Lavender (TV series)
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Lavender promo poster
|Also known as||Xun Yi Cao|
|Created by||Sanlih E-Television|
|Written by||Liu Cai Juan 劉書樺
Fu Hui Zhen 傅慧貞
|Directed by||Liu Jun Jie 劉俊杰|
|Starring||Ambrose Hsu 許紹洋
Tammy Chen 陳怡蓉
|Opening theme||Floral Fragrance 花香 by Ambrose Hsu 許紹洋|
|Ending theme||Moment of Happiness 幸福的瞬間 by Ambrose Hsu 許紹洋|
|Country of origin||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Producer(s)||Chen Yu Shan 陳玉珊|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sanlih E-Television 三立電視|
|Distributor||Sanlih E-Television 三立電視|
|First shown in||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Original release||6 December 2001– 7 February 2002|
|Preceded by||100% Senorita 千金百分百|
|Followed by||My MVP Valentine MVP情人|
|Related shows||Lavender 2|
Lavender (Chinese: 薰衣草; pinyin: Xun Yi Cao) is a Taiwanese TV serial drama which was broadcast in 2002. It was the first collaboration between Tammy Chen and Ambrose Hsu; years later, they starred again in another drama, Lao Shu Ai Da Mi, with their Lavender co-star, Wang Jian Long.
Ji Qing Chuan and Liang Yi Xun have been best friends since childhood. When Qing Chuan's family decided to migrate to the United States, Qing Chuan gave Yi Xun a bottle with lavender seeds. They promised to reunite after ten years, when the lavender seeds in the bottle would finally be in bloom.
After ten years, Qing Chuan fulfilled his promise and returned to Taiwan as the now popular singer, Leo. Yi Xun and Qing Chuan started to rekindle old feelings, until Maggie and Xiao Tong entered the picture and tried to destroy their relationship, adding to Yi Xun's heart ailment that can cause her death.
Since her birth, Ah Xun (Tammy Chen), as well as her sister Yicheng, have been suffering from a heart disease which makes them unable to run or do a lot of activities that other children do. Because of this she is picked on by all her schoolmates. Her only friend is a boy named Qing Chuan. Always together, Ah Xun is saddened when Qing Chuan tells her that he and his family are moving to America. Unwilling to never see each other again, Qing Chuan gives her a glass bottle filled with a piece of lavender as a token that he will never forget her, and promises her that he will meet up with her again ten years later on Ah Xun's 20th birthday.
Ten years pass and Ah Xun still has not forgotten her first love Qing Chuan, even though her boss's son Xiao Tong is in love with her, and she waits for the day when she can see him again. Qing Chuan returns to Taiwan, but this time known as the famous singer named Leo. Leo has not forgotten about her either, and after a few misunderstandings, the two of them meet and start a relationship. But with the presence of Xiao Tong, Leo's girlfriend Maggie, and Ah Xun's illness, they wonder if they will be able to stay together.
- Ambrose Hsu as Leo Li Qing Chuan
- Tammy Chen as Liang Yi Xun
- Wang Jian Long as Xiao Tong / Tong Wei Sheng
- Lin Wei Jun as Maggie
- Lin Heng Yi as Liang Yi Chen
- Chen Teng Long as Du Xiu Qi
- Xu Gui Ying as Liang's mother
- Hsia Ching Ting as Peter
- Rio Peng as reporter
- Ke Yi Rou as Jing Jing
- Chen Qiao En as Xiao Wei
- Yang Ya Zhu as Xiao Yu
- Renzo Liu as Bartender
- "Floral Fragrance" 花香 by Ambrose Hsu 許紹洋
- "Moment of Happiness" 幸福的瞬間 by Ambrose Hsu 許紹洋
Lavender was one of the first television series that started the Asianovela craze in the Philippines. Other notable Asianovela during that time was Meteor Garden. Lavender was so popular that it was shown several times on the TV channel GMA 7 and its affiliates. Lavender was on GMA's primetime block, and its repeats appeared in an earlier slot.