Based on Chen Duan Sheng's classic novel 再生緣, the drama is the story of Meng Li Jun and Huang Fu Shao Hua. She was the talented beautiful daughter of an official and he was the brave and handsome son of a general. They met and were attracted to each other but when their fathers clashed over politics, General Huang Fu refused to allow his son to pursue Meng Li Jun. Instead, the son of the Liu's family, who was Empress Dowager's nephew, won the right to marry Meng Li Jun.
Later, General Huang Fu lost a battle and the Emperor believed that the General had betrayed his country and ordered the whole family to be imprisoned. Huang Fu Shao Hua managed to escape and Meng Li Jun who was in love with Huang Fu Shao Hua, was outraged by this. She disguised herself as a man to bring justice back for the Huang Fu family.
Cast & Credits
I enjoyed cussing the villains as much as I was rooting for Meng Li Jun as she fended off her enemies while trying to clear her beloved's name. Though I must admit I wanted the second main male lead to to win Meng Li Jun more than for Huang Fu Shao Hua. There was more energy and sparks between them especially after Meng Li Jun's secret was exposed..
The cast was quite well chosen. The acting was great, tugging at my emoitons as I rooted whom I should root for, waving my fists when things go bad for the leads. Liu Bing Bing was good in her gender bending role. Sun Xing and Chen Long were excellent. I hated their characters while at the same time empathizing with the why behind their actions.
The pace of the drama was slow at several points, there were 40 episodes afterall but well worth the time if you are looking for a good retelling of an old classic with believable acting and intrigue.
How I rate
5 = okay, but will never watch again
8 = good with rewatch value
>8 = good with rewatch value and must OWN!