First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

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Episode 1.

A little bit on the plot that I found out after reading the first ten chapters: There’s time-traveling in here which I supposed will be removed. Our hero is pretty much still kid in the first few chapters. The novel started with our adult hero afflicted with an incurable disease where his muscles slowly die over time. He’s given a second chance at life and is transported back in time to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (from baidu) into the body of a baby – an illegitimate son of a noble (his mother, a princess, escaped the palace when a coup happened and *died* after giving birth). His name is now Fan Xian and he spends his baby days observing the environment and with-holding adult jokes from the maids (yunno cause he’s physically a baby, but mentally a man!) Lol. I’m at the part where he’s four years old and successfully knocks out a visitor at night, who’s sent by his father, The Count. With a bleeding man on his floor, our hero carries his tiny body to seek help from a blind man (affectionately called Uncle Five Bamboo), the same person who carried and protected his baby self to this manor four years ago. Uncle Five recognizes the visitor as Mr. Fei, Assistant Director of the Empire Bureau of Investigation Third Division and one of the top three poison masters. When Mr. Fei comes to, he turns out to be a private tutor hired by Fan Xian’s dad to teach the boy ways of the world. Errr…. the arts of using poison, identifying them, and neutralizing them. He explains that the Count’s concubine recently had a son and so she’s afraid of sharing the Count’s estate with another woman’s son so Fan Xian needs to learn ways to protect himself. Thus, he spends time learning with Mr. Fei; about human anatomy, digging graves for hands-on experience, poisons. Even the elderly teacher is surprised that a five-year old kid can be so brave, mature, and somewhat cruel when it comes to death, blood, and killing.

Later on in life, he will be involved in royal marriage, political battles, mother’s revenge, and ultimately achieves peace for the kingdom.

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  1. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    Its been a long while since I enjoyed a drama so much! Definitely worth watching! Humour & seriousness all in one! The cast are all well chosen and acting skills on point! The plot is moving relatively fast also! Didn’t fast forward a single scene, that’s how good it is. Hopefully it stays that way!
    Just the hairstyles, can’t stand that side fringe haha!

  2. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    Had no idea the drama would be this funny even though it’s also serious. Love the interactions between Fan Xian and his family (the dialogue and acting made me laugh so much).

    If the rest of the series are as good as the first 6 eps (fingers crossed), it’s gonna be my fav drama of the year!

  3. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    So far it’s worth watching.

  4. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    I just started this drama and wasn’t sure if it was meant to start off with humor?

    In the web novel, there’s more of the time-traveling backstory while in the show, it’s like a very brief narration of the character.

    Well, they did take a different approach to it. If they remove the time-traveling piece, how will the story explain why our ML is so mature at his age?

    • 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

      I remember the drama explaining that Baby Fan Xian was born with knowledge from of the modern world, so I guess that was meant to explain why he’s mature for his age.

    • 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

      They didn’t remove it though, it’s a central theme of the story. Protag and his mum have very modern ideals, it sort of radiates to people around them too.

  5. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    I haven’t watched all the available episodes but it’s been enjoyable so far. The dialogue, story, acting, and music are all working for me.

  6. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    Just encountered this yesterday: The script writer believes that younger people prefer more humorous ways to look at things. He chose to adapt the story adding a lot of humor. Can’t say how long he could maintain the logic, coherence and momentum in the script, or whether external forces would make him revamp the script later on during while the production progressed.

    Time-travel, or soul/consciousness traveling back in time and taking over another body, is pretty much banned unless the character who does so makes absolutely no impact on history. Given that this story’s setting is purely fictional, the ML won’t mess with real history. Still, better safe than sorry with the unpredictable Chinese censors.

  7. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    Wang Juan is officially my fave screenwriter. Joy of Life and Young Blood are some of the best historical dramas this year.

  8. 10 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Li Qin’s Qing Yu Nian (Joy of Life)?

    The humour fell flat for me. The omnipotence paradox was also really lame. I can see that it’s a sincere production, but they could have improved on a lot of things (the styling for one). It’s pretty overrated imo.

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