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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2018] Bloody Romance 媚者无疆

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I'm a long time lurker to the forum, but hadn't been compelled to make an account so I can take part in a discussion, but Bloody Romance changed that! :D This is not the most active thread, but heck I'm excited to find another venue to talk about this drama! Thank you @Rebecca Zhang for the insights from the native speaker perspective. Like perhaps most here, I don't speak Chinese. It never stops me from watching Chinese dramas in raw though, especially if I really like it, or I really like the actors. 

 

I agree with you and @rhaps that Chang An's story needs to be more elaborated. We don't know much about his background. He is an introvert and quiet character, so he doesn't tell much about himself to Wan Mei, unlike Gongzi (the drunk rant and some other occasions). There's gotta be other avenues for the writers to do it. But this is something that I find many scriptwriters of Cdramas often do: they tend to flesh out secondary characters or the villain characters more than the lead roles, especially if the lead roles are the love interests. As if viewers will take it for granted that since a character is a leading character and the love interest of the other leading characters, he/she will get the viewers support whatsoever. No wonder second lead syndromme is quite rampant. I admit that in my Cdrama viewing, most often than not I get SLS. Bloody Romance is one of the few where I'm on the right track ;), and that's because Chang An from the start has been written as treating Wan Mei right, respecting her but is also someone with dignity (his response to Wan Mei in the earlier episodes when Wan Mei compares him to Wan Xiang's shadow who's totally obedient). That said, I can't blame many viewers who ship Wan Mei with Gongzi. While Wang Duo's prettiness may have been a major factor, but I think it's also because his character is very well written compared to Chang An's, and even Wan Mei's. 

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10 hours ago, caranita said:

I'm a long time lurker to the forum, but hadn't been compelled to make an account so I can take part in a discussion, but Bloody Romance changed that! :D This is not the most active thread, but heck I'm excited to find another venue to talk about this drama! Thank you @Rebecca Zhang for the insights from the native speaker perspective. Like perhaps most here, I don't speak Chinese. It never stops me from watching Chinese dramas in raw though, especially if I really like it, or I really like the actors. 

 

Hi there!

 

Yeah, BR is already over, but I'm still having withdrawals. Usually, with this kind of ending, I would stop rewatching a drama or discussing is because the ending ruined everything. Then again, BR is different, since there is a hope there for a better future. Plus, despite the flaws in the story, this drama is still good. It has a right balance of romance and non romance, and some couples in the story have a sad touching one.  I also dont care about no kisses :P . The way Chang An - Wan Mei hugging and looked at each other, or when Chang An ran toward Wan Mei before hugging her tightly,  and Wan Mei is crying in Chang An's embrace, are touching enough. 

 

Besides Chang An - Wan Mei, I also love the story of Cha Luo - Xing Feng. Cha Luo's pasts are intriguing. She and Xin Feng's dynamic are like the evil version of Wan Mei - Chang An. I love how Xin Feng has been trying to stay in the 'right' path while still being loyal to her. 

 

10 hours ago, caranita said:

 

I agree with you and @rhaps that Chang An's story needs to be more elaborated. We don't know much about his background. He is an introvert and quiet character, so he doesn't tell much about himself to Wan Mei, unlike Gongzi (the drunk rant and some other occasions). There's gotta be other avenues for the writers to do it. But this is something that I find many scriptwriters of Cdramas often do: they tend to flesh out secondary characters or the villain characters more than the lead roles, especially if the lead roles are the love interests. As if viewers will take it for granted that since a character is a leading character and the love interest of the other leading characters, he/she will get the viewers support whatsoever. No wonder second lead syndromme is quite rampant. I admit that in my Cdrama viewing, most often than not I get SLS. Bloody Romance is one of the few where I'm on the right track ;), and that's because Chang An from the start has been written as treating Wan Mei right, respecting her but is also someone with dignity (his response to Wan Mei in the earlier episodes when Wan Mei compares him to Wan Xiang's shadow who's totally obedient). That said, I can't blame many viewers who ship Wan Mei with Gongzi. While Wang Duo's prettiness may have been a major factor, but I think it's also because his character is very well written compared to Chang An's, and even Wan Mei's. 

 

It's too bad, since the writers have a good materials for Chang An but failed to deliver them. Chang An is a smart and calculative character, but we dont get to see that much in the story. You're right about "As if viewers will take it for granted that since a character is a leading character and the love interest of the other leading characters, he/she will get the viewers support whatsoever".  The saving grace of Chang An's character is the great acting and charisma of Qu Chuxiao. If he was acted by a different actor, then he would be bland . I think Qu Chuxiao has done a very good job. 

 

And, In my case, Gong Zhi's in-depth writing does not make me ship Wan Mei and him for obvious reasons :P If people ask me who my favourite characters are, then I'll say they are Wan Mei, Chang An, and Gong Zhi . But in term of fave couple, it is deffinitely Wan Mei and Chang An.

 

Gong Zhi is someone whom I like to see in dramas / movies for his interesting story and brilliance. It's wonderful to see him making those plans and arranges people to make them come true. And it's heart-wrenching to see his arc and sad past. But I dont think he is someone who wants to protect Wan Mei with all his might. Like the part when he sent a letter in blood to Chang An, when he made advances to her, or when he was questioning why Chang An would do everything for her, those made me feel even sure that Wan Mei just had to choose Chang An over him. 

