Ashes of Love (Chinese Drama Review)
- Genre: Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
- AKA: Heavy Sweetness, Ask-like Frost, a novel by Dian Xian
- Date Released: August 2018
- CDrama: 60 Episodes
- Yang Zi as Jin Mi, the Frost Flower Fairy
- Deng Lun as Xu Feng, the Fire Immortal also the Demon King
- Luo Yunxi as Run Yo, Crown Prince, Night Immortal and ultimately the Heavenly king
- Chen Yuqi as Liu Ying, the Demon Princess
- Wang Yifei as Sui He, Peacock Immortal
- Zou Tingwei as Xi Yuan, a reaper
- Zhang Yan Yan as Zi Fen, Flower deity
- Wang Renjun as Luo Lin, the Water Immortal
- He Zhonghua as Heavenly Emperor, Song Wei
- Kathy Chow as Heavenly Empress, Ruler of the Bird tribe
- Liao Jingfei as Lord Puchu, Jin Mi’s close friend
- Du Bella as Kuan Lu, soldier girl
- Qiang Ho, JIn Mi’s assistant
A love that is beyond dominions.
This is a fantasy drama starting with the creation of the universe, where the marriage of ying and yang created the deities, fairies, humans and the presence of good and evil closely residing together side by side.
Zi Fen, of the Flower realm, is shown giving birth to a baby girl while on the other side of the realm, the water immortal, the father of the child is getting married to another woman, the wind immortal.
Zi Fen was weak and absolutely heartbroken by the betrayal of her lover, Luo Lin, the water immortal. With her dying breath, Zi Fen instructed that her daughter should not be allowed out of the Flower realm. She then produces a small flower essence globule that she instructed the other deities to feed to her newborn daughter. The globule will ensure that her daughter will never feel betrayal from love. The effect of the globule will be the inability for the daughter eventually named Jin Mi, to feel love or express love.
In the heavenly realm, Xu Feng was currently undergoing some sort of regeneration. His final ascent was sabotaged by a black force from the demon realm. This resulted in Xu Feng, in the body of a phoenix, to plunge into the flower realm, right next to where Jin Mi was sitting contemplating her current situation. She has been an elf and had not progressed to being a fairy. She wanted to get out of the flower realm and see more of the world outside.
Jin Mi saw the bird all charred and burnt but still alive. She did everything to revive it. Of course, she succeeded.
Jin Mi had been nurtured without knowing anything about the birds and bees in their euphemism sense. 🙂
When the bird turned into a man, she tried to touch it everywhere. The scene where she thought that the bird/man needed healing because of his protuberance in his nether regions, Jin Mi thought he had a tumor that needed cauterising. Luckily Phoenix, Xu Feng became compos mentis, otherwise he would have woken a eunuch! 🙂
Jin Mi said to the handsome Xu Feng that since she had saved his life several times, he should return the favour and take her with him when he leaves the flower realm.
He did just that but their return to the Heaven Realm coincided with an attack by the Demon Realm.
Jin Mi is settling in at Xu Feng’s Qi Wu Palace.
Jin Mi met the rather introspective Night Immortal, Run Yo. And she is proving popular for her artlessness and naivete.
This episode is strange, funny, cute with a glorious fighting scene at the end.
Jin Mi had a first kiss (on the cheek) by a woman who wanted to marry her, not knowing Jin Mi is a woman. Apparently, she was dressed like a boy, I did not really notice it LOL.
Anyway, Jin Mi is completely clueless about love and relationship so she did not know how to turn down a proposal of marriage. It was left to Xu Feng to reveal that she is female.
From then on she started dressing in colourful, flowy garments which brought out her beauty and delicateness, which was noticed by everyone including by Xu Feng himself.
The scene where the viewers are allowed to hear what they were each thinking was hilarious. Xu Feng thought that Jin Mi was really into him, while Jin Mi thought he was a jerk.
One of Jin Mi’s Flower Realm compatriots finally caught up with her and convinced her to go back as the realm was in danger of being broken up.
Jin Mi was all for going back but the Moon Immortal is convincing otherwise. He told her that Xu Feng had looked after her well and therefore, deserved a proper goodbye from her.
Their toing and froing was interrupted by the arrival of Qiong Qi who was all powerful. He was about to take Jin Mi when Run Yo appeared. But Qiong Qi was too strong. Then came Xu Feng and his mini-army. Qiong Qi easily fought off the army and even Xu Feng.
