Rewatch Value 10
First of all, this drama should not be called ‘Legend of Fuyao’ because didn’t focus enough on Fuyao. It should not be called ‘Legend of Wuji’ either because Wuji was willing the risk the safety of all the people in the 5 kingdoms for his love interest. Though his love and devotion to Fuyao was admirable and touching, this is not what a good ruler should be doing. So, no, Wuji does not deserve to be called a legend either.
I think a more appropriate title for this drama would be ‘The story of Fuyao, the woman who changed Wuji’s life’, because Fuyao turned Wuji’s life upside-down and brought his arrogance down a few notches the moment she entered his life. It is also a coming-of-age story of both Fuyao and Wuji as it shows how they change as a result of knowing each other and going through the trials in their lives.
The story takes us through 5 kingdoms (Taiyuan, Tianquan, Tiansha, Xuanji and Qiongcang) and has a lot going for it – court intrigue, action, adventures in strange lands, long lost identities and an epic love story. However, the focus, development and pacing of the script was inconsistent. . The drama’s title and first 8 episodes in Xuanyuan Mt. had us anticipating Fuyao embarking on a quest to find her true identity and remove her 5 seals. However, after she left Xuanyuan Mt, the focus changed all to Wuji and Fuyao became an accidental follower in his schemes instead of leading the story as the main character. Too many episodes were devoted to the court intrigue in Taiyuan which did not move Fuyao’s quest along one bit. The result of this was that everything else had to be squeezed into the remaining half of the drama and so there was no time for proper development of the stories in the remaining kingdoms. The story in Xuanji kingdom - where Fuyao’s childhood story and true identity were revealed - was especially short and rushed (only 6 episodes). Wasn’t this drama supposed to be about Fuyao? I would have loved to see more time devoted to Fuyao’s backstory (because it was just so tragic) and how it shaped her strong character.
(1) Yang Mi as Fuyao
I liked Yang Mi since TMOPB, but after Fuyao, I have become a fan. Her performance was simply PHENOMENAL! I love actors who can emote with their eyes and Yang Mi did this superbly here. Her eyes are so gorgeous and expressive, I found myself drawn to them every time she appears on screen. She had a lot of epic scenes that had no dialog – the attempted rape scene, Yao City battle, rain scene, when she regained her memory, when she turned evil). She relied only on her eyes to convey Fuyao’s emotions and slayed every scene. Just a simple change in the expression in her eyes could convey so much, especially when she teared or cried – my heart just went out to Fuyao and I could really feel her pain. I particularly love her scenes with Uncle Zhou as the surrogate father-daughter bond was just so heart-warming and touching. And despite all the heart-break and hardships Fuyao endured, there was always strength and fire in her eyes.
I feel a lot of viewers do not give Yang Mi enough credit. I guess this is because majority of viewers are female and prefer to focus and swoon over the male lead. When a male lead cries, it is hailed as good acting whereas the female lead can cry buckets and no one takes notice. Is it because females are expected to cry, so that no one thinks much of it anymore? I vividly remember 3 scenes - just before Fuyao passed out after her fight with Zhangsun Ping Rong, right after she regained her memory and just before she stabbed herself. In each of these scenes, Yang Mi dropped a tear that totally broke my heart. It’s sad no viewers bother to mention her great acting in these, as well as many other scenes, whereas when the male lead drops a tear, viewers shout about it.
So, I do wish to give special mention to Yang Mi here because her exquisite and excellent performance was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this drama. At the end of the drama, I realise the character I remember most is Fuyao. Yang Mi made Fuyao come alive. She made me care for Fuyao and want to continue watching the drama to find out her fate. I only wish she had more screen time. She lights up the screen every time she appears and stole the show.
(2) Ethan Ruan as Wuji
This is the first time I have ever seen Ethan Ruan acting and so I did not know what to expect from him. His performance as Wuji was both a hit and miss for me. It was a hit because he looks handsome as Wuji, had great chemistry with Yang Mi and was good as the cheeky and flirty prince. But it was also a miss because some of his facial expressions, especially his smiles/smirks, come across as sleazy and goofy instead of suave or endearing. There were several OTP scenes where he suddenly gave a goofy smile that just totally spoiled the tender moment. And he tends to overact, such as crunching his face into an unrecognisable mess to express pain or angst. It made the last few episodes, when Wuji was crying over his parents’ betrayal and when he was chained to the ice on the mountain, very difficult to watch. I cringed more than I felt touched. I just wish he had used more of his eyes to emote (like the senior actors and Yang Mi) instead of such exaggerated acting, because some of his emotional scenes were good.
OTP’S LOVE STORY
Fuyao and Wuji’s love story has got to be one of the most well-written and best developed I have ever seen in a Chinese historical drama. Their epic love story is one of the things that really draws you in to this drama. It was wonderful seeing their relationship grow from the initial fighting and flirting to trust, support and finally self-sacrifice for each other. And Yang Mi and Ethan’s chemistry was simply sizzling! They looked so natural and comfortable around each other and their scenes together were a joy to watch.
MUSIC & CINEMATOGRAPHY
I absolutely love the OST and BGM. Every piece of music suited the mood of every scene so well. I daresay I prefer Fuyao’s OST/BGM to TMOPB’s. Cinematography, sets and costumes were also very good and gave the drama a grandeur more common to movies than a TV drama.
One of my favourite are the fight scenes. There are more fight scenes here than the average Chinese historical drama and you could tell a lot of effort was put into these as they were all very well-choreographed and visually stunning. Fuyao had the best fight scenes and Yang Mi just looked soooo freaking COOL fighting and flirting!
As someone who read the novel before watching the drama, I was very frustrated over how the drama scriptwriter had changed and butchered Fuyao’s character. Drama Fuyao was a victim of circumstances. In contrast, novel Fuyao was a dictator of events. All the schemes that Wuji planned in the drama were actually plotted by Fuyao. She single-handled plotted and helped put all 5 male leads on the thrones in their own kingdoms. So, I didn’t like the fact that the drama made Wuji more like the lead character and accredited all of novel Fuyao’s achievements to him.
When writing this review, I had to treat the drama as being NOT RELATED to the novel at all. Otherwise, it would not have been fair to all the cast and crew who put up such a fine production. Other than the inconsistent script, everything else about the drama was very good – from acting to music to cinematography and fight sequences. Putting my drama vs novel bias aside, this is still an entertaining drama with lots of action, adventure and intrigue to keep you engaged. If nothing else, Yang Mi’s and Ethan’s superb chemistry and love story will keep you invested and wanting more.
If you are debating whether to read the novel or watch the drama first, do yourself a favour and watch the drama first. You will enjoy the drama a lot more this way. Then go read the novel to understand what a truly awesome character Fuyao is and why she is a legend. The drama totally does not do any justice to Fuyao and the novel.
I will definitely rewatch this drama for my favourites scenes, action sequences and Yang Mi’s superb acting.
