I put a lot of dedication in my drama recaps and this one is no exception. Some dramas are more challenging to recap than others.
Rong Rue agrees to be the bodyguard of the majesty.Kangxi gave Rong Rue a jade to have the privilege of freely walking in the palace. Mingzhu reminds Rong Rue to be careful what he says in front of the majesty. Songgotu and Mingzhu discuss with the majesty about the war and Ng Sam Kwai. The majesty and the servant wishes the Empress Dowager of long living anniversary. Empress Dowager told the officials that they don’t need to ask her permission to do important task. Empress Dowager said she has adopted Si Zhen as her goddaughter and engaged her to a captain. Empress Dowager asked Rong Rue if he agrees with it. Mingzhu and the officials compliment Empress Dowager of finding a good general and son in law. Kangxi asked Rong Rue if he wants to be with Yu Chan or Si Zhen. Kangxi wants an answer from Rong Rue. Kangxi told Rong Rue that even if he gives him three months, he may have a tougher decision to choose. Rong Rue told Kangxi he loves Sizhen but he can’t do something wrong for Yu Chan. Rong Rue wants to have both of the girls. Kangxi told Rong Rue he will ask those two ladies if they agree to be with him. Kangxi gave Rong Rue permission to run away with Shen Wan and Si Zhen.
Kangxi told the Empress Dowager that Rong Rue is his friend and plead her to forgive Rong Rue. Empress Dowager told Rong Rue that as long as she is alive, she won’t let Si Zhen live in peace. Ten days later, Sizhen gets married to the captain. Rong Rue plays the flute. Rong Rue saw Yu Chan coughing. Si Zhen arrives at the captain’s house. Shen want takes care of Rong Rue. The captain plans to give Guangzhou to Si Zhen. Si Zhen requested the captain not to call her honey. Two years later, Shen Wan and Rong Ruo happily spends time together. Si Zhen couldn’t sleep want went outside and rode a horse. Yu Chan watches the moon and told Rong Rue she feels like a fairy being with him. Mingzhu told Rong Rue he has to remember the majesty’s kindness.
It’s like when some of the TVB Wuxia friends told me, they enjoy watching Wuxia but watching other genre is cool to. I enjoy recapping different genre of dramas from action, fantasy, romance, historical, wuxia depending on my mood. Each genre has its own gem. This is a pretty good historical drama about the history of Emperor Kangxi and the flute poet Rong Rue. This series is slow paced but sometimes I’m in the mood for a calm and slow moving series.
Empress Dowager sent an order for Ao Bai and the magistrates to pray at the temple for seven days. Kangxi invited Ao Bai to come in his hall. Kangxi told Ao Bai he is surprised not seeing him confident. Kangxi gave Ao Bai a box gifted in a golden fabric on the behalf of empress dowager. Ao Bai opened the present and it is a stack of manuels. The magistrates count eighteen manuels which is the same number of magistrates in the room with Ao Bai. Rong Rue and Kong Si Zhen got sent out of town. Ao Bai asked the magistrate what does he has to say to him, he will spare him. The magistrate trembles and said he has nothing to say to him.
Rong Rue told Si Zhen after he finish his mission getting rid of Ao Bai, he will run away with her. Shen Wan ran in the rain preserving the flowers. Ao Bai and the magistrate saw the guards lining up.
Kangxi arrived in front of Ao Bai with the guards in the grave. Kangxi told Ao Bai he has broken the rule many times and he should be a good role model for the people. Ao Bai told Kangxi he killed many people but never got arrested he asked him if he’s a strong person. Kangxi asked Ao Bai if he feels ashamed killing a big previous general. Ao Bai and the guards surrounded Kangxi. Ao Bai took out a knife and about to stab Kangxi. Ao Bai fought with Rong Rue. Si Zhen and Mingzhu arrived with the guards.The magistrate brought manuels from the empress dowager and asked Ao Bai to think carefully what he’s doing. Ao Bai asked Mingzhu what is a rebel. Ao Bai told Kangxi the innocent Han people he killed can’t compared with the number of people he killed. Kangxi told Ao Bai it isn’t a shame he is in this situation. Before he leaves, Ao Bai warned Mingzhu that what happened to him today will happen to him tomorrow. Si Zhen asked Rong Rue if he will take Ao Bai’s post. Rong Rue said once he has that position, he will marry her. Rong Rue hugged Si Zhen and said she is free. Rong Rue saw Si Zhen’s foot crippled and asked her why she lied to him. Si Zhen asked Rong Rue to go home. Si Zhen walked further in the grass, and Rong Rue called her name.
Mingzhu told Rong Rue he refused to marry Shen Wan many times but now her father is in the prison, he wanted to save her. Rong Rue told his father it is a shame if they couldn’t save Shen Wan. Mingzhu told Rong Rue if they let Shen Wan stay in their home, the majesty may despite them. Ao Bai has hurt the majesty many times. Rong Rue asked Mingzhu what did he do before he came here. Rong Rue told his father he would feel guilty if he used their family’s name to keep their generation. Mingzhu showed Rong Rue a written contract he wrote before Ao Bai and he fight. Mingzhu told Rong Rue he never thought of using him in exchange of his family’s name. Mingzhu gave Rong Rue the contract and said he will ask Kangxi to release Shen Wan.
