Ice Fantasy poster/promotional image
|Also known as||
City of Fantasy|
|Based on||City of Fantasy by Guo Jingming|
|Written by||Shen Zhi Ning|
Ju Jue Liang|
Zou Ji Cheng
|Theme music composer||V.K (V.K克)|
|Opening theme||"Shouldn't" by Jay Chou and A-mei|
|Ending theme||"Bottom of Heart" by Cindy Yen|
|Country of origin||
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||
62 (1st season)|
16 (2nd season)
Chen Shu Ying
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Production company(s)||Shanghai Youhug Media Co. Ltd.|
|Distributor||Shanghai Youhug Media Co. Ltd.|
Hunan Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||24 July– 10 November 2016|
Ice Fantasy (Chinese: 幻城; pinyin: Huànchéng) is a 2016 Chinese epic fantasy television drama based on Guo Jingming's bestselling novel, City of Fantasy. The drama was produced by Shanghai Youhug Media, directed by Ju Jue Liang, and stars Feng Shaofeng, Victoria Song, Ma Tianyu, and Zhang Meng. It was broadcast on Hunan Satellite Television Diamond independent broadcast theater starting 24 July to 10 November 2016 for 62 episodes.
At least a portion of this television series is banned in the People's Republic of China.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 2.1 Main
- 2.2 Supporting
- 3 Production
- 4 Soundtrack
- 5 Ratings
- 6 Reception
- 7 Broadcast
- 8 Sequel
- 9 References
- 10 External links
When the second prince of the fire tribe, Xin Jue (Jiang Chao), was mysteriously killed during his visit to the Ice Tribe for Ka Suo's coming-of-age ceremony, the Fire King Huo Yi (Hu Bing) uses this as an excuse to start a second war between the Fire Tribe and Ice Tribe. With their parents captured and older siblings killed, the two remaining Ice Princes Ka Suo (Feng Shaofeng) and Ying Kong Shi (Ma Tianyu) escape to the mortal world and seek help from realm guardian Li Luo (Victoria Song) to help obtain ice crystals from six tribes in order to restore the Ice Wall, so that the Ice Tribe can be saved.
After the Fire Tribe was defeated with the Deicide Sword, Ka Suo reluctantly battles his brother for the throne, but he wants nothing more than the freedom to be with his lover Li Luo. Ying Kong Shi does everything in his power to take the throne away from Ka Suo, to ensure that Ka Suo has his freedom, while Yan Da (Zhang Meng), the Fire Princess, is willing to give up everything for Shi. Then, Ka Suo's loved ones all die off one by one under the conspiracies of Yuan Ji (Yan Yikuan) and Lian Ji (Kim Hee-sun), and he is determined to find the legendary "veiled lotus". A war between the Ice and Fire Tribe commences again, with Li Tian Jin joining the Fire Tribe to get his revenge on Ka Suo.
|Feng Shaofeng||Ka Suo (卡索)||
As the kindest and most powerful of the ice princes, Ka Suo was his father's presumed successor. However after falling in love with his first love, Li Luo, he longs for freedom, but is bound by his responsibility to his kingdom. He is forced to assume the throne to oversee reconstruction efforts for the Ice Tribe after the war.
Later his brother, crowned as King, ordered Ka Suo to marry Li Luo. But the marriage was short lived when she was stabbed by Lan Shang on her wedding night. Ka Suo then goes on a journey with his friends to look for the veiled lotus to try and bring his loved ones back to life.
Feng also plays Ka Suo's ancestor She Mi (舍弥), the first Ice King and founder of the Ice Tribe.
|Victoria Song||Li Luo (梨落)
Li Jing (离镜)
Li Luo is born with lowly civilian status, but with her brave and resolute attitude, she quickly becomes a powerful warrior and envoy for the mortal guards. She meets Ka Suo and the two fall in love. On her wedding, she was accidentally stabbed with the Deicide sword by Lan Shang while saving Ying Kong Shi. She was sealed in ice and placed at the bottom of the Infinity Ocean. She is later brought back to life by the veiled lotus, bearing Lan Shang's appearance.
Bian Cheng (young)
|Ying Kong Shi (樱空释)
Sword Spirit Shi (剑灵释)
Ying Kong Shi is the younger half-brother of Ka Suo, who wants to replace him as king of the Ice Tribe to set his brother free. He is silent, cold and mysterious in nature.