* ENDING SPOILER ALERT *
In case anyone is still confused about the ending, Fuyao and Wuji did not die. In the last scene, they are alive and well on a bridge (probably in Tianquan), not in heaven. The words spoken by Wuji in that scene (ie. follow her to the mortal realm etc. etc.) are actually lines from the novel that novel fans love. The scriptwriter probably put it in thinking that it would please novel fans but instead, it ended up confusing everyone about whether they lived or died.
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We’ve been clear about our love of The Untamed. The fantasy C-Drama instantly hooked us and we’ve been looking for a new obsession ever since. We’ve continued our quest for more enthralling C-Dramas that keep us glued to our televisions. Here’s the scoop on Legends of Fuyao, Secret of the Three Kingdoms, and the other dramas we can’t get enough of!
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Legend of Fuyao
The memorable historical/fantasy C-drama, Legend of Fuyao, became one of those shows that we wanted to rewatch immediately upon completing our marathon binge of the series on Amazon Prime. The epic story has everything we need, breathtaking cinematography, stunning costumes, and heart-pumping action.
The 2018 Chinese television series is based on the novel Empress Fuyao ( 扶摇皇后) by Tianxia Guiyuan. Legend of Fuyao takes place in the universe of 5 kingdoms that are led by the Imperial City of Wuji. Fuyao (Yang Mi) was formed from a lotus borne by the Ancient firmament. Adopted as an orphan, she served as a slave for the Xuanyuan sect from the Taiyuan Kingdom.
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Secret of the Three Kingdoms
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Legend of Fuyao
|Legend of Fuyao|
|Based on||Empress Fuyao|
by Tianxia Guiyuan
|Written by||Jie Yanyan|
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Running time||45 mins|
|Original network||Zhejiang TV|
|First shown in||China|
|Original release||June 18 (2018-06-18) –|
August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13)
Legend of Fuyao (Chinese: 扶摇) is a 2018 Chinese television series based on the novel Empress Fuyao (Chinese: 扶摇皇后) by Tianxia Guiyuan. It stars Yang Mi and Ethan Juan. The series aired on Zhejiang TV from June 18 to August 13, 2018.
The story takes place in the universe of Five Kingdoms that is led by the Imperial City of Tianquan. Fuyao was formed from a lotus borne by the Ancient firmament. Adopted as an orphan, she served as a slave for the Xuanyuan sect from the Taiyuan Kingdom. A series of tragedies resulted in a journey across the land to gather the magical artifacts that could lift the curse that blighted her life. Along the way, she met the Crown Prince of Tianquan who was conducting secret missions to quell unrest in the Five Kingdoms. The pair fell in love as they battled the complicated politics and power plays between the different forces. With the help of her loyal companions, Fuyao set out to unravel the heinous plot of the ancient firmament. She discovered her real identity as the "Lotus Princess" and succeeded in destroying the evil forces, bringing peace to the land of Five Kingdoms.
|Yang Mi||Fuyao (扶摇)|
Feng Wuming (凤无名)
|A woman born from a divine lotus petal and owner of the five-colored stone. She was a lowly servant at Xuanyuan Sect, until she learned an invincible fighting technique named "Po Jiu Xiao" and began her journey to gather the five magical artifacts to break the five seals that were put on her. She was revealed to be the true Lotus princess and ascends the throne to become the Queen of Xuanji. Fuyao also simultaneously holds the title of Tiansha's King of Han as well as Magistrate of Yao City.|
|Ethan Juan||Zhangsun Wuji (长孙无极) |
Yuan Zhaoxu (元昭诩)
|Crown Prince of Tianquan kingdom. He is the descendant of Chang Qingzi, Grand Mentor of the Ancient Firmament; and is the owner of the Xuanling True Leaf. Wuji also owns a magical pet hamster named Yuan Bao.|
Yuan Zhaoxu is Wuji's alias as the Crown Prince's assistant.
|Taiyuan Royal Family|
|Zhang Dongshen||Xuanyuan Ren (轩辕韧)||King of Taiyuan.|
|Hu Ke||Xuanyuan Xiao (轩辕晓)||Elder princess of Taiyuan. Zhangsun Jia's wife.|
|Lai Yi||Zong Yue (宗越)||A well-known medicine practitioner.|
His identity is actually the elder son of Prince Wenyi, the previous heir apparent of Taiyuan; and was saved by Fei Yan, who imparted divine medical skills to him in exchange for forty years of his lifespan.
|Liang Yimu||Yun Hen (云痕)||Qi Zhen's god-son later revealed to be the younger son of Prince Wenyi and Zong Yue's younger brother. |
He became the King of Taiyuan following Qi Zhen's failed coup attempt. He has a one-sided love for Qi Yun, whom he grew up with.
|Ethan Juan (fake)|
Quan Peilun (real)
|Xuanyuan Min (轩辕旻)||Heir apparent of Taiyuan, later King. |
Wuji disguises himself as Xuanyuan Min in order to expose Qi Zhen's real intentions and foil his plans to usurp the throne.
|Yang Mi (fake)|
Chen Xinwen (real)
|Yuwen Zi (宇文紫)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Pure Consort). Daughter of Yuwen Jian, a distant relative of Qi Zhen; and later Qi Zhen's god-daughter. |
Fuyao disguised herself as Yuwen Zi in order to sneak into Qi Zhen's manor and look for Xiao Qi.
|Aliya||Tang Zhirong (唐芷蓉)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Noble Consort). Daughter of Tang Bonian. |
She's a cold and cunning woman who will do anything to become Queen.
|Wei Huini||Jian Xue (简雪)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Virtuous Consort). Daughter of Jian Shen, Imperial Secretary of Han Lin Court. |
She is secretly Zhangsun Wuji's aide.
|Liu Zhiwei||Gao Purou (高普若)||Xuanyuan Min's concubine (Able Consort). Daughter of Gao Hao, Prince Xiping. |
She later becomes the Queen following Yun Hen's ascension to the throne due to a deal between her father and Zhang Henian.
|Liu Yinglun||Xuanyuan Hui (轩辕晖)||A prince disguised by Tai Yan as part of Wuji's plan to trick Qi Zhen.|
|Liu Dashen||Xuanyuan Zhai (轩辕斋)||Prince of Taiyuan.|
|Liu Yijun||Qi Zhen (齐震)||State preceptor of Taiyuan. |
He is manipulative and calculating. He would do anything to become the ruler of Taiyuan.
|Yuan Yuxuan||Qi Yun (齐韵)||Qi Zhen's daughter. |
She is in love with Zong Yue, her childhood friend.
|Sun Qiang||Zhang Henian (章鹤年)||Imperial Censor.|
A patriotic and loyal man.
|Liu Guanlin||Gao Hao (高蒿)||Prince Xiping.|
He is in cahoots with Qi Zhen, but both are distrustful of one another.
|Liu Hanzhong||Tang Bonian (唐伯年)||Dingyuan General.|
|Zhong Weihua||Cao Cheng (曹成)||Head eunuch. |
A secret messenger of Qi Zhen.
