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China Drama Review Long for you 2 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ

Such a long drama drought haha, especially for kdrama.

Long for you 2 (2018-2019) 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ

Enjoyment: 9.5/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 sometimes  No. of times I watched it: 1

   

starring Riley Wang/Wang Yi Lun as Ye Gu, Xu Xiao Nuo as Xia Xi, Zhang Bai Jia as Yao Xin, Wan Yan Luo Rong as Xia Yi Chen, Zhao Huan Ran as Gu Ning, Zhen Shu Huan as Xiao You

Finished this drama at around end March. Didnt feel like watching this drama at first as I saw some videos of it on instagram and the scenes were typical. After some time, my sister watched the first few episodes of this drama and found it watchable. She told me about the plot and I watched the drama with her after that. Luckily, I didnt miss it.

Liked the fantasy in the drama (as usual haha) such as teleportation.

The parts where Xia Xi can summon Ye Gu to her location whenever she feels fear after his tear dropped onto her pendant feels like Goblin. But I guess the difference for those parts is that Ye Gu is unhappy about her summoning him, especially at the start, but Goblin is usually happy about it and anticipates and prepares for it. Besides, Xia Xi just needs to feel fear and Ye Gu will be summoned. Enjoyed watching Ye Gu completing missions as a time messenger. His missions are usually to prevent people from dying or getting injured when they are not supposed to die/get injured. It is funny that for the 2 times Yang Mu, the villain, is involved, Ye Gu’s mission is to cause a person’s death when the person could have lived. It is cool how he uses his supernatural power to turn back or stop time and make certain changes to obtain the outcome that matches the mission. It is funny how he has to improvise. The mission that left the deepest impression on me is the one where he doesnt have his supernatural power but he still had to continue with the mission and he uses his own body to save a boy from getting into a car accident.

The ways that Ye Gu appears every time Xia Xi is in danger, ranging from smaller issues like falling down and being afraid of bugs to life threatening situations, are very cool haha! All his entrances to the scenes are well-executed and are nicely combined with his face that shows no feelings. Xia Xi gets into so many accidents haha… It is funny how there is one time that Xia Xi was sleeping and dreaming that she needs to prevent her food from being stolen or eaten and summoned Ye Gu to her house. Liked the scenery when they go into some time gap space that looks like galaxy.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Ye Gu and Xia Xi. It is funny how Xia Xi is not affected by Ye Gu’s supernatural power and is amused when she sees him completing his missions. She calls him rude once when he points at her face, attempting to erase her memories but to no avail. It is fun to watch how Xia Xi finds Ye Gu’s identity funny but cool. Liked the characters, Xia Xi and Ye Gu. Xia Xi is cheerful but with a sense of loneliness. It was fun watching Xia Xi purposely watching a horror movie at home to summon Ye Gu and her delighted face when he appears. Xia Xi plays the active role and is often keen to interact with Ye Gu, helping in the development of their relationship. Ye Gu, on the other hand, doesnt express much feelings but is slowly being affected by Xia Xi. Ye Gu plays the role of a protector both in front of Xia Xi and silently behind such as making important decisions without her knowing. The similarity between the two is the loneliness both feel. Ye Gu doesnt make friends and build relationships due to how he lives an ever-lasting life and Xia Xi lives under the roof of a family who adopted her as the son knocked her down. Liked the part when Xia Xi moves to Ye Gu’s house as she cant stand her adoptive mother’s discrimination against her anymore. Can feel the joy and simple bliss in them. Felt that Wang Yi Lun looks more good-looking when he doesnt smile (or doesnt smile too widely) haha…One of the characteristics of Ye Gu that left a deep impression on me (and I found it funny) is that he sometimes just leaves when he wants to for example, when Yi Chen asks him a ridiculous question, he doesnt reply and just walks off. And this characteristic adds more sadness to the scene where he meets Xia Xi for the last time and (if I didnt remember wrongly) Xia Xi replies to what he said and turns back only to realise he is not there anymore.

 

Liked how Ye Gu’s butler is cute. It is funny that Gu Ning buys everything that Xiao You promotes in the home shopping channel. Liked his interactions with Ye Gu. Ye Gu is cold towards him at first but they gradually become more of friends than just servant and master. Admired how he is persistent in his love pursuit. His relationship with Xiao You shows that everything is possible haha. Liked the character Yi Chen, Xia Xi’s adoptive brother, as he adds humour to the drama. Laughed at the scenes where he is amused the first time he sees Ye Gu teleporting, and when he tries to understand the type of guy Yao Xin likes and imitates Ye Gu. Liked the interactions between Xia Xi and Yi Chen such as the playful ones and when they provide support for each other. It is seldom that the second male lead snatches the second female lead and it is good to watch Yi Chen doing that haha. It is funny how Yi Chen moves to Ye Gu’s house too to protect Xia Xi from Ye Gu. It is nice how Xia Xi’s adoptive brother and father treat her like family despite how they are not biologically related. Admired Xiao You’s fighting spirit when she chases her dream and how she treasures and makes good use of every opportunity she can get. Liked how she tries to help Xia Xi get together with Ye Gu towards the end. Felt that Yao Xin’s punishment is too light. She commits such a great evil deed and shows no remorse for so long but still gets to live and be with Yi Chen…(Sry for the spoiler) Liked the acting by the cast!

