The Journey of Flower

The Journey of Flower (2015)

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Based off the novel by Fresh Guo Guo, tells the story of Hua Qian Gu, on the day of her birth flowers wilted and and the skies turned dark as her mother passed during child birth. Her father past away when she turned 12 years old. Before he died, he advised her to learn some tricks in order to help her survive, it appears that she has the strange ability to lure read moredemons and other worldly creatures through her scent.

She takes upon her fathers advice and heads to Mount Shu, where it is said there are people who are experts in dealing with demons and other creatures. However, upon reaching her journey is stalled after she hears the leader of the sect has passed away. Thus Qian Gu heads to the Chiang Lu sect to seek for help, there she meets Bai Zi Hua, the most gentle yet cold hearted man, who becomes her teacher, mentor and potential lover. Amidst Bai Zi Hua, are Dong Fang Yu Qing who cares for Qian Gu's safety and Sha Qian Mo who is the leader of the demon realm, that are also romantic interests of Qian Gu.

The drama is also directed by Lin Yu Fen who has previous dramas such as 'Da Mo Yao', 'Bu Bu Jing Qing' and 'An Angel's happiness' to his credits.

  • Native title:

    花千骨
  • Also Known as:

    Xian Xia Qi Yuan Zhi Hua; The Strange Fate of Xianxia; 仙侠奇缘; Hua Qian Gu; 仙侠奇缘之花千骨; The Legend of Hua Qian Gu

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venni
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Nov 12, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
The Journey of a Flower is a wonderful drama based on a very much loved book. If you enjoy martial arts, cheesy CG effects, men with long hair and you are new to Chinese dramas this is for you! On the other hand if you are looking for a short, modern and simple romance story you should maybe stay away.

STORY:
The story is one of the strong points of this drama. read more I rarely watch a drama without skipping at least a few minutes, but there was no need to do that with this one. Entertaining things and characters were going on everywhere and at all times. There are plot holes and very strange moments where something really weird happens, but I found out that 4 episodes worth of material were cut from the aired TV version and the cut material would've made everything make more sense. Overall though the beginning and middle of this drama were almost flawless and the story flowed well and kept you watching... even in the middle of the night XD If the cut material had been included the end part of the drama would've been excellent as well.

ACTING/CAST:
The cast was also great! I especially enjoyed the main actors. Huo Wallace (Bai Zi Hua) did a wonderful job portraying a godlike, statuesque man suffering constant inner turmoil. It is too bad that I don't think his real voice is used in the drama, but I guess this is often done in Chinese dramas. Zhao Zanilia (Hua Qian Gu) was the first female character I've encountered that managed to pull off that perfectly "innocent" & "pure" woman that is so often portrayed in Asian dramas, without being the least bit annoying. She also made her character feel strong at the same time. The supporting cast was also great and certainly offer the female viewers some good options in the male department ;)

MUSIC:
I enjoyed most of the music. Especially the end credit song was a really melodramatic ballad that built the mood of the entire series. There were also some really nice flute themes played throughout the drama that helped you immerse yourself in the story.

REWATCH VALUE:
I've read that there will be a DVD version of the series that will have all the material that was cut out. I will definitely watch this entire series when I get my hands on that DVD... especially since I know that most of the things cut out were cut because they were too risqué! ;)

OVERALL:
You might think that this series does not deserve a 9/10 since they sort of butchered a lot of their good work by cutting out important scenes, but still I was glued to my screen until the very last moment and this series opened the world of Chinese dramas to me. Some of the special effects are terrible, but I don't think they took away from the storytelling. Watch the first episode and you should know if this is for you or not!
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Jasmine
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Oct 13, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
One of the most touching, breath-taking Chinese stories ever presented in a drama..

The actors were all perfect for their respective roles, and all presented their characters to the highest, best standard possible, making me feel as if I was also connected to each of them in their own stories within the drama.

Hua Qian Gu is such a lovely girl, and I found myself feeling protective of her so many times read more throughout the drama. Her and Bai Zi Hua's love story is also one that is so unique and beautiful. I'm so glad they both got their happy endings, as they both 100% deserved it after everything they went through for each other.

P.s ... don't know why the summary says Sha Xian Mo was a love interest of Qian Gu's... because to Qian Gu he was just her big "sister" and he looked after her with an affection and love seen between siblings. Haha :)

Anywho, I'm sure you'll all thoroughly enjoy the drama without me hoping you will, as long as you give it a try :) trust me, the heartbreak, agony and tears you will experience throughout will all be worthwhile in the end!
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Firstly, both dramas share the same female lead. They are also based on Historical Era. Just like Princess Agents, The Journey Of Flower also has the occasionally plot to frame the main lead. Although the plots are completely different in a sense that it isn't about slavery or time travel, they are still excellent Chinese dramas. Ps. I wrote this because I'm reminded of how playful Zhao Zanilia is in The Journey Of Flower, she is a great actor. Also I may sound weird but,.... I hope she finds a partner soon. Ps,s I'm saying this because it doesn't say she has a spouse on Google if you search up her name. Don't quote me!!!, Ps.S.S, I'm loving this drama despite the fact that it's such a distraction while I'm doing homework.
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This is truly the greatest drama on earth it would have been wonderful if they had 6 seasons like Game Of Thrones because as a HUGE! GOT Fan Nirvana and Fire Out Wits Out Smarts and all around Out Class Game Of Thrones in every way. Nirvana in Fire is up to par or I may even say far more superior than many high rated American Shows. I was stunned by the Brilliance of NiF in every way plots, screen writing, soundtrack, acting, cinematography etc the directors are extremely talented I would watch anything created by this Magnificent team.
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    amy 3 days ago

    To those who are thinking about watching this drama, it's going to take a hell lot of patience. And food. And tissues.