|Liu Fenglan||Wei Chuan (魏川)||Housekeeper of Qi manor.|
|Zhou Liwei||Shi Lan (时岚)||Yuwen Zi (Fuyao)'s maid.|
She was sent by Zhangsun Wuji to protect Fuyao, knowing that Yuwen Zi is actually Fuyao in disguise.
|Wuyu Chenning||Ah Lie (阿烈)||Pei Yuan's maid.|
She secretly hates Pei Yuan due to the former's mistreatment of her. She is responsible for ruining Pei Yuan's face and eventually killing her.
|Zhang Zhizhong||Mr. Qiu (邱先生)||Prince Wenyi's former subordinate.|
He saved Zong Yue and Yun Hen's lives by sneaking them away during the massacre. He later revealed the truth behind their identities.
|Lu Xianjun||Huan'er (欢儿)||Tang Zhirong's maid.|
|Li Hongtao||Yan Lie (燕烈)||Leader of Xuanyuan Sect and Yan Jingchen's father.|
|Huang Youming||Yan Jingchen (燕惊尘)||Senior disciple of Xuanyuan Sect.|
He is Fuyao's first love. Despite his feelings for her, he was forced to leave her to marry Pei Yuan due to his father's wishes.
|Li Yixiao||Pei Yuan (裴媛)||Qi Zhen's niece. Yan Jingchen's disciple junior and wife.|
She has a one-sided and obsessive love for Yan Jingchen. When she realizes that Yan Jingchen is deeply in love with Fuyao, she is bent on destroying the latter.
|Qin Yan||Uncle Zhou (周叔)|
Sheng Ling (圣灵)
|Head of Xuanyou faction. A fatherlike figure to Fuyao.|
His identity was revealed to be Sheng Ling, who ranks 2nd out of the 10 saints. He saved Fuyao and helped her unlock the "Po Jiu Xiao" fighting technique.
|Jiang Long||Xiao Qi (小七)||A servant of Xuanyou faction. Fuyao's close friend and companion.|
He has a crush on Yalan Zhu.
|Guo Jun||Teacher Pei Yan (佩彦师叔)||Yan Lie's subordinate. An elder at Xuanyuan Sect.|
|He Yutong||Second disciple sister (二师姐)|
|Wang Zhipeng||Li Yunxiao (李云霄)||Fourth disciple brother.|
|Zhao Zuoshan||Elder (制赛长老)|
|Tianquan Royal City|
|Wang Jinsong||Zhangsun Jiong (长孙迥)||Emperor of Tianquan and Ruler of the Five Continents. |
A well-respected man who groomed Zhangsun Wuji for the role of Crown Prince since a young age, but actually hides a dark secret.
|Juan Zi||Yuan Qingyi (元清漪)||Empress Ci'en. Zhangsun Wuji's mother.|
She and Zhangsun Jia are secretly in love with each other, but she was forced to marry Zhangsun Jiong.
|Song Jialun||Zhangsun Jia (长孙迦)||Prince Virtue. Younger brother of Zhangsun Jiong. Zhangsun Wuji's biological father.|
|Zhao Chulun||Zhangsun Pingrong (长孙平戎)||Prince Yi. Zhangsun Wuji's half brother.|
An ambitious man who would resort to any means to usurp the throne.
|Sun Wei||Duan Tong (段潼)||Prime Minister.|
He is aligned with Zhangsun Pingrong.
|Gao Haipeng||Lei Yuanshan (雷元山)||Junwei General.|
He is loyal to Zhangsun Wuji.
|Zhang Honggang||Han Lin (韩林)||Zhangsun Jiong's personal attendant.|
|Gao Hanyu||Jiang Feng (江枫)||Zhangsun Wuji's loyal subordinate. A "shadow" guard.|
|Yu Yonghai||Xu Lai (涂来)||Zhangsun Pingrong's subordinate.|
|Liu Yuqi||Hong Ying (红灜)||A courtesan who is secretly a spy for Zhangsun Jiong, but is in love with Zhangsun Jia.|
|Jia Benchu||Tie Cheng (铁成)||A warrior of Yao City who becomes Fuyao's subordinate and later Magistrate of Yao City.|
|Yan Luhan||Hu Sang (胡桑)||A woman who fell in love at first sight with Zhangsun Wuji and harbors hatred for Fuyao due to this.|
|Tang Guozhong||Chi Gui (赤鬼)||Leader of Hei Rong tribe.|
He conspires with Zhangsun Pingrong to usurp Yao City and stage a rebellion.
|Xu Fei||Hei Feng (黑风)||Chi Gui's subordinate.|
|Luo Ting||Magistrate Su (苏县丞)||Previous Magistrate of Yao City.|
|Gao Weiguang||Zhan Beiye (战北野)||Prince Lie, leader of the Black Wind troops. Later the King of Tiansha.|
He admires Fuyao due to her courage and loyalty, but falls for Yalan Zhu's sincerity.
|Zhang Yaqin||Yalan Zhu (雅兰珠)||Princess of Qiongye, later the Queen of Tiansha.|
She liked Zhan Beiye since they were young and follows him wherever he goes. She also befriends Fuyao and becomes close to her.
|Zhang Yicong||Zhan Nancheng (战南成)||King of Tiansha.|
A man who is thirsty for power and uses underhanded means to achieve his goals.
|Gu Youming||Zhan Beiheng (战北恒)||Prince Heng. |
He is loyal to his elder brother, Zhan Nancheng.
|Chen Ying||Consort Jing (静妃)||Zhan Beiye's birth mother.|
|Liu Deliang||Lei Dong (雷动)||Zhan Beiye's teacher. Ranks 3rd out of the 10 saints.|
|Liu Qiushi||Ji Yu (纪羽)||Zhan Beiye's second-in-command, whom he is loyal to.|
|Tan Xizhi||Eunuch Hua (花公公)||Zhan Beiye's aide who was placed in the palace by his maternal grandfather..|
|Liu Yang||Attendant Li (李总管)||Head eunuch.|
|Yang Zhenyu||Gu Lingfeng (古凌风)||Commander of "Gold of Tiansha" army.|
|Mao Fan||Commander of Ming Troops (冥军首领)||Commander of the "Black Wind Hidden Troops".|
|Sheng Wu||Lin Yi (林易)||Zhan Beiye's subordinate who later betrays him.|
|Lin Jing||Feng Xuan (凤璇)||Queen of Xuanji.|
|Feng Qi (凤琦)||Feng Xuan's twin sister. The true heir of the Xuanji throne and Fuyao's birth mother.|
|Cao Weiyu||Yu Heng (玉衡)|
Meng Shuo (孟朔)
|One of the 10 saints. Feng Qi's husband and Fuyao's birth father.|
He stays by Feng Xuan's side as her shadow guard in order to find out the truth of Feng Qi and Feng Wuming (Fuyao)'s whereabouts.
|Li Duo||Feng Wu (凤五)||Fifth elder prince. Son of the previous King.|
|Gao Liwen||Feng Jingzhi (凤净执)||First princess.|
|Wang Herun||Feng Jingfan (凤净梵) |
Fo Lian (佛莲)
|Second princess. Known as the Saintess of the five continents. Fei Yan's disciple.|
A cunning and evil woman who stole Fuyao's identity as the "Lotus Princess" and puts up a kind and benevolent pretense.
