First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

As I have mentioned before, the promotional materials of this drama caught my attention! Bloody Romance (媚者无疆) is adapted from the novel written by Ban Ming Ban Mei and stars Li Yi Tong, Qu Chu Xiao, and Puff Kuo. Our heroine is sold to a brothel at the tender age of 16 where she’s tortured, assaulted, and treated like crap until she’s rescued and sent to a mysterious place. There she’s trained to become a top assassin!

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Previews. It started airing on 7/24!

  1. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    I think the first video is a fanvid. It used the same opening theme for Legend of Yunxi. But it’s a pretty song so I don’t mind listening to it~

    I watched the MV with Li Yitong’s song randomly on Youtube and thought this would be interesting to check out.

  2. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    everything about this drama did not sound like something I would not watch. even the title of the drama sounds depressing. I gave episode 1 a shot and now i’m up to episode 5. the pacing is extremely fast! i feel like it was must been the acting of the main actress that lead me so far into the drama. as someone who came in not knowing anything about the book, the storyline is really interesting so far. hopefully they’ll keep this pace all throughout 36 episodes. and hopefully it doesn’t get too depressing because i can’t watch sad dramas T^T

  3. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    This sounds quite a lot like the western movie Red Swallow.

    • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

      The heroine in Bloody Romance sounds more like the heroine in the 1966 Shaw Brothers ‘Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan”.

      • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

        I love the lesbian themed classic. I have yet to watch another that is similar in this century.

    • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

      Heroine being abducted and trained as assassin is nothing new especially in Hong Kong cinema in old days… I cannot remember the titles.. if not mistaken John woo film, another Maggie q Hong Kong movie.. etc.

  4. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    Watched the first 9 episodes and am really loving it so far.

    Li Yitong is quite comfortable to watch onscreen and it’s realistic how her character Wan Mei struggles with killing people in the earlier missions.

    Qu Chu Xiao is killing it as Chang An. This is how you portray a restrained character without being expressionless. I didn’t find him handsome at first but he is really becoming more attractive as the drama progresses.

    I love the relationship between Wan Mei and Chang An. It’s bittersweet as their survival figuratively and literally depends on each other.

    Puff Kuo isn’t in much of the drama, maybe she’ll feature more in later eps though. Her first appearance was cool though and she’s smarter than she seems.

    Another main character is Gong Zi. I was shipping him with his follower Yue Ying but then *minor spoilers* 一眼萬年 happens. The scenes showing his past/memories are done in the same animation style as the opening theme, and works really well.

    The colour grading feels right for wuxia, the fight scenes are pretty decent and the BGMs are nice. Also love the opening theme song by Tia Ray (her emotional voice & the lyrics in the chorus!).

    Can’t wait til the next eps!

    • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

      where are you watching? No subs?

      • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

        Yep watching without subs. I ended up downloading some of the episodes but looks like it’s back on dailymotion (via maplestage).

        • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

          I read this drama will be airing in 13 countries! I hope that means subs so everyone can watch. \o/

    • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

      I’m up to Ep15 so far and I agree with most of your comment. Wan Mei’s survival will is insanely strong. I am looking forward to her crossing over to the dark side. And, I hope she will torture Chang An on her way down. Evil laugh….
      Gong Zi, oh, my Gong Zi! I really enjoy watching him because we can never be quite sure what he will do. Does he care for Wan Mei? Maybe. Or maybe he is saving her for some other nefarious plans of his. It’s hard to tell with him.

  5. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    I pretty much concur with most of the positive comments so far. I’m finding myself hooked with this show despite knowing nothing about the source material. The pacing for the first couple of episodes is fast, but it gets straight to the point. Thematically because the characters works as assassins the show does get under your skin at times, I’m shocked at some of the things they show (specifically “that” scene from episode 4). And though it is primarily a romance drama the main leads chemistry has better pacing than most wuxia I’ve seen of late.