The plot that involves life and death situations gives the drama a layer of grimness. The company related plot is quite boring to me haha. Felt that this drama lacks enough tension and suspense to make me chase it but overall still good enough.

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Hot Girl (2016) Chinese Drama

Hot Girl 麻辣变形计 (2016)

Cast: Dilraba Dilmurat as Guan Xiao Di, Ma Ke as Liang Da Wei, Wang Yang as Cui Tian Qi, Liu Chan as Ju Liang, Shao Bing as Xiong Kuo Hai, Eliza as Liu Sha, Ai Xiao Di as Zhang Yan, Lou Jia Yue as Mary, Wang Lu as Qin Sheng

Episodes: 37

My Own Review:

I like how this show has quite a lot of fighting scenes (compared to Sweet Combat). I feel that shows that are related to combat sports should have quite a lot of fighting scenes as this will allow characters in the show to display their amazing skills. I like how Guan Xiao Di is very good at fighting.

hot girl guan xiaodi

It is amazing how she is good at many other things as well (like playing pool).

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I like how Xiong Kuo Hai, the boss of the bodyguard company L.H.S.D., treats his employee. Xiong Kuo Hai treats his employees like family. One instance of him treating his employee like family is when he gives Liu Sha and Qin Sheng a mission, which is to take a break and marry each other during their break (if I am not wrong). Xiong Kuo Hai also gives his employees a second chance if his employees decide to turn a new leaf.

Putting this picture of Guan Xiao Di and Liang Da Wei as I like the shirt that they are wearing. The dog that is wearing sunglasses seems to be bodyguards too (just like Guan Xiao Di and Liang Da Wei). Hahaha…

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China Drama Review Ashes of Love 香蜜沉沉烬如霜

Ashes of Love/Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost (2018) 香蜜沉沉烬如霜

starring Yang Zi as Jinmi, Deng Lun as Xufeng, Luo Yunxi as Runyu, Wang Yifei as Suihe, Xia Zhiyuan as Danzhu, Liao Jingfeng as Yanyou, Zhang Junran as Lord Liaoyuan, Chen Yuqi as Liuying, Zou Tingwei as Muci

After becoming a fan of Deng Lun (after I saw him in Sweet Dreams), I searched for his dramas and happened to chance upon this drama. But it is a long series China period/historical drama and the plot of such drama is usually a combination of reincarnation and tragic love+sacrifice which I dont really like. Finished this drama at around September-October. Happy to get a hold of this drama and Sweet Dreams when there is a lack of kdramas to watch. 

 

 

Loved the fantasy element in this drama! Liked how the characters can fly in the air, especially liked the scene when Xufeng brings Jinmi up to Heaven Realm and flies through the different layers of skies. They have supernatural powers depending on the tribes (?) they are from such as Bird tribe, Dragonfish tribe, Flower tribe. Xufeng’s power is based on fire as his parents are dragon and phoenix while his elder stepbrother’s power is based on water as his parents are dragon and dragonfish. Jinmi’s power is based on flower and water. Liked how Xufeng is powerful and can use his power for many purposes such as healing, transformation, fighting. He looks good when shooting fire arrows haha. Liked how Jinmi can grow different types of plants and herbs with her power, especially healing herbs. My sister likes water power the most as she likes water but too bad the guy with water power is not the main lead. It is cool how they can change clothes using power!

Loved the scenery in this drama, especially when they go to Demon World, the beautiful river and sky! Liked the boat-riding when going there haha.

Liked the development of relationship between Xufeng and Jinmi.

For the first part, it is fun to watch how naive and playful Jinmi slowly breaks the ice with seemingly cold Xufeng. Could see that Xufeng has a good time having Jinmi by his side haha. After he brings her up to Heaven Realm, he helps her improve by making her memorise the spells (?) and theories. When she is lazy, he punishes her once by transforming her into different objects. Enjoyed watching how Xufeng cant help but smile when Jinmi complains about him or at Jinmi’s naivety. It is funny how Jinmi only thinks of how to increase her power and can do anything for that. Jinmi saves Xufeng a few times but I think she causes more danger to him haha. Because of Jinmi, the invincible Xufeng ends up getting injured as Jinmi either distracts him or causes him to risk his life to save her. But I guess that shows how important Jinmi is to Xufeng and how she has an impact on him. Although Jinmi cant feel love due to her deceased mother putting the Unfeeling pill in her, I could feel the relationship and love between them growing. Liked how Xufeng gradually falls for her and how Jinmi cares for him. The two defining moments in their relationship to me are when Xufeng is injured because of Jinmi, Jinmi’s sudden forced kiss to feed Xufeng the healing herb she grew and when she believes in Moon immortal and hugs Xufeng to repay his kindness and he accepts it happily. This part was the best to me. Feel that the love is simple at this point and it is good that no one is interfering. I chased the drama for this part. I watched the drama while it was screening. Luckily, many episodes were added per week.

For the second part where the relationship between Jinmi and Xufeng starts from scratch as they both go to the mortal world and their memories are erased, there are some similarities with the first part like Jinmi meeting Xufeng through saving him. The main difference here is that the unfeeling pill starts to crack and Jinmi is able to feel her love for Xufeng. Xufeng is now the king and Jinmi is a physician who is forbidden to marry anyone and will be buried with the king when he dies. Liked how there is a different scenario and subplot and their relationship gets to develop again. Especially liked the scenes when Jinmi didnt know Xufeng is the king and Xufeng pretends he is still unable to hear and talk so that he wont cause any potential danger to her. Although there is less fantasy element due to them being at the mortal world and Jinmi, Xufeng not being able to use their powers, I enjoyed the romantic scenes and their chemistry. Touched by their love in this part.