Xu Feng is beginning to become rather proprietorial towards Jin Min. They shared another kiss, which Jin Min thought was a natural act of making Xu Feng take his medication. Really!
Run Yo explained to Jin Min the nature and types of dreams including wet dreams! Funny!
Xu Feng and Run Yo with Jin Mi went to the Demon Realm to capture Qiong Qi and find out how he got out from the ancient divine artifact. There they met the Princess of Biangcheng Palace, who assured them that her family had nothing to do with Qiong Qi’s escape from the ancient divine artifact.
This episode also had many funny moments including Xun Feng’s erotic dream of Jin Min being stolen by the beast dreamer.
Xu Feng, Run Yo, the demon princess, and Jin Mi accomplished their mission of defeating Qiong Qi with great difficulty. Qiong Qi can turn into a ferocious dragon at will. They return him back into the ancient divine artifact.
While Jin Mi was alone with the artifact, she had a psychological moment with it. She heard the voice of her dead best friend Rou Rou asking to be let out. Of course, Jin Mi had to open the artifact and out a weaker Qiong Qi. Luckily Xu Feng was just returning and quickly perform a damage limitation. Once again Qiong Qi was back in his bottle after he managed to almost fatally wound Xu Feng.
The only thing that could cure Xu Feng was a night rattan flower which only grows at the Flower Realm. Jin Mi was forced to return to the realm and begged the flower deity to give her some night rattan.
The flower deity was not sympathetic and grounded Jin Mi for having run away. But Jin Mi can’t be thwarted, she tried to grow the flower herself.
After numerous attempts, she managed to grow the plant and had Xu Feng healed.
Xu Feng was heartbroken. Despite telling the flower deities of his clear intention and that he had fallen for Jin Mi, he was turned away.
Jin Mi herself was very sad because she was so looking forward to receiving the 1000 years of magical prowess as a reward from Xu Feng.
Xu Feng later had a much bigger problem with his feelings for Jin Mi. He ‘found’ out that they can’t morally be together as they could have the same father, the emperor.
This was not the case really as the water immortal is Jin Mi’s father.
Kuan Lu was being recruited by the Heavenly Empress to spy on Run Yo but it seems Kuan Lu is loyal to Run Yo.
Run Yo, being the first born is really next in line to the throne but the Heavenly Empress is doing everything for Xu Feng, who is her son/nephew, to become the crown prince.
Run Yo is also attracted to JIn Mi but also aware that he is already betrothed to yet to be conceived daughter of the water immortal and his wife, who had been trying for a baby for 4000 years. LOL Run Yo is clueless that Jin Mi is the firstborn of the water immortal. Jin Mi doesn’t know either that she was the daughter of the Imperial flower deity and the water immortal.
Run Yo came looking for jin Mi at the flower realm. After having cute meteor garden moment Run Yo helped Jin Mi to escape her confinement at the Water Mirror at the Flower realm and took her to his Xuan Ji Palace.
To hide Jin Mi from the deities of the Flower Realm, Run Yo brought her to the human realm.
Jin Mi had a lot of adventure in the human realm when she happened to meet the wickedly naughty Lord Puchu, her friend.
Jin Mi is once again dressed as a boy and Lord Puchu taught her boy’s pursuits, how to have fun.
Apparently, it is doing all the four activities involving eating, drinking, playing and enjoying.
They had a lot to eat and drink, they went to a gambling den, where Jin Mi showed her prowess at Mahjong. She was so good because she had been unknowingly cheating by using her magic.
The gambling den owner had to throw them out in the end.
Finally, Lord Puchu brought her to a brothel for enjoying. Again Jin Mi was popular with the girls. But finally, Jin Mi had had enough and run off much to the hilarity of Lord Puchu and reminded her again about the four pursuits. He then brought her to another brothel/theatre with ladyboys as the attraction. LOL
Jin Mi was intrigued. She was just inspecting a server when Xu Feng suddenly appeared and then Run Yo also was there.
Xu Feng and Run Yo got drunk.
Xu Feng in an alcoholic haze almost kissed Jin Mi, who was not averse to a bit of ‘cultivation’. Xu Feng pulled back at the last minute. He told her that what she feels for him is mutual but the heavens will punish them if they progress their relationship. Jin Mi does not really understand what he was talking about and promptly went to sleep.
