Nirvana in Fire

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Nirvana in Fire


  • Title: 琅琊榜 / Lang Ya Bang
  • English title: Nirvana in Fire
  • Genre: Historical, political, revenge
  • Episodes: 54
  • Viewership ratings: peak= 1.254%, average= 0.809% (Dragon TV), 0.834% (BTV) [1]
  • Broadcast network: Dragon TV, Beijing TV
  • Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-19 to 2015-Oct-15
  • Air time: 19:30
  • Original Soundtrack: Nirvana in Fire OST
  • Related TV series: Nirvana in Fire 2


During the 4th century, war broke out between the feudal Northern Wei dynasty and Southern Liang dynasties, leading Liang's General Lin Xie to take his only child, the 19 year old Lin Shu, to battle. Unexpectedly, Lin Xie was framed by a political rival, causing the unjust deaths of seventy thousand Chiyan army soldiers, just after they drove off the hostile Wei forces.

After barely escaping with his life, Lin Shu establishes the Jiangzuo Alliance with the help of Langya Hall and makes a name for himself as Mei Changsu, chief of the pugilistic world. Under the alias of Su Zhe, he returns to the capital of Liang 12 years on to overturn the injustices imposed on the Chiyan Army and secretly assist his friend the unfavoured Prince Xiao Jingyan in his battle for the throne.

