Drama Review: Cambrian Period

Cambrian Period

Episodes: 24

Zhan Shi Li (Han Chin) is known to be of great influence, owning several businesses and casinos. He adopts sons and raise them into a gang to do the dirty work for him. Each son undergoes strict training in order to be chosen as the heir of the mafia business. Tian Yin (Zhou Yu Tong) is a naive girl who decided to visit her friend in the southern island. However, she accidentally becomes a hostage in a gang fight, believing that the gang fight was a part of a drama shoot.

I started this webdrama a couple of days ago, and finished it very quick. I was completely obsessed with this drama.  I never planned to watch this drama until one of the OSTs randomly popped up on my YouTube recommendation feed.  After watching, I immediately started watching the drama.  Alright, I anticipated watching this drama as a guilty pleasure sort of drama, mainly for the romance between the main couple, but I should have known that the mafia business and police would also take up a lot of the story. It was more melodramatic than what I thought it was going to be.

The music in the trailer gives off a mysterious and ominous atmosphere, and I love it.  I love watching Chinese historical dramas, but I think Chinese crime/detective dramas are starting to replace my favorite genre, especially the dark melodramatic ones. My favorite one, so far, is Love Me if You Dare. In both Love Me if You Dare and Cambrian Period, I like how the screen looks dark and sort of washed out/has a lower contrast(?). The way the drama is filmed makes me feel the dark and mysterious mood of the dramas. I was surprised that Cambrian Period was a webdrama since it was so intense to watch. I was so excited to watch Siege in the Fog/Color of Night(another drama that gives off a sad, dark vibe) but unfortunately, airing has been pushed back to the end December or perhaps, next year.  If you happen to know of any good crime/detective Chinese dramas, please let me know!

The ending OST might be the most beautiful OST that I’ve ever heard. I’ve had this song on repeat all week.

Hou Ming Hao also sings one of the OST tracks.

Unfortunately, I could only find Vietnamese dubs for the majority of this drama. I was so sad that there was no English and barely any Vietnamese subs available. I really do not like Vietnamese dub, especially if it is with only one person dubbing every character in a monotone voice. Hopefully, English subs will come out soon!

Jian Zi (Hou Ming Hao aka Hou Neo) is one of Shi Li’s adopted sons. He is different than his brothers in that he is kind and innocent. He lives by the sea, running a small bar. However, he has another identity, Lian Bu, a masked assassin.

This was my first drama with him in it. As a new actor, he is pretty solid in his acting! He has a baby face that allows Jian Zi’s adorable and naive character to come out well, but makes it harder for him to act as an assassin and gang member. I’m looking forward to watching his other dramas and his upcoming movie, Monkey King 3!

HE WAS A SM TRAINEE RUMORED FOR NCT! Neo is absolutely adorable.  I normally do not fall for baby faces, but there’s something about him that made me fall. I cannot even imagine how I would be if he actually debuted with NCT. Honestly, he would probably be my bias. He was in a Chinese boy band and released some singles, so I’ll probably be checking them out soon.  I’m also thinking of watching the Baby Let Me Go show he starred with other popular celebrities such as Jackson Wang from GOT7 and Henry Lau from Super Junior, taking care of kids. I think I just developed a celebrity crush after this drama. 

Tang Yin (Zhou Yu Tong) is also naive and a little annoying, especially in the first few episodes. She used to work in the filming industry, so she believes that she knows what is going on based on the drama cliches.

Li Young Ji (Mike He) is a police officer. To be completely honest, his character and the whole police team were absolutely boring. I would often find myself skipping his parts.

WHERE HAS TIME GONE? Mike He looks so mature now. He was in many of the first dramas that I ever watched along with Rainie Yang. I mean it has been over a decade since Devil Besides You was aired. It was a little disappointing that I didn’t enjoy Mike He’s acting as much in this drama.


Zhan Shi Li (Han Chin) is the infamous mafia boss on the island, raising his adopted sons to do his dirty business.


Mai Quan Cheng (Jason) is Jian Zi’s good friend. Due to his mother’s illness, he had to resort to some unethical means to support his mom.