She has a one-sided love for Zhangsun Wuji.
|Xue Yuru||Yu Meisheng (玉梅笙)||First female general of Xuanji.|
Feng Jingzhi's most trusted follower.
|Chen Junyu||Tang Yizhong (唐易中)||Guard of Feng Yin Pavilion. |
A descendant of the Feng family.
|Zhao Xin||Qiao Ling (巧灵)||Fo Lian's maid.|
|Zhang Huanhuan||Xu Wan (许婉)||Feng Qi's maid who secretly saved Feng Wuming (Fuyao) and hid her in the palace closet.|
|Liu Sha||Tian Ji (天机)||High immortal of Ancient Firmament, Lord of Changqing Immortal Shrine. Leader of the 10 strongest saints. Zhangsun Wuji's teacher.|
|Liu Xuan||Fei Yan (非烟)||High immortal of Ancient Firmament, Lord of Huansheng Shrine. Granddaughter of Di Feitian.|
Her main goal is to revive Di Feitian, by using Fuyao and her five-colored stone to bring upon chaos to the Five Continents.
|Liu Yinglun||Tai Yan (太妍)||Fei Yan's disciple.|
She has an unrequited love for Wuji.
Casting and filming
During Linmon Picture's annual television production showcase in February 2017, Yang Mi was announced to be the female lead for upcoming project Legend of Fuyao. Fuyao was said to contain eastern elements of fantasy, with its plot containing exciting political maneuvers and modern values of relationship.
In June 2017, Ethan Juan was announced to play the male lead. Both Juan and Yang announced their roles through their respective Weibo account. Major supporting cast members were unveiled through picture stills in July 2017.
The series began filming on 27 June 2017 in Hengdian World Studios, and wrapped up on November 24, 2017.
The series is produced by Linmon Pictures and directed by Magnolia Award-winner Yang Wenjun (Divorce Lawyers). Other notable cast members include martial arts choreographer Li Cai (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), art director Shao Changyong (Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser) and two-time Golden Horse Award winner Stanley Cheung as its costume designer.
The series is primarily filmed in Hengdian World Studios as well as Yinchuan. Numerous sets were built in a piece of barren land of up to 60,000 square meters.
Fuyao was praised by CCTV media for transmitting positive values and messages such as persistence, independence and magnanimity; as well as encouraging people to chase after their dreams. However, audience response has not been positive; the series was criticized for having cliché plots and a "Mary Sue" protagonist; as well as very similar storylines to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Despite divided reviews, the series' popularity remains high domestically with high online views; as well as acclaim from overseas fans. In particular, the series was highly praised in the Daily Pakistan newspaper, with the media outlet calling the show "a wonderful presentation of Chinese characteristics" and praising its cinematography. It gained 14 billion views in 50 days, becoming the most viewed online drama of the summer season.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share (CSM52)||Ranking||Average audience share (National Average)||Ranking|
|Ratings||Audience share||Ratings||Audience share|
|1-2||June 18, 2018||0.655||3.727||1||0.35||2.57||1|
|3-4||June 19, 2018||0.611||3.742||2||0.23||1.85||2|
|5-6||June 20, 2018||0.655||4.174||2||0.32||2.63||2|
|7-8||June 21, 2018||0.691||4.194||1||0.392||3.047||1|
|9-10||June 25, 2018||0.755||4.563||1||0.38||2.97||1|
|11-12||June 26, 2018||0.664||3.997||1||0.33||2.55||2|
|13-14||June 27, 2018||0.673||3.327||1||0.44||2.64||1|
|15-16||June 28, 2018||0.753||4.346||1||0.34||2.42||1|
|17-18||July 2, 2018||0.648||3.53||1||0.37||2.68||2|
|19-20||July 3, 2018||0.689||3.984||1||0.49||3.6||1|
|21-22||July 4, 2018||0.941||6.029||1||0.57||4.4||1|
|23-24||July 5, 2018||0.927||5.964||1||0.7||5.23||1|
|25-26||July 9, 2018||0.789||5.108||2||0.441||3.478||2|
|27-28||July 10, 2018||0.795||4.8||2||0.525||3.703||2|
|29-30||July 11, 2018||1.088||6.553||1||0.71||4.93||2|
|31-32||July 12, 2018||0.951||5.832||1||0.65||4.77||1|
|33-34||July 16, 2018||0.951||6.089||1||0.523||3.876||2|
|35-36||July 17, 2018||0.972||6.123||1||0.61||4.328||2|
|37-38||July 18, 2018||1.017||6.243||1||0.6||4.35||2|
|39-40||July 19, 2019||1.073||6.77||1||0.68||5.03||2|
|41-42||July 23, 2018||0.795||5.106||2||0.58||4.29||2|
|43-44||July 24, 2018||0.844||5.33||2||0.52||3.91||2|
|45-46||July 25, 2018||0.923||5.777||2||0.61||4.48||2|
|47-48||July 26, 2018||0.879||5.588||1||0.64||4.85||1|
|49-50||July 30, 2018||0.87||5.796||2||0.49||3.78||2|
|51-52||July 31, 2018||0.842||5.448||2||0.6||4.39||2|
|53-54||August 1, 2018||0.799||5.137||2||0.5||3.73||2|
|55-56||August 2, 2018||0.91||5.752||1||0.6||4.46||1|
|57-58||August 6, 2018||0.908||6.135||1||0.61||4.76||2|
|59-60||August 7, 2018||0.782||5.292||1||0.55||4.09||2|
|61-62||August 8, 2018||0.847||5.46||1||0.66||4.81||2|
|63-64||August 9, 2018||0.868||5.632||1||0.56||4.19||1|
|65-66||August 13, 2018||0.786||4.91||1||0.6||4.31||2|
Note: Part of the series is broadcast online on Tencent Video before airing on Zhejiang TV. VIP members of Tencent are four episodes ahead of non-VIP members and regular television broadcast.
Awards and nominations
- ^"《扶摇》杨幂颠覆解锁总攻人设 阮经天挑战古装". Tencent (in Chinese). July 18, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》高燃定档0618 杨幂阮经天热血不负赤子初心". Netease (in Chinese). June 11, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》6.18强势登陆 杨幂女子力爆棚逆天改命". ifeng (in Chinese). June 11, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》梁译木首演古装 演绎世子复国奋斗史". Sina (in Chinese). June 28, 2017.
- ^"阿丽亚《扶摇》横店开机 为内心戏苦练"眼技"". Tencent (in Chinese). June 29, 2017.
- ^"刘奕君《扶摇》杀青 剧照曝光"眼"技瞩目". Tencent (in Chinese). October 18, 2017.
- ^"袁雨萱《扶摇》将上线 与刘奕君父女立场引猜想". Sohu (in Chinese). June 28, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》热播 "霸道王爷"刘冠霖爆燃上线". Netease (in Chinese). June 29, 2018.