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Jiang Zuo Alliance
  • Wu Lei as Fei Liu, Mei Changsu's bodyguard
  • Zhou Qi Qi as Gong Yu (A musician in Miao Yin Fang)
  • Jin Dong as Lin Chen (Young master of Langya Hall)
  • Wang Hong as Li Gang (Mei Changsu's right-hand-man)
  • Zhao Yi Long as Zhen Ping (A martial arts expert)
  • Zhong Wei Hua as Physician Yan (Mei Changsu's doctor)
  • Wei Wei as Tong Lu (A vegetable seller in disguise)
  • Shan Ying Zhe as Nie Feng (Forward General of Chiyan Army; Xia Dong's husband)
  • Li Shuai as Wei Zheng (Assistant General of Chiyan Army)
  • Gong Fang Min as Sir Shisan (Head of Spies Network)
  • Xu Ke as Brother Zhao
  • Li Long as Baili Qi (Warrior of Northern Yan)
  • Wang Tang (王堂) as Uncle Ji
  • Ge Ming (葛鸣) as Aunt Ji (Maid of Su manor)
Royal family
  • Zheng Yu Zhi as Grand Empress Dowager
  • Xu Hui Min (徐蕙敏) as Empress Dowager
  • Fang Xiao Li as Empress Yan (Foster mother of Prince Yu)
  • Yang Yu Ting as Noble Consort Yue (Mother of Crown Prince)
  • Liu Min Tao as Consort Jing (Mother of Prince Jing)
  • Wen Jing as Lin Yueyao (Mother of Xiao Jingyu, younger sister of Lin Xie)
  • Chen Li Na as Consort Hui (Mother of Prince Ning)
  • Qian Yu Yu (钱宥宥) as Consort Xu Shu
  • Wang Han (王涵) as Consort Yuan De
  • Yang Lu Lu (杨璐璐) as Princess Ling Long (Princess of Hua tribe, Xiao Jinghuan's birth mother)
  • Lu Shan as Miss Liu, Princess Consort Jing (Daughter of Liu Cheng, Xiao Jingyan's wife)
  • Jiang Lin Yan as Zhu Lanjin, Princess Consort Yu (Wife of Prince Yu)
  • Qiu Xiao Yan as Princess Consort Ji (Wife of Prince Ji)
  • Wang Jin Song as Yan Que (Marquis of Yan. Brother of the Empress)
  • Liu Yi Jun as Xie Yu (Marquis of Ning. Husband of Grand Princess Li Yang. Supporter of the Crown prince)
  • Cheng Hao Feng as Xiao Jingrui (Son of both the Xie and Zhuo family; illegitimate son of Grand Princess Li Yang and hostage prince of Southern Chu)
  • Guo Xiao Ran as Yan Yujin (Son of Marquis Yan)
  • Zhang Xiao Qian as Mu Qing (Younger brother of Nihuang. Descendant of the Yunnan Prince Manor)
  • Kuang Mu Ye as Xie Bi (Son of Xie Yu and Grand Princess Li Yang)
  • Sui Yu Meng as Xie Qi (Daughter of Xie Yu and Grand Princess Li Yang)
  • Sun Rong as Prince Mu (Mu Nihuang and Mu Qing's father)
  • Li Zi Su (李子苏) as Princess Consort Mu
Court personnel
  • Chen Long as Meng Zhi, Commander General of the Imperial Guard
  • Wang Yong Quan as Xia Jiang (Leader of the Xuan Jing Bureau)
  • Zhang Ling Xin as Xia Dong (Executive officer of Xuan Jing Bureau)
  • Liu Guan Lin as Xia Chun (Executive officer of Xuan Jing Bureau)
  • Sui Shu Yang as Xia Qiu (Executive officer of Xuan Jing Bureau)
  • Feng Hui as Shen Zhui (Minister of Revenue)
  • Li Duo as Cai Quan (Minister of Justice)
  • Han Zhen Hua as Liu Cheng (Head Secretariat)
  • Ma Bo as Zhu Shouchen (Assistant commander of the Imperial Guard; later subordinate of Prince Jing)
  • Liu Hong Xing as Ouyang Chi (Commander of Xunfang Camp)
  • Miao Ke as Gao Sheng (Magistrate of the Capital)
  • Wang Yong as a Qi Min (Original Minister of Justice, replaced by Cai Quan)
  • Wang Kan as He Jingzhong (Minister of Personnel, was removed from position following his son's incident)
  • Yin Yuan Zhang as Lou Zhijing (Original Minister of Revenue, replaced by Shen Zhui)
  • Zhang Zhi Wei as Chen Yuanzhi (Minister of Rites)
  • Liu Shuo as Xu Anmo (Commander of Qingli Army)
  • Zhou Yi Hua as Prime Minister Fan
  • Zheng Sheng Li as General Lin Xie (Commander of Chiyan Army; Lin Shu's father)
  • Liu Hong Yuan (刘洪源) as Han Li (Clerk of Crown prince manor)
  • Liu Hong Chao (刘洪超) as An Rui (Officer of Court of Justice)
  • Li Hua as Wen Yuanbo
  • Zhu Yong Lin as Captain Zhang (Gao Sheng's assistant)
  • Yue Jun Ling as Li Lin (Minister of War)
  • Fu Yi Ming as Ye Shizhen (Officer of Dali Temple)
  • Wei Zhi Qiang as Tian Dezhi (Left Imperial Ceonsor)
  • Gao Hong Tao (高洪涛) as Duke Qing
  • Liao Chong Rui (廖崇瑞) as Duke Heng
  • Li Xiang Cheng (李湘橙) as Zhu Yue (Officer of Dali Temple; replaced by Ye Shizhen)
  • Huang Zi Yao as Yi Guan
  • Li Chao as Officer Xu
  • Wang Ou as Qin Banruo (Strategist and advisor of Xiao Jinghuan. Disciple of Princess Xuanji, owner of Hong Xiu Zhao)
  • Zhang Yu Jian as Lie Zhanying (Subordinate of Prince Jing) (dubbed by Zhang Jie)
  • Cui Li Ming as Advisor Ji (Advisor of Prince Yu)
  • Liu Yang (柳洋) as Qi Meng (Subordinate of Prince Jing)
  • Zhang Zhen as Hui Yao (Subordinate of Prince Yu)
People in the Palace
People of Northern Yan
  • Jin Feng as Jun Niang (Qin Banruo's senior sister)
  • Liu Pi Zhong as Zhuo Dingfeng (Master of Tianquan Mountain Pavilion)
  • Liu Shu Chen (刘殊辰) as Madam Zhuo (Wife of Zhuo Dingfeng)
  • Yan Jie as Zhuo Qingyao (Son of Zhuo Dingfeng, husband of Xie Qi)
  • Sun Xiao Hui as Madame Han (Wife of Xia Jiang)
  • Liu Yi Tong as Han Zhuo (Son of Xia Jiang)
  • Wang Hu Cheng as Zhou Xuanqing (A renowned scholar, friend of Li Chong)
  • Zhang Xin Qi (张昕琦) as Xin Yang (Dancer of Miao Yin Fang)
  • Zhang Xin Yao (张昕瑶) as Xin Liu (Dancer of Miao Yin Fang)
  • Huang Kun (黄坤) as He Wenxin (He Jingzhong's son)
  • Yan Jia Hui as Qiu Ze (Son of Wen Yuanbo)
  • Chen Rui Sheng (陈瑞生) as Li Chongxin (A teacher who copied Nie Feng's handwriting)
  • Bai Yu (白玉) as Old Madame Li (Grandmother of Miss Li)
  • Tian Meng (田猛) as Shi Jun (Zhang Jin's subordinate)
  • Fu Tao as Lu Yuan (One of the three slave kids saved by Mei Changsu)
  • Qiao Xin as Yuwen Nian (Princess of Southern Chu, sister of Xiao Jingrui)
  • Guo Dong Yue as Yuwen Xuan (Prince Ling of Southern Chu)
  • Hao Wen Xue as Qiu Xiuze (Officer of Southern Chu. Ranked number five on the Langya List)
  • Ni Tu as Su Tianshu (Master of Medicine Pavilion. Ranked number seven on the Langya List. Wei Zheng's god-father)
  • Wang Chen Yi Xian as Princess Xuanji (Ruler of Hua Tribe, whose mission is to avenger her kingdom)
  • Xu Zhan Wei as Lao Xi (Expert of Medicine Pavilion)
  • Long Ze (龙泽) as Sect Leader Ji