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    LadyNoir 27 days ago - edited

    I dont know if I should continue... 2 episodes in and its kind of boring

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      krystalsoojungs 25 days ago - edited

      this might not be the type of drama you're looking for then haha
      I think the last 10 episodes are probably the highlight of the drama, although personally I enjoyed it from the beginning because I loved HQG's character lol

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      LadyNoir 25 days ago

      lmao I wanted another good historical rom after watching Eternal Love which was AMAZING! I love Wallace so I tried to watch it but couldn't get through TT^TT

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    zentoshi_ May 17, 2017

    6 episodes in and the main heroine is so weak. Will be pushing on though.

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    nour093 May 11, 2017 - edited
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    krystalsoojungs May 9, 2017

    The three things I hate in this drama the most:
    1. Mo Yan
    2. Ni Mantian
    3. the CGI lolololol

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    krystalsoojungs Apr 30, 2017 - edited

    can I just say that when Tang Bao changed from caterpillar to human I was very shocked and confused and couldn't stop laughing LOL

    also did anyone else notice that the actress for Tang Bao is Shao Xin in Eternal Love lol; going from caterpillar to little snake, not bad not bad hahaha

    also I really really really adore HGQ, she is soooo cute and adorable I wish there were ten of her in my life; I would be very happy to have her as my disciple if I was a shifu LOL

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    krystalsoojungs Apr 28, 2017 - edited

    here to join you all!! I just started watching this yesterday, already 10 episodes in LOL do I even have a life

    after starting Noble Aspirations, watching Zanilia on variety/reality shows like Happy Camp and Up Idol, I've really fallen in love with her personality and really wanted to watch more of her works. So I decided to watch this and give it a try lol

    just curious, has anyone read the novel?? if so, how does the drama feel compared to the novel?? (If I actually finish watching this drama, I will most likely be reading the novel in Chinese but I just wanna see what people think of the novel before I actually read it)

    so far the story seems quite interesting, and I really really love Hua Qian Gu's cute and innocent character (reminds me of Su Su from Eternal Love, whom I really loved, also I tend to like these kind of characters). I wish people like HQG and SS actually existed in my real life (haha).
    Also her pet(?) caterpillar is soooo adorable; I really want one of those too :D
    At the moment, not really feeling anything for Bai Zi Hua right now lol except the fact that Wallace Huo is very handsome hahaha

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      Emily Apr 29, 2017

      Hi kristal, nice to see you here too :). I have been reading your comment in Eternal Love and I know how you enjoyed that drama (me too). I hope you like this one as well. Be prepared for a heart wrenching story. I loved and hated this drama at the same time. Now after a few weeks I mostly cherish how this drama has made me feel such deep emotions. EL is still my no. 1, no doubt about that, but this one is a gem too. Please let us know your views from time to time and how you feel after finishing.

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 29, 2017 - edited

      Hi Emily! :)) yes I loved EL and I remember how popular JoF was in China back in 2015, so I decided to start watching this one too XD
      I also read your very long comment down below which convinced me to start this drama too hehe
      not yet at the heart-wrenching parts yet, but I should probably prepare myself beforehand

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      darcy May 14, 2017

      Definitely read the novel! I listened to the audiobook in Chinese, and I thought that it was so much better than the drama. The pacing was much better, especially near the end, and I liked BZH much better in the novel.

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      krystalsoojungs May 14, 2017

      ahhh I see! thanks, I've already found a copy of it online so I think I will :D

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    Dramaaddict07 Apr 25, 2017 - edited

    Wow. JoF is a 50 hour rollercoaster ride. Although it didn't manage to pull me in right from the start, it did have the ability to keep you from wanting to know what happens in the future.
    Started sweet and ended with a punch and a whole box of used tissues. JoF was amazing but definitely a heart-wrenching drama.

    All the actors played their roles so well that makes you feel like tearing apart some and heartache for others. But I must say BZH is definitely a stubborn nut. He makes you empathize with him yet get so annoyed with him at times. LIKE STOP TRYING TO BE SO IN CONTROL. But yet you cant really blame him for everything and you can FEEL his love.

    Great drama in all. Heheh watched the drama because I wanted something similar to Eternal Love. But this has alot more emotional and heartwrenching moments. So if you are trying to look for something light, DO NOT ENTER. (I must say I prefer EL and Dong Fang and Sha Qian Mo over BZH but I guess thats just me) The two dramas are really different so its hard to compare anyway.

