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In the Wei Kingdom of the Mortal World, although the cultivation of immortals is popular, immortality is still out of reach for most common men. Wei Zhi, a young lady, has been seen as a harbinger of unluckiness since young. Although she is quiet and lowkey in her actions, she is not cowardly. She bravely attended the coming-of-age ceremony to detect for the presence of immortality root bones. During the ceremony, the group of thirty-six Wei Zhi was in showed the Phoenix figure in the mirror. Due to this, the entire group was sent to the Egret Academy for further studies. Amongst them, the outstanding third lady of the Wei Family became a popular contender of the individual who possesses the Phoenix bloodline. In the academy, the young ladies and gentlemen who were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, were tormented by the strict teacher, Yan Yue. In fact, Yan Yue is the Monarch of the Heavens, and has come down to the Mortal World to find the individual who has the Phoenix bloodline because according to legend, the Phoenix is a terrifying existence that will destroy the three worlds, and killing the phoenix is the biggest test for Yan Yue. In the meantime, although Yan Yue cannot interfere with human affairs due to the law of the Heavens, he gradually developed an interest in the intelligent and tenacious Wei Zhi. (Source: Chinese = iQIYI || Translation = lisaevelioasreia at MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the web novel "Wu Chang Sheng" (误长生) by Lin Jia Cheng (林家成). Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 36
  • Aired: Jun 1, 2023 - Jun 16, 2023
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 2,491 users)
  • Ranked: #6868
  • Popularity: #1844
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
PeachBlossomGoddess Finger Heart Award1 Flower Award1
52 people found this review helpful
Jun 17, 2023
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 8
Overall 6.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 3.0

Identity Theft.

Here we go again - yet another ill-fated master disciple relationship! This starts predictably with a jinxed mortal Wei Zhi barely squeaking through into the prestigious Egret Academy. There her astounding lack of talent catches the attention and empathy of her master, Yan Yue. He is an immortal sent to discover and vanquish the remnant of the phoenix bloodline that is a threat to the Three Realms. You would never guess who the hidden phoenix is or that this cold faced inheritor of the realms falls in love with his enemy?!?

Within a tired and tropey premise, the plot design of Beauty of Resilience is actually pretty good with some interesting and innovative takes. I found the Egret Academy's challenge arc to be very enjoyable in a way reminiscent of the Triwizard competition in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And I was intrigued by the mysterious Zihua Book Pavilion and its Shylock like master who extracts his pound of flesh. I also like that the Heavenly Empress is not just a decorative vase but has a rather important function as the mistress of time. Even the concept of Hua Rong is fresh and mysterious. Yet these ideas just don't quite come together in a good way in terms of plot and character progression.

Indifferent character blueprints, mis-cast roles and uninspired portrayals are this drama's weakest features. While Guo Junchen's portrayals of multiple roles is technically faultless, he is not given much to work with. Yan Yue is just a cardboard xianxia archetype. He only gets to shine briefly as the morally conflicted Chen Yan and in his darker personas but enough to impress as a diverse young actor. He and Ju Jingyi look fantastic together and they actually have decent chemistry. While her acting here is more nuanced, Ju Jingyi, once again delivers the same old vapid, completely indistinguishable portrayal that is her comfort zone. This is compounded by her default styling with atrocious Persian princess head gear and heavy handed and unflattering eye makeup that makes her look like she just waltzes from one set to another. She actually has excellent comedic timing which sadly this humourless script gives her no chance to showcase. Mu Nan is the only engaging and empathetic character but is sadly matched up with the most tedious and mis-cast role. And that is just the tip of the ice berg in terms of how shabbily the writers treat him.

The supporting roles are one dimensional and the cast lacks experience, chemistry and rapport. Everyone is obviously acting and their relationships and interactions are so forced I couldn't engage with or care for any of them. There were way too many identity thefts going on where even the lead actors in the swapped roles are unconvincing as the characters whose identities they stepped into. It was so bad at times it was kind of funny. The villains are quite obvious from the beginning and they weren't satisfactorily dealt with. One of them perished so quickly I literally blinked and missed it. I went episodes thinking they were lurking for the right moment to pop out again. My hope for a satisfyingly long, painful and drawn out demise was never met.

This drama's strongest arcs are the early ones that take place in the mortal realm. After that the drama loses momentum and gets more ridiculous as it progresses. The ending however is quite original and quite cool but was so rushed and poorly executed that it took awhile for what actually happened to sink in. I would say this is something that you could watch up until the wedding in the second arc, skip all the messy and time wasting latter arcs and you'd still end up in the same place. The early arcs were a watchable 7.0/7.5 for me but I'd at most rate the latter arcs 5.0 for an overall rating of 6.0. Watch at your own risk.

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Anushka
67 people found this review helpful
Jun 16, 2023
36 of 36 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 3.0
Story 2.5
Acting/Cast 3.5
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
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What a waste!

I'm so amused at how I finished this trash, but I did well. And I'm so frustrated at this point. How is this even tagged as romance... there were just bits of pieces of it, which left a bitter taste in my mouth.

This tested my patience level every bit... I was waiting for the moment that it would get better. With the character arcs, their decisions, and most ridiculous not needed twists, it almost had nothing good to offer. The main leads were the worst... specially ml, he doesn't have a thing called the backbone, bro can't you just take a stand for once? rather than crying wailing... acting like ahh, I have to do these things for the sake of the greater good, I'm so done with these types of tropes, and the never-ending cycle of amnesias.

The only good thing about it was the side characters... some of them were good and way more interesting than the leads... but no, they were just thrown out of the plot and killed for convenience or I'd say to keep the story going as I don't think they had anything more to offer.

Ju Ying Yi... I'm so tired of seeing her in the same attire, the same makeup in literally everything and the thing is she's not that good of an actor too, to make the matter worst.

The chemistry between leads felt flat, so even with the little sprinkling of some sweet moments, romance was unsatisfying. The flow of the story was inconsistent. They had all the bad cliches of all xianxias I've seen till together I hated what they did with the ending... so in the end everything was for nothing?

Never thought my review after ages would be a rant but here you go... I guess all I needed to relieve my frustration towards it! And you better not watch it for your own good.

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Details

  • Drama: Beauty of Resilience
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 36
  • Aired: Jun 1, 2023 - Jun 16, 2023
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 2,491 users)
  • Ranked: #6868
  • Popularity: #1844
  • Watchers: 8,335

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