The Journey of Flower

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The Journey of Flower
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The Journey of Flower Official Poster
Also known as
Simplified
MandarinHuā Qiāngǔ
GenreXianxia
Romance
Based onHua Qiangu by Fresh Guoguo
Written byFresh Guoguo
Rao Jun
Directed byLin Yufen
Danny Gao
Liang Shengquan
StarringWallace Huo
Zhao Liying
Theme music composerMak Chun Hung
Opening themeFire of the Heart by F.I.R
Eternity by Alan Dawa Dolma
Ending themeNot To Mention by Wallace Huo and Zhao Liying
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes58 (TV)
50 (DVD)
Production
Executive producer(s)Huang Xilong
Producer(s)Tang Lijun
Production location(s)Guangxi, China
Hengdian World Studios, China
Production company(s)Ciwen TV
Release
Original networkHunan TV
Original release9 June (2015-06-09) –
7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)

The Journey of Flower (Chinese: 花千骨) is a 2015 Chinese television series starring Wallace Huo and Zhao Liying. It is based on the fictional novel of the same name written by Fresh Guoguo, which is inspired from Daoist legends regarding the path to immortality. The series was broadcast on Hunan TV every Wednesdays and Thursdays for two episodes per day, from 9 June to 7 September 2015.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Hua Qiangu (Zhao Liying) is an unlucky orphan born with a strange scent which attracts demons, and therefore is hated and feared by all the villagers. When she faced danger, she is saved by a man called Mo Bing, who is actually Bai Zihua in disguise. Bai Zihua (Wallace Huo) is a kind-hearted immortal who wants to protect all Earthly beings. The only heavenly tribulation[2] in his life is actually Hua Qiangu, whom he is tasked to kill by his master. However, after witnessing her kind heart and foreseeing her tragic future, he spares her life.

In search of her benefactor, Hua Qiangu heads to Mount Chang Liu, a sect that trains their disciples into immortals. With the help of Bai Zihua, she passes through various trials to become his only disciple. As the two spend more time together, Hua Qiangu falls in love with her teacher. Eventually, the truth is revealed that she was born as Nü Wa's descendant and has access to godly power. When Bai Zihua falls into danger, she embarked on a journey to retrieve the ten ancient artifacts in order to attain the Yanbing Jade that would save his life. This causes the Demon God to be revived. The Demon God transfers all his power into her body afterwards, and Hua Qiangu falls into the world of Emptiness. She unleashes the Great Desolate Energy Force to become the new ruler of the Demons. Bai Zihua tries to steer her towards the righteous path, and comes to her side alone to accompany her. When Hua Qiangu realizes Bai Zihua's true feelings for her, she decided to let herself be killed by him to restore peace to the world.

After Hua Qiangu dies, Bai Zihua feels extremely remorseful. One of the three masters from Changliu, Mo Yan, decided to use the power of nature to exchange his life for hers and restored her. In the end, Bai Zihua decides to leave Changliu to take care of Hua Qiangu.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Wallace Huo Bai Zihua Chang Liu's Sect Leader and the head of all immortals.
He is tasked to protect the magical realm of Chang Liu. He appears to be outwardly cold and heartless, but he cares for Hua Qiangu deeply. However, he has to hide his emotions because of his sense of propriety.
Zhao Liying Hua Qiangu The last descendant of Goddess Nuwa.
She has a unique scent on her body, which attracts demons. When she was born, she causes all the flowers around her to wilt, and therefore she was named "Thousand Bones of Flower". She comes to Chang Liu, and becomes Bai Zihua's only disciple. She is also the fated calamity of Bai Zihua.

