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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 half-brother’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 half-brother 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 half-brother, 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.

Ashes of Love ost ig post

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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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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。”