- ^"酒窝女神周俐葳 搭档杨幂出演《扶摇》". Netease (in Chinese). January 30, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》开播伍宇辰柠首演反派刁难杨幂". Netease (in Chinese). June 20, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》今日开播 李洪涛饰武林霸主一展谋略". Rednet (in Chinese). June 18, 2018.
- ^"黄宥明搭档杨幂出演《扶摇》 上演爱恨纠葛大戏". NetEase (in Chinese). June 28, 2017.
- ^"李依晓新剧《扶摇》开播 变身高傲郡主狂虐杨幂". Netease (in Chinese). June 20, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》热播 秦焰被誉"全剧最暖"与杨幂情同父女". Netease (in Chinese). June 21, 2018.
- ^"蒋龙新剧化身专业"扶摇吹" 鬼马精灵萌力MAX". 中国娱乐网 (in Chinese). June 19, 2018.
- ^"电视剧《扶摇》热拍 痞帅型男王志鹏仙气十足". Tencent (in Chinese). December 21, 2017.
- ^"王劲松出席《扶摇》发布会 与阮经天相爱相杀". Tencent (in Chinese). September 29, 2017.
- ^"电视剧《扶摇》热拍 宋佳伦再续皇叔情缘". Tencent (in Chinese). September 19, 2017.
- ^"古装巨制《扶摇》开机 赵楚纶出演联袂杨幂阮经天". ifeng (in Chinese). June 28, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》开发布会 高瀚宇阮经天逗趣默契十足". Tencent (in Chinese). September 29, 2017.
- ^"贾本初《扶摇》成无极新晋情敌 开启追"摇"模式". Netease (in Chinese). July 13, 2018.
- ^"唐国忠加盟《锻刀III》 结束《扶摇》挑战反角色". Sina (in Chinese). December 14, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》解锁新场景 高伟光即将上线霸气开"撩"". ifeng (in Chinese). June 25, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》杀青"花痴公主"张雅钦清甜灵动". Netease (in Chinese). November 27, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》天煞副本boss张奕聪上线 杨幂再遇强敌". ifeng (in Chinese). July 18, 2018.
- ^"林静《扶摇》称王 演绎孪生姐妹花过足戏瘾". Tencent (in Chinese). October 17, 2017.
- ^"曹卫宇杨幂《扶摇》虐心相认 观众：忍不住泪奔". Sina (in Chinese). August 2, 2018.
- ^"《扶摇》定档 实力小花王鹤润首挑高难度大反派". ifeng (in Chinese). June 11, 2018.
- ^"雨如参演大型古装剧《扶摇》霸气形象获好评". Tencent (in Chinese). December 11, 2017.
- ^"刘璇演技全开亮相《扶摇》 非烟完虐杨幂只为信仰". ifeng (in Chinese). July 24, 2018.
- ^"刘颖伦《扶摇》与师兄阮经天比武一较高下". Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). June 27, 2018.
- ^"柠萌推新项目 黄磊新作聚焦高考杨幂演<扶摇>". Sohu (in Chinese). February 27, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇皇后》终于官宣！杨幂搭档阮经天出演强大IP". Phoenix Television (in Chinese). June 5, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》曝剧照 杨幂阮经天相望"眼技"十足". Tencent (in Chinese). July 27, 2017.
- ^ abc"《扶摇》横店开机 大师班底铸造行业质感力作". Tencent (in Chinese). June 27, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》首曝杀青视频 回眸拾忆刻录砺炼流年". Sina (in Chinese). November 24, 2017.
- ^"《扶摇》莫文蔚首唱古装剧主题曲 独特声线惊艳网友". ifeng (in Chinese). June 19, 2018.
- ^"杨幂阮经天水中相吻 徐佳莹献唱《一爱难求》". ifeng (in Chinese). June 20, 2018.
- ^"央媒点赞《扶摇》积极正能量 言出必行不做积极废人". ifeng (in Chinese). June 26, 2018.
- ^"Chinese drama Fuyao garners appreciation in Pakistan". Daily Pakistan. June 29, 2018.
- ^"Serial thrillers". China Daily. August 23, 2018.
- ^"华鼎奖提名公布 《和平饭店》《归去来》闪耀榜单". Netease (in Chinese). October 22, 2018.
- ^"腾讯视频星光盛典：Baby美杨超越萌，老戏骨们最有范儿". Tencent (in Chinese). December 18, 2018.
10/10Wonderful fantasy drama.
martin-fennell3 September 2020
Terrific fantasy drama. Lots of bloody action, romance, tragedy, some comedy too. There are no great acting performances. But they are serviceable, and the two leads are good together. It's the story or stories that is the main attraction.I took breaks from it at certain points.So maybe I found it overlong, or not always compulsively watch as Korean dramas tend to be. Well I suppose that's because episodes didn't always end in a cliffhanger. I found it was a series I could leave and come back to again. I'm sure there are faults I found in it. Some of the acting might not be up to scratch. Maybe some conversations/speeches went on too long. But whatever the faults were, they were minor, and did not take away from the immense enjoyment of this wonderful series. 10/10
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10/10The Legend Lives on!
jaybizman15 September 2020
'The Legend of Fuyao', IMO, is thee best of Chinese Drama. Features two main protagonists and (later) lovers, Yang Mi as Fuyao and Ethan Juan who plays at least three different but connected characters, battle to win over the Five Regions of ancient China - against (as usual) all odds. To say their on screen chemistry is 'amazing' is to me, an understatement. First off, the poster who wrote: 'Yang Mi never fails to deliver' is right on the money. Having followed her career these last ten years, I believe she is at the pinnacle, with such stellar TV Series as: Three Lives Three Worlds - TMoPB., The Negotiator, The Interpreter. L.O.R.D., Painted Skin, etc. under her belt. Mi literally steals every scene, whether it's her ethereal look (a somewhat different but mesmerizing beauty) and her ability to convey emotion with those big, beautiful eyes - she has Star Power and presence. 'Fuyao' is quite a long TV series, but once you get involved be prepared to hunker down and binge-watch like crazy. IMO, the last episode (No. 66!) will blow you away, and in the tradition of many Fantasy CD's - may not be what you expect for an 'ending' - is it real or Memorex?? ... The Fuyao theme is sung by Karen Mok who plays the tough but hot Detective along with Shu Qi's 'Computer Angel' in 'So Close.' Along with a truly emotional score - Fuyao (aka Yang Mi) never disappoints. 10/10. Easy call.
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sandrakara9 April 2021
This story is beautiful and well told from the beginning to the end of it, is so great. I really enjoyed this drama and even bit of the romance in it, is lovely and mesmerising ❤❤❤
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6/10Yang Mi is as good as ever but thats it
mariam-sayed6 November 2019
This series is just ok, you can watch it once after 40 episodes I just forwarded, there are lot many loopholes in the plot. you can divide the series in many parts and you cant connect them. The acting of main leads is good but they cant keep the weak plot keeping you hooked seems some scene was lifted from Eternal love series Yan gi and Ethan Juan have good chemistry Watch it once
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wellanreynilda24 June 2019
I love everything about it! this series being hype because TMOPB but it really not the same with TMOPB. The romance is not a main focus in this series. but i love the male lead character here and the actor is doing his job perfectly! great cinematography, actions, and acting!
