Lead actors: Zhao Liying (Ming Lan), Feng Shaofeng (Gu Ting Ye)
Show premiered on December 25, 2018 on Hunan TV
The Story of Ming Lan, based on the novel written by Guan Xin Ze Luan, follows our heroine through her youth, into her adulthood, and well into her marriage life as well. She’s the 6th child of the Sheng household. Though she is an intelligent and beautiful child, she was not loved by her family (her dad, her sisters, her mom dies early.) She has to hide her intelligence and suffers through the years, hoping to avenge for her mom. During this process she will meet many friends and foes, one of which is our male lead, Gu’s second son, Gu Ting Ye. He has helped and mistreated her before, but also the one to witness her sharp wits and lonely soul. After they get married, they will work together as a power couple, managing the new King’s regime as well as harvesting a world of happiness on their own.
It is one of the best dramas I’ve seen this year. Let’s start with the obvious: Zhao Liying with her husband Feng Shao Feng as lead actors, there couldn’t have been a better choice than these two especially because they are a pair in real life. She is my favourite Chinese actress and there is so many reasons to that, I don’t even know where to start. She is pretty, low-key, and she is talented. I have yet to see all her dramas but from where I stand, I’ve never been disappointed, she always lives up to my expectations. When it comes to her hubby, it was the first drama that I’ve seen of him so I can’t really judge so I will stick to the wonderful and indescriptible chemistry that they both share onscreen, it’s beyond compare. I will go as far as to say that they can be a match for Yang Mi and Mark Chao in Eternal Love. It was a mind-blowing performance and I just can’t wait to see more of them in the future…
Now, let’s discuss the story drama itself… Ming Lan is a young woman, pretty, Intelligent, compassionate, she has qualities that we would wish for our daughters or even for ourselves. In fact, these qualities will keep her alive as she lives in a complicated family. Her father has several wives, she has two sisters and two brothers, two stepmothers but what happens when the father favours one of his wives and neglects the others ? Well, the mother of Ming Lan loses her life while giving birth to the latter’s little brother. Because of the father’s carelessness, one of the father’s wives, the most favoured one, succeeds in delaying the doctor who is supposed to help Ming Lan’s mother with the delivery. Gu Tingye, who will later become her husband helps her through the whole process, from trying to find a doctor to her life after her mother’s death. After this tragedy, she goes to live with her grandmother who protects her with her life and without whom she wouldn’t have been able to survive. Jealousy, envy, trials and tribulations is what she faces on a daily basis. She never gives up and we can appreciate the resilience of her spirit in the face of adversity.
I don’t want to spoil the drama so I let you watch it on kissasian.com to know what’s happening next… This story reminded me a lot of my own story, the things I’ve been through and how I came to understand that sometimes it is necessary to bend to whatever situation that comes to you. You bend but you don’t break, NEVER. What doesn’t kill you makes you even stronger. The pain that we feel is there to teach us something, to help us grow and overcome what’s to come. I find an inspiration in the character of Ming Lan and I want to thank Chinese Producers for always telling the best stories, stories that help people like me see that even though this World is fucked up, there is still a Conscience that still manifests itself to teach and to show us the Power within ourselves…