 

For the final tragic parts, what hits me the most is their longing for each other and there are some good emotion-provoking scenes.

Liked how Yang Zi portrayed Jinmi and Deng Lun portrayed Xufeng and they add depth to the characters. Felt that Yang Zi’s crying scenes touched me more than Deng Lun’s ones haha. For example, I felt like crying when she cries for her reincarnated friend who sacrifices her life for Jinmi once again. Yang Zi acted well and she feels different when she is the naive and playful Jinmi and the confident and lovely mortal world Jinmi. My sister was hit by the scene where Xufeng is sad, happy then sad and she almost drops the drama. He is sadly playing the harp at first, thinking that he has no chance with Jinmi since they have the same father then he is suddenly very happy as Jinmi’s biological father comes in and say that Jinmi is his daughter and then he is sad as it is already part of an agreement between the elders that his elder stepbrother is supposed to marry her. Felt that Deng Lun’s expressions are on point. Felt sad at the scene where Xufeng bids farewell to Jinmi and say they are not meant to be together to Jinmi who he cant see as she was under invisibility spell. The atmosphere for that scene was well-evoked. Liked how Xufeng is very sure of what he wants and is able to reject what his mother plans for him.

Liked how there are many distinct characters in the drama and enjoyed watching the interactions between characters.

 

Liked the relationship between Xufeng and his stepbrother, Runyu, at the start. Runyu protects his younger brother, Xufeng, and Xufeng stands up for Runyu when others talk negatively about him or when Xufeng’s mother try to frame Runyu for things he did not do. However, this changes due to Jinmi later on haha… Didnt like Runyu as a character after he uses the elders’ agreement to his advantage. It is fine if he competes with his brother for Jinmi but he should not have taken advantage of the unfeeling pill in Jinmi for his own purposes. Didnt like it when one of the servants say that in terms of history, Jinmi is meant to be with Runyu first since the agreement is set long ago. Without Xufeng meeting Jinmi, she wont even be acknowledged as Water immortal’s daughter.

Liked the relationship between Xufeng and his uncle, the Moon immortal. Liked the character, the Moon/fox immortal Danzhu, who is in charge of love and marriages of mortal beings, as he is cute and funny haha and eager to help Xufeng and Jinmi get together. He is actually powerful and old but his actions make him seem like a child haha. Liked how Danzhu is always on Xufeng’s side and supports and guides him when needed.

Liked how Lord Liaoyuan, Xufeng’s personal guard, is loyal to Xufeng and was touched when he sacrifices his life for Xufeng (sry for the spoiler). Liked the relationship between playful Yanyou, snake deity, and Jinmi. Although Yanyou likes her, he doesnt mind staying by her side and just being her friend. Liked how Jinmi can summon Yanyou when she is bored and Yanyou is happy to come whenever his help is needed. Felt sad for Yanyou when his good friend, Rat immortal, is killed. Liked how he chooses not to participate in Runyu’s revolution later on. Suihe looks quite pretty haha with her costume. Felt neutral about her character. She is too persistent to be with Xufeng even though she knows Xufeng doesnt like her. The only time I felt sad for her is when she recalls that she cruelly killed her mortal father to save Xufeng and feels sad about it after she returns to Heaven Realm. Liked the relationship between Liuying+her father and Xufeng. Xufeng helps them when they need it and they later help to hide him when Runyu is all out to make sure he is dead. Didnt like the relationship between Muci and Liuying enough as I think I happened to skip most of the parts they are in. Guess it is some nice tidbits haha.

Didnt like Jinmi’s father as he supports Runyu without knowing how cruel he can become. Didnt like Jinmi’s father as he can neither protect the woman he loved in the past, nor can he protect his current family later on. I felt that it was not a good choice to let Jinmi stay in Heaven Realm after Jinmi’s father acknowledges that Jinmi is his daughter. Heaven Realm is a dangerous place to be at haha. They should have followed what Jinmi’s mother wants and let her be alone at the Flower Realm and be free of problems. But I guess that cant happen for the plot to develop haha. Liked how Linxiu doesnt try to force Jinmi’s father to like her even though they are married, as well as how she treats Jinmi as her own daughter. Felt neutral towards Xufeng’s parents+didnt like the bad deeds they did but liked how they treat Xufeng.

The pace for this drama is good for around episodes 1-14 and episodes 18-32 and those parts I wrote in The best way to watch Ashes of Love. It is slow at other times but to me this drama is overall worth the time. I skipped quite a lot and scanned through here and there. I was satisfied with the ending and happy it is not a tragic one haha. Felt that there was good closure for the characters.

Woah, this review is so tedious as there are so many characters to write about haha… This is the first time I watched a China Period/Historical Drama and maybe the last time. See if any other such drama is worth the time haha.