 

OTOH, Chang An is someone whom I'd like to see in dramas and meet in person. Seriously, where can you get a guy like that, who is willing to protect you without expecting anything in return, respecting you and doesnt force you to do what you dont want to do? And what's even better is he is not perfect. He lacks communications, frustrating, and fails too sometimes. Those imperfections just make him more realistic, IMHO, and make me wish to meet him in real life *LOL* . 

 

On 9/22/2018 at 10:33 AM, Rebecca Zhang said:

 

The author wrote a stand-alone short story for Liu Guang. But I agree with you! I wish she had more stories. Like her story with Yan Liu. And in the drama, some scenes of she and her slave Shi Yi have been cut. A lot of scenes of minor characters have been cut, unfortunately…

Sorry, is her slave Shi Yi the guy that she loved? I remember that she once told Chang An about some guy that she liked / loved.

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On 9/23/2018 at 8:28 PM, rhaps said:

Hi there!

 

Yeah, BR is already over, but I'm still having withdrawals. Usually, with this kind of ending, I would stop rewatching a drama or discussing is because the ending ruined everything. Then again, BR is different, since there is a hope there for a better future. Plus, despite the flaws in the story, this drama is still good. It has a right balance of romance and non romance, and some couples in the story have a sad touching one.  I also dont care about no kisses :P . The way Chang An - Wan Mei hugging and looked at each other, or when Chang An ran toward Wan Mei before hugging her tightly,  and Wan Mei is crying in Chang An's embrace, are touching enough. 

 

Hiiiii!!!!!

 

Yeah, BR is one of a kind! It's a period love story, but for some reason it feels very wuxia-ish to me, which I love! Wuxia is actually my preferred genre (I'm kinda prudish in this regard. I'm often annoyed by people who can't tell wuxia apart from xian xia or merely period dramas. Many tend to lump all them together into "wuxia" or the so-called "historical". But it's just me, and it's only dramas anyway, so just forget my rants lol).

 

I like the no kissing too! It feels totally in line with the fact that it takes place in an ancient time. I never really get the kissing scenes in period dramas. I can tolerate them in xian xias, because, well, fantasy. And I agree with you, the way Wan Mei and Chang An interacts with each other are full of emotions only blinds can't see their love. (And even a blind Gongzi can tell Wan Mei loves Chang An,  Iolololol). I personally think it takes good acting skills to make actions speak louder than words -- although good scriptwriting and direction play an important role too. 

 

On 9/23/2018 at 8:28 PM, rhaps said:

It's too bad, since the writers have a good materials for Chang An but failed to deliver them. Chang An is a smart and calculative character, but we dont get to see that much in the story. You're right about "As if viewers will take it for granted that since a character is a leading character and the love interest of the other leading characters, he/she will get the viewers support whatsoever".  The saving grace of Chang An's character is the great acting and charisma of Qu Chuxiao. If he was acted by a different actor, then he would be bland . I think Qu Chuxiao has done a very good job

 

Qu Chuxiao is very impressive. He successfully delivers subtle emotions -- it's all in his expressive eyes, lips micro movements, hand gestures. He's not conventionally good looking, but he becomes attractive with his acting -- I agree, great charisma. 

 

I wouldn't call Chang An "calculative", but he has good instincts. He's very intelligent and observant, but he was not experienced as a strategist yet. I'm sure the Xie family intended to groom him into a leader, unfortunately he was very young when the whole clan was slaughtered. The Xies are actually political, as you can see from Ruan Niang. 

 

On 9/23/2018 at 8:28 PM, rhaps said:

And, In my case, Gong Zhi's in-depth writing does not make me ship Wan Mei and him for obvious reasons :P If people ask me who my favourite characters are, then I'll say they are Wan Mei, Chang An, and Gong Zhi . But in term of fave couple, it is deffinitely Wan Mei and Chang An.

 

Gong Zhi is someone whom I like to see in dramas / movies for his interesting story and brilliance. It's wonderful to see him making those plans and arranges people to make them come true. And it's heart-wrenching to see his arc and sad past. But I dont think he is someone who wants to protect Wan Mei with all his might. Like the part when he sent a letter in blood to Chang An, when he made advances to her, or when he was questioning why Chang An would do everything for her, those made me feel even sure that Wan Mei just had to choose Chang An over him. 

 

Gongzi is actually my favorite character in the drama for the exact reasons you mentioned above: highly intelligent, well educated, highly skilled in martial arts, cunning, strategic. Even if the role had not been played by someone as good looking as Wang Duo (who also happens to be a pretty good actor), I would've probably rooted for him too. But he's not one for Wan Mei because, well, they are not on the same wavelength. I've read comments in various forums (YT is the worst) that Wan Mei and Gongzi are more suitable because they are more equal, he's beautiful, he has sacrificed for Wan Mei, etc etc etc. And I was very puzzled because... whoa? You can force love out of indebtedness? As if Wan Mei is OBLIGED to love him back. As good as a character reader he is, Gongzi never really understands why Wan Mei can't reciprocate his feelings, even with Chang An being out of the picture. And that to me speaks volume about his little understanding of her. Chang An, on the other hand, totally understands Wan Mei. That's why he's also willing to set her free if she's not happy with him, but will be the first to arrive when she needs help. He's also become her conscience, stops her from doing things that she may regret in the future. 