First off, my Kpop fans, did you guys know that Jason is/was in NU’EST-M? I didn’t even know that NU’EST had another team to promote in China until I looked him up. His Instagram is hilarious!  I don’t know about you, but Jason looks so incredible in this drama! This is probably my second drama that I’ve seen, and I hope to see more of his works!

I give this drama a 9.5/10. I love the story, the characters, the filming, and the cast. However, it does have some missing parts that I’ll discuss in the spoiler section below.  I wish that this drama had more attention. I was disappointed that there was very little information about this drama around the web. If the English subs ever come, I’ll absolutely rewatch the drama and update!

Spoilers Ahead in Pink Section. 


The part about raising adopted sons into gang members reminded me a little of the Korean Drama: Sweet Strangers and Me (these two dramas are completely different otherwise).  I kind of understand why the older brother was such a cautious person who constantly harmed and killed others. All the brothers were raised to enter a dangerous environment. They not only complete dirty work, they also had to compete each other to be worthy to be the heir. It was bittersweet when he gave up his life to protect his brother and Tang Yin. 

It took Tang Yin and Jian Zi about 20 episodes to find that they had the same mother?! These sort of coincidences in dramas tend to bother me a little. It’s nice that the two main leads ended up together, but I hate that childhood coincidences are added so that it seems like these two are “fated” to be together. 

If there is no season 2, I am going to be extremely upset. The ending was practically a little teaser for a season 2. He cannot die just like that. Who’s the person wearing the mask now? Please do not convince me that this is an open ending. I need a season 2 for answers! This drama cannot end like this! WHO’S WITH ME? 

Looking at a different perspective, I would not have been that satisfied with Jian Zi and Tang Yin getting back together at the end. The right ending should be a season 2!

I heard that this drama is based on a trilogy. I don’t know whether this drama complied all the books or one of them, but I wish to see more. I don’t know how popular this drama was when it aired, but I hope there is enough views and anticipation for a second season!



48 thoughts on “Drama Review: Cambrian Period

      1. To understand better : Jian Zi an Tang Yin are brother and sister??? Ziang Zi will die and Tang Yin will end up with Li Young Ji ??? So twisted !!! O start watching chinese drama only for 6 months but I decided to stop bc they have 80% of dramas with sad endings. They have good stories, good actors and very good directors but for me it`s too much…. The real life is hard and sometimes sad enough …. The drama is now translated on fast drama . co …

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      2. SPOILER ALERT: From what I remember watching in vietsubs, I believe that Jian Zi and Tang Yin are not exactly related by blood. I believe that Zhan Shi Li just asked Tang Yin’s mother to raise Jian Zhi. This is so coincidental. Let me know if I got that wrong!

        UMMMMMMMMMM THERE BETTER BE A SEASON TWO. Jian Zhi must come back! The story simply cannot end like this. Yeah, Chinese dramas tend to have sad endings, and it honestly is hard to recover afterwards. However, something about the way Chinese dramas are written, makes it so addicting to watch! Sigh, still have to learn how to cope with these sad endings.


    1. Yup , I watched it with eng subs on daily motion, I just loved this drama, it was my first Chinese drama, I really want a season two too, hope we get it

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    1. SPOILER ALERT: I don’t quite remember whether they are related by blood from their mother or whether Jian Zi was just raised by Tang Yin’s mother. I believe that it is the latter, but do let me know if it is the former! I find this too coincidental. I was actually a little shocked at first. This event made it more forceful to make Jian Zi and Tang Yin more “fated” to be together. I can’t say that I like this coincidence in particular.


    2. They’re not. In episode 22, his father said that, it’s a shame that his mother isn’t Qiu Yun (Tang Yin’s mom). He wished his son would be brought to the world by Qiu Yun.


  1. I love taiwanese drama ever since Meteor Garden. Then I fell in love with Rainie Yang and Mike He. Cambrian Period made me comeback to my first love been hooked on kdramas for a long time and watching this made me remember how much I loved taiwanese drama 😭 Hope there is a second season. It cant end like that!

