Nirvana in Fire


Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 is the best historical c-drama in 2015, in recent years, maybe ever and that's saying a lot considering dramas are a dime a dozen nowadays. 

It is based on a popular novel but despite the existing fanbase, NIF premiered to a lackluster response. Nevertheless, its success came slowly but surely, providing an interesting parallel to the story's quiet pacing where protagonist Mei Changsu's (Hu Ge) intentions went from subtle nuances to a full blown revenge. 

In the simplest sense, NIF is about a man who goes through great lengths to exact vengeance, systematically planning every step against all odds. However, put the story in a historical setting inside the palace and we have the makings of an engaging political plot. 

NIF is the guy-centric answer to more successful Chinese palace dramas and it works, offering a fresh take on the usual palace conspiracies that tend to revolve around women. I run the risk of sounding like a chauvinist but I welcomed the change since women in the palace are often relegated to a fate of fighting over a man to gain power, which is so good when done right, but it can get catty.

Gone are the days when Hu Ge was fresh meat 小鲜肉 because his performance in NIF along with the cast in its entirety is on another league, catapulting many names such as Wang Kai, Jin Dong and Wu Lei into mainstream popularity. Liu Tao isn't my favorite actress but she is admittedly the best choice to play a warrior, truly embodying a female hero.

Apparently, there is a Nirvana in Fire tour catering to Korean fans where tourists get to visit places such as Heng Dian (a gigantic land where pretty much most historical dramas are shot) and they also make a pitstop at Hu Ge's restaurant in Shanghai. If it's real, I kind of wanna go. Oh and by the way, there's a sequel.

For synopsis, cast and other ratings, see 2015 historical c-drama recommendations.

Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015





Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Nirvana in Fire best Chinese historical drama in 2015


Source: Bz55



13 comments:

  1. Its seems I must make time for this drama. Everyone is raving about it.

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    1. Yes you must it really is that good:)

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  2. just about to start on this now :)

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  3. NIRVANA IN FIRE is INCOMPARABLE and SPLENDID Chinese Historical drama EVER..!! Watched it so many times, over and over again!!

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  4. just finished and it is really really really that good!!!

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  5. ...a bit late to the party. could anyone be so kind as to tell me where I can watch this series? I'm literally wiping the drool from my mouth in anticipation as i type this

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    1. As they say, better late than never haha you can watch it here. http://dramacool.to/nirvana-in-fire-episode-1.html

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  6. I watched NIF because you listed it as your top wuxia drama and I was curious. It definitely did not disappoint. I marathon-watched it over the past two weeks on Viki. Love, loved it! Do you have any other recommendations for Chinese dramas that are similar to it? How is Legend of Qin and Disguiser? Are they as good?

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    1. Hi Nao I liked Legend of Qin a lot but it's really no NIF, not sure if any drama will ever come close tho there is a NIF sequel in the works.

      But in terms of similarity, Disguiser is probably the closest since it's created by the same team with pretty much the same cast. I haven't finished that drama tho but from what I saw it has potential:)

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  7. I just finished watching, and my mind is BLOWN!!! I can believe this is the best historical c-drama ever, and that it will not be surpassed for years to come. I can see myself watching it over and over. All of the cast did an amazing job, but I especially enjoyed Hu Ge, Wang Kai, Wu Lei, and Chen Long (the acting and on-screen bromance was great, and they are all lookers).

    But what is a sequel without Xiao-Shu? Nah.

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    1. Hi Lady Jaye I have to agree with you completely hehe though knowing me, I would probably still check out the sequel / spinoff / whatever it is just coz it says NIF

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  8. Maybe if the sequel is about everyone in their next lives, hehehehe. I'm ready for Lin Shu and NiHuang to be happy and for Jingyan to have his best friend by his side.

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    1. haha yea seriously I would watch that.

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