 

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On 9/23/2018 at 4:28 PM, rhaps said:

Hi there!

 

Yeah, BR is already over, but I'm still having withdrawals. Usually, with this kind of ending, I would stop rewatching a drama or discussing is because the ending ruined everything. Then again, BR is different, since there is a hope there for a better future. Plus, despite the flaws in the story, this drama is still good. It has a right balance of romance and non romance, and some couples in the story have a sad touching one.  I also dont care about no kisses :P . The way Chang An - Wan Mei hugging and looked at each other, or when Chang An ran toward Wan Mei before hugging her tightly,  and Wan Mei is crying in Chang An's embrace, are touching enough. 

 

Besides Chang An - Wan Mei, I also love the story of Cha Luo - Xing Feng. Cha Luo's pasts are intriguing. She and Xin Feng's dynamic are like the evil version of Wan Mei - Chang An. I love how Xin Feng has been trying to stay in the 'right' path while still being loyal to her. 

 

 

It's too bad, since the writers have a good materials for Chang An but failed to deliver them. Chang An is a smart and calculative character, but we dont get to see that much in the story. You're right about "As if viewers will take it for granted that since a character is a leading character and the love interest of the other leading characters, he/she will get the viewers support whatsoever".  The saving grace of Chang An's character is the great acting and charisma of Qu Chuxiao. If he was acted by a different actor, then he would be bland . I think Qu Chuxiao has done a very good job. 

 

And, In my case, Gong Zhi's in-depth writing does not make me ship Wan Mei and him for obvious reasons :P If people ask me who my favourite characters are, then I'll say they are Wan Mei, Chang An, and Gong Zhi . But in term of fave couple, it is deffinitely Wan Mei and Chang An.

 

Gong Zhi is someone whom I like to see in dramas / movies for his interesting story and brilliance. It's wonderful to see him making those plans and arranges people to make them come true. And it's heart-wrenching to see his arc and sad past. But I dont think he is someone who wants to protect Wan Mei with all his might. Like the part when he sent a letter in blood to Chang An, when he made advances to her, or when he was questioning why Chang An would do everything for her, those made me feel even sure that Wan Mei just had to choose Chang An over him. 

 

OTOH, Chang An is someone whom I'd like to see in dramas and meet in person. Seriously, where can you get a guy like that, who is willing to protect you without expecting anything in return, respecting you and doesnt force you to do what you dont want to do? And what's even better is he is not perfect. He lacks communications, frustrating, and fails too sometimes. Those imperfections just make him more realistic, IMHO, and make me wish to meet him in real life *LOL* . 

 

Sorry, is her slave Shi Yi the guy that she loved? I remember that she once told Chang An about some guy that she liked / loved.

 

 

The guy she told Chang An is called Yan Liu. Shi Yi is her last slave. I don't think she loves Shi Yi.

 

I find that I am influenced by you guys. Now I am totally fine with no kisses lol. I've watched some kiss scenes of Ashes of Love, which I found quite weird... And I do agree that their hugging is touching and expressive of their intense love!!

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11 hours ago, caranita said:

 

Hiiiii!!!!!

 

Yeah, BR is one of a kind! It's a period love story, but for some reason it feels very wuxia-ish to me, which I love! Wuxia is actually my preferred genre (I'm kinda prudish in this regard. I'm often annoyed by people who can't tell wuxia apart from xian xia or merely period dramas. Many tend to lump all them together into "wuxia" or the so-called "historical". But it's just me, and it's only dramas anyway, so just forget my rants lol).

 

I like the no kissing too! It feels totally in line with the fact that it takes place in an ancient time. I never really get the kissing scenes in period dramas. I can tolerate them in xian xias, because, well, fantasy. And I agree with you, the way Wan Mei and Chang An interacts with each other are full of emotions only blinds can't see their love. (And even a blind Gongzi can tell Wan Mei loves Chang An,  Iolololol). I personally think it takes good acting skills to make actions speak louder than words -- although good scriptwriting and direction play an important role too. 

 

 

Qu Chuxiao is very impressive. He successfully delivers subtle emotions -- it's all in his expressive eyes, lips micro movements, hand gestures. He's not conventionally good looking, but he becomes attractive with his acting -- I agree, great charisma. 

 

I wouldn't call Chang An "calculative", but he has good instincts. He's very intelligent and observant, but he was not experienced as a strategist yet. I'm sure the Xie family intended to groom him into a leader, unfortunately he was very young when the whole clan was slaughtered. The Xies are actually political, as you can see from Ruan Niang. 

 

 

Gongzi is actually my favorite character in the drama for the exact reasons you mentioned above: highly intelligent, well educated, highly skilled in martial arts, cunning, strategic. Even if the role had not been played by someone as good looking as Wang Duo (who also happens to be a pretty good actor), I would've probably rooted for him too. But he's not one for Wan Mei because, well, they are not on the same wavelength. I've read comments in various forums (YT is the worst) that Wan Mei and Gongzi are more suitable because they are more equal, he's beautiful, he has sacrificed for Wan Mei, etc etc etc. And I was very puzzled because... whoa? You can force love out of indebtedness? As if Wan Mei is OBLIGED to love him back. As good as a character reader he is, Gongzi never really understands why Wan Mei can't reciprocate his feelings, even with Chang An being out of the picture. And that to me speaks volume about his little understanding of her. Chang An, on the other hand, totally understands Wan Mei. That's why he's also willing to set her free if she's not happy with him, but will be the first to arrive when she needs help. He's also become her conscience, stops her from doing things that she may regret in the future. 

