Theatre will only take the best of the best). Her story will be incredibly, incredibly tragic – just be forewarned. She has a complex relationship with Xi Yan and their story absolutely killed me when I was reading the books. He likes to dress in black, which is in direct contrast to his longtime friend Bai Yi. The ending does not seem to be completely satisfied by me. Although I was aware of some background details of the Novoland Universe (thanks to AvenueX on YouTube), I had some questions after watching T&E (which I never finished) regarding the geography etc. You also can’t go with someone who is completely unknown and unproven either as it’s still a pretty important role. They understand that if the drama was filmed in exact accordance to the books, it will flop terribly. As the sickly young heir who hails from the Northern Land but is sent as a hostage to the Eastern Land at the age of 12, he is the character that connects all the countries and their corresponding threads. In the books, Ji Ye is described as tall and built – which is one of the biggest reasons why the casting decision of Chen Ruoxuan as Ji Ye was absolutely blasted by book fans. If anything, the cast seems even more impressive now than it did back in 2017 because they’ve all just continued to build up their resumes and are still playing leads. The series first aired on July 16, 2019. Because of how expensive it was to create, he decided to convert it into a film studio for other dramas and films after he was done with it. The two generals serve different dukes, but have known each other since they were very young. Also, he’s only about thirteen or fourteen years old during those scenes. As someone who read the source novels and who has followed the entire drama process from pre-production through now, I wanted to provide an in-depth dive into everything Novoland (apologies in advance for the sheer length of this post) – from the background of the creation of the Novoland Universe, to the original novels, to the pre-production/casting process, the story itself, characters, and general thoughts. In winter, it is extremely cold, dry, and windy. Book fans were ecstatic about the casting choice. Source: Ettoday. Su Ma isn’t a central character, per say, but she’s probably one of the most memorable ones. Granted, this might be modified for the drama. He serves the emperor, but the emperor is already quickly losing power over his dukes and lords, and they, including Baili Jinghong, are quick to take advantage of this. Of course, there’s always going to be the book fans who hate the idea of the adaptation and some of the changes that have been announced. As a result, the team had a stash of naan as backup food. And then the following video dropped on November 8, 2017. From the way you gave the background of the Novoland series’ beginning through the production and behind the scenes stuff till the book fans’ and general C-netizens’ reactions was quite enlightening. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and George R.R. Two problems with that though: In the book, at the Battle of Shangyang Pass and in other key scenes, Lv Gui Chen is either not present or has a very small role. An internal power struggle occurs in Bei Du City. Will there be a Season 2? Definitely a godsend to someone like me who have not read the books nor watched any of the previous Novoland adaptations. During his time there, he meets Ji Ye (Chen Ruo Xuan), an illegitimate and unloved son who came to the Eastern Land to train as a warrior, and Yu Ran (Song Zu Er), the princess of the Winged Tribe who traveled to the Eastern Land as a refugee with her grandfather. Still, the drama is recognized for what it tried to achieve. They chose the name “Novoland” for the world that they would end up creating because one of the authors, Jiang Nan, was working on a book then that he had tentatively named Novoland (this would later become the first of the Novoland: Eagle Flag books). In ancient times, because of their ability to fly, the Yu Tribe is regarded as gods by all. Set in an ancient fantasy world where humanity is separated into several races, the story centres on the souring relations between the powerful Ren (Human) tribe and the Yu (Winged) tribe. I also loved the story between Xi Yan and Su Shun Qin. When his hair is up, it signifies that he’s in the Eastern Land, during his time there as a “hostage”. there are 9 provinces in total right? Report. Most are adults now and see the world a bit differently than they would’ve had a decade ago. Unlike Xi Yan, Bai Yi likes to dress in white, and is more of a loner, as he’s a bit cold and melancholy. He is weak as a child and overlooked by his family and members of his tribe, but never resents anyone and has a quiet, gentle nature. Even if you were to increase the age of the characters, it couldn’t be by much. Most of the battle scenes – including the battle of Shangyang Pass – were filmed there as it gave the production team a large, barren area to work with. Romance is also where I expect the drama to change quite a bit, though it’s unclear exactly what they’ll do with it since they can’t change the fundamental dynamics of the trio or that they’ll each walk their own paths (or at least, I’m assuming they can’t – I very well could be wrong about this). He’s not a hostage in the sense that he is thrown into prison until a ransom is paid – he’s still the heir of the Qingyang tribe, after all, so he studies with the royal princes and is treated well. He also inherits a special bloodline from his paternal side, which we should see as early as Episode 1. This is why you may have seen some early Douban reviews floating around – early feedback is mostly positive, with most of the comments on the surprisingly fast pace of the early episodes. However, despite the fact that his heir is weak and “useless”, Lv Song loves his youngest son in his own way and is protective of him. 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