Sword Spirit Shi is the last piece of soul left of Shi, when he was killed with the Deicide sword. He entered the Holy Snow Shrine with Ka Suo and also befriended Yan Da.
Li Tian Jin is the reincarnation of Ying Kong Shi and is also the Fire Tribe's new ally who wants to get revenge on Ka Suo.
|Zhang Meng||Yan Da (艳炟)||
Yan Da is the only current princess of the Fire Tribe. She is known for her unruly ways, stubbornness, and strong nature, even though her training as a warrior is unremarkable among immortals. She is much more kindhearted than she or her father would like to admit, and she developes a very strong bond with Ying Kong Shi.
|Madina Memet||Lan Shang (岚裳)||
Lan Shang is the noble mermaid princess who is known for her beauty and loved by many. However, she only has eyes for Ka Suo. After a series of tragic events, she committed suicide by jumping into the ocean, as a mermaid who lost her virginity to a foreign tribe cannot have a tail ever again and cannot breathe underwater. She riencarnates by the veiled lotus and bears Li Luo's looks and her memories as Li Luo remains. It is later revealed that Li Luo and Lan Shang's souls have switched bodies.
|Kim Hee-sun||Lian Ji (莲姬)||Ying Kong Shi's mother and Lan Shang's adoptive aunt. She was an adoptive child of the royal mermaid family and was in love with the Fire King, but was forced by the Mermaid Saint to marry the Ice King. Acting as a spy for the Fire Tribe, the Ice Tribe collapsed under her betrayal. Her name means "Lotus princess".|
- Shao Bing as Lin Chao (凛弨), the Ice King (冰王)
- Gong Beibi as Chen Tong (晨浵) the Ice Queen (冰后)
- Cheng Peipei as Feng Tian (封天), Lin Chao's mother and the Ice Tribe's most powerful illusionist, referred to affectionately as "grandma" by just about everyone.
- Luo Jin as Shang Lie (熵裂), Crown Prince
- Zhang Ziwen as Zhu Gong (铸弓), Eldest Prince
- Li Sheng as Qian Ying (千影), Princess Consort
- He Xiang as Li Guang (靂光), Second Prince
- Wang Yitong as Nan Xing (南星), Third princess
- Ou Xianru as Xue Mi (雪宓), Fourth princess
- Dan Sihan as Xuan Ta (泫榻)
- Wang Yu as Ji Quan (笈筌)
- Mou Xing as Hua Xiao (花效)
- Lu Yong as Old Ice King (老冰王), Feng Tian's husband, Lin Chao's father, and Ka Suo's grandfather
Immortal Beings of the Holy Snow Shrine
- Yan Yikuan as Yuan Ji (淵祭), an invincible and supreme being of Ice Flame Tribe (冰焰族). He created the chaos that ensue in the immortal world, including the assassination of Prince Xin Jue and the conflict between Ka Suo and Ying Kong Shi. He is also Ying Kong Shi's biological father and the last descendant of the Ice Flame Tribe.
- Zhang Xinyi as Lotus Spirit (隐莲精灵)
- Gong Zhengnan as Qing Ren (倾刃)
- Sun Zujun as Qing Long (青龍)
- Deng Sha as Xing Zhou (星昼)
- Jurat as Phoenix (凤凰)
- Hu Bing as Huo Yi (火燚), The Fire King. A power-hungry and cruel, yet deeply charismatic, man who aims to become the ruler of the three realms. He is the father of the ten Fire Princes and a single Fire Princess, Yan Da.
- Shu Yaxin as Shuo Gang (烁罡), Crown Prince, working closely with his sister Yan Da.
- Jiang Chao as Xin Jue (炘绝), Second Prince
- Shen Hairong as Mermaid Saint (人鱼圣尊), the queen of the Mermaid Tribe. She is Lan Shang's adoptive grandmother and Lian Ji's adoptive mother. She is an opportunistic woman who is willing to sacrifice her children's happiness to achieve peace for her tribe. Lan Shang slowly teaches her that sometimes peace is impossible when standing up for your beliefs.
Madina Memet as Lan Shang, a mermaid princess who fell in love with Ka Suo but her love is only one sided.
- Wang Yidan as Chi Lian (傺楝), the former Queen of the Tribe. She left the tribe many years ago in search for the Sighing Wall. After disagreeing with Die Che, she was sacrificed to her butterflies.