    P.S was this a hit in Taiwan? Because if it is then it will give me more hope for a season 2 ❤️❤️😍

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    1. Yes! Taiwanese dramas were one of the first dramas that got me into my drama addiction! I’m so glad Mike He came back to dramas!

      I honestly do not know how popular this webdrama is. When I first watched the drama when it aired, there was not many places online that I could stream it. However, I am seeing more sites updating subs on this drama now. I hope it becomes more popular for a season 2! I also hope the cast stays the same. It cannot end like this!


  2. So, the ending is Jian Zhi will die? Oh my God..i shouldn’t have watched this drama if the ending was like that 🙄 Up to episodes 1-20, so far the story was interesting and the OST really move me though..4 more episodes just to know that Jian Zhi gonna die ! huhhhhhh..

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  3. hi…
    i just read this blog because hou ming hou and cambrian period,,,the drama just make me searchng more…
    i just watch the mv and fanmade but make me curious and download all the episode,,,hehhe
    love it…

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  4. Hello, is it true that this drama is based on a trilogy? , how did you find out, or how can I find information about the two missing parts, please tell me.

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  5. Glad to see this review. I’ve been looking for people who shares some thoughts on this webdrama. I have just finished watching this drama and OMG! I SERIOUSLY STRESSED OUT WITH THE ENDING. I CAN’T GET OVER IT. THE DIRECTOR BETTER MAKE SEASON 2 TO CLEAR UP PEOPLE’S FRUSTRATION IN THE FUTURE. I HOPE THERE WILL BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY WILL BE MAKING SEASON 2 SOON.

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    1. Yes, I completely understand how you feel! There’s not a lot of people that I know that enjoy watching webdramas! This drama is so good. THERE NEEDS TO BE A SECOND SEASON! I CANT LIVE MY LIFE WITH THAT ENDING! I HOPE THAT THEY KEEP THE CAST THE SAME!


  6. I just finished watch this drama n the ending part..OMG what?!!! I’m so stress right now huhuhu i want to cry but i dont know why, but when I saw the ending part, my brain automatic thought the one who were standing was the heroine..hmm hahaha that’s impossible

    Ps: sorry for my bad english

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    1. The drama was so enjoyable and suspenseful that I couldn’t stop watching! I was also so shocked that the ending was left like that! What a cliffhanger or incomplete ending. My life is still incomplete from that ending!


  7. F*** the ending! this was an amazing drama but screw the ending are you crazy (The writers) but for GOD SAKE I NEED A SEASON 2. Your writers got to do your job and make a proper ending even if season 2 is for like 12 episodes…I DON’T CARE as long as the ending makes bloody sense that is. Oh and one more thing they need the same cast another wise I won’t watch cause it won’t make sense. Thank you for reading I rest my case!

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    1. What????? 😦😭No please I want those two leads only, it won’t make any sense, if the leads are going to change then are they going with a different story??

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  8. I’ve watched Jason in Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me… That’s why he seems so familiar. That somehow I’ve seen him before.. Oh, and I’m watching CP cos of youtube recom too ❤

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  9. Hola!!!

    Recien acabo de ver este drama y puedo decir que como a ustedes me atrapo, asi que el capitulo final me hizo querer saber mas y estoy de acuerdo con ustedes de que debe tener una segunda temporada el no puede morir asi, tiene alguna idea si algún otro drama chino que finalice igual le hicieron segunda temporada porque de ser así este también tendrá, el final me recordó al drama coreano Healer que es parecido pero muy muy diferente, se ve como que el muere pero en realidad es para limpiar su nombre y así vive un vida mas que feliz, espero que el final que nos quisieron dar sea algo asi como ese.

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    1. “¡No entiendo español, pero mi amiga traduzco tu comentario! Me gusta tu perspectiva del final: supone que murió para escapar el mundo de la mafia y vivir una vida normal. ¡Pero al mismo tiempo, ojalá que hay más aventuras en una segunda temporada!”


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