Ashes of Love (TV series)

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Ashes of Love
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Drama poster
Also known asHeavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost
Genre
Based onHeavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost
by Dian Xian
Written byMa Jia
Xu Zishan
Liu Gelin
Chen Lusha
Zhang Yuan'ang
Directed byZhu Ruibin
Starring
Composer(s)Sa Dingding[1]
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes63 (TV), 60 (DVD)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Liu Ning
  • Zhang Yancheng[2]
Production location(s)Hengdian World Studios
Running time45 mins
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkJiangsu TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
First shown inChina
Original releaseAugust 2 (2018-08-02) –
September 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)

Ashes of Love (Chinese: 香蜜沉沉烬如霜; pinyin: Xiang Mi Chen Chen Jin Ru Shuang) is a 2018 Chinese television series based on the novel Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost by Dian Xian.[3][4] It stars Yang Zi and Deng Lun in the lead roles.[5][6] The series premiered on Jiangsu TV starting August 2, 2018.[7]

As of January 2019, the series has reached 15 billion views.[8]

Synopsis[edit]

The Flower Deity dies after giving birth to a daughter, Jin Mi. She saw a prophecy that her daughter will suffer a great love trial within the first thousand year of her life, thus before dying, she gave her a magical pill that prevents her from feeling and expressing romantic love. This caused Jin Mi to become the brunt of many jokes when she gets tangled in a love triangle with the haughty Fire God Xufeng and the ambitious Night God Runyu.

Jin Mi is tricked into thinking her father died in the hands of Xufeng and kills him, coughing up the magic pill in the process. Xufeng is revived a decade later in the realm of the Demons as the Demon Lord, and wages war against Runyu, who has now ascended the throne as Heavenly Emperor. Jin Mi is caught in between and doesn't know what to do, ultimately sacrificing herself to end the war and return peace to the world.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Yang Zi[9] as Jin Mi (锦觅)
    • A grape sprite, whose real identity is a six-petal frost flower fairy. Daughter of the Flower Goddess and Water God. She is naive and altruistic, but does not understand the true meaning of "love" due to the magical pill she was given at birth. She later becomes the Water Goddess following her father's death.
  • Deng Lun[10] as Xufeng (旭凤)
    • Second prince of the Heaven realm; the Fire God and God of War (Phoenix). He becomes the Demon King after his revival from death.
  • Luo Yunxi[11] as Runyu (润玉)
    • Eldest prince of the Heaven realm; the Night God (Dragon). A gentle and calm person. Due to his lowly birth, he has never truly gained respect in the Heaven realm since young. He later becomes embroiled in a political battle for the throne after his mother's death, and ascends the throne to become the Heavenly Emperor.
  • Wang Yifei[12] as Suihe (穗禾)
    • Princess of the Bird Tribe; the Peacock immortal. Proud and arrogant, she wields great responsibility in securing power within the Bird tribe. She becomes crazed due to her unrequited love for Xufeng, which caused her to commit many cruel deeds.
  • Chen Yuqi[13] as Liuying (鎏英)
    • Demon Princess. A cheerful and forthright girl, and a heroic warrior. She has a tragic romantic relationship with her bodyguard, Muci.
  • Zou Tingwei[14] as Qiyuan (奇鸢), Muci (暮辭)
    • A reaper who has double identities. He was forced to commit evil deeds for the Heavenly empress due to her control and manipulation, but remains kind at heart. He has a tragic romantic relationship with Liuying.

Supporting[edit]

Production[edit]

The series began filming in June 2017, and wrapped up in October 2017.[22][23]

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Unsullied (不染)[24]" (Opening theme song)Hai LeiJason HongMao Buyi (version 1)
Sa Dingding (version 2)
Jian Hongyi (version 3)
 
2."Upwards to the Moon (左手指月)[25]" (Ending theme song)Yu HongSa DingdingSa Dingding 
3."Unparalleled in the World (天地无霜)[26]"Yu HongSa DingdingYang Zi & Deng Lun (duet version)
Deng Lun (solo version)
 
4."Love Frost (情霜)"Yu HongSa DingdingYang Zi 

Ratings[edit]