It is the birthday of the Heavenly Empress. Everyone from the six realms was invited except those from the Flower Realm.
Jin Mi feeling alone and lonely, wished she has someone to distract her from her tedium. Suddenly Lord Puchu materialised. He said that her wishing and sighing brought him in. He was on his way to heaven for the Empress celebration. He invited her to go with him. At first Jin Mi was not keen but the promise of the hundred of years peaches, which enhances magical powers convinced her to go.
During the start of celebrations, a parade of beautiful immortals was on show. Lord Puchu started to evaluate the beauties according to his little ‘black book’, the Valuation manual of beauties.
He mentioned that all the beauties on show were nothing compared to Zi Fen. She was the ‘it’ girl of her time, a true beauty.
The water immortal and wind immortal also attended the celebration. Jin Mi mentioned that she feels calm looking at Water Immortal. Puchu mentioned that she’s got a great taste as the Water Immortal was one of the most handsome men of his time.
Though Puchu seemed to care for Jin Mi a lot, he has his own hidden agenda. He connived with the Rat Immortal to make Jin Mi the centre of attention.
Both the Water Immortal and the Emperor noticed her similarities to Zi Fen, which only annoyed the Empress.
She ordered that Jin Mi be put to death. Immediately Xu Feng followed by Run Yo went on their knees and beg the empress to change her decision. They would take the punishment for Jin MI.
As the atmosphere is getting heated, Puchu flew Jin Mi out of the heaven, closely followed by the immortal guards, Xu Feng and Run Yo.
Jin Mi and Puchu ended up being confronted by the Flower deities and then appeared both Xu Feng and Run Yo. When the flower deities asked Run Yo his intention on Jin Mi, Xu Feng revealed that he knew that there can never be any ‘cultivation’ between any of them as Xu Feng, Run Yo, and Jin Mi are siblings with different mothers.
I am absolutely loving this drama, though I heard it will get darker and with a possible unhappy ending.
The Heavenly Emperor was so taken with Jin Mi as she reminded him so much of his greatest love, Zi Fen, that he can’t help but visit Jin Mi in her dream/mirage. There he told Jin Mi about his love of Zi Fen and how devastated he was when she passed.
Jin Mi, the ever self-serving elf, asked the emperor to give her mystical prowess, to which the emperor obliged easily. She got an enormous 5,000 years of a superpower. LOL He did make her promised not to get into a relationship with either Xu Feng or Run Yo.
The emperor was not the only one to visit her. The Water Immortal also came by. He began to wonder whether she was his daughter as she seemed very confident with water. She showed him her prowess of making it rain, instead of rain she produced frost.
The superpower she got from the emperor was too much for her body which made her ill. The Water Immortal stayed and nursed her back to health.
When Jin Mi was awake, he and the flower deities told her about her background. Her mother was Zi Fen and her father was indeed the Water Immortal.
This episode is about the love triangle between the heavenly Emperor, Zi Fen, and Water Immortal.
Before he became a Heavenly Emperor, he was actually the second son, not the crown prince. At this time he was in a loving relationship with Zi Fen, the flower deity, who he first saw gliding gracefully on a bed of lotus flowers.
But he was ambitious and wanted the throne so much that he did everything he possibly could including marrying the princess of the powerful and influential Bird Realm.
He thought that he could continue his relationship with Zi Fen after his marriage and would eventually make her his official concubine.
Zi Fen, however, was not interested in married men and at the same time, she had met an even better looking man, the water immortal.
Zi Fen’s relationship with the Water Immortal was so intense that before you know it they were sleeping together.
The emperor heard about Zi Fen and the Water Immortal. He went to Zi Fen and had his way with her, violating her, not knowing that she was already pregnant with the Water Immortal’s baby.
The emperor then abducted and imprisoned her in his palace.
To make ensure that the relationship between Zi Fen and Water Immortal is over, he decreed that Water Immortal marries the Wind Immortal, who was Zi Fen’s best friend.
The WI categorically declined the emperor’s decree and hurriedly left.
What just happened was witnessed by Zi Fen.
She was found by the jealous Heavenly Empress in the palace. Knowing that Zi Fen is the emperor’s true love, she pushed Zi Fen to the brink until she fell into the abyss and ended up broken in the Flower Realm.
