I went searching for mermaid media, specifically a 2000 Hong Kong tv serial someone told me about called Legend of Heaven and Earth: The Mermaid Beauty
, and even with the browser translation function the language barrier made it tricky to get useful information in terms of comprehensive plot. It was made even trickier by the fact that there are multiple titles (I think a mix of official and unofficial based on international dubs), which lead to a snowball effect where I ended up finding stuff about a completely separate mainland China tv serial called Legend of Mermaid
(aka The Legend of Chasing Fish
) which was confusing the heck out of me because at first I thought they were the same because hey, title variants, except NO THEY'RE NOT.
AND THEN because of the clickhole I ended up being bouncing through the internet and found I think three different mermaid-based China/Hong Kong/Taiwan* movies (I think they're movies?) all of which have multiple English titles but came out in the same freaking year of 2016 which I'm suspecting is because that's the year that Stephen Chow came out with his The Mermaid
movie which destroyed box office records and... I suspect there may be even more out there. Good grief.
*I'm really sorry but I got so overwhelmed I ended up closing all the tabs instead of trying to identify each one properly.
ALSO I'd made another mistake where with the promos of Siren
coming out recently, I thought that that was the Australian TV show that was announced ages ago just with a different name but nO! The Australian TV show is called Tidelands
and I swear...
Description of Siren
: “Siren,” which has been ordered for 10 episodes, takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.
Description of Tidelands
: The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”
Plus that freaking indie The Little Mermaid movie
with Shirley McLaine and William Moseley is supposed to come out this year!
Never thought I'd say it, but this may be too many mermaids.