[First Impression] The Flame’s Daughter

Title: The Flame’s Daughter (烈火如歌)

Episodes: 52

Starring: Dilireba Dilmurat, Vic Zhou, Vin Zhang, and Liu Ruilin

Where to watch: Viki (eng sub), Youtube (raw). Broadcast on Youku 5 episode every Monday and Thursday.

Synopsis: WARNING: synopsis contains spoilers!!! 

In the ancient times, Anhe Palace was in a position of placing the country into jeopardy. The owner of the palace, An Yeluo was in love with his senior An Yeming but An Yeming married a wandering warrior named Zhan Feitian. In order to take revenge on Zhan Feitian, An Yeluo switched his daughter with the son of Lie Mingjing, the master of Liehuo Pavilion.

Lie Mingjing named the girl Lie Ruge and Zhan Feitian named the boy Zhan Feng. After Zhan Feitian’s death, Lie Mingjing took custody of Zhan Feng. Lie Ruge grew up with her seniors, Zhan Feng and Yu Zihan. Lie Ruge and Zhan Feng fell in love but An Yeluo, seeing Liehuo Pavilion growing in strength and power, tricked Zhan Feng into believing that Lie Mingjing killed his father Zhan Feitian. This resulted in Zhan Feng breaking up with Lie Ruge, who eventually became acquainted with Yin Xue, somebody who grew to protect her.

Zhan Feng eventually killed Lie Mingjing but shifted the blame to Pili Sect. Eventually, through the housekeeper at Liehuo Pavilion, Zhan Feng learned the truth and decided to get revenge on An Yeluo. Together with Lie Ruge, Yu Zihan, and Yin Xue, they were able to defeat An Yeluo and restore peace to the nation.

First impression:

Wow. It has been awhile since I last watched a drama! The wuxia setting was definitely a motivation (>.< have always have a soft heart for wuxia dramas. Hahah).
I started reading the novel, which this drama was adapted from, a while back and Xue and Ruge’s background story was pretty much the hook to continue reading. But unfortunately, I never got the chance to finish the novel or even to where they reveal the “truth”. (I was close though to the point where I think I know the whole story already). But you can imagine how happy I was when I found out that they were going to make a drama out of it!

The story pretty much revolves around one main female character, Lie Ruge, and three male characters: Yin Xue, Zhan Feng, and Yu Zihan. Most dramas lead viewers to develop second lead syndrome but in this drama, I think I was rooting more for Yu Zihan, our third lead instead. Though each character has their pros and cons.

Ruge is the only daughter of the powerful Lie Huo manor with a bright personality (though you don’t really feel it in the first few episodes).  I like that even though she was madly in love with Zhan Feng, she was able to let him go when she realizes that she can no longer win him back. She wasn’t crying and begging for him to be with her. She gave it her last shot by trying to learn how to win him back in Ping Hua Lou and when all else failed, she let go. Dilireba really brings out the essence of Ruge. That was how I imagined Ruge was when I was reading the novle (minus the archy eyebrows…).

Yin Xue is a mysterious pretty boy with powerful martial arts as well as connections. He is the beloved disciple of Piao Miao sect and someone who hasn’t aged one bit. Not much to say about his character yet. Honestly, I was shocked when I found out that Vic Zhou was going play Xue. Though I have no complained yet. Still have to get used to seeing him as Xue since I was imaging someone younger. Even though Xue is a character filled with mystery, for some reason, his story intrigued me less than the other two.

Zhang Feng is the oldest disciple in Lie Huo manor and a cold guy that is just filled with hate at the moment. Vin Zhang has so much potential as an actor. You can literally see the hate he has in his eyes and his struggle to mask his love for Ruge in his expression. This marks his 4th drama with Dilireba already. I hope Jay Walk Studio will branch out their actors and actresses a little. Vin Zhang definitely have the potential to be a very versatile actor.

Yu Zihan, the second disciple of Lie Huo manor, is a calm and collected guy who cares a lot of Ruge and is always there for her as an older brother figure. He was born with a weak physique and been confined to the wheelchair since young. In addition, he also can’t hear or speak (at least in the book). I’m glad that the production changed it where he can actually talk in the drama. The actor, Liu Ruilin, is doing an amazing job with this character. That subtle care Yu Zihan has for Ruge is perfect! The only other drama I’ve seen him in is Eternal Love. (He played Zi Lan!). Hopefully this drama will be a good stepping stone for him.