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China Drama Review Sweet Dreams 一千零一夜

Updated on 29/12/18 as it feels like something is missing

Sweet Dreams (2018) 一千零一夜

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 sometimes  No. of times I watched it: 2

   

starring Deng Lun as Bo Hai, Dilraba Dilmurat as Ling Ling Qi, Zhang Haowei as Chen Mo, Zhu Xudan as Zhou Xin Yan, Chen Yilong as Mo Nan, Wang Ruizi as
Lu Bao Ni

Finished it at around September this year. Cant remember why I started watching this haha. I remember that while it is screening, I randomly watched the most recent episode and found Bo Hai too crazy and the actor did not look good-looking so didnt pay much attention to the drama. But cant remember why I started watching it haha. Maybe because I read somewhere that there is fantasy in the plot? Lucky I didnt miss this drama haha…

Loved the fantasy element in the drama a lot! Due to error in the sleep bands which aim to promote better quality sleep, Ling Ling Qi is able to enter Bo Hai’s dreams when both of them are asleep and wearing the bands. It is interesting to see the different dreams Bo Hai has and they are related to what is happening in the company. Liked how there are many types of settings for the dreams and how Bo Hai and Ling Ling Qi go into different roles each time. Some settings are very beautiful haha. I especially liked the setting where it looks magical and there is a lake and many plants around. Liked the costume the most at around ep 23 (written in the instagram/facebook haha). It is funny how Ling Ling Qi uses the dreams for her own purposes. As she can see clearly that the other person in the dream looks exactly like her crush, Bo Hai, she tries to hug and kiss him and later on when she is not happy with real life Bo Hai, she avenges him in the dreams. After both of them know that they are actually meeting each other in the dreams, it is interesting how they choose to communicate what they cant say in real life in the dreams instead. Loved how the curtains open automatically when Bo Hai’s alarm sounds in the morning and he awakes from his sleep!

Enjoyed watching the chemistry and the development of relationship between Bo Hai and Ling Ling Qi. It is fun to watch them bicker a lot after they meet. Although Bo Hai is at the upperhand since he is Ling Ling Qi’s superior, Ling Ling Qi does not back down easily and sometimes win in the bickerings, making Bo Hai speechless. Felt that it is good that there is chance for Ling Ling Qi to pursue Bo Hai and then the other way round. There is smooth transition in the development of relationship. The relationship is built step by step gradually and it feels comfortable watching. Liked how they protect each other in the drama. While Bo Hai protects Ling Ling Qi in various scenerios in relation to company issues, Ling Ling Qi actually protects Bo Hai by giving him inspiration in face of company problems and calming his fears by protecting him in his dreams. Felt that the raining scene when Bo Hai secretly follows Ling Ling Qi to ensure her safety is romantic haha! He isnt sure if Ling Ling Qi can accept his past but still silently looks out for her (if I didnt remember wrongly). The scenes where Bo Hai dances the square/plaza dance (the older people like Ling Ling Qi’s mother dance) are cute haha! Liked their sweet interactions a lot when they are lovers. It is cringy at times when Ling Ling Qi is all out to pursue Bo Hai and I skipped some parts of it if it is too much for me haha. But I could bear with it most of the time. Could feel the pain in the hug when they finally meet each other again after the downfall of Bo Hai’s company and it felt like something was pulling at my heart. Liked how that scene was executed.

Liked the portrayals of friendships in this drama, Chen Mo+Bo Hai+Xin Yan and Ling Ling Qi+Bao Ni+Mo Nan. Bo Hai, Chen Mo and Xin Yan are founders of the company and they know each other quite well. All 3 are in good rapport and Chen Mo+Xin Yan follow Bo Hai’s lead well. When there are company problems, they can work together well and are able to settle them swiftly. A friendship is not perfect and there are conflicts sometimes due to difference in thinking. Liked how they are able to resolve the conflicts well. Liked how Ling Ling Qi+Bao Ni+Mo Nan share happiness and sorrow together. They look out for each other and encourage each other. Although there ends up to be unrequited love in the friendship of Ling Ling Qi+Bao Ni+Mo Nan, my sister liked how Mo Nan is loyal and didnt have a change of heart (even though Ling Ling Qi is taken). Mo Nan and Bao Ni continue to just be friends (sry for the spoiler).

  

Among the friendships, I especially liked the friendship between Chen Mo and Bo Hai as Chen Mo is Bo Hai’s best buddy and helps him share his burden and worries. Liked the scenes where they play mobile games together happily. It is fun to watch them teasing and threatening each other haha. Liked the lollipop couple Chen Mo and Xin Yan. It is funny how Chen Mo can cheer Xin Yan up by offering her lollipops which are different in shapes and sizes each time. My sister feels that Chen Mo is the only one that didnt make any wrong decision in the drama haha. Also liked the concept of family in this drama.

Loved how this drama is based on the floral industry. This drama reminds me that I want to learn flower language and arrangement one day haha. Liked how Bo Hai is good at floral art and how he thinks of floral designs as a way to heal and enlighten people. Found it good that he doesnt forget his original intention of doing floral art and opens a small online flower shop at night just to help people solve their worries or help them move on. The change of attitude of the staff towards the company and Bo Hai towards the end feels unreal. Doubted whether they are sincere or not.

