If you are searching for a film with a blend of action, magic, and sci-fi, The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity is your ultimate destination. It is a Chinese fantasy film directed by Guo Jingming, released on 25th December 2020, in Mainland China. The cinematography is done by Randy Che. Made under the production company, Hehe Pictures and Shanghai Film Group – the film stars Deng Lun, Mark Chao, Olivia Wang, Jasper, and Sun Chenjun.
The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity is based on a series of novels named Onmyōji, written by Baku Yumemakura (since 1986). It showcases Qing Ming, the Yin Yang Master, who vows to fulfill his master’s last wish and goes to the Imperial City to battle with the serpent who had to awaken from its slumber. It is a story of the magic that fills the murder mystery with suspense and fantasy along with a hint of melodrama.
The film created a stir all over the internet because of its name. The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity is based on a novel, whereas, another movie of a similar title hit the internet, which was an adaptation of a mobile game, based on Onmyōji.
The plot of Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity
The story begins with an event that happened centuries ago. A serpent demon took birth from the desires of men. To capture the demon, four masters gathered together. They trapped the snake within the body of the Empress, in the Imperial City, who was protected by the four stone guardians.
Whenever the demon tried to wake up, the stone guardians came together. The story focuses on one such event, where the four masters- Hongrou, Longye (Jessie Li), Bo Ya (Deng Lun), and Qing Ming (Mark Chao)- traveled to the Imperial City, to awaken the stone guardians. The story takes a drastic turn when Qing Ming’s Master Hongruo was killed in his sleep. There came a profound demand for investigation within the court. Later, a failed attempt of assassination of the Empress created turmoil in the realm. The masters suspected each other and decided to investigate individually.
Master Longye is accused to be the assassinator and before she is able to disclose the truth she discovered, she becomes prey of the Hair Demon, who was the actual culprit. Although, in the final moments she explains the truth to Qing Ming he misinterprets it. He along with Bo Ya, accuses Shouyue (Wang Duo).
After this revelation, while comforting the Princess, Qing Ming hunts the Hair Demon, who tried to attack her. The latter reveals the motive behind the attack and we discover that the Princess is the actual Empress.
The cast of Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity
The cast of The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity includes a wide variety of actors. Names of the characters with their roles are as follows:
- Mark Chao – Master Qing Ming
- Deng Lun – Master Bo Ya
- Olivia Wang – Princess Zhang Ping
- Jasper – Snow Hound
- Sun Chenjun – Killing Stone and others.
How To Watch Yin Yang Master Movie Online?
The Netflix original, The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity, was released on 25th December 2020 in China. However, before its theatrical release, the American over-the-top content platform, Netflix, purchased the streaming rights from the producers. The film is available in Mandarin and English language along with Mandarin explanations.
One needs to simply log in to their Netflix account to get access to this murder mystery with amazing visuals and a nail-biting plot. In UK and USA, Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity had its release on 5th February 2021.
Although the director of the film, Guo Jingming was accused of plagiarism, the screenplay was highly appreciated. It is a story which beautifully depicts a master and student relationship. Being a perfect portrayal of the amalgamation of fantasy with action and suspense, The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity is a must watch for the lovers of all genres. The Cumulative Worldwide Collection of the fantasy film was of $68,000,000.