Zi Fen knew that she does not have much time to live,
The Water Immortal came to see her to ask her to marry him.
Zi Fen, feeling very ashamed of having been abused by the emperor lied to Water Immortal that she never loved him and that she had only ever loved the emperor.
The Water Immortal was so upset so ended up marrying the Wind Immortal, not knowing that Zi Fen had given birth and died at the same time as his wedding.
Xu Feng is really upset when the engagement between Jun Mi and Run Ho was acknowledged. He engineered that Jun Mi should return to Xu Feng the very rare Phoenix hairpin back. Xu Feng told Jun Mi that whatever he gave away, he doesn’t want them back. But if Jun Mi would insist on returning the hairpin, then he would like everything he lost to her be returned at that instant as well (meaning his heart) but clueless JinMi thought he was talking about the 500 years superpower he gave her and she was reluctant to give it back so she snatch back the hairpin and said that she won’t give back anything he gave her. So cute.
Lord Puchu visited Jin Mi but was confronted by XuFeng. They ended up having a mega fight until Lord Puchu was almost defeated by the Rat Immortal came to his rescue.
The Rat Immortal ended up being killed by the emperor despite raising a pertinent question regarding the Heavenly empress abuse of power. Jin Mi was rather upset that Lord Puchu ended up fighting the two brothers.
The Water Immortal wanted to be near his daughter to make up for lost time. He, therefore, moved in with his wife, the wind immortal to the Flora real.
I was really surprised when the wind immortal started singing to Jin Mi It was caterwauling. 🙁
“Difficulty is the nurse of greatness”
Jin Mi was officially introduced to the king and the court as the long-lost daughter of the Water Immortal and the Flora Immortal.
During the ceremony, the King proposed that Jin Mi is made as the new Flora Immortal. But the proposal was opposed by various deities saying that Jin Mi was just a fairy with insufficient magical power.
It was proposed that she needs to do an on-the-job-training in the human realm.
Jin Mi was quite happy to go to earth was looking forward to tasting some roast donkey.
Someone that is not happy was Xu Feng. Without a second thought, he jumped into the void to follow Jin Mi on Earth.
Sui He quickly jumped in as well to follow Xu Feng.
On Earth, a baby Jin Mi was found my a nun and was brought up as a nun, who will ultimately become a saintess.
On Earth, Xu Feng was born to become King Yi.
He was going hunting with a few of his soldier when they were attacked by a band of renegades. He was near death when Jin Mi found him.
She took him to a cottage in the mountain to tend to him.
Xu Feng/King Yi started to get better but lost his voice and his hearing.
At first King Yi is suspicious of Jin Mi, who thought he was some kind of a bandit.
King Yi and Jin Mi are beginning to be more comfortable with each other.
While Jin Mi is away, Kuan Lu is trying to seduce Run Yo. But he remains faithful to Jin MI.
While foraging for herbs, King Yi and Jin Mi spied some soldiers. King Yi grabbed Jin Mi to lie flat on the ground.
Finally, King Yi is fully recovered after a month’s rest in the mountain.
While JIn Mi was sleeping, he crept out of the cottage and left.
Jin Mi and her assistant were in trouble with the mother superior (head nun) for using the snow ginseng, which was so rare and had been set aside for the King’s use.
Her being told off was interrupted by a messenger that King Yi had requested the presence of the Holy Saintess(Jin Mi) in the palace.
Jin Mi and her assistant got curious about the King. Her assistant heard that he was very handsome and girls love him but he doesn’t have any concubine.
Jin Mi said that perhaps he has some male illness perhaps impotence.
Jin Mi then was summoned to the King’s manor.
Deng Lun was so adorable as King Yi. Jin Mi was extremely surprised to find out that the “crow’, the bandit she cared to good health is none other than King YI.
King Yi has turned into a hypochondriac. He sends for Jin Mi every day for a different illness until he was told that Jin Mi was ill with a cold.
He went to Jin Mi and was determined to look after her. This tender moment was witnessed by Run Yo true astral projection.
Jin Mi finally diagnosed King Yi’s illness for him. She told him that he is suffering from lovesickness. Awww.
The king was not annoyed, he told Jin Mi that the lantern festival was happening soon, he then asked her what lantern she wanted.
She said the Phoenix.