  6. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    I wasn’t expecting much but found myself in love after just one episode! This has definitely been the best first episode that I’ve seen in years from dramas, and the chemistry between Chang An and Wan Mei is INSANEEEE! No more wooden faces – these two actually know how to express their more complicated emotions. There also doesn’t seem to have dubbing, and their natural voices are so much nicer. The pace is nice and the color schemes/set designs are really aesthetically pleasing. Up to episode 9 now and I cannot wait for more!

  7. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    After a strict diet of idol dramas this one was a shock to the system.I very much like the opening theme 🙂 Veeery unusual, so far in a good way. When you don’t have pretty colours and shinny sets, you can rely on actors’ performances, appropriate atmosphere and good writing. This drama has the first two, the third one – not so much. The only serious complaints I have up to ep. 09 are that the plot is thinner than toilet paper and the cartoony villains. We’ll see how those develop but I don’t have much hope for great improvement.

  8. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    The colours in this drama are gorgeous! Also I was wincing at all their creative torture/murder methods

    I wonder how Wan Mei is going to rise up in the assassin ranks since she doesn’t seem able to kill anyone at crucial moments? There are only so many ways in which one can complete missions without (intentionally) killing people…

  9. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    just finished first episode, and was amazing!!!! Loving so far.

  10. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    This is such an unexpected gem, I had my eyes set on Li Yitong but she really excelled my expectations. She’s expressive in a very natural way, great chemistry with QCX. I’m praying for a happy ending for CA & WM, everything thus far is so bittersweet.

    Someone do me a favour and spoil the ending (in spoilers), does the main CP get their deserved happy ending in the novel. My lack of reading skills in Chinese is frustrating plus the weekly updates are toooooo slow. This deserves a massive budget and daily broadcast.

  11. 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

    I started the drama later than everyone else who has commented here, but I want to share my love for it! Thanks to the rave reviews, or I would’ve skipped it otherwise. I’m up to ep 20 — with English sub only up to ep 13 at the moment — so I must’ve missed a lot of details watching the raw episodes. Strong points are like many above have mentioned: fast pace, strong acting of the main leads, and the use of animation to narrate background or bridge scenes. I’ll add the decent martial choreography and beautiful musical score. The opening theme song and the background music is melancholic fitting. As for plots — I find them quite interesting. There have not been a lot of fillers, some flashbacks are either to explain or to support the gloomy mood. So far so good.

    My complaints will be the cringey CGI, the one-dimension main villain and [SPOILER] Wan Mei in the beginning, being characterized as a plucky sunshiney girl, after all the harshness she had to endure prior to being recruited, which to me isn’t too believable. And how did she get away with all those rejections to kill???

    I’m also worried that Puff Kuo’s character doesn’t show anything else but merely being an ally of Chu Luo. I hope there will be more layers to it. Can I say that watching Li Zifeng in two dramas, including this one, just confirms me that he is a one-note actor? Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any charisma either despite the good look 🙁

    Like a lot of BR watchers, I love the interaction between Wan Mei and Chang An. IMO the writing for Chang An’s character is quite weak compared to Wan Mei’s and Ning Gong Zi’s. The saving factor is Chu Quxiao’s fantastic portrayal. I reckon this is his first leading role? The kid has talent! I agree with the comment above that he manages to show a restricted character without being expressionless — better than many actors his senior. Seeing them together, I can’t help but think that these two could be Guo Jing and Huang Rong, just because Chu Quxiao has some resemblance to Li Yapeng :D.

    • 20 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Li Yi Tong’s Bloody Romance?

      Oh, I completely forgot one thing: Li Yitong is SUPERB. She definitely excelled my expectations too. While she’s a little too cutesy for my taste in the beginning, she successfully delivers her character’s growth. I really enjoy her performance in ep 13 onward, showing Wan Mei’s real survival efforts, all the pain she has.

      I also love that the lead actors use their own voice. I read elsewhere that the drama used on-site dialog recording, although it’s clear some of them were dubbed.

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