Supporting[edit]

Chang Liu Sect[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Shen Baoping Reverend Previous sect leader of Chang Liu. Bai Zihua's teacher.
Jiang Yiming Mo Yan Chang Liu's Shi Zun, Bai Zihua's senior.
He is a strict and unyielding man who protects Bai Zihua and dislikes Hua Qiangu. He died after sacrificing his life to revive Hua Qiangu after discovering her kindness.
Miao Chi Sheng Xiaomo Chang Liu's Ru Zun, Bai Zihua's junior.
He kindly treated Hua Qiangu with concern as an elder.
Hou Yehua Tao Weng Head librarian of Chang Liu.
Dong Chunhui Luo Shiyi Mo Yan's senior disciple.
He is a kind-hearted and fair man who helps protect Chang Liu. He likes Tang Bao, and committed suicide after Tang Bao's death out of guilt.
Li Hanyang Li Meng Disciple of Chang Liu. Bai Zihua's attendant.
He witnessed Bai Zihua going crazed and biting/kissing Hua Qiangu, and was later silenced by Mo Yan.
Li Chun Ni Mantian Princess of Penglai. Disciple of Luo Shiyi.
She is a proud and haughty girl, and gets jealous when Hua Qiangu becomes Bai Zihua's disciple. She likes Shuo Feng, and is angered by his protectiveness toward Hua Qiangu. She died while trying to absorb the desolate force from Hua Qiangu.
Bao Tianqi Qing Shui Princess of Zhou Kingdom.
She is a good friend of Hua Qiangu. She falls in love with Meng Xuanlang, and later left Chang Liu to stay with him. She was jealous of Meng Xuanlang's affections toward Hua Qiangu, and tried to prevent Tang Bao being saved. After Tang Bao's death, she lost her memories due to the guilt she felt and becomes a crazed woman.
Xu Haiqiao Meng Xuanlang Second prince of the Shu Kingdom, later the Emperor.
He has no interest in court affairs, and becomes a special disciple of Chang Liu. He likes Hua Qiangu, and protects her when she is being bullied by fellow sect mates. Later, because of his kingdom, he has no choice but to leave Chang Liu. After Qing Shui lost her memories, he stays by her side to take care of her.
Jiang Yang Shuo Feng A highly skilled expert of unknown origins. Disciple of Luo Shiyi.
His true identity is a jade fragment spirit, destined to assist Hua Qiangu in gathering 10 immortal devices.
He likes Ni Mantian, despite going against her multiple times in order to protect Hua Qiangu. He died after helping Hua Qiangu to retrieve the Yanbing Jade.
Zhang Zhengyan Huo Xi Disciple of Sheng Xiaomo. He likes Wu Qingluo.
Lu Jiyi Wu Qingluo Disciple of Sheng Xiaomo. She likes Huo Xi.
Gong Zhengnan Zhu Ran Son of Mo Yan and a demon from the Seven Murder Factions.
In order to obtain the immortal devices, he manipulated Liu Xia using her love for him. After that, he was banished to the wild barrens as punishment.
Lu Ziyi Yin Youruo Daughter of Yin Hongyuan. Hua Qiangu's disciple.

Seven Murder Factions[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Ma Ke Sha Qianmo Demon Lord of the Seven Murder Factions.
He is said to be the most beautiful man of all six realms. He treated Hua Qiangu as a replacement for his deceased younger sister and dotes on her, but later falls in love with her. He died after helping Hua Qiangu to escape the wild barrens.
Ruan Weijing Shan Chunqiu Custodian of Law. Sha Qianmo's most loyal follower.
Wang Xiuze Kuang Yetian A demon adept at traps. Shan Chunqiu's loyal follower.
Du Zheyu Yin Shangpiao Shan Chunqiu's disciple, who is planted as a spy at Chang Liu.
He was killed by Ni Mantian.
Li Shanyu Buo Ruohua A demon adept at using poisons. Shan Chunqiu's follower.
Li Qian Liu Xia Sha Qianmo's deceased younger sister.
She loves Zhu Ran, but was used by him, and later committed suicide out of sorrow.

