Once Upon a Time (Chinese: 三生三世十里桃花) is an upcoming Chinese romantic drama fantasy film produced by Alibaba Pictures and directed by Zhao Xiaoding and Anthony LaMolinara. It is based on the fantasy novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles Peach Blossoms, also known as To the Sky Kingdom, by TangQi Gongzi. It stars Liu Yifei and Yang Yang. The film is scheduled for release in China on July 21, 2017.
Plot This is the story of Bai Qian, a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms. In her first life, she was the disciple of Mo Yuan. Due to a devastating war, Mo Yuan's soul was destroyed while sealing the Demon Lord. Seventy thousands years later while Bai Qian was trying to reseal the Demon Lord, she was sent to the mortal realm to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua with whom she falls in love and eventually married. However, their love ends tragically. World later, the two star-crossed lovers meet again as deities but all her memories have been erased due to her request. Ye Hua, who is now a crown prince black dragon 90,000 years younger than Bai Qian, gets a second chance at love with her.
Cast Liu Yifei as Bai Qian / Si Yin / Su Su Yang Yang as Ye Hua Luo Jin as Zhe Yan Yan Yikuan as Qing Cang Li Chun as Su Jin Gu Xuan as Xuan Nu Peng Zisu as Ah Li (Bai Chen) Chen Peisi as Ruler of the Northern Seas
I saw 10 minutes of this movie. I have to say the series looks much more interesting. This movie is so heavily CGI with sharp colors that makes it look really fake. I have to say that the series use better CGI than the movie. And also LYF is totally a wrong cast for Bai Qian. her face, acting, is just not suitable at all for the role.
I didn't read the book or watch the series. So, I have nothing to compare this movie to. As an intro movie to the world of 三生三世 for me, it's pretty good. The GCI looks fake at the start, but, it gets better as the story goes and I ended up loving the beautiful scenes the GCI create. LYF and Yang Yang were able to make me care for the characters.
The weak point of the movie is the plot. I have to google for extra info after I came out of the cinema because some of the things in the plot were not explained clearly and it confused me. But, I guess this can't be help because they have to make a long book and series into a short 2 hour movie.