Xu Kai’s (许凯) new series, “Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain” (从前有座灵剑山), aired on November 12. The series is based off of the novel of the same name by author Guowang Bixia (国王陛下) and was later adapted into an anime that aired in Japan and China. Based on the trailer, it’s a light hearted comedic fantasy drama.
Trailer with English subs:
Xu Kai plays “Wang Lu” (王陆), who is talented and smart and ends up becoming a disciple of “Wang Wu” (王舞), played by Taiwanese actress, Sandrine Pinna (張榕容). His character also has a sharp tongue and a very distinct personality. As for “Wang Wu”, she is free and easy going. The two are often bickering, but as they mature together, they eventually fall in love.
In order for “Wang Lu” to master the kung fu skill, “Wang Wu” says he has to constantly take a beating. Sandrine Pinna would often hit his face until it was swollen. Xu Kai revealed Sandrine Pinna was heavy handed when she hits and would often injure him for real. Sandrine Pinna said Xu Kai once jokingly said to her, “Master, when you’re done filming, let me hit you once, okay?” Because “Wang Wu” is actually 100 years older than “Wang Lu”, Sandrine Pinna jokingly said this series was the dark version of “Return of the Condor Heroes” (神鵰俠侶), which also features a master-disciple romance with the female being the older one between the two.
There were also some firsts for Xu Kai in this series. During filming, Xu Kai was spotted sporting female headdress. Xu Kai revealed this was his first time portraying a woman since he entered the industry. He said it made him have a breakdown and expressed, “I didn’t want to look at myself. I am a hard as steel straight man!” On the day they filmed his cross dressing scene, Xu Kai requested to clear the set, but Sandrine Pinna revealed, “No one on set dared to take his picture except me.” Sandrine Pinna said Xu Kai’s look that day was very “seductive”, meanwhile, Xu Kai rated his female look, “just two points, can’t be more than that.”
If none of the silly storylines attract you, perhaps a glimpse of Xu Kai’s shirtless body will draw you in. Even though it’s only for a few seconds (beginning of Episode 5), you can gravel at Xu Kai shirtless while he’s bathing until the cross dressing scene is shown later on. The BTS video of the scene was far more appealing than what is shown in the series.
BTS video of Xu Kai prepping for his shower scene: https://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rv57bicg.html
Oh and there’s this with Ryan Zhu (朱元冰):