Immortals and alliance of Chang Liu[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Jiang Xin Xia Zixun 1 of the 5 immortals, who is in charge of the Heavenly Court's spices.
She has a one-sided love for Bai Zihua. She becomes crazed when Bai Zihua does not reciprocate her love, and turned into a demon. She died after transferring all of her energy to Bai Zihua.
Yang Shuo Tan Fan 1 of the 5 immortals.
He loves Xia Zixun, and later saves her life by sacrificing his.
Zeng Hongchang Wu Gou 1 of the 5 immortals, leader of Lotus City.
He fell in love with Yun Ya, his fated calamity, and committed many murders to revenge her death.
Qian Yongchen Dong Hua 1 of the 5 immortals.
He felt guilty toward Dongfang Yuqing for accidentally killing his father, and stayed by his side to make amendments to him. He was later accidentally killed by Dongfang Yuqing while protecting Bai Zihua.
Zhao Chulun Wen Shufeng Sect leader of Yu Zhuo Peak.
Yan Hanqing Yin Hongyuan Sect leader of Tian Shan.
Shi Jiantao Luo Hedong An immortal of Kun Lun Sect. Dongfang Yuqing's teacher.
Li Jinzhe Fei Yan Sect leader of Tai Bai.
He was killed by Wu Guo as revenge for Yun Ya's death.
Mt Shu Sect
Gao Hai Yun Yin Senior disciple of Mt Shu.
He became the sect leader of Mt Shu after Hua Qiangu.
Gao Jiang Yun Yi Yun Yun's younger twin brother.
He suffers a curse because he was not born as the first son. He betrayed Mt Shu and joined the Seven Murder Factions to restore his disfigured face. He committed suicide using the Pity Sword.
Zhang Shuangli Reverend Qingxu Previous sect leader of Mt Shu.
He saved Hua Qiangu's life when she was young, and died after passing the sect leader position to Hua Qiangu.
Dan Ni Qing Feng Elder of Mt Shu.
Lin Yizheng Qing Yang Elder of Mt Shu.
Kingdom of Shu
Kang Lei Meng Xuancong Meng Xuanlang's rebellious older brother.
He was used by Seven Murder Factions because he wants to usurp the throne, and later killed by Shan Chunqiu.
Na Jiacheng Lie Xingyun Loyal general of the Shu kingdom.
Li Qi Emperor Meng Xuanlang's father.
Penglai Island
Liu Bo Ni Qianzhang Sect leader of Peng Lai, Ni Maintain's father.
He is killed by Shan Chunqiu, and the blame was shifted to Hua Qiangu.
Shen Xuewei Jin Quan Ni Mantian's uncle.
He was killed by Ni Mantian after finding out she practiced forbidden martial arts.
Shao Bai Sect
Wang Yehua Yan Tingsha Sect Leader of Shao Bai.
She was killed by Wu Guo as revenge for Yun Ya's death.
Yang Anqi Wei Xi Disciple of Shao Bai.
Shen Yu Mei'er Disciple of Shao Bai.
Good friend of Yun Ya. She was killed by Wu Guo as revenge for Yun Ya's death.

Others[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Zhang Danfeng Dongfang Yuqing Lord of Strange Decay.
He possesses the ability to know everything from the past. He hates Bai Zihua for killing his father, and plans to use Hua Qiangu's special fate to plot against him. However, he fell in love with Hua Qiangu after getting to know her, and eventually died while protecting her from Mo Yan.
An Yuexi Tang Bao A ginx worm originated from Strange Decay pavilion and formed by Hua Qiangu's blood.
She changes into human form after she was agitated by Ni Mantian. She likes Luo Shiyi. She is later killed by Ni Mantian while protecting Hua Qiangu.
Li Cheng Lu Qiao Loyal follower of Dongfang Yuqing.
She died while helping Hua Qiangu to retrieve the ten ancient artifacts.
Zheng Yecheng Nan Xianyue Previous demon lord and leader of the Seven Murder Factions.
He was rescued by Hua Qiangu when the 10 immortal devices are restored. Later, his death was faked with the help of Bai Zihua and he becomes an ordinary citizen.
Sun Gelu Yun Ya A palace maid at Lotus City. Wu Gou's lover and fated calamity.
She was abetted by her friend Mei'er to steal a treasure, and was killed by various sect leaders.
Wang Jiusheng Hua Qiangu's father. He died of illness.