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9/10Yang mi never fails to deliver
B_special22 September 2018
This is the kind of the series that you would watch when you are not busy doing something important. Just a little warning, If you are then don't even think about starting this series. It's damn addictive. There was not a single episode that I didn't like. It would've been perfect if they explained the ending in one more episode. That was the only drawback i could find in this series. I've been a fan of Yang Mi after seeing her work in Ten Miles Of Peach Blossom. Her chemistry with actor Ethan Juan is as amazing as it was with Mark Chao in TMOPB. She just never fails to amaze me.
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10/10A MUST SEE!!
emina774 February 2019
I could NOT stop watching this! From start to finish I was completely mesmerised by the story and the characters!! After watching several Chinese fantasy drama's, I must say this one is my favourite! If you're looking to find something similar, I'd recommend the Three lives three worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom! It's got Yang Mi and Mark Chao, and the chemistry between the two is also amazing! Ashes of Love is another one!
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10/10Best drama of 2018
makinotsukushii15 March 2020
A must watch drama, it's a complete package with action, romance, revenge, friendship and brotherhood. The lead have amazing chemistry and instead of stupid misunderstandings they always believed each other .... 10/10
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oglehannah13 June 2019Warning: Spoilers
I just finished watching this, and I am in love with this series. The different storylines interwoven with the main story kept me interested the whole way through, which is a feat considering the number of episodes. Of course there are some episodes I love more than others. Any scene between Yang Mi and Ethan Juan would leave me grinning or just emotional in general. These two leads have off the charts chemistry, and I love how much they love each other and won't give up on each other til the very end. I seriously binged the entirety of the show in about 4 days because I couldn't stop. I agree that I wish there could have just been one more episode to wrap things up, but I was still very pleased there was a happy ending. The piggyback ride at the end was too adorable. I thought for sure I was going to end up heartbroken as I watched the final battle. Also, can I just say the scene in the first half of the show with Fuyao and Wuji in the bath fighting/flirting?...*fans self.* Would highly recommend this series.
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1/10Superhero Always Win
youushark21 February 2021
Main character always win after 2nd episode. No suprizes. No struggle. The enemy fooled easily. When Fu Yao in danger, Wuji always appear out of no where to help.
Such a waste for Yang Mi.
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10/10One of the most beautiful series I've ever watch
soemeer-rewina5 September 2018
My first ever Chinese drama that I've watched, and I've got to admit I'm impressed. The story is beautiful with stong leading characters. Not to forget the setting is amazing. And at last I must also mention the wonderful soundtrack it has...the background music is just great ...
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becauseofyou-3171226 September 2018
ONLY WATCHED TWO EPISODES SO FAR, but it already has that good drama feel.Will update as time goes on. Have high hopes. Edit(22/06/18): 8 episodes in and its still great. It's not too rushed but it's not annoyingly stagnant either. They are slowly building up the story which I love. Compared to other dramas that move too quickly which causes the story to lose its novelty. This seems very much like people are putting a lot of thought and passion into it. Edit (30/06/18): (16 episodes in)It's really gaining momentum now and the story seems to be developing quite well. I realise I can't give away too much without using spoilers so I won't be updating this review often but I can definitely say this is an entertaining watch. Another thing to note is that this isn't a sappy romance and the characters aren't weaklings. Love, love, love this so far. Edit (14/07/18): so for quite some time the story seemed to be straying away from Fuyao but hang in there until about episode 30. Resolution for deep water nation does not disappoint me. Edit( reaches episode 42): it is a confusing time in the drama and some people don't like it but I am really enjoying this. I am still wondering what's going on with Fuyao and her stuff though (trying to be as vague as possible so I don't give out spoilers) Episode 56: YESSSSS. YESSS. SO CLOSE (21/08/2018)Final thoughts: I would definitely recommend this drama. It is well thought out and the characters are well developed. The actors, costumes and set were all amazing. The storyline is very balanced. Whether happy or tragic, this is a good watch.
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helianalee-062263 October 2018
My first China ancient drama. I was hooked on it from ep 1. I came here for Ethan but the whole cast did great. Wish for a better ending though. Love the bromance Ethan had with the doctor and the little chubby hamster.
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10/10recomended chinese drama 2018
julianahutapea4 October 2018
Very good story, i like this drama so much,i'm very enjoy the story line from beginning until end. wuji and fuyao have a very great love story and chemistry. the story line never boring me from when wuji for the first time met fuyao , they are so funny until they becomes couple the story going to serious, and then they struggled together to get a peace of 5 kingdoms. i love their story from funny, seriously, sad , fight scene. this series really have a perfect story line, perfect role and good cinematography and all cast did great job.thanks to give me this great series in 2018.
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10/10I love this drama so much....
mimyjiany10 October 2018
Here for Yang Mi & Ethan Ruan. God both are awesomely brilliant actors and together they are just mind blowing. Their acting, their explosive chemistry & their respective characters, I just love love love. This drama is bloody awesome so far, great characters, story, plot, pacing, beautiful cinematography, aesthetically pleasing fight scenes & romance. This drama has it all, great heroine, who is smart, intelligent, uses her brains to make up her own mind, not a puppet or a damsel in distress, who just keeps fawning over the hero. She's got wit, courage, integrity and strength of character & personality. The hero is bloody awesome too, he's smart, intelligent, witty, cunning, devious, naughty, strong of both character & personality and his smile is just to die for. All the other characters are bloody awesome too .
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10/10I CAN'T FIND ANOTHER GOOD SERIES AFTER THIS DRAMA ..LOVE IT SO MUCH
hennytandean11 October 2018
First Chinese drama that I'm hooked on. This drama has everything. I've attempted to watch several Chinese and Taiwanese dramas throughout the years and have only successfully made it through a select few. Normally they become boring or I'm turned off by the number of episodes or by the possibility of a sad ending for our leads which is the norm for a Chinese historical drama. For years I found that Korean dramas were the only dramas that satisfied me because they almost always have happy endings. This drama is different from all the others I've seen. It has action, adventure, drama, and a romance that entices viewers. On top of it all, the writers manage to sneak in moments of comedy amidst it all. The plot doesn't drag on and there are multiple storylines overarching with the main one and this makes the drama exciting. The OSTs are also beautiful and go greatly with the drama. Yang Mi's dramas never fail me and this is no exception. Her character Fuyao is strong, independent, and unlike many female characters in a historical drama like this. I hadn't watched any of Ethan Juan's dramas before, but his chemistry with Yang Mi is amazing. They make such a great couple that can really stand up for themselves, protect each other, and navigate through whatever schemes the bad guys throw at them together. This drama will have close to 70 episodes and normally I would stop watching and be turned off by the amount of episodes, but I'm eagerly awaiting new episodes every day. I've read from other comments that Ethan personally said in an interview that there will be a good ending, and I sincerely hope that this is true. This drama is a game changer and I can honestly say that it will be difficult to find another drama that will fill the void in my heart after this drama.