 

 

Hi!!! Glad that you join in our discussion!!

 

I think he knows how to use those calculations, but he seldom uses them unless necessary, especially in issues related to Wan Mei. This is so precious! He intends to make revenge, so he needs to carry out his plan, to know Cha Luo, and find opportunities to defeat her. He tells Liu Guang the fact that Cha Luo is weakened by witchcraft in order to use her to weaken Cha Luo. And in the final scene, he makes a debt with Xing Feng. These are all his strategies, but he doesn’t want to involve Wan Mei in his plan, whereas Gong Zi constantly takes advantage of Wan Mei.

 

Exactly!! Only Chang An really understands Wan Mei. And they share a same wish: they don’t want to be leader; all they want is live a simple life with each other.

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On 9/25/2018 at 3:42 AM, caranita said:

 

Hiiiii!!!!!

 

Yeah, BR is one of a kind! It's a period love story, but for some reason it feels very wuxia-ish to me, which I love! Wuxia is actually my preferred genre (I'm kinda prudish in this regard. I'm often annoyed by people who can't tell wuxia apart from xian xia or merely period dramas. Many tend to lump all them together into "wuxia" or the so-called "historical". But it's just me, and it's only dramas anyway, so just forget my rants lol).

 

Hiii baaackk!!!

 

Hahaha, I understand. Most dramas nowadays are xanxia or palace dramas, not wuxia. BR can be categorized as wuxia, although it has some witchcraft elements in there. Honestly, that is one of the things that I dont really like in BR, the witchcraft thing. Then again, it makes more sense. The asassins are usually ordinary girls from various background, who are smart and pretty. The only way to posses powerful inner strength in a short time is by using witchcraft. 

 

On 9/25/2018 at 3:42 AM, caranita said:

And I agree with you, the way Wan Mei and Chang An interacts with each other are full of emotions only blinds can't see their love. (And even a blind Gongzi can tell Wan Mei loves Chang An,  Iolololol)

 

 

On 9/25/2018 at 3:42 AM, caranita said:

 

Gongzi is actually my favorite character in the drama for the exact reasons you mentioned above: highly intelligent, well educated, highly skilled in martial arts, cunning, strategic. Even if the role had not been played by someone as good looking as Wang Duo (who also happens to be a pretty good actor), I would've probably rooted for him too. But he's not one for Wan Mei because, well, they are not on the same wavelength. I've read comments in various forums (YT is the worst) that Wan Mei and Gongzi are more suitable because they are more equal, he's beautiful, he has sacrificed for Wan Mei, etc etc etc. And I was very puzzled because... whoa? You can force love out of indebtedness? As if Wan Mei is OBLIGED to love him back. As good as a character reader he is, Gongzi never really understands why Wan Mei can't reciprocate his feelings, even with Chang An being out of the picture. And that to me speaks volume about his little understanding of her. Chang An, on the other hand, totally understands Wan Mei. That's why he's also willing to set her free if she's not happy with him, but will be the first to arrive when she needs help. He's also become her conscience, stops her from doing things that she may regret in the future. 

 

LOLOLOL you're right about Wan Mei-Chang An's love ! Even a blind Gong Zi can see that :P . I'm also amazed by people's comments, hahaha (yes, YT is the worst). It's ok to love a character, but to ignore the facts in the drama and put down other characters, just in order for your favourite character to look good is ...really something :P . They force Wan Mei to love Gong Zi back, and they make Chang An /Wan Mei looked bad . Why dont they force Gong Zi to love Yue Ying, then, instead of chasing after a girl who already has a lover and keep being rejected over and over again? :D 

 

About Chang An , oh..he is LOVE. For me, hahaha. Yes, I agree that he becomes her conscious in the end, a constant reminder for her to be in her right minds 

 

 

 


His sacrifice and last words are very powerful to keep her sanity and to remain idealistic as before. With all the sufferings that Wan Mei has experienced, it is easy to get lost and follow the evil path, like Cha Luo. But, Chang An's sacrifice and words are the ones who help Wan Mei to be on the right track, for people whom she wants to protect and people who love her and want to see her always be her trueself and not giving up to the harshness of live.
 

 

 

On 9/25/2018 at 2:55 PM, Rebecca Zhang said:

 

 

The guy she told Chang An is called Yan Liu. Shi Yi is her last slave. I don't think she loves Shi Yi.

 

I find that I am influenced by you guys. Now I am totally fine with no kisses lol. I've watched some kiss scenes of Ashes of Love, which I found quite weird... And I do agree that their hugging is touching and expressive of their intense love!!

Thanks! Isnt Liu Gang's last slave the one with long hair and looked kinda sleezy? He seemed to dislike Chang An, perhaps because Chang An managed to get her attention .

 

LOL ..for me, it's not a mater of kissing or not. It's a mater of expressing the emotions and making you feel emotional with them. In BR, even hugging is done in an expressive way. You can feel their love and yearning toward each other, and it just touches your heart. I blame that to the acting of Li Yitong and Qu Chuxiao. Kudos for them! 

 

On 9/25/2018 at 3:07 PM, Rebecca Zhang said:

 

Hi!!! Glad that you join in our discussion!!

