[TV Commentary] “The Journey of Flower” Episodes 1 to 3
The Journey Of Flower <花千骨>
Also known as : Hua Qiangu
2015 Mainland Chinese drama
Language : Mandarin
Number of episodes: 50
Cast: Wallace Huo, Zhao Liying, Andy Zhang, Jiang Xin
HQG – Hua Qiangu
BZH – Bai Zihua
SQM – Sha Qianmo
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I can’t decide who is more beautiful, Wallace Huo (as BZH) or Ma Ke (as SQM). I can’t believe someone can be more beautiful than Wallace and frankly it’s the make up. But the headgear wins and so Wallace!!
After 3 episodes, I have decided I like this series even though the story will turn so tragic you will wonder why I torture myself again like I did with Bu Bu Jing Xin. However right now at episode 3, our would be demon queen Hua Qiangu is so cute, so nice, so good, you just can’t believe she is a demon or has bad blood. Bai Zihua has such a feminine sounding name, forever in white and has a huge responsibility as the saviour of mankind and yet…. yet I find him rather malicious unintentionally. He knows HQG is his fated calamity star as in will get him killed so he did those small stuff to discourage her from joining his sect like well, making sure she fails her 3 tests miserably such as flesh eating flowers chasing her, induced coma and of course throwing her off cliff. But hey the girl doesn’t get the message and she battles on, as lovable as ever. I mean I love Wallace but his cactus up in his butt unsmiling pursed lips face is making me dislike him when looking at the lovely HQG. By the way he is the leader of the immortals. A deity? Immortal? Sorry I am not familiar with the story.
Anyway, the costumes are beautiful especially Wallace. But the version I saw looks overprocessed. The pictures looked so much better but the end product seems too unfocused, too dream like and cumbersome. The scenery is awesome and yet strangely not really highlighted. I love the headgear though, hair generally well done and make up is awesome. However the special effects is cringe worthy, especially that worm/caterpillar Tang Bao which differs in size in every frame. In fact I find the worm story redundant and should be cut out because it doesn’t add to the story but annoys me by being cutesy when nothing in this series should be cutesy. Everyone is so serious, subject is serious and suddenly there’s this baby sounding worm. This series has a lot of characters, already populated most aspect by episode 3 so the worm to me is redundant. The kung fu so far is mehhhhh.. more fantasy than anything and the flying isn’t worth remembering, yet.
But the worst, absolute worst is the sound and the dubbing.
The sound is too loud that it drowns out the dialogue and the dialogue is so loud it sometimes is difficult to hear. Maybe it is the youtube version. But the dubbing.. oh dear… some you know dubbed their own voice I think, like Jiangxin unless the same dubber dubbed her in Zhen Huan dubbed her here if not that’s her voice. Wallace is naturally dubbed and I believe with BBJX’s 4th prince voice but it doesn’t suit his face or BZH. It lacks that I suppose fairy like quality, I find it doesn’t match with Wallace’s more softer feminine look and I simply hate the dubbing. So is for Zhao Liying with this high pitch cutesy voice.
Other than that, so far the story is enjoyable; how BZH had to admit he has to face his destined cause of his downfall aka death even if he doesn’t want to eventhough he can just kill her and end it but his conscience drives him and he ain’t no hypocrite except when he wants to make her fall from the cliff. He is quite affected by her sincerity, her genuineness and surely will fall so deeply in love with her, he will fulfill his own prophecy. Which means what this author is inevitably saying is hey it’s destined man, whatever choice you make, the downfall is there. I find that very very tragic and frustrating. This won’t be your date movie ever.
No complaints on the acting. Generally well acted, am impressed with even the supporting cast. Of all Yu Zheng’s stable of actors, Zhao Liying is the cutest, prettiest and genuinely can act quite well eventhough there are always someone better than her. So she is cute without being annoying. Wallace has mastered the art of restraint to the point of explosion so frankly I love that man. He is so handsome in here. There are a few more impressive acting but I do not know their name yet except for Jiangxin who is really a very good actress but not much role in here.
So far so good. Exciting premise, exciting costume, exciting performances and Wallace Huo in long hair and white billowy robe… what more can you ever ask for than the image if utter beauty that is so beautiful it breaks your heart knowing it is a tragedy…
TVB, move aside. My nights now belong to this series. But I am not sure how I can stand the torture story.
By the way I am watching without the aid of English subtitles. My mandarin is 70% ok but still, some parts I have no idea why it happened though the story is easy enough to follow. But for Wallace, oh so beautiful, I shall persevere.
“The Journey of Flower” Trailer
This commentary is written by Funn Lim, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com and was originally posted at www.point2e.com.