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diana_douglas12 October 2018
This is ground breaking, a female Chinese lead who is intelligent, not wishy washy and who makes legit decisions fast. She is also strong and although she likes the female lead shes not afraid to tell him what she thinks of him to his face. She doesn't love blindly but look straight at what he is and loves him anyway. What can I say about the male lead? Ladies we all know that Ethan does not disappoint but somehow he has managed to take it to a next level i mean..that shot with the smirk on the dragon bed...and that kiss..*you know which one*. But his character goes beyond that, strong powerful, complex and a realist...my gosh ...I can't say enough about this drama..it is a welcome relief after moonshine and valentine..started out promising with a great storyline but got messed up along the way and ended *rolls eyes* thank goodness for Fuyao!
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ericbelle15 October 2018
WITHOUT LYING, BEING COMPLETELY HONEST. I HAVE WATCHED LIKE 54 CDRAMAS. AND TO MY SHOCK, THIS IS FAR THE BEST DRAMA I HAVE EVER WATCHED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN YANG MI AND ETHAN JUAN IS JUST PHENOMENAL AND UNBELIEVABLY HEART TOUCHING. THE COSTUMES ARE GREAT. THE SUPPORTING CAST ALSO DID A VERY GREAT JOB.
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10/10the addictive Chinese Drama
sariatichan18 October 2018
Honestly, straight up one of the best dramas I have watched so far. It's been awhile since a drama has been able to completely grasp my attention and hook me in, Legend of Fuyao did that. Things about the plot get revealed at a very charming place in my opinion and the story itself is interesting and unique. You just fall in love with the characters !! As someone who has been watching dramas for the past two years, I REALLY HIGHLY recommend this one.
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Available on: Viki, YouTube
Total episode #: 66
Dumpling-rating scale: 2/5
I am a fan of the romance/fantasy/marital arts genre of drama, plus despite the criticism Yang Mi usually receives for her acting skills I actually quite enjoy watching her.
Needless to say, I went into the Legend of Fuyao (扶摇) with very high expectations especially because it was heavily marketed as a love story of a highly skilled slave girl and a Crown Prince who are then tasked with saving the five kingdoms.
It wouldn’t be accurate to say that I was completely disappointed as the drama did start off well. Instead, I would describe myself as confused. The storyline didn’t have a lot of direction, which was much more pronounced as this drama was dragged over 66 episodes.
I also had real issues with the fragility of Fuyao (our titled female lead). For example, how is it that Fuyao is able to break the Ninth Cloud (a very special/mystical/powerful move) in the 6th episode… but gets knocked out from behind like 100 times afterwards? (I didn’t get it)
The drama could have been named Wuji (the male lead portrayed by Ethan Juan). He was far and away the standout character.
All that aside, Legend of Fuyao has also received criticism for plagiarizing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (with it’s inclusion of a Triwizard Tournament type challenge). I could only see it once pointed out to me.
However, what I found quite striking was Legend of Fuyao’s overt tribute to Sun Tzu on the Art of War. About 30% (conservative estimate) of the dialogue was on war strategy or with respect to it… see below for examples:
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
– Sun Tzu on the ‘Art of War’ at Attack by Stratagem, para 
All warfare is based on deception.
– Sun Tzu on the ‘Art of War’ at Laying Plans, para 
Given the length of this drama, rather than set out my top episodes, I thought it would be more appropriate to breakdown the various story arcs, ‼️spoilers alter‼️
Part 1 | Episodes 1-8 |Fuyao meets Wuji
Part 1 of the Legend of Fuyao establishes the universe of the drama. We learn of the impending doom of the five kingdoms and the power struggle within the Taiyun Kingdom.
In this part, Fuyao is a bold and mischievous servant who (as a result of a vindictive princess) has to survive the Tian Dou Competition. Fuyao is assisted by Wuji, who is impersonating the heir to the Taiyun Kindgom for the future stability of the five kingdoms. In and amongst the chaos, Fuyao and Wuji begin to develop what would appear to be a romantic relationship starting with a mud-fight…
Fuyao defeating all odds wins the tournament to the dismay of the Princess who wants her dead.
Part 2 | Episodes 9-30 |Fuyao travels to Kunning
Fuyao escapes the Taiyun kingdom and makes her way to Kunning. On Fuyao’s travels her companion (Xiao Qi) gets abducted and she meets Prince Zhang Bei Ye (portrayed by Vengo Gao) and his stalker/admirer, the Princess of Qiongye Tribe, Ya Lan Zhu (portrayed by Zhang Ya Qin).
Wuji during this time is attending to some very important political business and a weird love triangle begins to form between Fuyao, Bei Ye and Lan Zhu.
It is still not clear whether Wuji is falling in love with Fuyao or just enjoys tormenting her…this time they are fighting in a bedroom.
Thirty episodes down and our couple is still not official (things are moving quite slowly).
Part 3 | Episodes 31-48 |Fuyao in Tianquan (and other places)
Fuyao escapes once again and is heading to the Kingdom of Tianquan. She somehow gets tricked into impersonating Princess Fo Lian who is betrothed to the Crown Prince of Tianquan (who happens to be Wuji). Although, her identity crisis is resolved, Fuyao (who becomes a town magistrate?) is mortally poisoned and not even the (very attractive) miracle doctor Zong Ye (who is in fact the heir apparent of Taiyuan) can save her. If you are starting to get confused with who is who… you aren’t alone.
Wuji in this segment dies and comes back to life. From here, a multitude of different storylines begin to form (with numerous new characters) which distract from the original plot (which at this stage I have forgotten)… I will say that this part does have some epic fight scenes (especially at episodes 34 and 47).
Part 4 | Episodes 49-56 |Fuyao missing in action
This arc of the story focuses on our original antagonist Qi Zhen who meets his ending that this drama had been foreboding since episode 1.
Our second lead couple doesn’t get their happy ending or do they…. (they do)
Part 5 | Episodes 57-66 | Fuyao goes to heaven?
I will be the first to admit that I was relieved when this drama finally ended. Painfully we get to the last segment of this drama and Fuyao is able to overcome her fate (which is destroying the five kingdoms) by dying (with Wuji) and going to what would appear to be heaven.
All I can say is that at least we get a happy ending 🤔😪😩
What did you think of the Legend of Fuyao?
A New Level Of Fantasy: 5 Reasons Why You Should Watch “Legend Of Fuyao”
If you’re looking for a drama with just about every element of fiction you could possibly want, look no further than “Legend Of Fuyao.” Gaining widespread popularity and high ratings from viewers around the world, the drama continues to enthrall audiences with its blistering-hot romance, aerial martial arts, and gorgeous fictitious universe – taking everything you know (and love) about fantasy to the next level.
Based on the novel “Empress Fuyao” by Tian Xia Gui Yuan, the drama tells the story of Meng Fuyao (Yang Mi), a young woman of poor social standing, who – after mastering an invincible fighting technique – is tasked with collecting the secret orders of the five Kingdoms. Accompanying her is the mysterious Crown Prince Zhangsun Wuji (Ethan Juan). The two battle powerful forces as they strive to rid the land of evil and ultimately bestow peace to its people.
