Casts: Mao Xiao Hui, Yu Xiao Tong, Kenny Kwan, Kai Xuan, Chen Zheng Yang, Huang Jue etc.
Number of episodes: 60
The Twin Flower Legend kicks off with the introduction of two ladies: Hua Mujin and Hua Jinxiu; twin sisters who were children of a man who was well versed in the arts of war and business management. Despite the fact that they are sisters; they are very different. Mujin was smart and clever while Jinxiu is well versed at martial arts. Additionally, Jinxiu was born with a pair of lavender iris, which makes her stand out from others.
Due to an attack at their hometown and with the loss of their parents, the sisters were sold off as slaves to a well-known family with the surname Yuan, whom have been serving the imperial court for generations. Prior to that, the sisters got to known three other children: Biyao, Song Minglei and Yu Fei Yan, whom eventually become their sworn brothers and sworn sister.
Mujin had also had the opportunity to meet Fei Bai at the Yuan Family, who had taken an affection for her as she saved him when they were young.
The rest of the drama shows how the sisters grew up in the Yuan family with their sworn siblings; how they gain footing in the family and how they find the love of their loves (or not).
For The Twin Flower Legend, the number of casts are a plentiful; which made sharing of the characters a difficult task.
Out of all the characters in the show, personally I felt that Jin Xiu’s and Song Minglei’s characters are the most interesting (even though I don’t like the character a lot). Yet, both of them were responsible for the plot twists in The Twin Flower Legend.
For Mujin, on the other hand, I felt that this character pales in comparison to her sister Jinxiu. Her story arc with Fei Bai was okay (though there are parts that I questioned Mujin’s choice). Her story with Duan Yuerong makes me feel like it was a large part of water injection (just to drag it out).
For the supporting characters, I feel that most of them were part of the show for water injection purpose, which is unfortunate because I don’t feel connected with them at all.
After much consideration and taking into account various factors, I decided to give the drama the rating above.
The drama wasn’t “bad” in any sense. In fact, personally I felt the drama started off on an interesting note. The concept of “The five” was unique as compared to the other shows that I had watched thus far and I was keen to know how the characters developed over the episodes, especially the male and female leads.
However, as the drama continued, I realised that there were just too much going on in the show. Since the show anchored around “The Five”, there was a fair bit of airtime catered for the supporting roles so that their backstory can be explained. However, their backstory became “touch and go” concept, which made it hard to feel for the characters. Because of this some of the mini arcs that was catered to them became boring for me.
Content wise, I understand that the drama was adapted based on a novel (木槿花西月锦绣). As I had never read the book, I’m not sure how much resemblance the drama had with the book. However, after completing 60 episodes of the drama, I am not sure if I appreciate the story plot after all. There were simply too many complications in the drama till the point it gets really frustrating to watch; which resulted in me fast forwarding a chunk of the episodes.
There were a few arcs (that I actually watched) in the show that I felt they were inserted as part of the drama simply because they need to lengthen the drama to 60 episodes. Because the ending of these arcs were not done well, it makes me questioned why were they there in the first place.
The primarily reason that kept me watching the show despite the numerous times I gave up was because of the male lead. I was interested what was the ending like for Fei Bai, so I ended up persevering for the drama. I guess being bias towards him kept me going (thank you Yu Xiaotong).
Overall, the concept is semi refreshing; and if you are interested in the palace concept where the ladies fight amongst each other by backstabbing each other and the men fight in a battlefield; this could be an interesting drama. However, I would recommend watching this ONLY if you are truly bored of your wits. Otherwise, I believed there are other shows that are much more interesting out there.
The Twin Flower Legend can be watched on YouKu.
Photo source (and credits): douban