    Rated an 8.5 but I guess I will not rewatch it anytime soon as the story is too damn impactful and took a toll on my heart :(

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      Emily Apr 27, 2017

      My sentiments exactly. I posted my very long comment 11 days ago (see below). First, I thought I'm not going to watch it ever again or anytime soon, but last night (when I wanted to watch a new drama but couldn't come up with one) I really wanted to see some of my fav scenes and episodes again. I guess, I have forgiven the drama made me cry so much. I will give it a few weeks/months more and then rewatch it. This time, I'm prepared..

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      silvermcv Apr 28, 2017

      it makes you cry but in terms of making viewers connect to the story, characters, and their emotions it is one of the best. It is different from EL but similar. I also recommend you watch the deleted scenes that are floating around online for all the deleted skinship between the leads.

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      Dramaaddict07 Apr 29, 2017

      YES. I went to rewatch some of the scenes as well after the show.. Now i can't seem to find any drama to satisfy my need HAHA

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      Emily Apr 29, 2017

      @Silver. True. It's a heart wrenching story. I only found two deleted scenes. The jealous kiss scene in the final ep and one scene when Bai Zi Hua was poisoned and needed blood. He kissed her then. Are there more deleted scenes?

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    Liveload13 Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Hi. I just finished watching eternal love for the 3rd time and still cant get over my addiction. I wanted to try other cdrama of the same genre which can make me get over with EL. Is journey of the flower the one ive been looking for??? Which is better jof or el? Thanks

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      same here, i finished watching EL a week ago and still cant seem to find something that will get rid of my EL withdrawals TT_TT

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      Liveload13 Apr 23, 2017

      Because i love the series i started to read the novel ten miles of peach blossom and i love it. I am now reading the second book the pillow. If you still cant get over like me try reading the novel,

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      thanks gurl, im going to get my hands on that book now. did you get the translated version, To the Sky Kingdom?

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      Mighty_Brosia Apr 23, 2017

      Hello. This is a biased opinion bcoz I really love this drama I just finished it last last week and I hold the eternal love bcoz I can't get over to this one.. This drama made me realized how good is chinese historical drama.. watch it you will never regret it.. :)

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    SimronParida Apr 20, 2017 - edited

    I watched the first 3 episodes and they were not so bad, but somehow I'm not able to get along with this whole forbidden love quest. So for now it's not my cup of tea!!!!!

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      Mighty_Brosia Apr 21, 2017

      no. it's more than that... try to watch it more. :)

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      SimronParida Apr 21, 2017

      Somebody else also suggested me that !!!
      So I'm gonna try it once again.
      Thnx for the suggestion

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      Hazardous Apr 16, 2017

      I'm not sure if it was dropped or if the translators are simply are too busy with life. All we can do is wait. No problem, hope you enjoy it.

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      Hazardous Apr 16, 2017 - edited

      No need to apologize, that was an awesome moment. In fact, that entire scene between Wallace and Zanilia was excellent. It is one of my favorites too.

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    Mighty_Brosia Apr 14, 2017 - edited

    jeeezzz.I cannot start other dramas like eternal love or Nirvana in Fire. I cannot get over to this one.. too good....

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      silvermcv Apr 14, 2017

      maybe you will like Scarlet Heart. I think we have similar taste since my favorite cdramas are Nirvana in Fire, Journey of Flower, Eternal Love, and Scarlet Heart. It is another classic.

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      Emily Apr 16, 2017 - edited

      @Mighty Brosia. Don't give up on Eternal Love. I had the same with JoF. I watched Eternal Love first and had trouble to let JoF in because of EL. I have rewatched EL 3 times before I could let go and started JoF 4 weeks after I finished EL. It's a pity if you miss out one of the best C-dramas just because you're still in the JoF mood.

      Have you btw seen Prince of Lan Ling? That's another favourite of mine. If you can handle JoF you won't have a problem with this drama. I liked General and I as well, although there are parts that are boring (just skip those parts).

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      Mighty_Brosia Apr 16, 2017

      Oh.. I will try to watch it this week. yeah,I watch JOF multiple times this week coz I cannot let go.. haha..oh thank you for the recommendation. I will put them in my list coz there are many good reviews. hahaha.. I cannot go back to korean drama right now.so addicted to c-drama.. :)

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      Mighty_Brosia Apr 13, 2017 - edited

      wow! really! why they change that!! hmm... I will read the book. Kindly give me a link? yeah. many great scenes was cut.... thankfully someone post it in the net..

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    Kiseki Apr 11, 2017

    I really hate Hua Qian Gu and her clingy personality. The number of times shifu tells her to leave him alone and she ignores all of it. She's like a vine sticking onto a tall tree sucking the life of out it.

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    Mighty_Brosia Apr 9, 2017

    Im in episode 30 and im loving it sooo much... :)

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    50
  • Aired:

    Jun 9, 2015 to Sep 7, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Sunday
  • Network:

    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 858 users)
  • Ranked:

    #355
  • Popularity:

    #49

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