You’ll notice by the tagline that this recap is being posted by a brand new writer from the AVV family – moi~ ^.^
I’ve been a fairly familiar shadow presence on this forum and have posted a few comments here and there (cookies for anyone that can tell who I am xD).
I’ve joined on as a recapper/reviewer, so if you have any dramas that you would like to be seen recapped – do let me know. I’m always open to new drama addictions (particularly wuxia or xianxia ones) =D.
Now, enough about me, let’s get started with the recap.
Oh, just a word of warning, if you don’t like spoilers, don’t watch the opening and closing clips for each episode xD.
For those of you that have been long time fans of wuxia novels/dramas, the story of Flying Daggers will be well known and much-loved. Over the years there have been one other adaptation of this particular story (Feidao Youjian Feidao), I think, the 2003 version starring Julian Cheung and Ruby Lin.
2016 sees Hawick Lau as Li Huai (LH) and Yang Rong as Xue Cai Yue (CY).
I know many of you aren’t a fan of his acting, but stick with me. The whole trumps the individual, trust me!
Of course with illegitimate children, we have half-siblings who generally start out good, but for some reason or other *coughlovecough* will turn evil. In this series, this character trope belongs to Li Zheng (LZ), played by Huang Ming.
Now for him ^ to change, we’ll need a third party to round out this love triangle. Stage left enters Fang Keke (KK), played by Wu Ying Jie (aka. the loveable, Gui Gui).
As of this episode, the following two characters have yet to appear. However, I’ll introduce them here since they will be tagging along with our main characters throughout the drama. Shui Wushang doesn’t appear until mid-way through the drama though~
To round out the cast and ensure that our main characters don’t go out of their mind from revenge and loneliness, let us introduce the sidekicks.
Let us start with Long Yi (LY), played by Guan Zhibin (Kenny Kwan). As a note, he’s probably my most loved character just for his…sheer tactlessness xD.
For the ladies, we have CY’s cute mei mei, Shui Wushang (SW), played by Yuan Bingyan (Crystal).
Young Li Manqing played by Xu Zheng Xi (Jeremy Jones) – LH’s father.
Young Shangguan Xian played by Bai Bing (Michelle Bai) – LH’s mother.
Young Princess of De’an, Ying Wei played by Xu Yajun – LZ’s mother.
Please let me know if you like the tab style of organising characters or if you would rather see them all open in the post. I’m trying to find the best way to keep things simple and organised ^.^.
Episode 1 starts off with recap of the fight between Li Xunhuan and Shangguan Jinhong. (For those that don’t know the story of Flying Daggers, this drama is based on the last novel of the series.)
In true wuxia form, the backstory is played out in as little detail with as much impact as possible. We get a fight, an injury and a man falling off a cliff. Such a simple 5 min sequence begins the unfolding of a two generation tragedy.
Jettison forward to Li Manqing ( Li Xunhuan’s son) and Shangguan Xian (Shangguan Jinhong’s daughter) who are destined to love, yet, must hate each other.
A marriage that would never eventuate and result in the demise of her entire family. Not from outside sects or clans, but from the royal family.
What is a trumped up love triangle without an imperial edict of marriage – cue Mr Eunuch (who will become a fixed recurring character).
In true, naive fashion, our main man believes he can simply decline the wishes of the princess. Little does he know that she’s a vindictive little witch that will order this:
To top it all off, we have a meeting of the she-dragons, a bit of trash talk and some torture:
Of course, the next 10 mins are pretty predictable. Shangguan Xian is released as an incentive for Li Manqing to marry the Princess -> Princess marries Li Manqing (without him knowing that the love of his life is already pregnant with his child) -> Shangguan Xian is pregnant, then gives birth -> Shangguan Xian swears revenge against those that wronged her while taking her child away in the darkness of the night.
Li Manqing really is a poor soul in all of this…he doesn’t know that Shangguan Xian is pregnant until she has disappeared from the city. Admittedly, I have to give him kudos for sending out his most trusted aid in trying to find and protect mother and child.
Fast forward to current day and we get to meet an all grown up Li Huai (LH), looking for his mother’s, Dragon & Phoenix Bracelets.
It’s the day of Feng Keke’s (KK) wedding (or at least her dad thinks and hopes it is). Our loveable support character is attempting to run away before being caught by LH. He’s guessed that the she’s taken the bracelets in her bag of things since he can’t find them elsewhere.
The way she runs circles around him with her mediocre martial arts skills is pretty indicative of just how talentless he is at this point. The only thing he has going for him is his sharp tongue and wit.
LH manages to convince the ‘groom’ to call the whole thing off to the dismay of KK’s father.
LH returns the Dragon & Phoenix Bracelets to his mother, but not before being slapped for causing such a commotion.
But of course, mother and son are about to encounter the darkest night of their lives. Even after all these years, there are outstanding orders from Princess of De’an for the deaths of the two.
The assassins are sent an exploding jar by Shangguan Xian with her newly re-discovered bracelets and the mother & son duo run into the night. LH attempts to escape with his mother while heavily injured, and the two are pursued by the team of assassins.
All hope is, however, not lost.
Who we will get introduced to next episode.
Episode 1 is fairly straight forward with no real development of character. The backstory is also fairly skimpy and more focus is given to Shangguan Xian’s struggle than the story of the Li Flying Daggers.
I must say though, the special effects given to these new daggers is spectacularly amazing. It’s not too flashy that it errs on the side of fantasy, but definitely more ‘modern’ than can stay true to the period of the drama.
Costuming may also be a sticky point for some viewers with Feng Keke always VERY brightly coloured. I’m more partial to the muted tones and white of Li Huai and Xue Cai Yue.
I’ll try to keep all my recaps fairly short, but as of now, I can already tell that from about E10 onwards, they’re going to get lengthy T_T.
If you have started watching this drama, what do you think of it so far?
Just a note:
PLEASE NO SPOILERS
(If you would like to leave a comment, please be mindful of those
that may not have watched the proceeding episodes.)