 

I think he knows how to use those calculations, but he seldom uses them unless necessary, especially in issues related to Wan Mei. This is so precious! He intends to make revenge, so he needs to carry out his plan, to know Cha Luo, and find opportunities to defeat her. He tells Liu Guang the fact that Cha Luo is weakened by witchcraft in order to use her to weaken Cha Luo. And in the final scene, he makes a debt with Xing Feng. These are all his strategies, but he doesn’t want to involve Wan Mei in his plan, whereas Gong Zi constantly takes advantage of Wan Mei.

 

 

 

On 9/25/2018 at 3:42 AM, caranita said:

 

I wouldn't call Chang An "calculative", but he has good instincts. He's very intelligent and observant, but he was not experienced as a strategist yet. I'm sure the Xie family intended to groom him into a leader, unfortunately he was very young when the whole clan was slaughtered. The Xies are actually political, as you can see from Ruan Niang. 

I dont know whether I have to call him 'calculative' or 'smart',  because he has prepared to poison himself in order to get close to the doctor (Wan Mei 1st assignment). He realized that he-Wan Mei had a good rival, while Wan Mei was still unexperienced. In another example, after Wan Mei received a 'gift' from Chan Luo (the earlier episodes), he didnt believe that Cha Luo was being kind to her. He then realized that the gift was a poison to make Wan Mei blind in water, so he guessed correctly that the test (to become a Disha) should be performed underwater.  

 

 

Oh, there is another thing. After he-Wan Mei went into Blood Lotus cave, he also understood why Gong Zi waited until they have succeeded before becoming more honest to them (because they have proven their worth by succeeding the mission). In fact, he understood Gong Zi's actions and what he intended to do, more than Wan Mei did. And please cmiiw,  in the Ruan Niang tower case (where the dramatic failure happened), wasnt it him who suggested that they (he-Wan Mei) should send a false news, in order to lure Ruan Niang to get out the map/documents about Blood Lotus? I kinda forgot this part.

 

 

 


Yes, he also predicted that Xing Feng would let him go and taught him to transfer his energy. I think that is a risky move. But, without the additional energy, Wan Mei wouldnt be able to defeat Cha Luo. I personally prefer Wan Mei to go with him, before he send his army to the city. 
 

 

 

 

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I can't believe that I didn't find this drama until now!! :angry:I wish I  found it sooner, it's so evenly paced and has a unique approach to telling the story that pulls at your heartstrings.:wub: I loved how they humanized Wan Mei by showing her inner turmoil with being an assassin and how it affects the people around her.  The reveal of her shadows true identity was a big curveball that I did not see coming and neither did he:P  I loved watching prince niang showed his sadness, pain and anger while he was being forced to torture her,  that scene was beautifully done.  He showed her his emotions while their enemy looked on thinking he was into it ! I'm on episode 20... must keep watching :huh:

 

Does anyone know who sings the opening song and its title?

that song draws you in:phew: It's so emotional:tears:

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On 10/8/2018 at 7:27 AM, carmolita said:

I can't believe that I didn't find this drama until now!! :angry:I wish I  found it sooner, it's so evenly paced and has a unique approach to telling the story that pulls at your heartstrings.:wub: I loved how they humanized Wan Mei by showing her inner turmoil with being an assassin and how it affects the people around her. 

Hii!

 

I've read some people got annoyed by her, because she had been crying a lot and refused to kill. So I'm happy to read your post about the drama humanizing Wan Mei, because that's how I feel too :p . I think her reactions make sense. She had always been ignored by his father, and she had been trying to do her best to please him and her little brother. She couldnt even eat good food, or had clean water, because the good stuffs were all given to her bro. But, after all of her sacrifices and efforts, her father still sold her to a brothel. 

 

After she ran away from there and decided to be an assassin, she got the food, clothing, and everything ..but she cant go against her conscious of not killing. So she broke down, several times, and I think that was very understandable. Like Chang An said,"You are just tired". She is still young and her emotions were unstable, and I found that similar as a real life girl. That's very normal

 

The opening song's title is something like "Waiting for you for a life time" ? ..or just "Waiting for you". Hahaha, I forgot. Yeah, that's a very beautiful touching one

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I finally finished the drama and still loved it. Wan Mei's character reminds me so much of La Femme Nikita. In that Drama Nikita was homeless, framed for a crime, put in jail, she was given a choice at a new life, her death was faked, she was taken out of jail then  trained to fight, learn multiple languages and dress beautifully then she discovered  the truth which was that she was trained by a government agency named section to be an assassin with no out and will be killed if she tried to leave and was disposable and could die on any mission. She did her best to live by her conscious and also had a male mentor name Michael who was just as stone-faced, who was hot and she loved, and he looked out for her when he could, protected her and tortured her to save her life when he had to.  