Let’s hop right into it with five reasons you should watch “Legend Of Fuyao”!
Warning: Minor spoilers ahead, but nothing damaging!
The leading couple’s chemistry
Ethan Juan and Yang Mi bring the heat as leading couple Zhangsun Wuji and Fuyao. Viewers around the world have fallen in love with them. The romance is adorable, but it’s the genuine vibe of their relationship that is so enamoring. The on-screen couple is natural and comfortable, flirting and fighting like any couple would (with some mid-air acrobatics thrown in here and there).
Zhangsun Wuji’s tall, muscular build may be perfect for fighting villains and mythical beasts, but his spirit is gentle and kind, even though he can be a total cheeky smart-aleck. Fuyao deserves her own section, so for now I’ll suffice to say that she’s a whole lot of spunk in a super petite package!
The playful banter is a plus of course, but viewers are given even more as their romance deepens and feelings blossom. Truly a power couple, Fuyao and Wuji prove time and again that love exceeds social status, political schemes, and any mythical beast the world can throw at you.
The side characters
As wonderful as our main leads are, what gives the drama a truly well-rounded feel are the side characters, both likeable and not-so-likeable. There are many, so here are just a few of my favorites that are introduced to us early on in the drama.
First is Yan Jingchen (Huang Ming) – this poor guy is stuck between a rock and a hard place: his domineering father wants him to marry Pei Yuan (Li Yi Xiao), an ultra-jealous, awful woman who is obsessed with making him love her and viciously hates the woman he truly loves (who happens to be Fuyao). Instead of standing up to his father or staying true to his feelings, he marries Pei Yuan…and suffers the consequences.
Then there’s Fuyao’s cute and dorky little adopted brother Xiao Qi (Jiang Long), who is kind of just…there. He’s not super helpful – and actually a bit of a hindrance at times. But he’s really precious, and sometimes that’s enough, right? I mean, look at that smile.
Of course, we have to include Zhan Beiye (Vengo Gao), fearless prince and leader of the Black Wind troops, who is initially one of the corners of a certain love triangle. He’s courageous and passionate, even though his childhood was anything but smooth.
Last but not least, medical sage Zong Yue (Lai Yi) is a fascinating character, whose intellect is not limited to his medical practice. Far more than what initially meets the eye, he keeps his secrets close…and his enemies closer.
To accompany the stunning color palettes and vibrant characters, the drama’s soundtrack boasts a stellar ensemble. A couple of my favorite pieces so far are those sung by Karen Mok, You Zhangjing (of C-pop boyband Nine Percent), and Lala Hsu, to name a few of the talented artists.
Note: English song title translations vary greatly, so please forgive any discrepancies in regards to that. The ones below seem to be the most commonly used English titles.
The multi-talented Karen Mok sings the opening theme song, a piece appropriately entitled “Fuyao.” The song is a fitting tribute to our female lead and possesses powerful, universal lyrics that speak of seeking freedom from fear.
You Zhangjing sings “Proud Humans Of Society,” a hauntingly melodic song that showcases the young singer’s wide register and velvety vocals.
And the lovely ending theme song, “A Love Is Hard To Wish For,” is sung by Taiwanese singer-songwriter Lala Hsu, recently named Best Mandarin Female Singer in the 29th Golden Melody Awards.
Whether it’s these specific pieces, or the pretty instrumentals that play throughout an episode’s run, the music of “Legend Of Fuyao” subtly highlights plot-points and characters’ inward struggles. Just as poor music choices can ruin a drama, an excellent OST such as this one boosts the drama’s quality and furthers the story-line.
The fierce female lead
Fuyao is listed separately here because she truly deserves her own section. She is a reason in and of itself to watch the drama, even if nothing else has captured your attention thus far.
Oddly enough, I wasn’t a huge Fuyao fan at first. It might have been because of her mischievous and wild side, but she seemed a tad obnoxious in the very beginning. (Don’t worry, it didn’t last long). After a couple episodes, however, Fuyao truly begins to show what she’s made of.
Perhaps the first significant example of this is when she – at the time an inexperienced fighter – must partake in a series of life-or-death tests along with dozens of other young people, all incredibly skilled fighters. (For simplicity’s sake, think of “The Hunger Games.”) She puts on a brave front and charges each challenge full-on, relying on her own stealth and intellect to make up for her lack of fighting experience.
One of Fuyao’s best moments is fairly early in the drama, when she is forced into an arena with countless other slaves, and instructed to battle it out gladiator style – to the death. It’s actually not part of the life-or-death tests previously mentioned, but she just happens to spend a lot of time in life-threatening situations. Not only is she the only female, but she’s the sole target, a nice surprise from Pei Yuan (the awful woman who’s outrageously jealous of her). Of course, Fuyao kicks butt, and it’s a definite “You go, girl!” moment.
As the drama unfolds, we get to see Fuyao blossom onscreen, from inexperienced teenage rebel to resourceful and cunning young woman. Her intolerance for injustice, ability to say what she feels, and knowledge of her own value as a person is truly admirable. Through the endless trials that she faces, Fuyao proves herself to be a powerful warrior, loyal friend, and courageous crime-fighting partner. What’s great about her character is that she remains unshaken by the powers that be, who are often much stronger than she is, with much more worldly influence.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed by the fighting. But as someone doesn’t particularly enjoy action sequences very much, I have to say, the martial arts scenes are just plain cool. The choreography is tight and the movements are crisp, making every fight believable (yes, somehow even the flying-through-the-air action).
Although it’s absurdly difficult to pick just one fight, a particular favorite of mine (because of the slightly humorous and romantic aspects it possesses) is the bath scene! Well, I suppose “bath fight” would really be more appropriate.
This one’s a little later in the drama, where Fuyao and Wuji find themselves in a bathing area together, and begin fighting each other. The myriad of eye-popping acrobatic stunts are offset by the ridiculousness of the situation, with Wuji teasing Fuyao all throughout, and her frustrated attempts to beat him.
One of her moves snatches off his shirt, and her own clothing rips at the shoulder. Grinning playfully, he asks her, “So impatient?” while throwing a loaded glance at her bare shoulder skin.
Her reaction is great, and I low-key wish I could pull this move out when the situation calls for it:
Afterwards, she tends to his wounds inflicted earlier by some assassins and there is definitely more than casual gratitude in those locked eyes.
Excuse me while I swoon.
Some other appreciated aspects about this drama are the costumes, attention to detail, and the beautiful set designs that the drama’s creators clearly thought out with great care. These elements add immense quality to the drama, and as a viewer, I tip my hat to that.
So, dear readers, if you’re looking for a new drama with exciting fight sequences, romance that sizzles, and characters you could very well fall in love with, then don’t hesitate to watch this drama!
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actualeleven is an Asian drama buff who loves discovering new music and dramas, usually with a steaming cup of coffee in hand. She hopes to spread her passion for Asian dramas to her readers!
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