'The Rise of Phoenixes' fans reveal why the Chinese drama is one of the world's most-watched shows
Having been dubbed as one of the best dramas of 2018, 'The Rise of Phoenixes reached millions of people worldwide, thanks to Netflix.
If you are new to the world of Chinese drama, 'The Rise of Phoenixes' is the one show, all fans of the genre would compel you to watch. Having been dubbed as one of the best dramas of 2018, this gem reached millions of people worldwide, thanks to Netflix. From Argentina to South Korea, fans of this drama really are spread all over the world.
A period drama, complete with opulent sets, politically vibrant plotlines and beautiful and talented actors, it is no surprise that ‘The Rise of Phoenixes’ is loved by many. The hero of the story is the calculating and ambitious sixth prince of the ruling Tiansheng dynasty, who wears the facade of a carefree drunkard, Ning Yi. Portrayed brilliantly by Chen Kun, who easily slips in and out of the façade, he is one of the most compelling characters to have appeared in any show in a long time.
Karen Ly, a hard-core fan of the show, tells MEAWW: Ning Yi “is fiercely cunning and passionate, tough as nails, but he can also be hilarious, vulnerable and sexy as hell. [He is] such a wonderful character, who is now one of my all-time favorites.” Another fan, Jeeneeewoo, also concedes, “Chen Kun’s performance was outstanding. Every actor in this drama is excellent! This drama is a work of art. It is a privilege to be able to watch it anytime. I feel the need to pay each time I watch it, and every penny is worth it.”
My nail lady got me watching ‘The Rise of Phoenixes’ on Netflix + the costuming is immaculate!— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) December 1, 2018
The show is in mandarin with subtitles. Watch it! The costumes are A1 - Plus it’s full of drama. Sis falls in love with a prince but might have to seek revenge on him over family beef pic.twitter.com/FYOyHXvJJU
The show’s ability to weave the romance between Ning Yi and Feng Zhiwei, portrayed by Ni Ni, is commendable. A fan who goes by the Twitter handle Woodelf66 talks about how the “plotting and backstabbing among the princes and the strategies of outsmarting the other factions,” along with the steady “progression from lighthearted and fun to dark and real tragic,” is the real USP of the show, further adding, “Character development and chemistry between Ning Yi and Feng Zhiwei is amazing.”
Passionate fan Sandra B, who is particularly fascinated by Chen Kun who presents the many facets as Ning Yim, elaborates on how the chemistry between the characters is so real, that she cannot help but “tremble, laugh and cry with Ning Yi and Zhi Wei.” She adds, “Chen Kun and Ni Ni are wonderful actors, like everyone else in this series too.”
This chemistry is why the shocking finale at the end of season 1 was and is still hard for TROP fans to accept. Karen Ly, for one, is not accepting it as the end. “In my mind after all they endured, their story continued with longevity, prosperity and happiness. I need season 2,” she says.
Season 1 of ‘The Rise of Phoenixes, featuring 70 episodes, is available for viewing on Netflix, and if you are still wondering if you should invest time on watching it, read what Argentinian super fan Guadalupe has to say: "TROP for me is a masterpiece; it was made by top-class artists, who made sure the scenery, photography, details, script and costumes are ethereal. The cast, especially Chen Kun playing Ning Yi and Ni Ni playing Feng Zhiwei are two of the most amazing actors I have ever seen. The partnership and chemistry between the two of them further accentuate acting and it is remarkable. They both added value to the series in an incredible way. You need to watch TROP to understand the grandiosity of the story.
"The plot is engaging and captivating from the beginning - you get emotional, you cheer, you cry, and you laugh with them and you don't want the series to end. Definitely, it is a Chinese classic and it would become a world classic for sure. TROP serves as an example to the other countries on how to portray their culture and richness on the screen. It is special, and we cannot forget to thank Netflix for making this possible and for connecting the series with fans from other countries and allowing us to listen to its true language despite living in faraway foreign countries."