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
ComposerSa Dingding[1]
Country of originChina
Original languageMandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes63 (TV), 60 (DVD)
Production
Executive producers
  • Liu Ning
  • Zhang Yancheng[2]
Production locationHengdian World Studios
Running time45 mins
Production companies
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: Xiāng Mì Chén Chén Jìn Rú Shuāng) 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 over 15 billion views.[8]


Plot[edit]

Zifen, the Flower Deity, dies after giving birth to a daughter, Jinmi. She foresaw a prophecy that her daughter will suffer a great love trial within the first ten thousand years of her life. Therefore, before dying she gives Jinmi a magical pellet that prevents her from feeling and expressing romantic love. Jinmi grows up in the Flower Realm, living as a low-level immortal. Her peaceful life is interrupted when she encounters the Fire Deity, Xufeng, who lives in the Heavenly Realm. Persuading him to take her to see the Heavenly Realm, Jinmi meets Xufeng's half-brother, the Night Deity Runyu. She also meets Princess Sui He, who is a close ally of Xufeng's mother, the Holy Empress, and as a result, Sui He believes she will one day marry Xufeng. Both Xufeng and Runyu take an interest in Jinmi and due to the pellet, Jinmi becomes unwittingly involved in a love triangle between the two brothers, who grow to become rivals due to Jinmi and the machinations of the Holy Empress. Jinmi also learns of her true nature as a child of the late Flower Deity and the current Water Deity.

Eventually, Jinmi is tricked by Runyu into thinking her father died at the hands of Xufeng and she kills him, coughing up the magic pellet as a consequence. Xufeng is later reborn in the Demon Realm. Soon named as the new Demon King, he wages war against Runyu, who has now ascended the throne as Heavenly Emperor and plans to make Jinmi Holy Empress. Sui He, who went to Demon realm with Xufeng, tricks Xufeng into agreeing to marry her so she can become Demon Queen, but she is finally defeated when Xufeng learns the truth of his rebirth. A final battle arrives, with a duel to the death taking place between Runyu and Xufeng. Jinmi, wanting to stop the loss of innocent lives, ultimately sacrifices herself to end the war and return peace to the world.

In the aftermath, Xufeng tirelessly travels the six realms to search for the remains of Jinmi's soul. For three years his search is unsuccessful until he discovers that Jinmi was, in fact, a teardrop in his eye. Realising that Jinmi will one day be reincarnated, Xufeng resolves to wait for her.

Five hundred years pass. Jinmi is reincarnated, alongside her father, in the Mortal Realm. On the day of her arranged wedding, Xufeng arrives in his phoenix form and reunites with Jinmi, who has retained her memories. They elope.

Seven years later, Liuying works to bring a new age of prosperity to the Demon Realm. Suihe, sent mad by her defeat, rambles in the Demon Realm's outskirts. She one day, thinking an entrance to be the Holy Empress' throne, stumbles into the same cave where she once threw the old Demon King's sons when they insulted her, which led to her being eaten alive by one of the remaining sons. He appears to have eaten his brother.

In the Heavenly Realm, Runyu rules alone as Celestial Emperor. He notes this to his faithful servant Kuanglu. She renews her vow to always be by his side. In the Mortal Realm, Jinmi and Xufeng live a carefree life and have a son, who knows the story of his parents and tells it proudly.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Yang Zi[9] as Jinmi (锦觅)
    • A grape spirit, whose real identity is a six-petal frost flower fairy. Daughter of the Flower Deity and Water Deity. She is naive and altruistic but does not understand the true meaning of love due to the magical pellet she was given at birth. She later becomes the Water Deity following her father's death.
  • Deng Lun[10] as Xufeng (旭凤)
    • Second prince of the Heavenly Realm; the Fire Deity and God of War. His true form is that of a phoenix. He becomes the Demon King after his rebirth in the Demon Realm.
  • Luo Yunxi[11] as Runyu (润玉)
    • Eldest prince of the Heavenly Realm; the Night Deity. A gentle and calm person, he never makes a move without being certain of the outcome. He later seizes the throne after his birth mother's death. His true form is that of a dragon.
  • Wang Yifei[12] as Suihe (穗禾)
    • Princess of the Bird Tribe; proud and arrogant, she wields great responsibility in securing power within the Bird tribe. A close ally of the Holy Empress, she goes on to commit many cruel deeds in her attempt to obtain power and marry Xufeng. Her true form is that of a peacock.
  • 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 he remains kind at heart. He has a tragic romantic relationship with Liuying.

Supporting[edit]

Production[edit]

The series began filming in June 2017 and finished in October 2017.[22][23]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ashes of Frost Original Soundtrack (香蜜沉沉烬如霜 电视原声音乐专辑)[27]
No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Unsullied (不染)[24]" (Opening theme song)Hai LeiJason HongMao Buyi (version 1)
Sa Dingding (version 2)
Jian Hongyi (version 3)
5:25
2."Upwards to the Moon (左手指月)[25]" (Ending theme song)Yu HongSa DingdingSa Dingding3:50
3."Unparalleled in the World (天地无霜)[26]"Yu HongSa DingdingYang Zi & Deng Lun (duet version)
Deng Lun (solo version)
3:36
4."Love Frost (情霜)"Yu HongSa DingdingYang Zi4:22

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 reaching over ten billion views.[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 well-constructed plot and excellent performance of the actors.[31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
24th Huading Awards Best Actor (Ancient Drama) Deng Lun Nominated [32]
Best Actress (Ancient Drama) Yang Zi Nominated
7th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Popularity Award (Actor) Deng Lun Won [33]
12th Tencent Video Star Awards Popular TV Actor Won [34]
Popular TV Actress of the Year Yang Zi Won [35]
Top Ten Series Ashes of Love Won [34]
Entertainment Capital The 2nd Golden Pebble Award Best Episode Project Won [36]
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 [37]
V Influence Summit 2018 2018 Most Best Drama Producer Liu Ning Won [38]
TV Drama Award 2018 (Weibo TV Series) Top 10 Most Popular Drama Ashes of Love Top 3 [39]
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 [40]
Weibo Popular Artist Deng Lun Won
Weibo Goddess Yang Zi Won
Tencent Entertainment White Paper Popular Television Actress of the Year Won [41]
Film and TV Role Model 2018 Annual General Rating Popular Actress Won [42]
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 [43]
The Third Internet Film Festival Most Capable Actress Kathy Chow Won [44]
Seoul International Drama Awards Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year Ashes of Love Won [45]

International broadcast[edit]

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