Let’s open the Nine Old Gates… This drama will star William Chan, Zhang Yixing, and Zhao Liying!! 😀 Yeah!
Update: 2015/12/05 New character posters!! OMG
Other roles: Zhao Liying will play Yin Xinyue 尹新月, Ying Haoming will play Qi Tiezui 齐铁嘴, and Yuan Bing Yan will play Ya Tou 丫头 .
Rumors say the series will be filmed for four seasons of twelve episodes each. This story is the prequel of Lost Tomb so I guess it is normal for them to follow a similar drama planning as the LT drama with Yang Yang and Li Yifeng. I hope that, after seeing Zhao Liying’s great performance, the production crew add her more scenes so that she can go from cameo to female lead in the next seasons!
On the eve of the Battle of ChangSha, a mysterious train is travelling with the male lead Zhang Qishan in it. As the story goes on, Zhang Qishan with the help of his newly made friend ErYue Hong finds a tomb with a big secret. (Oh, and they both fall in love with the female leads) Both are part of the Old Nine Gates, a group composed of nine members. They off play the Japanese people before the Battle of Changsha and saved hundred of lives. At the end, an epic battle happens between the troops led by Zhang Qishan and the Japanese invaders.
Zhang Qishan 张启山 (played by William Chan): Big Boss. Apparently there is a big buddha status burried in his house backyard. He is nicknamed “Zhang Big Budhha”.
Er Yuer Hong 二月红 (played by Zhang Yixing): Second lead. He sings opera during the day and explores tombs during the night (his description is a bit creepy ._. ).
Yin Xinyue 尹新月(played by Zhao Liying): The wife of Zhang Qishan. (Can someone confirm if this character exists in the original novel?)
Ya Tou 丫头 (played by Yuan Bing Yan): Er Yue Hong’s wife.
Qi Tiezui 齐铁嘴 (played by Ying Haoming): In the Old Nine Gates, he is ranked eight and is considered one of the small ones. He is good in calculation and has a lot of luck. He sells old artifacts and has a great business!
Ban Jieli 半截李: Number Three. Nobody knows his real name.
Chen Pi A’Si 陈皮阿四 (played by Hu Yunhao): Number Four. The most ruthless between the nine members.
Wu Lao Gao 吴老狗: Number Five. Owns a dog.
Hei Bei Lao Liu 黑背老六: Number Six. Thugs life, he says his life companion is a knife.
Huo Jianxi 霍锦惜 (played by 王美人) : Is that the new name for Huo XianGu?
Huo XianGu 霍仙姑 : In the Old Nine Gates, she is ranked seven and under the supervision of no.3. She is the only girl in the group and is skilled in everything. She is Huo Xiuxiu’s grandmother. In her family, the big bosses are the ladies. She will be married to a high rank government general.
Jie Jiu Ye 解九爷: Studied in Japan during the past, he is very calculator.
Lu Jianxun 陆建勋 (played by Wang Chuan)
Zhang Fuguan 张副官 (played by 张铭恩Zhang Ming En)
So exciting! *_*
This drama will start filming on November 24th so more BTS will be added to this post soon enough.
On a sidenote, it seems that William Chan is doing extremly well in Legend of Zu (drama in which Zhao Liying is the female lead!!!) right now as I see tone of hashtags about him on weibo. Legend of Zhu is currently airing its third part.