Eternal Brotherhood Chinese Drama Review and Ending Explained

Eternal Brotherhood is a very good historical Chinese drama, I think everyone should try it. I highly recommend this if you like amazing war action. See the full review below!


Drama Details

Title: Eternal Brotherhood (紫川·光明三杰)
Episodes: 24
Release Date: February 27, 2024
Genres: Action, Historical, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Country: China
Original Network: iQiyi, Tencent Video
Available On: iQiyi

Eternal Brotherhood Chinese Drama Review and Ending Explained

Synopsis and Plot Summary

Set in the world of Zichuan, where the Zichuan and Sairong clans are embroiled in fierce conflict, we find our hero, Zichuan Xiu. After serving tirelessly at the border, he returns to the capital bearing incredible military triumphs, offering a precious moment of calm to his homeland.

However, peace is short-lived as Yang Minghua, a respected court official with ulterior motives, stirs up rebellion.

In the face of this new threat, Zichuan Xiu rallies his loyal companions, Di Lin, and Si Yi Lin, and together they embark on a mission to quell the uprising and bring back harmony to Zichuan.

But just when it seems the turmoil is subsiding, the neighboring Sairong clan declares open war, casting a shadow over the land once again.


Eternal Brotherhood Chinese Drama Ending Explained

Eternal Brotherhood Chinese drama has a fairly realistic ending that is anything but tragic for its two male leads. At the conclusion of the episode, Zichuanxiu achieves his goal of uniting the entire Xichuan continent, but tragically, his friends Si Yilin and Dilin meet unfortunate ends.

Zichuanxiu, though initially underestimated, proves himself to be remarkably clever and successful in battles. Despite initial doubts from others like Baichuan, he earns their complete trust, especially Baichuan’s. With his two steadfast and level-headed sworn brothers by his side, Zichuanxiu navigates the complexities of politics and warfare.

Crucially, Zichuanxiu’s noble lineage and extraordinary martial arts skills, inherited from his master King Zuojiaming, play a pivotal role in his victories.

While he enjoys a comfortable life with his brother Yingxing’s support, tragedy strikes when Yingxing dies, leaving Zichuanxiu vulnerable to political machinations. Despite being slandered and forced to relocate, Zichuanxiu remains resilient and leads the orcs to establish his own regime.

Meanwhile, Si Yilin, known for his intelligence and martial prowess, tragically dies in battle. Despite his loyalty and invaluable contributions to the Zichuan family, his love for the demon Cardan’s daughter is doomed by their differing backgrounds and the ongoing conflict between their races.

As for Dilin, the most formidable of the trio, his cruel methods and ambitious nature eventually lead to his downfall. Despite his undeniable strength and capability, his actions draw the ire of Zichuan Ning, ultimately resulting in his rebellion and subsequent demise at the hands of Zichuanxiu.

The conclusion of these three heroes’ stories is a poignant reminder of the harsh realities of power struggles and the sacrifices made in the pursuit of greatness. While their paths diverge tragically, their legacies endure, shaping the future of Xichuan and its people.

Eternal Brotherhood Chinese Drama Review and Ending Explained

Eternal Brotherhood Chinese Drama Review

From the moment it kicks off, this show delivers excitement right off the bat. The costumes, set design, and epic war scenes are all top-notch, reminiscent of ‘Nirvana in Fire’. I’m hesitant to draw comparisons because ‘Nirvana in Fire’ is a masterpiece, but the cinematography and intricate political plot here evoke similar vibes.

I went in blind, not knowing the synopsis, and was pleasantly surprised to see Liu Yunning in the cast. Wow, did he bring a commanding presence, especially in his entrance scene? Did he bulk up for this role? Not that I mind—it suits his warrior character perfectly.

There are plenty of familiar faces in the cast, making for a solid ensemble. The first episode dives deep into the intriguing political undercurrents beneath those sinister smiles. The editing adds to the suspense, making it clear this isn’t just a run-of-the-mill political drama—it’s got supernatural elements too, which I’m a sucker for.

I appreciate the way they balance conflict between characters with humor, keeping the tone from getting too heavy. The male lead reminds me of Liu Yunning’s character from his last drama.

Adapted from the novel “Purple River” by Lao Zhu, this fantasy adaptation, delayed for three years, finally premiered on IQIYI. While Liu Yunning steals the spotlight, he’s not the main protagonist.

That role belongs to Yang Xu Wen as Zichuan Xiu, a familiar face from “Strange Tales of Tang Dynasty”. It’s great to see him in a meatier role alongside popular actors Liu Yunning and Zhang Ming En.

The story unfolds in a fictional universe where the Zichuan and North Clan (Sairong) are perpetually at war. Peace talks are just covers for more conflict, and trust is scarce. The only ones worth believing in are the titular trio: Zichaun Xiu, Di Lin, and Si Yi Lin. The attention to detail in cinematography, settings, and costumes really brings the past era to life, even in this fictionalized story.

I think everyone should give this a shot. I was unsure about the male lead at first, but I’m glad I gave it a chance—he nails the old-timey vibe. This show took me on an emotional rollercoaster, but it was totally worth it. The characters, paired with the perfect OST, really make you feel every moment.

Eternal Brotherhood Chinese Drama Cast

Main Role

Yang Xu Wen as Zichuan Xiu

Liu Yu Ning as Di Lin

Zhang Ming En as Si Yilin

Li Mo Zhi as Zichuan Ning

Support Role

Gu Lan Di as Ying Mu Lan

Dong Bo Liang as Qi Luo

Guo Jia Nan as Ka Lan

Joyin Cai as Ka Dan [Princess of North Clan]

Li Zhi Yong as Wang Ge

Ma Shao Hua as Zichuan Can Xing

Xiu Qing as Ge Ying Xing

Zhang Fan as Yang Ming Hua

Huang Hao Yue as Bai Chuan

Shen Hao as Mao Cai

Zhang Ceng Ceng as Ge Qing

Guo Ye as Emperor Lu

Tao Luo Yi as Lin Xiu Jia

Li Guo as Yun Qian Xue

Esther Chen as Li Qing

Wu He Lun as Ma Wei

And More


My Verdict

Overall, Eternal Brotherhood is a historical Chinese drama that I think everyone should try. This show took me on an emotional rollercoaster, but it was so worth it. I highly recommend this. My rating for the Eternal Brotherhood Chinese drama review is 9,2/10.

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