 

Wan Mei's character is so much like that, she did not know that she was going to be an assassin when she was taken there, She just wanted to live.  She was trained by her Shadow, he taught her how to be beautiful, some fighting skills, and protected her both in front and behind the scenes and abandoned her when necessary so that she can fend for herself/ become stronger. I loved when she transitioned to accept her fate, and change her destiny and it didn't take her long and was believable, she looked even more beautiful and was strong-willed.  I wish I could have seen her use her inter-power more.  But in the end Chang An knew she could never leave and he couldn't stay.  The way he parted with her was brillant.  He gave her the last of his inner power to give her the extra strength to fight and save herself in the final battle, while putting an end to there ill fated romance without one of them having to die in the others arms, making the choice for her and forcing her to accept things. This drama was never really about wan mei becoming a top assassin. :ph34r: It was about her will to live without blackening her heart,  her survival, and being able to live with the horrors she is seen without giving in completely to anger and resentment, and the efforts to try to make the city she lived in a better place without having to kill or force others to kill. She was finally able to make the place she despised a home to live her life. But most importantly it was about A prince who loved her but was not willing to give up everything for her and one who loved her and was willing to give his life so that she could live her own. :wub:

 

But did Chang An establish a new kingdom or did he just take up residence someplace else?

 

I have still yet to find the opening song, but the search continues:rolleyes:

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First time posting in the forum =)

 

This drama really did impress me, wasn't expecting it to be this great. :lol: The actors' performance was one of the best I've seen from the dramas I watched these few years.

 

BTW, saw many were looking for the opening theme song, so here are the links to the songs in this series:

 

Opening Theme Song --- by the original singer, Tia

Opening Theme Song --- by the ML, Qu Chu Xiao

Ending Theme Song --- by the FL, Li Yi Tong

Theme Song for ML --- by Gary Chaw

Theme Song for FL --- by Queena Cui

 

 

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On 10/16/2018 at 5:36 AM, carmolita said:

This drama was never really about wan mei becoming a top assassin. :ph34r: It was about her will to live without blackening her heart,  her survival, and being able to live with the horrors she is seen without giving in completely to anger and resentment, and the efforts to try to make the city she lived in a better place without having to kill or force others to kill. She was finally able to make the place she despised a home to live her life. 

I honestly like how the drama showed her as being scared and immature and confused, then slowly changed into a stronger one. 

 

On 10/16/2018 at 5:36 AM, carmolita said:

 

But did Chang An establish a new kingdom or did he just take up residence someplace else?

 

The writer made 2 spin off stories about what happened after the end (Chang An-Wan Mei), on her weibo. A friend called Erudite made a summary of them on Mydramalist. You can go here and read Erudite's posts on September .

 

https://mydramalist.com/27510-bloody-romance

 

 


Basically the story said that he was still watching and protecting Wan Mei quitely from afar. I like it, and I wish they make a sequel based on that
 

 

 

 

On 10/17/2018 at 11:22 PM, drama1302 said:

First time posting in the forum =)

 

This drama really did impress me, wasn't expecting it to be this great. :lol: The actors' performance was one of the best I've seen from the dramas I watched these few years.

 

BTW, saw many were looking for the opening theme song, so here are the links to the songs in this series:

 

Opening Theme Song --- by the original singer, Tia

Opening Theme Song --- by the ML, Qu Chu Xiao

Ending Theme Song --- by the FL, Li Yi Tong

Theme Song for ML --- by Gary Chaw

Theme Song for FL --- by Queena Cui

 

Hii!

Thanks for the links!

I also love this drama, yeah it's unexpected actually. I'm rewatching this on Vikii. Although the english subtitle is slow (still incomplete), but it is more detailed than the ones by Caravan. Anyway, those subbers in Caravan and Vikii have done a great job!

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On 10/17/2018 at 12:22 PM, drama1302 said:

First time posting in the forum =)

 

This drama really did impress me, wasn't expecting it to be this great. :lol: The actors' performance was one of the best I've seen from the dramas I watched these few years.

 

BTW, saw many were looking for the opening theme song, so here are the links to the songs in this series:

 

Opening Theme Song --- by the original singer, Tia

Opening Theme Song --- by the ML, Qu Chu Xiao

Ending Theme Song --- by the FL, Li Yi Tong

Theme Song for ML --- by Gary Chaw

Theme Song for FL --- by Queena Cui

 

 

 

Thank you so much !!!!!:wub: I love the way Tia sings that song it is what drew me into this drama, her voice was so soulful and you could feel all the emotions she put into it, the deep hidden sadness, strength, and passion. My favorite lines of that song are when she says, "Use this lifetime, these moments of encounters to trade for just one short instant when you can be with me. These words, sentences, sentiments, and intentions contain hopes  that you and I can listen to the rain as we stand under the eave":rolleyes:

 

@rhaps  Thank you for the link... I'm still trying to locate the story that Euridite wrote can you please guide me to the posts. for September, so anxious to read them.   Does he ever become King of his kingdom or does he give it up completely?

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On 11/10/2018 at 6:55 AM, carmolita said:

Thank you so much !!!!!:wub: I love the way Tia sings that song it is what drew me into this drama, her voice was so soulful and you could feel all the emotions she put into it, the deep hidden sadness, strength, and passion. My favorite lines of that song are when she says, "Use this lifetime, these moments of encounters to trade for just one short instant when you can be with me. These words, sentences, sentiments, and intentions contain hopes  that you and I can listen to the rain as we stand under the eave":rolleyes:

 

@rhaps  Thank you for the link... I'm still trying to locate the story that Euridite wrote can you please guide me to the posts. for September, so anxious to read them.   Does he ever become King of his kingdom or does he give it up completely?

Hi!