Liked how there are many plot twists and good plot development due to various company problems caused by traitors which made me chase the drama. Liked how Bo Hai is smart and very good at dealing with those problems. Liked the acting by the cast. Liked Dilraba Dilmurat’s acting and she acted well in all the scenes ranging from crazy fangirl scenes, bickering scenes to loving scenes and sad scenes. Felt sad at the scene (at the bus stop) where she desperately tries to save Bo Hai’s poster when they are taken down or destroyed. Admired Ling Ling Qi’s fighting spirit. Became a fan of Deng Lun after this drama. Liked his acting. Liked how he portrayed the emotional struggle his character feels as his character brings along with him a “bomb” of potential colour blindness that may explode anytime (watch the drama to know why). Was touched when he shows how much the company and Ling Ling Qi mean to him. When he had to choose one, he chooses Ling Ling Qi first while trying his best to look for alternatives to save the other. Liked the character, Bo Hai, a lot. Deng Lun manages to add depth to the character by showing us different sides to his character for example, the playful and serious sides. Deng Lun doesnt look good-looking at certain angles+certain hairstyles and when he is acting angry haha but his overall appearance is still good. The ending theme song that he sang for this drama becomes my most favourite Chinese song for now haha.

Felt that the pace is quite good overall even though it is slow at times, especially when Ling Ling Qi strikes a deal with Mo Nan to leave Bo Hai so that the company can be saved. Didnt like Mo Nan as a character even though he causes quite a lot of conflicts in the drama which leads to some plot development. Although he realises his mistakes and helps Bo Hai get back the company towards the end, I just cant forgive what he did haha…

This is my most favourite drama for 2018 (not including I am not a robot and A Korean Odyssey as they are 2017-2018 dramas). It is the first time a China Drama actually wins Korean Dramas. One of the factors is fantasy which happens to be lacking in kdramas this year. Another factor is plot development and plot twists which is especially lacking in most romantic comedies and lacking in those fantasy kdramas I watched. The pace may be slower than kdramas since there are about 3 times the number of episodes but for this year the pace for most kdramas are not fast enough for me. It is also some time since I feel sad when I finished watching a drama.

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Unexpected (2018) China Drama

Writing this review on behalf of my sister haha since she is busy. Sorry for people who dont know Chinese as there may not be English subtitles for this drama yet.

Unexpected 来到你的世界 (2018)

Cast: Austin Lin 林柏宏 as He Jie, Li Hao Fei 李浩菲 as Lu Zi Xing, Huang Jun Jie 黄俊捷 as Gong Cheng, Huang U.Lin 黄一琳 as Pei En Cai, 张津铭 as Su Zi Xun, 王迩忆璇 as Bai Lian

Episodes: 23

Recommendation: 9/10

My Own Review:

 

This drama seems to be specially made for my sister haha since she feels that life is tough and wants to meet the author that is controlling her life to change her life completely. 😀 She is comforted by this drama. This drama illustrates that no matter how uncontrollable life is, there will still be a day that you can change it as long as you have the direction and a good mentor.

Liked the fantasy elements in the drama. Like in W-2 worlds (kdrama), He Jie can make things appear or happen by drawing them. After He Jie’s mission in the comic world is completed, it is cool (and scary) how things start to break apart and disappear or fall to kill He Jie or Zi Xing since He Jie is supposed to return to his world and not stay in the comic world. My sister likes the flower He Jie draws specially for Zi Xing to signify their love. It is a flower only both of them know about.

Liked how He Jie is smart and how there are clever plot twists when he deals with situations his own way. It is fun to watch He Jie try his best to ship the lead couple and prevent Zi Xing from falling for the male lead (and commit evil deeds) even though things may not turn out the way he expected. It is interesting that He Jie can feel Zi Xing’s pain (since the real people will be connected to the comic characters their missions involve) and he always seems to be in more pain than her haha. Enjoyed watching how Zi Xing slowly falls for He Jie instead and how He Jie starts to develop feelings for his characters. My sister and I liked how He Jie resolves the conflict with Zi Xing when Zi Xing realises who he actually is. He manages to prove to her that the characters have their own thinking too and it is not always controllable by him. However, towards the end, I felt that the pace of the drama becomes slower and there are not enough emotion-provoking scenes for me.

        


The male lead and female lead in the comic

My sister likes Pei En Cai’s personality as she is happy and easy-going. Even when she suddenly becomes a poor family’s daughter or when she realises she is just part of a comic, it does not bother her much and she just accepts everything and takes them in stride. That is the personality He Jie gives her and it seems good to have such a personality in real life haha. Gong Chen seems to have it all but he is actually a lonely person that desires freedom. He Jie draws whatever he desires in real life for Gong Chen but did not know that he also draws in his own loneliness for him. It is funny that He Jie draws his own parents as Gong Chen’s parents and is surprised to see them when he goes into the comic world. My sister feels that Gong Chen is generous and loyal to his friend. When He Jie becomes Gong Chen’s friend+personal assistant, he stands up for He Jie and helps He Jie when He Jie needs it.

(The actor acting as) Gong Chen is good-looking haha. But He Jie is also good-looking haha… Although some people may like this couple more than the lead couple, my sister and I liked the lead couple more. Felt that the development of relationship is a little unreal  for the comic’s lead couple. Maybe the lack of evil deeds done by the evil female supporting character after He Jie’s appearance affects the development of their relationship. He Jie actually writes Zi Xing’s experiences and sufferings based on his own experiences which makes my sister think that they will definitely like each other since they are so alike and feels a bit doubtful about their relationship. To me, this is not really a problem since in real life, being similar does not necessarily mean you will fall in love with the person. It is just an added advantage in a relationship since they can understand each other better.