- Chen Xinyu as Chao Ya (潮涯), the current Queen of the Tribe. She is engaged to Liao Jian, but was formerly in love with Pian Feng. She becomes a close friend of the other tribal leaders during their trials.
- Wu Diao as Die Che (蝶澈), the most powerful musician in the Spiritual Tribe. She serves Yuan Ji as the Holy Shrine's southern protector; and is eventually defeated by Ka Suo.
- Fan Shiqi as Chi Mo (迟墨), Die Che's lover who is actually the Fire Tribe's descendant.
- Zhang Yujian as Pian Feng (片风), a chivalrous and capable guard who serves Chao Ya and was once in love with her. Later, his spiritual power was taken and presented to Yuan Ji by the Western Protector, Xing Gui.
- Liu Dongqin as Liao Jian (辽溅), the King of the Tribe, and a fierce warrior. He is engaged to Chao Ya. He was then killed and his spiritual power was taken and presented to Yuan Ji by the Western Protector Xing Gui.
- Wang Tianye as Hei Feng (黑風), a tyrannical warrior that kidnapped Liao Jian and took over the Bear Tribe. The Fire Tribe agreed to let him marry Yan Da in exchange for Bear Tribe's alliance, but he was defeated and killed by Liao Jian.
Guardians of the Realms
- Huang Haibing as Ke Tuo (克托), the leader of the guardians who preserve peace in the three kingdoms. He took Li Luo under his care when she was a child. He was later killed by Shuo Gang.
- Huang Deyi as Qin Chu (秦楚), Li Luo's admirer and best friend.
- Qin Yong as Lu Zhao (绿昭)
- Choenyi Tsering (曲尼次仁) as Yang Dan (阳丹)
- Xu Ke as Xing Jiu (星旧), the Head Dreamer, a loyal and kind man who faithfully executes his duty to safeguard dreamers everywhere. He cares deeply for his sister. After learning he was one of the Seven Saints charged with safeguarding the Ice Clan, he became more distant from the other clan chiefs, but remained their close friend.
- Xu Jiao as Xing Gui (星轨), Princess of the Tribe and Xing Jiu's sister. She was meant to die on her 100th birthday, but survived and later becomes a western protector of the Holy Shrine.
- Tie Zheng as Xun Hao (蕁昊), chief administrator of the Dream Clan.
- Gao Yuqing as Old Astrologer King (老夢主), the father of Xing Jiu and Xing Jiao. In a desperate attempt to make life easier for his clan, he once did something unthinkable.
- Wang Duo as Huang Tuo (皇柝), King of the Healers and the best healer in the three kingdoms, and the series' primary comic relief. He is in love with Yue Shen, who treats him with affectionate exasperation.
- Lu Zizhen as Yue Shen (月神), a powerful and rare type of healer who can exorcise spirits and poison mortals.
- Li Haohan as Huang Ang (皇昂)
- Peng Yang as Yue Zhao (月照) / Yue Leng (月冷)
Guo Jingming's City of Fantasy sold over 1.5 million copies and ranked second in the bestseller's list. Since City of Fantasy's release in 2003, there have been plenty of early attempts to produce a movie adaption. However, the attempts failed as many felt that the novel's fictional universe was too complicated and massive to condense into a movie. The idea of a possible drama adaption of City of Fantasy had been formed since November 2014.
During Ice Fantasy's drama press conference held in August 2015, Hong Kong screenwriter Shen Zhi Ning stated that the plot of the drama would have more stories, conflicts and background information compared to its book counterpart. The history of the tribes and their world's creation had been incorporated into the plot. The Fire Tribe's role in the story would also be expanded. On June 10, 2015, the creation of the script and preparations for filming were finished.
Academy Award-winning set designer Dan Hennah, who designed the sets for Lord of the Rings, was enlisted to design the sets for the production, which were inspired by the buildings, landscapes and other aspects of ancient China as well as western cultures. One particular set, called the "Endless Sea", was reported have an area size of 7,000 square meters, built using 500 tons of artificial snow. It had also been reported that about 300 million yuan was invested for the drama's production, with 2 million yuan to create the main palace alone. Furthermore, more than 100 craftsmen were enlisted to make 6,000 props, with many used in large-scale battle scenes. Around 70 to 80 percent of post-production was centered around the special effects and CGI. Youhug stated: "This should be an unprecedented investment in a domestic drama, we also hope to achieve good visual effect as much as possible."