You can go to Mydramalist (the link that I gave you), then find a post by Erudite approx. 2 months ago from now (now = 15 November 2018). I copied the post in the spoiler tags below. After that one, the stories are in his posts below (both in spoiler tags). Sorry I'm mobile and cant copy them here, because there are too many words 

 

 


As a Mid-Autumn festival gift, the original author of BR posted 2 spin-off new chapters on events after the end of drama directly to actress Li Yitong (Wan Mei) and actor Qu Chu Xiao (Chang An). The author also made the text available for free to 'thank the screen couple and their fans'.

My thoughts:
While the new chapters will not necessary be used in a BR drama sequel, it can be the basis, as a previous spin-off chapter from the author titled "Golden Hammer" (GH) was already incorporated into the actual BR drama.
Unlike GH, the 2 new chapters are written with the characters and world as we seen from the drama. As such it can be considered "authoritative" until a drama sequel come to pass.

The author said she has also almost finished writing a spin-off chapter on the Gong Zi-Yue Ying relationship similar to Wan Mei and Chang An above. 

The spoiler comments below are my summary of the 2 chapters. My advise is to read it only after you have completed the actual BR drama.

 
 

 

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Hi!! 

I finished BR a few days ago and loved it so much. 

What a nice thing sometimes is the internet, I could never watch this kind of series in Italy :-p

 

My favourite was indeed Gong Zi because that's just my kind of character and because it was very well played, but I never dreamed of pairing him with Wan Mei. Even though I never really felt for Chang An there's no doubt he was the one she loved, not just because he'd die for her, but because he understood her and she could be herself with him and she felt she could let her guard down only when she was with him. I've read bizarre things about 'who did most for her', but even if Gong Zi had done more for her, since when love became the same thing as gratitude? 

As a matter of fact, I'd love a sequel showing Gong Zi realising finally what he's lost without Yue Ying at his side. 

 

Maybe this is because I'm past my teenage years - way past :-(  but there's a difference between loving a character and a person. I love Gong Zi so much I have difficulty starting anything new now because I keep thinking of him, but I mean the character, I mean I want more stories with him in it, I don't want a manipulative bloody man in my life who couldn't even see how he was treating Yue Ying at the end...

 

About Wan Mei, I loved how they wrote her character. I think the way she changed/without-changing episode after episode was really good. She changed because she had to, she did things her old self never thought she would ever do, but she never changed who she is deep inside. 

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I've read the summary of the new two chapters, so thanks very much @rhaps , really hoping to see a show based on that!

Spoiler

I would really like a season two with Gong Zi and Chang An allied to bring peace! There's any real chance that it will happen?

 

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Easily one of the best mainland dramas ive seen. The actress has portrayed two of my favorite female characters, Huang Rong and now Wan Mei. The last few episodes fell short but moreso due to production staging than writing/directing. I feel like the fight between Cha luo and Mei could’ve been more dramatic and epic and wished they had budgeted better for it—this goes for the fights between ChangAn/Xingfeng and ChangAn/Gonzhi as well—but whatevs. I don’t love the ending but I appreciate its hopeful, cryptic ness. Overall, this drama was one of a kind. My only complaint is I wish wan mei and Changan kissed because I am a pervert lol. Seriously tho! One of this dramas very few flaws is leaving its viewers sexually frustrated? Esp if you are watching Ashes of Love and experienced how gratuitous that one is...hmph. Bloody Romance is like the antisex compared to other mainland dramas nowadays. Tsk tsk

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Sorry for double posting but I am rewatching/re-reading your posts and was hoping if someone can link me to the new chapters that follows the drama? Erudite’s postings seem to have disappeared off MDL as well:( I’m obsessed and just want more!

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10 hours ago, OppasSlyFox said:

Sorry for double posting but I am rewatching/re-reading your posts and was hoping if someone can link me to the new chapters that follows the drama? Erudite’s postings seem to have disappeared off MDL as well:( I’m obsessed and just want more!

 

Here it goes @OppasSlyFox

 


 

Spoiler

 

Summary of spin-off chapters by Ban Ming Ban Mei (original author) of events after end of Bloody Romance drama:

 

Chapter 1: Apricot Wine

 

1a - There was a wheel-chair bound Mr Qi (a reference to Wan Mei's original name, Qi Xue) living in a courtyard house in the city of An Ding. Apparently he had stockpiled apricots from this year's harvest and made wine from them.

1b - He appeared to be a trader of information and people in the martial world called his place the Apricot Garden.

1c - One day, as chill is approaching, Mr Qi waited patiently in his courtyard with his Weiqi(Go) set. In the evening, a horse-drawn carriage approached.

1d - As Mr Qi poured out two cups of heated wine slowly - Gong Zi appeared seated facing him.

1e - They chatted, had a drink and a fight involving the Weiqi pieces. Gong Zi appeared to have the upper hand.

1f - In subsequent conversation, we learnt that Xing Feng has given his entire spy network outside Gui Hua city to Chang An as he was sent him to safety and the Wordless Edict is still in his posession.

1g - "You're a cripple, it's not possible they still acknowledge you as the King of Chu", sneered Gong Zhi as he attacked Chang An.

1h - Chang An's wheelchair was smashed and a sword menaced his neck - then we noticed Gong Zi is bleeding.

1i - The Emperor had made Gong Zi the Grand Marshal but it seemed that he has only two choices - died in battle or died by exhaustion, Chang An reasoned.

