Chinese period drama and celebrities turn up the heat

I hesitated for the longest time over whether to watch Nirvana In Fire II.

And that is because Nirvana In Fire (2015) was so good. The Chinese period drama about a frail strategist, Su Zhe/Lin Shu, who seeks justice for his framed family, was a riveting game of thrones. He had to keep 10 steps ahead of everyone else because a wrong move would mean exposure and death. It was a critical and popular hit and boosted the careers of its stars Hu Ge and Wang Kai.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline 'Chinese period drama and celebrities turn up the heat'. Print Edition | Subscribe