The fantasy-wuxia drama, The Journey of Flower <花千骨>, caught much attention when it aired this summer in mainland China, but many fans were irate to discover that the violent kissing scenes between lead actor Wallace Huo (霍建華) and lead actress Zhao Liying (趙麗穎) had been deleted. Recently, Guangdong TV announced that it will air the uncut version of The Journey of Flower starting November 25.
The Journey of Flower tells the story of Hua Qiangu (Zhao Liying), an orphan girl who is accepted into a martial arts sect. She later becomes the sole disciple of the sect leader, Bai Zihua (Wallace Huo), and the two eventually develop feelings for one another. However, because they are master and disciple, their love is forbidden.
Airing on Hunan TV, The Journey of Flower became one of the most popular dramas of the summer. Online views for the drama surpassed 20 billion on each of mainland China’s major video websites, and it even spawned a modern-age sequel titled The Journey of Flower 2015 <花千骨2015 >.
However, the version aired on Hunan TV completely cut out some very violent and bloody kisses between Hua Qiangu and Bai Zihua, which occur after Qiangu turns into a demoness. Fans complained after finding out that these anticipated scenes would not be materializing on their TV screens.
Nevertheless, Guangdong TV recently revealed that it would be airing the uncut version of The Journey of Flower. The report also stated that the newly released scenes would explain why Bai Zihua was reduced to Hua Qiangu’s “male pet,” as well as reveal important details about the death of a beloved character.
On December 1, Taiwanese channels China TV and Chung T’ien TV will also begin airing The Journey of Flower, though it has not been announced which version of the drama will be shown. However, the Taiwanese broadcast will include a special behind-the-scenes segment depicting the filming of the violent kisses between Wallace and Liying.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.