Old Nine Gates 老九门 caught my attention since I'm in the midst of watching Legend of Zu, another c-drama with the same couple paring of Zanilia Zhao Li Ying (Journey of Flower) and William Chan.
Despite the plethora of Chinese period dramas surrounding the Japanese occupation, I could never fully appreciate it and only watched some in passing. In hindsight, maybe there were a few gems out of the countless DVDs on the subject but the sheer volume of c-dramas certainly felt like propaganda for lack of a better word.
William Chan's character as Zhang Qi Shan is a member of the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalist Party) and the leader of Old Nine Gates. He comes from a family of tomb raiders and is described as strong, capable and courageous. He is the perfect match to Zanilia Zhao Li Ying's character as Yin Xin Yue, the beautiful, lovable, smart and equally capable daughter of a wealthy hotel owner.
The main leads are your archetypal heroes and it is fitting for a drama set during a tumultuous period when people shed blood and tears to defend the country against the Japanese invaders. I like the genre and I hope they do justice to this significant part of history.
Then again, I really haven't seen its prequel called Lost Tomb (starring Li Yi Feng) nor have I read the novels so it might actually be far from what I expect it to be?
For synopsis, cast and other info, check out my 2016 Chinese period drama listing.