Guo Jingming acts as the artistic and visual director for the production. Other notable players in production include Dong Cheng Guang as art director, A Ju for make-up guidance, Zhong Jia Ni as costume and prop designer, and Ma Yu Cheng as choreographer. The international visual effects company Pixomondo was also enlisted. Shi Xiao Xi, the designer of the production's posters, is also a fan of the novel.
It was announced that Feng Shaofeng, Victoria Song, Ma Tianyu, and Zhang Meng would play the main characters, Ka Suo, Li Luo, Ying Kong Shi, and Yan Da. Supporting characters were later revealed through character posters that were posted on the drama's official Weibo account.
On August 12, 2015, Hennah and director Ju Jue Liang, who is known for his martial arts films, brainstormed possible designs as well as visited a number of possible locations for filming. The drama was scheduled to shoot for six months, starting from August 16, 2015. Principal photography filming was held in Beijing, China, with location filming held in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia. Filming finished in late February 2016 after lasting 187 days, and thereafter the drama entered into post-production phase.
|Ice Fantasy - Original Television Soundtrack (幻城电视剧原声音乐大碟)|
|1.||"Shouldn't (不該)"||Jay Chou and A-mei||4:50|
|2.||"Bottom of Heart (心底)"||Cindy Yen||4:05|
|4.||"Love Will Be Restored (爱会还原)" (Ka Suo's theme song)||Ye Huaipei||3:57|
|5.||"Falling Pears (梨落" (Li Luo's theme song)||Cindy Yen (version 1), Victoria Song (version 2)||4:36|
|6.||"Love Like Cherry Blossoms (爱如樱)" (Ying Kong Shi's theme song)||Huang Yuxun (version 1), Ma Tianyu (version 2)||4:08|
|7.||"I Won't Let Go (我不放手)" (Yan Da's theme song)||Yu Ziqin (version 1), Zhang Meng (version 2)|
|8.||"Fish on the Other Shore (彼岸鱼)" (Lan Shang's theme song)||by Xian Peijin||4:18|
|9.||"Death of the Premature Lotus (莲殇)" (Lian Ji's theme song)||Kelly Yu||3:28|
|10.||"No Regrets (无悔)"||Celeste Syn|
|Episodes||Title||Broadcast date||Ratings (%)||Audience share (%)||Ranking|
|1-2||The Disaster of Ice Kingdom (雪国之劫)||July 24, 2016||0.994||5.13||2|
|3-4||July 25, 2016||0.977||5.49||2|
|5-6||July 26, 2016||0.920||4.88||1|
|7-8||A Dream of Forever (无尽之梦)||August 1, 2016||1.239||6.71||1|
|9-10||August 2, 2016||1.057||5.778||1|
|11-12||The Last Puzzle (最后拼图)||August 9, 2016||1.118||5.491||1|
|13-14||August 10, 2016||0.947||4.527||1|
|15-16||A Game of Illusion (幻象之局)||August 15, 2016||0.884||4.491||2|
|17-18||August 16, 2016||0.983||4.608||1|
|19-20||The Throne of Ice (冰之宝座)||August 22, 2016||0.781||4.253||2|
|21-22||August 23, 2016||0.945||4.989||2|
|23-24||A Predestined Battle (宿命之战)||August 29, 2016||0.711||4.060||2|
|25-26||August 30, 2016||0.809||4.674||1|
|27-28||The Princess Sings (公主吟唱)||September 5, 2016||0.649||4.071||2|
|29-30||September 6, 2016||0.691||4.101||1|
|31-32||A Life Exchange (生命交易)||September 12, 2016||0.707||4.242||1|
|33-34||September 13, 2016||0.670||3.929||1|
|35-36||Wedding Revenge (婚礼复仇)||September 21, 2016||0.641||3.997||1|
|37-38||September 22, 2016||0.710||4.399||1|
|39-40||The Actual Identity (身份真相)||September 28, 2016||0.660||4.107||2|
|41-42||September 29, 2016||0.580||3.572||1|
|43-44||The Heart of Lost City (心之迷城)||October 5, 2016||0.580||3.572||1|
|45-46||October 6, 2016||0.688||3.743||1|
|47-48||The Lotus' Prophecy (隐莲预言)||October 12, 2016||0.522||3.374||2|
|49-50||October 13, 2016||0.600||3.825||1|
|51-52||The Return of an Old Friend (故人归来)||October 26, 2016||0.406||2.590||2|
|53-54||October 27, 2016||0.463||3.014||2|