My sister doesnt like Zi Xun as he only aims to prove himself and show that what he did was right. This kind of people is pathetic even though they cant help it. As Bai Lian comes from the real world, both of them cant remain in the comic world after her mission is complete and one of them has to die. Bai Lian chooses to sacrifice herself. Zi Xun feels angry with himself as he does not want to lose what he has in the comic world and doesnt try to stop her. Before Bai Lian dies, He Jie gives her his magical pen as a present (if i didnt remember wrongly). Zi Xun later becomes evil and uses He Jie ‘s magical pen for evil deeds. The character Zi Xun does add some thriller and conflicts towards the end though. Liked how Bai Lian is a fan of He Jie and it is cute and sweet whenever she calls him Da Da or gives him the heart hand sign.

Special mentions to the character that often cooks chicken soup as she is always cheerful, loyal to her friends. My sister also likes the policeman that is in charge of logic in the comic. He fills the logic gap whenever it is needed. When He Jie comes to the comic world, he is a great help to He Jie, telling him how to leave the comic world, giving him the magical pen and releasing him from the police station when he was arrested a few times haha.

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The best way to watch Ashes of Love (Dont read if you want to watch the whole drama)

This is my first and maybe last China historical drama haha.

Dont read if you dont want spoiler.

If you dont like tragic/negative/slow-paced parts like me and dont want to skip important parts, I recommend watching the drama this way. My sister would have dropped this drama a lot earlier if she didnt. I tend to scan through dramas quickly or watch random episodes by myself (there are advantages and disadvantages to this)instead of patiently watching episode by episode so i managed to find out what episodes are good to watch haha. Whenever I watch with my sister, we will watch one episode at a time. The episode number is an estimate as different websites may be different. I am basing it on maplestage.

Ep 1-14,17: The development of relationship between Xufeng and Jinmi. The good times and small separations until Runyu uses his “bonded” marriage to his advantage. The portrayal of many related characters.
Xufeng acting ill to test Jinmi.

Second half of Ep 18-32: Xufeng and Jinmi’s relationship starts from scratch as they go to the mortal world and their immortal related memories are erased. Runyu’s past revealed.

Ep 33: Runyu defending his tribe.

Ep 34: Xufeng and Jinmi’s love scenes.

Ep 37: Xufeng saving Jinmi from mother and saving mother from water immortal.

Ep 40: Xufeng being framed for killing Water Immortal.

Ep 43: Jinmi killing Xufeng.

Ep 44-50: Jinmi regrets and tries all ways to revive Xufeng. Xufeng’s mother’s past revealed. Xufeng facing reality and becomes Demon Lord.

Ep 57 -final episode: Xufeng and Jinmi’s set-up marriage, Jinmi sacrificing herself, everything sorted out

Use this as a guide if you need haha. Let’s see if there will be any other China historical drama in the future that can capture my attention and make me want to chase it.

香蜜沉沉烬如霜 Ashes of Love quotes (China Drama)

旭凤:

“我真身是一只鸟,素常爱吃果子。”

“孩儿确定此事与兄长毫无关系。”

“你对我说过,凤凰花只开两季,一季缘来,一季缘散。
今时今日,我便知道何为咫尺天涯。你现在就站在我的面前,可我却看不见你。即便是看见了,也只能视而不见,终是不如不见。
缘来缘去终会散, 花开花败总归尘。可能一切都是上天早就安排好的,谁都没办法逆势而为。”

“送出去的东西,岂能有收回之理啊。何况,我遗失在锦觅仙子处的,何止区区一支凤翎啊。若是归还,就一并都还了,不然就一样都别还。”

“这天地之间,岂有我旭凤惧怕之物,要说唯一让我惧怕的就是你的心思。”

“不是错过,是过错。难道今时今日,你还看不破吗?从来都没有输赢之分。一个算字便是情之大忌。从头到尾,你并非算错,只是我从未算过罢了。”

 

锦觅:

“真是只喜怒无常的鸟。”

“我知道,你最爱的就是折磨人。”

“这嫁衣可真美啊。怕是穿得久了,就舍不得脱了。”

“别再打了。为了我,不值得。这件事,从头到尾,只是我们三个人的事,跟其他人无关。润玉,对不起,你给我的爱我这一辈子都没办法补偿你了。我希望你可以变回以前的小鱼仙倌,放下心中的仇恨。答应我,好不好?凤凰,我想听你说你原谅我了。”

“算了算了,我们做果子自然不跟你们鸟儿一般见识。”

“凤凰,我爱你。好想回到那个时候啊,那时,我虽然不懂得情爱是什么,但是每日待在你的身边,都好生欢喜。那个时候,我还是你的小书童。而你,还是那个高高在上,目中无人又骄傲的凤凰。而小鱼仙倌还是温柔善良的少年。还有狐狸仙,扑哧君,爹爹,临秀姨,好美啊。可惜再也回不去了。心若存爱者何惧忧与怖。”

“我的眼睛虽然依旧看不到色彩,可是凤凰,和你们在一起,你的眸,他的笑便是我心中最绚丽的繁花胜境,远胜世间一切风景。”

 

润玉:

“事急从权,旭凤性命攸关,顾不得那么多了。”

“你来晚了,罚一杯。”

“旭凤,你总是这么高高在上,被所有人宠着爱着。大家都当你是艳阳,所有人都仰望你的优秀,歌颂你的功绩。难道我就不优秀了吗?只是我没得选。从来都是你们给我,但是你们从来都没有问过我,我要不要。我现在告诉你,我不要。我不要你们这些虚伪的赏赐和怜悯。我更不要你们的嗟来之食。”

