Now that Crystal Liu has moved on from C-dramas and is a bona fide movie star now, the role of most beautiful C-actress in period costume is up for grabs. In the running is definitely rising C-actress Gu Li Na Zha, who goes by just her name Na Zha now, shrinking it down even further since her full name in Uygher is Gulinazhaer Baihetiyaer (古力娜扎尔·拜合提亚尔). She’s beautiful to be sure but her beauty is even amplified when she’s in period costume, as seen here in her upcoming new C-drama The Classic of the Mountains and Seas headling Hans Zhang. Soooo gorgeous, and now with the additional watch fun factor of seeing the reel turned real couple on the drama that brought them together.
The story has gotten in some hot water by a synopsis completely ripping off Japanese mangaka Watase Yuu‘s classic shoujo time-traveling tale Fushigi Yuugi. Na Zha and C-actress Lyric Lan play besties-turned-rivals as ordained high priestesses for two rival mythic gods, each surrounded by 7 celestial warriors born to protect the priestess until she can awaken the ancient godly power. The production licensed the story from Watase who has taken to Twitter to voice her outrage over this full on appropriation but the C-production claims Watase based her story on Chinese myth to begin with so their use of it is totally just a coincidence. Oh wells, I’m just here for the pretty. Hans plays two male leads in this drama, the good one who is the head of the celestial warriors for the Priestess of Zhu Cue (Vermilion bird) and the other is the head of the celestial warriors for the Priestess of Qing Long (Azure Dragon).
Preview for The Classic of the Mountain and the Sea: