Starring Yang MiMark Chao
First episode date 30 January 2017
Production company Alibaba Pictures
Cast Liu Yifei, Yang Yang
Country of origin China
Final episode date 1 March 2017
Number of episodes 58
|Also known as Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms|
Created by Tang Qi (previously TangQi GongZi)
Directed by Lin YufenYu CuihuaRen Haitao
Directors Zhao Xiaoding, Anthony LaMolinara, Lin YuFen
Similar The Left Ear, I Belonged to You, Night Peacock, The Third Way of Love, Never Gone
Eternal Love aka Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (Chinese: 三生三世十里桃花; pinyin: Sān shēng sān shì shí lǐ táo huā) is a 2017 Chinese romantic fantasy television series starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao. It is based on the xianxia novel of the same name (released as To the Sky Kingdom in English) by Tang Qi. The series started broadcasting on Jiangsu TV and Dragon TV starting January 30, 2017.
After a devastating war, the immortal tribe paid a heavy price to seal the ghost lord Qing Cang. 70,000 years later, in an attempt to re-seal the ghost lord who was about to break free, Bai Qian (Yang Mi)'s memories and goddess identity were sealed, and she was sent to the mortal realm to undergo a trial in order to become a High Goddess. In the mortal world, she meets Ye Hua (Mark Chao) and the two fell in love. In order to prevent the same tragedy (that happened to Sang Ji and Shao Xin) from befalling, Ye Hua attempts to fake his death while hiding Su Su from the Nine Heavens. However, Ye Hua's plans were eventually thwarted and Su Su was brought to the Nine Heavens. Su Jin, who is jealous of Ye Hua's love for Su Su, intentionally creates a series of misunderstanding between them and causes Su Su to lose her eyes. Thinking that Ye Hua has betrayed her, the devastated Bai Qian jumps off from the Zhu Xian Terrace. At her request, all her memories are erased and she forgets Ye Hua.
Hundred years later, the two meets again as deities. Another lifetime another world, Ye Hua recognizes Bai Qian as the woman he loves but the latter remains indifferent. Ye Hua begins to pursue Bai Qian for a second time to regain her affections, and eventually succeeds when his love is requited. From beginning to end, time continues to flow and the lines of their fates continue to cross: an entanglement of three lives and three worlds.
Eternal Love is a commercial success in China, and is currently the most viewed Chinese drama online. It has over 35 billion views online, 29 million comments on Sina Weibo, and ranked number 1 in both Weibo and Baidu's ‘most popular drama’ lists.
The series has also attracted large number of foreign fans, marking a new renaissance for Chinese television. The translated version of the book (To the Sky Kingdom) also sold well on the website Amazon.
Novel plagiarism controversy
The source novel Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (English version To the Sky Kingdom) was suspected to be plagiarized from various sources. The allegation was that the author Tang Qi plagiarised the main characters, story organisation and many important details from a Chinese gay love novel tiled 桃花债 (the novel's title roughly translates to "Peach Blossom Debt") written by 大风刮过; and the prologue from an unfinished contemporary Chinese love novel 非我倾城 written by Gu Man.
The scandal was used as an example of popular media plagiarism in a report by CCTV.