“旭凤,你知道吗,曾经我一直希望自己能够变得更强因为我希望有朝一日,你想要什么,我给你。可是后来,我终于明白了。只要有你在,我便永远不可能成为最强的那个。”

“你知道回来便好。你到底让我如何是好。放了你,怕你的人逃走。关着你,怕你的心逃走。你究竟要折磨我到何时。”

“我报了仇,掌握了自己的命运,成为至高无上的天帝,得到了想要的一切,可我还是一无所有,求而不得。”

Sweet Combat China Drama

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Sweet Combat 甜蜜暴击 (2018)

Cast: Lu Han as Ming Tian and Guan Xiaotong as Fang Yu, Ivy Shao as Song Xiao Mi, Li Meng Meng as Chen Ya Nan, Pei Tim as Sun Hao, Zhao Yue as Luo Guan Yan, Ding Cheng Xing as Fang Zhou, Tien Niu as Sun Hao’s mother, Zhao De Yin as Ya Nan’s father, Zhang Shuang Li as Fang Yu’s Grandfather

Episodes: 37

Recommendation: 7/10

My Own Review:

I did not know what to watch and went to Youtube to search for china dramas. I chanced upon this drama and decided to try out the drama. I feel that the plot is quite complete as there are quite a lot of up-and-downs and happenings and stories, which I think is good. However, these happenings in the drama make the plot not as sweet as the title of the drama and it brought me some misery at certain point of time, which is when Ming Tian and Fang Yu realised something which made them broke up. Also, I feel that the plot is considered slow pace for an impatient person like me but I did not know why I managed to finish watching this drama haha.

I like how this drama make me feel that all the character in the drama holds the same importance (no matter they are the lead characters or the supporting characters). It is also the first time I remember all the names of the character in the drama although I am not a name person. This may be because the writer of the drama gave each person quite a lot of screen time or may be because many of them get their other half (even if they may like someone else before that). I do not know the actual reason but when you watch it, you may possibly feel the same way as me.

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In this drama, I found two “BEST” people in dramas.

sweet combat fang yu fang zhou

One of the best is the best brother, which is Fang Zhou. Although he is younger than Fang Yu, he seems to be Fang Yu’s older brother and he is a very caring and considerate. This can be seen through many incidents. One incident is when Fang Yu wanted to chase her dreams to be a boxer by going to Zhengze University, he persuaded their grandfather to let Fang Yu go by saying that he will go to the company and help out in exchange for Fang Yu’s dream. Fang Zhou always cares for Fang Yu and supports Fang Yu in her dreams. How I wish I have a brother like that… But I think my older sister is already the best sister so I will not need such a brother. I wonder whether my sister will read this but nevermind. Haha… sometimes I am a bit too shy to say the good things about people so I usually write it hehe.

Another “best” is the best principal. I feel that the principal of Zhengze is the best as he is someone who can bend the rules when he think that it is right to do it. I am not going to give you an example since I feel that I have revealed too much plot in the drama. When you watch the drama, you will know what I mean haha.

Talking about best principal, I suddenly remember the director of the school being such a promise-keeper. That time when Ming Tian was in coma, he prayed for Ming Tian and said that if Ming Tian wakes up, he will go and do volunteer work abroad. He is such a promise keeper and I really admire such a person.

By the way, the drama songs are quite nice so do go and hear them.

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Rush To The Dead Summer China Drama

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Rush to the Dead Summer 夏至未至 (2017)

Cast: Cheney Chen as Fu Xiaosi, Zheng Shuang as Li Xia, Bai Jingting as Lu ZhiAng

Episodes: 48

Recommendation: 6.5/10

My review: I did not finish watching this show because it started to get draggy when they graduated from high school and parted ways. So if there is any wrong information about the drama, I will like to apologise beforehand. Fu Xiaosi is not very good at expressing his love. Therefore, I find him too cold among many other cold characters in other shows. So if you are finding a melodrama, I do not think that it will be a suitable drama for you as it talks more about a normal school life and the difficulties a teenager will face. But the main reason why I stopped watching the drama is still due to the draggy and not interesting plot after their high school life. My favourite character in this drama is Lu ZhiAng. He is a very nice guy and always tries to be cheerie in front of others.

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China Drama Review 我们的少年时代

Oh no! I have so much backlog. I still remember my friend saying that I would have to watch a lot of dramas (my part) and shows to sustain a drama and show review blog. But actually, I think I will always have a never-ending backlog as I usually jump into a few dramas before even writing about those I have finished watching and then I become too busy with other commitments to blog. It seems faster and easier to finish dramas than write reviews…

Watched this some time ago.

Boy Hood (2017) 我们的少年时代

  

starring Xue Zhi Qian as Tao Xi 陶西, Danson Tang as Bai Zhou 白舟, Li Xiao Lu as An Mi 安谧, Wang Jun Kai (王俊凯) as Wu Tong 邬童, Wang Yuan (王源) as Ban Xiao Song 班小松, Yi Yang Qian Xi as Yin Ke 尹柯, Song Zu Er as Sha Wan 沙婉, Zhang Zi Feng as Li Zi 栗梓, 李小胖 as Jiao Er 焦耳, 李俊濠 as Lu Tong 陆通

My sister asked me to watch this drama with her as it includes her favourite TF Boys and one of my most favourite singers, Xue Zhi Qian. She told me about how Xue Zhi Qian may be the main lead instead of the TF Boys and then she somehow forgot about the drama until one day during the holidays when we have lack of dramas to watch.