Production[edit]

Fresh Guoguo, the writer of the novel, was recruited to be one of the scriptwriters of the drama. Academy-award nominee Chung Munhai, who was the costume designer of the movie Curse of the Golden Flower was also recruited on set. The 3D effects are handled by the company Prime Focus.

The shooting of the drama started on 6 May 2014, in Guangxi, China and was wrapped up on 14 September 2014 in Hengdian World Studios, China. The preliminary work started one and a half years ago, including choosing of outdoor scene locations and building filming sites in scenic spots in Guangxi.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Title Singer
Cannot Say (不可说) Wallace Huo & Zhao Liying
Fire of the Heart (心之火) F.I.R feat. Julia Peng
Eternity (千古) Alan Dawa Dolma
End of Time (地老天荒) Andy Zhang
Annual Ring (年轮) Zhang Bichen
The Night (是夜) Mao Fangyuan

Reception[edit]

Two versions of a three-minute short trailer, one in Chinese and the other dubbed in English, were released online, receiving more than 280 million views on Weibo and becoming one of the hottest topics on social media. In October 2014, two longer trailers dubbed in both Chinese and English language were released in Cannes, France and received an overwhelming response.[4]

The drama was a huge commercial success in China, with an average rating of 2.784% (CMS50) and 2.213% (nationwide), becoming the second highest rated drama of 2015. It also became the first Chinese drama to surpass 20 billion online views.[5][6] A licensed mobile game was also released, and brought in more than 10 million active players and 200 million yuan in revenue in its first two months.[7]

In 2016, The Journey of Flower was featured on the New York Times.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 iQiyi All-Star Carnival Drama of the Year The Journey of Flower Won [9]
Most Popular Actor Wallace Huo Won
Most Popular Actress Zhao Liying Won
7th China TV Drama Awards Top Ten Television Series The Journey of Flower Won
Audience's Favorite Character Bai Zihua (Wallace Huo) Won
Best New Actor Ma Ke Won
6th Macau International Television Festival Best Actress Zhao Liying Won
2016 2015 Conference on Big Data Index on Culture and Entertainment Industry Audience's Favourite TV Character Bai Zihua (Wallace Huo) Won
19th Huading Awards Best Actor Wallace Huo Nominated
Best Actress (Ancient) Zhao Liying Nominated
Best Producer Tang Lijun Nominated
22nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Drama The Journey of Flower Nominated
Best Actress Zhao Liying Nominated
28th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Won [10]
11th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival Most Popular Actress Nominated
2017 11th National Top-Notch Television Production Award Ceremony Outstanding Television Series Won [11]

International broadcast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "《花千骨》今晚开播:霍建华赵丽颖锥心虐恋埋伏笔". China Daily. 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Glossary of Terms". Immortal Mountain. Immortal Mountain. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ "《花千骨》曝外景剧照 碧水青山薄雾缭绕如仙境". Xinhua News Agency. 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Flowering overseas". Global Times. 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ "《花千骨》成为年度收视亚军 网络点击再破纪录". NetEase. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  6. ^ "《花千骨》赵丽颖因虐恋神剧成大赢家". Sina. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  7. ^ "A look at the major online trends for China in 2015". Global Times. 24 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Craving a Hot TV Show in China? Start Scouring the Web". New York Times. 28 October 2016.
  9. ^ 爱奇艺之夜 《花千骨》《琅琊榜》获封年度剧王. People.com (in Chinese). 7 December 2015.
  10. ^ "第11届金鹰节暨第28届金鹰奖获奖全名单". Sina. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  11. ^ "第十一届电视制片业颁奖落幕 秦海璐蒋欣等获十佳". Sina. 20 February 2017.
  12. ^ Ken Xiong. "The Journey of Flower". The Daily China. Retrieved 21 May 2016.

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