  • Highest ratings are marked in red, lowest ratings are marked in blue
Episode Original air date CSM52 City Rank National Average Ranki
Ratings Audience share Ratings Audience share
1-2 August 2, 2018 0.995 3.722 3 0.5 2.05 7
3-4 August 3, 2018 1.139 4.344 3 0.63 2.52 5
5 August 4, 2018 1.172 4.74 1 0.58 2.61 4
6-7 August 5, 2018 1.241 4.621 1 0.67 2.67 3
8-9 August 6, 2018 1.384 5.203 1 0.78 3.12 5
10-11 August 7, 2018 1.368 5.185 1 0.75 3.01 5
12-13 August 8, 2018 1.503 5.735 1 0.88 3.49 5
14-15 August 9, 2018 1.44 5.455 1 0.83 3.38 4
16-17 August 10, 2018 1.328 5.066 2 0.86 3.47 3
18 August 11, 2018 1.249 4.912 1 0.82 3.55 4
19-20 August 12, 2018 1.272 4.636 1 0.84 3.29 3
21-22 August 13, 2018 1.417 5.254 2 1.03 4.05 4
23-24 August 14, 2018 1.374 5.047 2 0.94 3.74 3
25-26 August 15, 2016 1.349 5.102 2 0.99 4.02 3
27-28 August 16, 2018 1.253 4.662 2 1.04 3.96 3
29-30 August 17, 2018 1.148 4.415 2 0.98 3.81 2
31 August 18, 2018 1.181 4.667 1 0.99 4.07 2
32-33 August 19, 2018 1.176 4.205 1 0.99 3.85 1
34-35 August 20, 2018 1.352 4.912 1 1.17 4.49 1
36-37 August 21, 2018 1.353 5.029 1 0.99 3.76 2
38-39 August 22, 2018 1.508 5.384 1 1.15 4.32 3
40-41 August 23, 2018 1.273 4.728 2 1.15 4.45 3
42-43 August 24, 2018 1.168 4.301 2 1.08 4.13 3
44 August 25, 2018 1.051 3.871 1 0.89 3.62 2
45-46 August 26, 2018 1.321 4.798 1 1.13 4.2 2
47-48 August 27, 2018 1.396 5.003 1 1.18 4.43 2
49-50 August 28, 2018 1.393 5.064 1 1.19 4.38 2
51-52 August 29, 2018 1.294 4.711 2 1.3 4.85 2
53-54 August 30, 2018 1.283 4.612 2 1.39 5.09 1
55-56 August 31, 2018 1.277 4.545 1 1.54 5.55 1
57 September 1, 2018 1.315 4.414 1 1.58 5.22 1
58-59 September 2, 2018 1.378 4.954 1 1.51 5.58 1
60-61 September 3, 2018 1.358 5.073 1 1.64 6.46 1
62-63 September 4, 2018 1.322 5.093 1 1.64 6.36 1
Average N/A 1.301 4.82 N/A N/A

Reception[edit]

This drama was commercially successful, placing first among audience ratings in its time slot and exceeded 15 billion views.[27][28] It also received positive reviews, scoring a 7.7 on Douban.[29] The drama was praised for its light-hearted yet grounded storyline,[30] high production quality of beautiful cinematography and exquisite costumes; as well as the tight pacing of the plot and excellent performance of the actors.[31]

The series, however, also garnered some criticism and controversy surrounding the production company's decision to use a combination of two scripts, which complicated the writing credits.[32][33] Rumours about extra screentime added to the second male-lead character were later refuted by producer Liu Ning, who stated that a good drama should not simply revolve around the male lead and female lead.[34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
24th Huading Awards Best Actor (Ancient Drama) Deng Lun Nominated [35]
Best Actress (Ancient Drama) Yang Zi Nominated
7th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Popularity Award (Actor) Deng Lun Won [36]
12th Tencent Video Star Awards Popular TV Actor Won [37]
Popular TV Actress of the Year Yang Zi Won [38]
Top Ten Series Ashes of Love Won [37]
Entertainment Capital The 2nd Golden Pebble Award Best Episode Project Won [39]
Media Internal Reference - TV Guide 2018 Mobile Influence Summit Forum The Most Influential Drama Trader of the 2018 Fingertips List Liu Ning Won
The Most Mobile TV Drama of the 2018 Fingertips List Ashes of Love Won
Weibo Taiwanese TV series Weibo 2018 Influence Drama Won [40]
V Influence Summit 2018 2018 Most Best Drama Producer Liu Ning Won [41]
TV Drama Award 2018 (Weibo TV Series) Top 10 Most Popular Drama Ashes of Love Top 3 [42]
Top 10 Most Popular Actor Deng Lun Top 3
Yang Zi Top 5
Most Popular Screen Couple Yang Zi and Deng Lun Won
The Most Popular Hot Stalk ""Have you ever loved me..." "Never" Won
"You are finally my ugly wife." Top 5
Weibo Award Ceremony Weibo Annual Hot Drama Honor Ashes of Love Won [43]
Weibo Popular Artist Deng Lun Won
Weibo Goddess Yang Zi Won
Tencent Entertainment White Paper Popular Television Actress of the Year Won [44]
Film and TV Role Model 2018 Annual General Rating Popular Actress Won [45]
Annual Drama Producer Liu Ning Won
Annual Drama Director Zhu Ruibin Won
Annual Drama Series Screenwriter Ma Jia Won
Influence of Recreational Responsibilities Awards TV Drama of the Year Ashes of Love Won [46]
The Third Internet Film Festival Most Capable Actress Kathy Chow Won [47]
Seoul International Drama Awards Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year Ashes of Love Won [48]

International broadcast[edit]

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