JIm MI almost got killed by the demon reaper but Run Yo materialised just in time to save her. He then gave her a dragon scale, containing a dragon summoning spell.
Jin Mi diagnosed Xu Feng that he was suffering from erectile dysfunction. They did then have a flirty exchange about Jin Mi should take responsibility for ruining the prince’s reputation as no one else might want to marry him if he can’t perform.
Deng Lun has the most captivating smile. Really wicked and sexy.
King Yi asked Jin Mi if she wanted to change her life, like becoming Queen Yi perhaps? Jin Mi was absolutely flabbergasted. She was reminded by her assistant that they had have made a vow of chastity.
Episode 26 -28
It the lantern festival. King Yi invited Jin Mi to make the phoenix lanterns with him. She was clumsy but the king seemed rather good at it.
I love it when the king asked Jin Mi if he can keep the lantern that they made together, Jin Mi answered with an alacrity that he was welcome to have it. We can then hear Jin Mi’s thought “Why would I want to keep it, it is such an ugly thing.”
The King then took Jin Mi to his courtyard to see lit phoenix lanterns that he made himself.
He was just about to confess to Jin Mi but left hurriedly.
Episode 29 – 30
Run Yu went to see his birth mother in Lake Li. She used to be the Princess of Dragonfish. His birth mother was an ex of the Heavenly Emperor.
He seduced her because of her slight resemblance to the Flora Immortal.
Run Yu had a very unhappy childhood. He was bullied a lot because a pair of horns grew in his forehead is a dragon child by the emperor.
The onslaught of bullying upset his mother and thought that it would make the heavenly emperor and empress to find out about Lin Er/Run Yu that she cut off his horns.
But as fast as his horns are cut off his horns and dragon scales grew quickly as well.
The Empress found out about Lin Er/Run Yu and took upon herself to fetch him from the bottom of the lake and bring him to the high heavens but ensured the Lake Li falls into ruin and the beautiful Princess of Dragonfish was killed.
The Princess though lived but disfigured. She was helped by the water immortal to relocate to Yun Meng Marsh.
Jin Mi was a bit forward. She kissed King Yi several times. But it seems she is not, well as she has been coughing up blood. Oh good one Jin Mi, you just gave King Yi tuberculosis. LOL
The Empress found out about Run Yu’s constant trek to the Marsh. She quickly found the Dragonfish princess, who she killed in front of Run Yu.
Run Yu turned into one powerful sexy vengeful son and stopped the empress on her track.
Princess Sui He killed her father Prince Nailang, who was to ambush King Yi.
Sui He then said to King Yi and as she is all alone in the world, he had to protect her, marry her.
King Yi Told her that he will laways protect her but he can never marry her.
He then went to Jing Mi to ask her to marry him.
Jing Mi finally agreed and said that would he want to see her face first as she is really ugly.
King Yi said that he would rather leave it to see her face on their wedding night and he could then be his ugly wife, who he will never leave.
She then send King Yi into another of his skirmishes.
Jin Mi was gravely ill. And the Mu Ci is trying to fast forward her death. She was saved by Qiong Ho, who was really her best friend Rou Rou.
The Demon princess has been protecting Jin Mi and warned Mu Ci if he touches Jin Mi again then they are mortal enemy.
Poor King Yi came back from battle to the dead body of Jin Mi who eventually died from coughing out blood due to poison and over-medicating, just right after Rou Rou’s death from saving Jing Mi from an arrow by Mu Ci.
King Yi loved Jing Mi so much he married her posthumously. They were dressed in their red silk wedding garb and carried her in his arm and went to the family catacomb and drunk poisoned wine to be with her even in death.
Really very Romeo and Juliet!
They are safely back at Heavenly Realm.
30 October 2018
Makers of Ashes of Love had confirmed that they will be shooting Season 2 of Ashes of Love.
However, there is a big BUT! Season 2 will have a new recast as it will centre on the children from the characters in the original season.
Jing Mi confessed to her father that she wanted to break off her engagement with Run Yu.
Jing Mi had a date with Xu Feng. It ended up them sleeping together.
Once again Jing Mi tried to tell her father that she wanted to break her engagement but her father told her that what she felt of King YI as Xu Feng in the mortal world is different from what the situation is in the heavenly realm.
The water immortal was thinking that the King did love Jing Mi’s mother very much but in the end he married someone else.