1j - Who informed Gong Zi of Chang An's whereabouts a few days ago? Gong Zi realized it was Chang An himself.

1k - Someone pushed out a new wheelchair - it was Xie Ying (Ruan Niang).

1l - A new Weiqi board was set-up and Chang An explained that he let Gong Zi thought Xie Ying is dead so he would made a truce (in Ep35).

1m - As they took turns placing the Weiqi pieces, Gong Zi asked "What do you want?"

1n - "Peace in the realms. If you can do it, I'll assist you", Chang An replied.

1o - They then understood each other. Chang An maybe a man of few words, but he know what's worth living for.

1p - Chang An said he needed time to heal even with "Bone Joining Poultice", to be able to walk again.

1q - "I have made sweet apricot wine for Wan Mei. There are buried underneath the ground", Chang An revealed at the end.

 

Chapter 2: Back Home

 

2a - After taking helm of Gui Hua city, Wan Mei kept herself busy on the well-being of its 218 inhabitants (assassins, shadows, artisans, laborers etc)

2b - She and Gong Zi had a tacit agreement. On occasions he appeared in Gui Hua to space out alone at Bie An Shrine. Wan Mei do not heed him nor allow him to meddle in anything regarding the city. Neither did she seek his help for anything.

2c - The death of Xing Feng apparently caused the external spy network of Gui Hua to collapse. Wan Mei had no means of communicating with them.

2d - Around 6 or 7 months later the network appeared to reconnect and recovered by itself, as reports started pouring in from outside. Wan Mei sensed that someone is helping her but had no idea who.

2e - New assignments for Gui Hua are screened by Wan Mei. Kill missions now are only for targets who deserved death.

2f - One day, an assignment involving 'Virgin Blood' appeared. Wan Mei decided to take the mission herself.

2g - She left her 'Mei Mansion' on the 3rd day of the 8th Lunar month and completed the mission successful in the capital.

2h - In her return journey she decided to pass through her home town.

2i - There she was ambushed by a strong group of assailants. It was the 15th night of the 8th Lunar Month.

2j - Wan Mei realized that they are using Ninjitsu, the deadly arts from Dong Ying (East Ocean - present day Japan)

2k - She vanquished the large group, but also sustained injuries in the fight. She noticed something unusual on her fan, dropped to the ground in the midst of the fight.

2l - Under the full-moon, she noticed that 4 characters are glowing in red: "An Ding City in Liang Province"

2m - Xing Feng has mixed in dormant Crimson Gu with the blood when he wrote those 4 characters. The Gu would reactivated after 200 days.

2n - Wan Mei stared at the fan blankly for a moment. Then she began to laugh, and continue to laugh as her tears dropped to the ground.

2o - She was interrupted by a man, the leader of the Ninjas who introduced himself as "The Shadow"

2p - Wan Mei fought valiantly in her weakened state and said to the Ninja Lord in contempt: "You're not worthy of using Shadow as your name!"

2q - Chang An joined in the midst of the fight, and in a dazed state, Wan Mei realized that they killed the Ninja leader together.

2r - The injured Wan Mei was carried away by Chang An, and before she passed out, she heard him saying "Chang An is bringing you back home".

2s - Sometime later, under an apricot tree, they opened up a fresh jar of apricot wine.

2t - "Will you ever...leave me again?" Wan Mei asked Chang An.

2u - "Our world will never be bounded to this courtyard alone [*]. But here is our home. Drink up. The moon is almost gone."

2v - Wan Mei reflected that it's true. She has also never seen a moon as big, as bright, as perfectly round as that night in mid-autumn.

 

[*] This is a counterpoint to what Gong Zi said to Wan Mei in Episode 36, "Follow me, and your world will expand"

 

 

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I never knew this drama is even exists (?) (?) (?) I was bloody mad!!!!! Because I am waiting for great historical Mainland China dramas last year but lil did I've found which can satisfy my hungers. Now I am waiting for Season 2 BR.

 

Once I love Gongzi but then his feelings towards WanMei is toxic love. I am being honest here, this drama has superb line of actors and actress but why there are many loopholes. Sometimes I can feel the drama, but sometimes I watch because I want to see what's comes next. 

 

Please please, they don't deserved this. I love allllll the casts including the cat TT If there's sequel for season 2, please write with more sincere as far as you could author nim. 

 

I smile while reading all the comments here regarding "kiss moment". Hahahahahahahaha i wish i can have hand of god to transparent push their heads together so they can kiss XD

 

So hello everyone! I am new hereeeeeeeee

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hihi! i was super exited to find this cuz bloody romance was the firat drama i ever watched, and oml it is amazing, especially cuz you guys say it had a low budget. i remember seeing ads for it and being like, nah, looks uninteresting. but then my gramma started watching it and i was like, this is amazing!

 

did you know that QCX x LYT might become an actual thing? i saw somewhere that QCX posted a video thing that went kind of like this

 

QCX : Ms. Li, where are you from?

李老师,请问你哪儿人?

LYT:I'm from Shan Dong

我山东人啊

QCX:Wrong, you're the person in my heart

错,你是我的心上人

 

(sorry the translations dont make that much sense, cuz they sorta used chinese slang thats weird when translated)

 

also while filming this QCX had a fan that said "晚媚最美", which means "wan mei ia the prettiest"

 

what would you guys think if they actually got together irl?

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