|55-56||Memory Reboot (重启记忆)||November 2, 2016||0.346||2.743||2|
|57-58||November 3, 2016||0.357||2.459||2|
|59-60||Ending||November 9, 2016||0.513||3.242||1|
|61-62||November 10, 2016||0.477||3.199||1|
|Episodes||Broadcast date||Ratings (%)||Audience share (%)||Rankings|
|1-2||July 24, 2016||1.00||6.53||2|
|3-4||July 25, 2016||1.00||6.83||1|
|5-6||July 26, 2016||0.94||6.38||1|
|7-8||August 1, 2016||1.16||7.92||1|
|9-10||August 2, 2016||0.96||6.62||1|
|11-12||August 9, 2016||1.09||6.84||1|
|13-14||August 10, 2016||0.95||6.09||1|
|15-16||August 15, 2016||0.97||6.27||1|
|17-18||August 16, 2016||1.25||7.79||1|
|19-20||August 22, 2016||0.90||6.39||1|
|21-22||August 23, 2016||1.06||7.02||1|
|23-24||August 29, 2016||0.76||5.45||1|
|25-26||August 30, 2016||0.77||5.77||1|
|27-28||September 5, 2016||0.44||3.57||2|
|29-30||September 6, 2016||0.50||4.11||1|
|31-32||September 12, 2016||0.49||3.92||2|
|33-34||September 13, 2016||0.50||3.8||2|
|35-36||September 21, 2016||0.42||3.62||2|
|37-38||September 22, 2016||0.50||4.25||2|
|39-40||September 28, 2016||0.50||4.23||1|
|41-42||September 29, 2016||0.50||4.23||2|
|43-44||October 5, 2016||0.76||5.50||1|
|45-46||October 6, 2016||0.76||5.50||1|
|47-48||October 12, 2016||0.44||4.02||2|
|49-50||October 13, 2016||0.46||3.97||1|
|51-52||October 26, 2016||0.30||2.72||2|
|53-54||October 27, 2016||0.29||2.57||2|
|55-56||November 2, 2016||0.21||2.4||2|
|57-58||November 3, 2016||0.30||3.04||2|
|59-60||November 9, 2016||-||-||-|
|61-62||November 10, 2016||0.28||2.18||1|
|2017||Sina’s Weibo Awards Night||Most Discussed TV Drama (微博年度最具话题电视剧)||Won|||
|8th China TV Drama Awards||Popular Actress Award||Victoria Song||Won|||
The drama was released on July 24, 2016 on Hunan Satellite Television Diamond independent broadcast theater, with 62 episodes. Its distribution rights were also bought by Viki globally and jointly by the 7 Chinese video-sharing websites: Tencent, iQiyi, Youku, LeTV, Mango TV, Sohu and PPTV.
- CHK (Singapore)
- Astro Quan Jia HD (Malaysia)
- CTV Main Channel (Taiwan)
- CTi Variety (Taiwan)
- China Television (Taiwan)
- Channel 7 (Thailand)
- GMA Network (Philippines)
- CCTV 8 (Cambodia)
- Sony One (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand)
Produced by Youhug Media and Tencent Penguin Pictures, the modern sequel series of Ice Fantasy premiered on March 8 on Tencent Video. The series was directed by Zhou Lin Hao, and written by Shen Zhi Ning and ran for 16 episodes. Primary cast members Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Zhang Meng and Madina Memet starred as new versions of their characters, while Kitty Zhang replaced Victoria Song, who made occasional appearances via stock footage. Supporting cast members Xu Ke (Xing Jiu) and Cheng Peipei (Grandma) reprised their supporting roles, while Chen Xinyu, Huang Deyi, and Lu Zizhen returned in new roles.
In the year 2020, the CEO of a technology company, Feng Suo, suddenly reclaims the powers of his distant previous incarnation, Ka Suo. At the same time, he meets Luo Luo, the reincarnation of Kingdom Guardian Li Luo. The two reignite the love that defined their past lifetimes and undergo a series of adventures. Tracking them is Ying Kong Shi - the original - and a reincarnation of Yan Da, determined to stop him before his plans for Feng Suo come to fruition. As the four work towards outrunning their respective destinies, old friends and new enemies emerge to write a new chapter of the Ice and Fire tribes' story.
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