Set in 1930s Shanghai, this legendary tale depicts how Zhang Lian Xin, born as a lowly maid, breaks through the chains of destiny in the midst of China's war with Japan. While pursuing freedom and love, Lian Xin becomes a pawn in Zhang Wen Jin's plans to overthrow his father, and along with Chong Yang, she's framed for murder. Experiencing numerous hardships together as they fight against Wen Jin and the Japanese, Lian Xin and Chong Yang become lovers. In order to save Chong Yang, Lian Xin rejects He Tian, a wealthy aspiring Sherlock Holmes who loves her deeply, and marries Ma Kun, Shanghai Bund's most powerful mob boss. After discovering Ma Kun's true identity and against the mad retaliation of the Japanese, Lian Xin and Chong Yang decide to sacrifice their romance and lives for the sake of freedom and justice.
Cast & Credits
Acting - all the characters are so good in their roles. The evil ones are the best. I loved how Zhang Wen Jin's one-sided love turned him into an insane stalker/killer because of his illusion of love for Zhang Lian Xin. Lian Xin's character developed over time. I loved that she can climb the social ladder of society and make a name for herself. It doesn't hurt that she has all these men vying for her attention. The only thing is that I can't tell who she loves. Is it Chong Yong? Is it He Tian? Chong Yong's character is so brilliant. He is a force to be reckon with. He has super good martial skills, his devotion to Lian Xin, his struggles with the Japanese, his will to survive, and so on. I was rooting for him the whole time. He Tian is a great detective and such a nice guy. Will he end up with Lian Xin?
The story is great. I liked how it starts off with the wedding and then flashes back to the events that led to the wedding. I'm not sure if I've missed some scenes because the story didn't flow. But it didn't matter anyways because you can tell what happened with the possible deleted scenes. The costumes they wore were nice. I couldn't stand Lian Xin's hairdo as a maid. One word...yucks! I just wished the conclusion wasn't so open-ended. Watch it and you'll see what I mean. Overall, I've had some countless night watching this. It's very good. I totally recommend this to anyone who like very long dramas.