Chinese drama-watching netizens can be hilariously snarky and in this case they overwhelming hate the K-remake of Bu Bu Jing Xin as much as I did. Moon Lovers doesn’t even hold up as a K-drama in its own right, much as as an adaptation of the source novel the Chinese did amazingly well already. Lots of viewers have been missing Liu Shi Shi‘s take on BBJX female lead Ruo Xi and she was given a better written character and pulled out on stops in the second half to deliver a memorable performance.
She hasn’t done a period drama since BBJX that worked for me but I’m still willing to give this upcoming Lost Love in Times (醉玲珑) a shot. It’s a fantasy drama, with the original source novel including time-traveling, and in it Shi Shi plays two characters – a dark priestess and a princess. Her male lead is current It Boy William Chan, and the first stills are out which looks decent except for one still that C-netizens compared Shi Shi to purple Teletubby Tinky Winky lol.