Zoom into characters: Tao Xi is a lazy baseball coach due to past traumatic experience regarding baseball which leaves him hurt and with regrets. The school team which he is leading is doing poorly and the team members have lost their vigour and fighting spirit. Ban Xiao Song is an exception as he cheers his team on and plays the game to his best ability, even though he himself forgets the competition date. When the school decides to disband the baseball team due to low school budget and lack of results from this after-school activity, Tao Xi readily agrees. Ban Xiao Song’s dream is to fulfill his father’s dream of doing well in baseball after seeing his father being defeated at the baseball field. He works hard to form a new baseball team and persuade Tao Xi to establish the after-school activity again. Wu Tong who is an excellent pitcher from an opposing school team happens to transfer to Xiao Song’ school and Xiao Song grabs the chance to start his tough recruiting mission. Since Wu Tong’s parents “divorce” and he lost contact with his mother, the relationship between Wu Tong and his father deteriorated. He lives alone and is sometimes followed by his father’s secretary. Yin Ke lives a restricted life and his time is managed and planned by his mother. Because of his mother, he quits baseball and immerses himself in drawing instead whenever he gets some extra time. An Mi’s education is sponsored by Tao Xi’s father and she works for him. Tao Xi’s father instructs her to make Tao Xi resign from being a teacher+coach. At first, she is keen in doing so but as she gets to know Tao Xi better, she starts to think twice about it.

It is quite a good watch! Liked the plot of the drama and we were chasing after most of the episodes. The drama starts out well and it is funny how the whole baseball team is sleeping, including Tao Xi, the coach. Xiao Song even has to call Tao Xi by phone to wake him up. Tao Xi’s handphone ringtone sounds like a siren haha. There are many hilarious scenes throughout the drama such as Xiao Song, Wu Tong being scared (thinking a small child is a ghost) while the three of them were catching a prankster in the school at night, An Mi’s ridiculously poor cooking skills and disastrous dishes that make me laugh non-stop just watching (or when I think about it another day). The funny scenes are nicely intertwined with the heartwarming scenes as the drama goes. An example of a heartwarming scene is the boys running and pushing Jiao Er towards the finishing line and Jiao Er refusing to give up the long distance run when he fell in order to ensure the whole class get A for Physical Education and Tao Xi does not have to resign. The ending with the baseball game and the individual member’s personal thoughts and reflection was a bit exaggerated but it is quite impactful and touching that I could feel some tears in my eyes.

Wang Yuan’s character has the most depth among the three in this drama while Wang Junkai’s character has the most depth in Finding Soul (as the AI who thought he is human). Loved Yi Yangqianxi’s character in both dramas haha: the intelligent guy (different types of intelligent guy in both dramas). Wang Yuan acted well in this drama to portray the character’s different sides: the loved child, lazy school student, passionate baseball team leader+player. He portrayed the character’s struggle, mixed emotions, and happiness well. Admired Xiao Song’s persistence in forming the baseball team from scratch, continuously improving himself, and cheering everyone on during trainings. It is so nice to be in a happy, loving family that offers not only material support, but also emotional support. Enjoyed the development of a solid friendship, as well as the interactions, among Xiao Song, Wu Tong and Yin Ke who have very different personalities. Wu Tong is portrayed as the cold person yet Yin Ke who is friendly and helpful is actually a cold and firm person on the inside. Wang Junkai seems to be challenging a tougher role this time and I felt that he did it well except how he expressed the anger of the character.

Xue Zhi Qian, as usual, is humorous and the role fits him well haha. He is good at making scenes naturally funny. He looks good with or without spectacles haha but looks slightly better with spectacles… It is cool when he catches the baseball without looking or when he shows his baseball related skills. Liked how he portrayed his happy-go-lucky, nonchalant character but also including a sense of sadness and pain from within at times. Enjoyed watching the sweet interaction between Tao Xi and Guo Guo, Tao Xi’s friend’s daughter, throughout the drama. Liked how Tao Xi takes care of her like his own daughter. It was fun to watch how Tao Xi deals with the mischievous and energetic Guo Guo. There was one time that Xiao Song, Wu Tong and Yin Ke have to take care of Guo Guo and they had a hard time, except Yin Ke who brings her to an amusement park. Liked the interaction between Tao Xi and his best friend, Bai Zhou, as they tease each other often and give each other support when needed. Liked the development of relationship between An Mi and Tao Xi from next-door enemies to superior-subordinate to colleagues to friends. However, to me, the romance between Tao Xi and An Mi feels unreal, need a bit more spark and more chemistry. Didnt like the parts when Tao Xi falls for a childcare/kindergarten teacher (?).

It was interesting to learn more about baseball. Liked the interaction between the students of the school. Especially liked the characters Jiao Er (enthusiastic person when spreading school news) and Lu Tong (narcissistic person with a follower) which engaged me and add humour to the drama. Shipped Xiao Song with a student he often argues with haha. When Tao Xi is forced to become the form teacher of the class, I liked how he is like a role model to the students (most of the time haha), giving them motivation to do well, teaching them valuable things such as teamwork, and guiding them when they need help. He is also observant and knows how to make good use of a student’s strengths, sometimes for his own benefits… Tao Xi’s father doesnt look like him or feel like his father haha which makes their relationship seem weird. It was a bit slow pace towards the end of the drama when the focus did not return to the baseball team for quite some time.

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