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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Drama: Ashes of Love


Ashes of Love / Heavy Sweetness Ash-like Frost China Drama
Title: Ashes of Love / Heavy Sweetness Ash-like Frost
Chinese Title: 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 / Xiang Mi Chen Chen Jin Ru Shuang
Broadcast Network: Jiangsu TV
Broadcast Website: Youku, iQiYi, Tencent
Broadcast Period: August 2, 2018 - September 4, 2018(See Viewing Calendar)
Air Time: Daily Primetime Drama 19:30 (two episodes), episodes released online 24:00
Genre: Costume, Fantasy, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 63
Director: Chu Yui-bun
Screenwriter: Zhang Yuanang
Production Company: Perfect World Pictures, Omnijoi
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from a novel of the same name by Dian Xian
Videos: Trailer, BTS1, BTS2, MV1, MV2
Watch Episodes On: Viki (eng subs), Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story of many lifetimes of romance between the flower deity and the fire deity.

Four thousand years ago when Jin Mi (Yang Zi) was born into the world, her fate to be imprisoned within Shui Jing was already sealed. Her birth mother Zi Fen, the flower deity, abandons her for the afterlife and before her death, she feeds the unfeeling pill to her infant daughter and orders her subordinates never to reveal her identity to Jin Mi.

Four thousand years later, the fire deity (Deng Lun) who is also the second son of the Heavenly King stumbles into Shui Jing because of a trap laid out by his enemies. He is saved by Jin Mi and slowly, the two fated souls find comfort in each other after having spent a hundred years together.

Meanwhile, the fire deity and the night deity (Luo Yun Xi) have always been at odds. When the night deity learns of the fire deity's intentions, he devises a plan to get to Jin Mi in order to use her against fire, yet he ends up falling for her as well.



Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Hengdian World Studios.
  • Yang Zi got her weight down to 90 jin specifically for the role.
  • "In between the Heavenly World and the Devil World, there is an immeasurably deep River of Forgetfulness, where the war between the Fire Deity and Night Deity finally erupts." Source: NovelUpdates.
  • It is produced by Perfect World Pictures in collaboration with Kun Chu Pictures and other production companies.
  • Yang Zi and Deng Lun played a couple in the 2013 drama Flowers of Fog and were co-stars in the 2017 drama Ode to Joy 2.
  • Yang Zi jokes that she find it a little weird to play a couple with Deng Lun. In Ode to Joy, he was paired with Qiao Xin who played Guan Guan, a girl that's good friends with Yang Zi's character. She can't help but feel like she stole Guan Guan's boyfriend.
  • The drama was praised and got high ratings in the beginning. Moreover, book fans found that the drama stayed faithful to the book.
  • As the story progressed, dispute over screentime escalated. Viewers especially book fans became frustrated with how the drama started deviating from the story. More focus was given to the second lead and other supporting characters instead of the two main leads.
  • Douban ratings went from a high of 7.6 to 7.3.
  • It is Zou Tingwei's first time doing wirework and having major action scenes in a drama.
  • It is Deng Lun's first time filming a fantasy genre that uses a lot of CGI. It took some getting used to as he had to act with things that weren't there.
  • During an emotional scene with Luo Yunxi, Yang Zi said that because shooting was continuous and couldn't be stopped, they were showering in sweat. Her lashes fell of, her makeup messy that it was hard to look at in post. It was the scene when Jin Mi overhears Run Yu's conversation with Sui He.
  • It is Luo Yunxi's first time playing a villain.


Cast
Ashes of Love Andy Yang Zi Andy Yang Zi as Jin Mi
Ashes of Love Allen Deng Lun Allen Deng Lun as Xu Feng
Ashes of Love Leo Luo Yunxi Leo Luo Yunxi as Run Yu
Ashes of Love Yukee Chen Yuqi Yukee Chen Yuqi as Liu Ying
Ashes of Love Zou Tingwei Zou Tingwei as Qi Yuan
Ashes of Love Wang Yifei Wang Yifei as Sui He
Ashes of Love Fu Rou Mei Qi Fu Rou Mei Qi as Rou Rou / Qiang Huo

Supporting Cast
Soundtracks
Episode Ratings
Jiangsu TV
DateEpisodeCSM52 Cities (%)CSM Nationwide (%)
RatingsAudience ShareRankingRatingsAudience ShareRanking
2018-08-021-20.9953.72230.5002.0507
2018-08-033-41.1394.34430.6302.5205
2018-08-0451.1724.74010.5802.6104
2018-08-056-71.2414.62110.6702.6703
2018-08-068-91.3845.20310.7803.1205
2018-08-0710-111.3685.18510.7503.0105
2018-08-0812-131.5035.73510.8803.4905
2018-08-0914-151.4405.45510.8303.3804
2018-08-1016-171.3285.06620.8603.4703
2018-08-11181.2494.91210.8203.5504
2018-08-1219-201.2724.63610.8403.2903
2018-08-1321-221.4175.25421.0304.0504
2018-08-1423-241.3745.04720.9403.7403
2018-08-1525-261.3495.10220.9904.0203
2018-08-1627-281.2534.66221.0403.9603
2018-08-1729-301.1484.41520.9803.8102
2018-08-18311.1814.66710.9904.0702
2018-08-1932-331.1764.20510.9903.8501
2018-08-2034-351.3524.91211.1704.4901
2018-08-2136-371.3535.02910.9903.7602
2018-08-2238-391.5085.38411.1504.3203
2018-08-2340-411.2734.72821.1504.4503
2018-08-2442-431.1684.30121.0804.1303
2018-08-25441.0513.87110.8903.6202
2018-08-2645-461.3214.79811.1304.2002
2018-08-2747-481.3965.00311.1804.4302
2018-08-2849-501.3935.06411.1904.3802
2018-08-2951-521.2944.71121.3004.8502
2018-08-3053-541.2834.61221.3905.0901
2018-08-3155-561.2774.54511.5405.5501
2018-09-01571.3154.41411.5805.2201
2018-09-0258-591.3784.95411.5105.5801
2018-09-0360-611.3585.07311.6406.4601
2018-09-0462-631.3225.09311.6406.3601
Average1 - 631.2954.8081.0484.046


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