Ashes of Love (Chinese Drama Review)
- Genre: 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
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 deites 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.