Production Credits[edit]

  • Original writing: Novel Lang Ya Bang (琅琊榜) by Hai Yan
  • Directors: Kong Sheng, Li Xue
  • Screenwriter: Hai Yan
  • Producer: Hou Hong Liang
  • Company: Daylight Entertainment, Shandong Film and Television, Ruyi Films, Hesong Tiandi Yingshi, Cinematrix

Notes and Trivia[edit]

  • Filming period: 2014-Feb-13 to 2014-Jun-07
  • Filming locations: Hengdian World Studio, Xiangshan Film City, Shihu City, Zhexi Grand Grassland Gumingjiu Cultural Village, Yandang Mountains
  • Due to the drama being under Daylight Entertainment which also produced The Disguiser, much of the ensemble cast remain the same.
  • Hu Ge has filmed many costume dramas before, but it is his first historical drama without any fight scenes.
  • The protagonist Mei Chang Su experienced a terrible tragedy before escaping death. Back in 2006, Hu Ge got into a serious car accident that almost took his life, which is why he finds parallels between himself and his character.
  • It is Wang Kai's first time acting in a historical drama, and it proved to be a breakout role for him as an actor.
  • Its sequel Nirvana in Fire: The Wind Blows in Changlin continues the storyline to tell the story of the next generation.
  • The source novel was initially supposed to be in the danmei genre (BL-novel), but the story was eventually changed.


  • 28th Golden Eagle Awards
  • 22nd Magnolia Awards
  • 19th Huading Awards (2016):
    • Best 100 Television Dramas (First Place)
  • 30th Flying Apsaras Awards
    • Outstanding Director (Kong Sheng)
    • Outstanding Historical Drama
  • 7th Anhui Television Drama Awards (2015):
    • Top Ten Most Influential Dramas
    • Best Actor (Hu Ge for Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser, & Good Times)
    • Acting Breakthrough Award (Wang Kai for Nirvana in Fire, Love Him if You Dare, The Disguiser)
    • Most Popular Mainland China Star (Wang Kai for Nirvana in Fire, Love Him if You Dare, The Disguiser)
    • Most Popular Supporting Actor (Victor Huang)
    • Most Full of Potential (Wu Lei)
  • 6th Macau International Drama Festival (2015):
    • Best Drama
    • Best Television Producer (Hou Hongliang)
  • Shout, iQiyi Night (2015):
    • Best Drama
    • Best Television Actor (Hu Ge)
    • Most Capable Actor (Jin Dong)
    • Most Popular New Actor (Wu Lei)


  • "If one dies, that's when they lose everything. Might as well consume everything in the fight." - Marquis Xie Yu to Princess Li Yang during the time they were surrounded (episode 22)
  • "Jing Rui is the most accepting person that I have ever seen. Maybe God gave him this magnanimous and forgiving personality to offset all the pain he will have to suffer." - On Xiao Jingrui before leaving the city after knowing about the truth of his birth (episode 26)
  • "Succeeding will be up to fate, but strategising is up to people." - Prince Jing to Mei Changsu during the plan to rescue Wei Zheng (episode 33)
  • "Even though my heart has never changed for Ni Huang but for this lifetime, she and I cannot be together. I can't say these words to her, I'm afraid she will not be able to handle it. Nothing is absolute in the world, life is difficult, you understand it." - Mei Changsu to Xia Dong on his love for Ni Huang (episode 48)
  • "They all say fate lasts for three lives. In the next life, I hope that we can be born into ordinary families, and spend the rest of our lives together in peace." - Mei Changsu to Ni Huang before they went to battle (episode 54)

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