The drama so far? Not bad so far. The beginning kept me intrigued, the storyline is interesting enough, though not the most original, and there are potentials for character development (especially Ruge and Yu Zilan) but not sure how they will drive it. 5 episodes in, and the storyline is moving forward at a good pace. I like where the story is headed so far. They’re aligning pretty well with the novel. Hopefully, they don’t drag it in the end…cause 52 episodes seem long for this drama…



30 thoughts on “[First Impression] The Flame’s Daughter

  1. This is another drama where every man loves the main female lead. Here we have 3 vying for her.

    But I watch it for Vin Zhang Bin Bin. This guy’s handsome looks caught my attention in 10 Miles of Peach Blossom. But in The Flame’s Daughter, his acting caught me. Like what most of you say, his intense gaze is really something.

    I was impressed by his range of emotions in The King’s Woman too. I hope he picks dramas where he can try out other roles . For eg a psychopath. I am looking forward to more of his dramas.


  2. I gave up on this drama because I just can’t deal with Vic playing Xue (he’s so far of from what I imagined).. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to fill my days with other dramas instead.


  3. [spoiler alert?]

    since you’ve already read the book so far, can you clarify something for me? I heard from someone that An YeLuo wants to kill Lie Ruo Ge, but is Ruo Ge the woman that An YeLuo once loved?

    Thank you!


    1. If you’re referring to the drama, I just finished all of it. Ru Ge is the daughter of An Ye Ming, An Ye Luo’s former late senior who he was in love/obsessed with. The synopsis also got the details a little wrong. An Ye Luo didn’t switch Ru Ge and Zhan Feng at birth. Lie Ming Jing switched them to protect Ru Ge. Also, Zhen Feng wasn’t the one that killed Lie Ming Jing.


  4. Someone on Twitter said VZ and DR the only TWO actors left because they’re literally in everything, which I don’t mind but I think because of their popularity all of their work is coming out at once ( reminds me of the year of Tan Yang hahaha) but I agree, hopefully, JayWalk can branch them out because VZ really has potential and love that he acts with his eyes

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  5. Actually i dont like xue being play bye vick chou so out of content of the wu xia … he not the xue i imagined for… i start searching for the book but no one has translated so i goes to audiobook in ximalaya … hope i am not drop this drama in the middle to …


  6. Was considering the novel but then I found out the ending and didn’t want to read it. I did see the first four episodes and liking it so far.


    1. hahaha. Dropping it before getting hooked is the way to go! Yea heard there was a lot of dramas near the end. One of the reasons why I didn’t wanna continue reading.

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      1. yes there was a lot of drama towards the end…it was really whack too lol like incest and stuff but i couldn’t stop reading!!


  7. I just finish first episode and it looks good for beginning. Only thing I didn’t quiet get is here story starts.Is the action in snowy mountains is the actual beginning of plot or drama starts in the flashback?


  8. I saw the first two episodes and I am unlikely to continue. I didn’t read the novel, which doesn’t help since I find the plot a bit lacking. Overall acting, lack of chemistry, and bad camerawork did it for me. Maybe it will get better later on.


    1. Yea. It’s your typical plot. Nothing new about this one. hahah I was looking for something wuxia, light hearted, angst- less, kinda of drama and this was it. Tho…it does get heavy later on so I might end up dropping it too. hahah


          1. Same with me! I had to drop T&E two-thirds of the way because it was going nowhere. Now, I hesitate to watch the new dramas, even though I was excited to read about them last year. I sat through all of Princess Agents and Game of Hunting, that were laborious dramas. I am trudging through Negotiator now.


  9. Iam also happy can watch this drama with the cast almost all in ten miles peach blossom is here except the main lead 😆 … for the 3 the man in ruo qe life … iam vote for prince yu to … he to ruo qe in 4 eps has watch so tender also give protection and peace to ruo qe … the other 2 man not much to say … also can spoiler please who will be with ruo qe in the end 🙇

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    1. just finished the novel so i can spoil you lol.
      in the novel, the one she loves is y**z**h, and she ends up with him but there’s a twist. 😉 doesn’t look drama is following it tho.

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        1. spoilers and rant ahead lol
          i watched up to ep 11 and the drama is following the book’s main conflict but looks like they changed the love interest to yinxue. in the novel, ruge and yuzhihan had a kiss and while on a date with yinxue, she was even dreaming about it. the drama cut that out. and she always wanted to be with yuzhihan in the novel even while on a date with yinxue but in the drama, she wanted to leave yuzhihan asap to see yinxue so yeah~ tbh i really hate yinxue in the novel. he knew that yuzhihan was going to be cursed and die but didn’t say anything bc he wanted to get closer to ruge. then he told ruge he will only save yuzhihan if she promise to fall in love with him. so i’m super disappointed that the drama changed the love interest to him.


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