Yay! New faces (well, relatively new)! A drama that is not corporate-related! The theme is Taekwondo! You guys and gals better watch out because all the characters are fighters in their own right. Who will come out on top? I’m excited. Not so excited about the prospect of having three guys fall for one girl though… Not only can the heroine fight, she’s gotta have everyone’s love too? Who’s gonna mess with her? That’s just cruel. Lol. It’s an in-house production by HunanTv, and yes, it’s a drama adaptation of a novel called Xuan Feng Shao Nv written by Ming Xiao Xi. There’s no official English title yet so for now…let’s call it… Taekwondo Girl? Or Tornado Girl suggested by Google?
Quick Synopsis: The story tells the journey of our heroine who has a fondness for Taekwondo ever since she was little. After her parents died in a tragic car accident, our heroine (Hu Bing Qing) is adopted and raised by a Master Taekwondo whose skills and reputation have been defamed by his enemies. Honest, righteous, and determined to succeed, she gradually transforms from a weed into a professional Taekwondo fighter. On her path to hone her exceptional talents, our heroine is loved and supported by three men.
A huge thanks to zlidia for translating the character descriptions below! Do not take out of AVV please! 🙂
Hu Bing Qing as the female lead Bai Cao: Age ~ 16-18, when the story begins, she’s a sophomore in high school, and then she eventually goes into finance/business in college. She’s very easy to tease and essentially a push-over, but on matters of principle, she won’t budge an inch. Once she’s made a decision on something, everything else is irrelevant, nothing will keep her from reaching her goal. When she was 6, her parents died in a fire, and her dad’s friend, Qu Xiang Nan, took her home to raise as his own. At first, she refused to speak, but then one day, she became interested in martial arts and asked to learn it for herself. Qu Xiang Nan became her teacher; she was very serious about learning, even if she was only mediocre in certain natural abilities. After a while, Qu Xiang Nan became the world champion and Bai Cao was also able to compete in the certification competitions. But right at this moment, a rumor spread that Qu Xiang Nan positively tested for doping in the world championship, which not only negated his win, but also banned him from partaking in competitions. Not only could he not compete, he also could not take students, and Bai Cao refused to study with any other teacher, so she chose to give up martial arts training. Ten years later, Bai Cao uncovers the truth about the doping and is accepted into Song Bai academy, beginning her training again. Under Ruo Bai, Bai Cao is able to reach the highest levels of skill at an alarming speed. It is also at Song Bai that she grows up and encounters new highs and lows of love, friendship, and family…
She is in two upcoming dramas: Liu Shi Shi’s The Imperial Doctress and The Legend of Qin.
The straight bangs is a little too much for me…but at least she pulled it off….
Yang Yang as Ruo Bai: Age ~ 18-20; when the story begins, he’s an English department student. He’s got a cold demeanor, but his heart is full of emotions, regardless of whether it’s to martial arts or to Bai Cao, he’s got the strongest of feelings. He’s been interested in marital arts since he was a child; he once saw a fight between Ting Hao and Chu Yuan, which forever places Chu Yuan on a pedestal as his idol. When Chu Yuan retired, he was practically more upset than Chu Yuan himself. He doesn’t understand how Chu Yuan could give up on his martial arts so easily. While Ruo Bai devotes himself to training, he can never reach the level of Chu Yuan. He knows that based on his own ability, he is unlikely to become a world champion, so when he realizes that Bai Cao has the natural talent, he devotes himself entirely to training her, hoping that she could make a name for herself and for Song Bai. Initially, he refuses to believe he has developed feelings for Bai Cao, but when Chu Yuan and Ting Hao come into the mix, he realizes his feelings for Bai Cao. The two go through numerous obstacles/trials, and their feelings eventually become more deep and profound.
Yang Yang brooding in the shower with little Yang Guo (Leo Wu Lei).
Kiddo, you are TOO young for shower scene, okay??? What ya trying to do? Get the Jiejies in jail or something?
Chen Xiang as Fang Ting Hao: Age ~18-20; studying abroad in England at the time the story begins. He is a bright ray of sunshine in Bai Cao’s life. He appears selfish and arrogant, but in reality, he has a childish and idealistic side. When he was little, he watched his mother fight against Chu Yuan’s mother in a competition, which rendered Fang’s mother in a comatose state. So his whole life, he carries a hatred for Song Bai Academy and sees Chu Yuan as his foe. He trains bitterly to be able to defeat him. When Chu Yuan leaves the competition scene, he’s very upset, even more so when his little sister falls in love with Chu Yuan. In a twist of fate, he meets Bai Cao, and at the time, doesn’t know she’s a student at Song Bai. Bai Cao is unlike any other girls in his life, and he only wants to make her laugh. In the beginning, Bai Cao thinks of him as a pain but that eventually changes. While Bai Cao is a little kid in front of Ruo Bai, an idol-chaser in front of Chu Yuan, but in front of Ting Hao, she is able to be her real self. They become the best of playmates. All the sweetness breaks apart when Ting Hao learns that she’s representing Song Bai in a competition. From them on, Ting Hao makes life difficult for her. But Bai Cao would not bow down, reminding him of his mother when she was training in her youth. He finds himself falling in love with her, in love with her stubborn personality and her refusal to give up her dreams. When his sister later strikes out at Bai Cao in her jealousy fits, he’s the one who steps forward to protect her. Aww, my heart!
He looks handsome in modern outfits. I know someone will be clicking *save* as she scrolls down. =P
Bai Jing Ting as Chu Yuan: Age ~ 20-22, a senior in western medicine at the story’s start. He is pure, clean, like a diamond. In his youth, he was a star in the marital arts world. He never gave much thought to why he had such natural talents, but then one day he stumbled upon the truth of his family and saw the harm his birth father did. He begins to see what he might be like, in the years to come, if he spent every second in training, hurting those who love him. He doesn’t want this to become his future, so to the shock of the world, he retires right after taking the junior mater title. Chu Yuan has two loves: medicine and martial arts. His one regret is that he never got the chance to reunite with his birth father, Master Yun Yue. Once Bai Cao enters Song Bai, he notices her. He gradually sees a different side to martial arts, where one can fight and train for one’s family and loved ones. One can leave competition for love, but one can also join the battle out of love. They get closer to each other over time and he falls for her strong spirit. Though they never become a couple, she helps him resolve his issues with his father, which in turn gives him the opportunity to enter the world of martial arts competition again.
His character sounds like Hua Ze Lei, the gentle type. A total new face as this is only his third acting job. He was in Sohu’s Fleet of Time.
Hard to imagine this gentle guy as a champion. Lol.
This is Zhao Yuan Yuan as Ting Hao’s little sister, Fang Ting Yi, who is in love with Chu Yuan. Her purity and goodness take a drastic turn when her love is unrequited. She becomes a little crazy and tries to hurt Bai Cao. Aww man! I like this actress. She was in Duke of Mount Deer 2014 and Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2013.
And lastly, she is Seven Tan. She has a crush on Ruo Bai but voluntarily withdraws when she sees his feelings for Bai Cao. Awww, see, this is what sane people do!
The Cast Stretching and Practicing their Fighting Stances:
- Directed by Cheng Zhi Chao (Legend of Fragrance, Beauties of the Emperor), Taekwondo Girl has a broadcast date on June 28th.
- Any spoilers on the novel, book readers? Do you like the cast? How’s the story?
- I’m just happy we have a different theme for a modern drama. It has been so boring with CEOs and large corporations.