Empress Dowager told Kangxi that Ao Bai did many merits. Kangxi told empress dowager he will spare Ao Bai and he we won’t have enough power to rebel. Empress Dowager said she couldn’t sleep last night being anxious about him. Empress Dowager said she’s old and she would like him to work hard. Mingzhu gave Kangxi the list of rebels. The majesty’s guard told Rong Rue he is greedy. Rong Rue said the result always turn out to be backward. Rong Rue said let go with the flow and forget about the result. Si Zhen sit on the swing and thanked the majesty. Kangxi asked Si Zhen not to be harsh on herself and cry and make a wish. Kangxi promised Si Zhen he will work hard to let she unite with Rong Rue. Si Zhen cried and said she doesn’t want to break Rong Rue and Yu Chan. Kangxi asked Rong Rue to be his bodyguard.
It’s the fall. Rong Rue told his father once he’s in danger, someone else will come to their house to make trouble for them. Rong Ruo told his father if a person doesn’t know what is right or wrong, he doesn’t understand what’s the point of living his life. Rong Rue asked his father not to please not to lie to him. Mingzhu told Rong Rue when his mother gave birth to him, she was destined to die. Rong Rue asked his father if he ever considered killing his mother.
Empress Dowager asked Kangxi if there’s still someone who cares about Kong Si Zhen’s life. Empress Dowager said Rong Rue still have a sly father. Kangxi told empress dowager he has gained Minzhu’s trust. Kangxi bowed in front of the empress dowager and said he finds himself so useless. Empress Dowager said only the winner can do something which makes them regret. Empress Dowager said looking at Ao Bao is like seeing a dead person. Empress Dowager knows Kangxi is gentle and would like him to use his heart to help the people. Kangxi asked Empress Dowager if she is thinking of his father.
Rong Rue read a piece of calligraphy and asked Shen Wan if she wrote it. Shen Wan told Rong Rue she is illiterate and doesn’t match him. Rong Rue said she saved him multiple times but he still loves Si Zhen. Shen Wan asked Rong Rue to open the box before he leaves. Rong Ruo opened the box and saw the bracelet. Shen Wan asked Rong Rue to return it to Si Zhen. Rong Rue told Shen Wan he has to go on a mission which will make her sad because she may lose one of her loved ones. Shen Wan asked Rong Rue to be careful but also don’t hurt her uncle. Kangxi leads Rong Rue for the last time before his duel. Ao Bai opened the box and found his treasure missing.
Kangxi announced he would like to take a visit to Jiangnan. Ao Bai asked the eunuch if he investigated whom sneaked in his house. Rong Rue wore the funeral gown and wait for Ao Bao and said he’s doing a funeral for him. Rong Ruoe told Ao Bai that he will die from laughing. Rong Rue asked him if there was a Taishi who has a good fate. Rong Rue started the conversation of the previous royals whom have died. Ao Bai said if he died, then the magistrate won’t be scared cause he live and die with him. Rong Rue told the magistrates that they make fun of the majesty cause he’s a kid but he must remember that kids will eventually grow up. Rong Ruo said once the majesty found out that supposedly the daed of majesty’s royal general was done by them, the general will do many merit and support the majesty. His dead becomes second to the consort. Even the previous high ranked officials couldn’t survive unless they become the emperor. Who will support them to rebel. He wrote an edict to free the slaves. The magistrate told a story of last night Mingzhu and his son waited for the majesty to arrive. Mingzhu and his son waited to discuss to get rid of Ao Bai. Kangxi put a blank edict to Mingzhu to release the ladies. The magistrate asked Rong Ruo how does he dare to make fun of Ao Bai. The magistrate tells a story of Mingzhu and his son waiting for the majesty to arrive to discuss about getting rid of Ao Bai. Rong Rue told the story the majesty gave Rong Ruo and edict to free the slaves. The magistrate told Rong Rue everyone understand who ordered him to dress in the funeral gown. The majesty gave Rong Rue the edict. Rong Rue asked the guard for the key and freed the slaves. Ao Bai told a story of the officials imprisoned the slaves when they tried to escape. Rong Rue said the majesty will eventually revenge them for imprison the slave. Ao Bai ordered the eunuch to imprison Rong Rue and starve him for three days.
The guard showed Si Zhen the doll to cheer her up and said the majesty said he will eat whatever she eats. Shen wants eat and hugged her nanny and cried about the slaves about to be beheaded. Ao Bai freed the slaves. The magistrate said he would like his enemy to die in front of him. The magistrate asked Ao Bao to not be softhearted. The magistrate asked Ao Bai to rebel.
Shen Wan plead her father to forgive Rong Rue. Ao Bai asked Mingzhu’s servant if one day he would betray him. Shen Wan watch Rong Rue being tied up. Empress Dowager asked Kangxi would he give what Ao Bai want. Empress Dowager said she will not let Si Zhen live peacefully. Si Zhen greets Empress Dowager. Empress Dowager apologized to Si Zhen for being harsh on her. Si Zhen thanked Kangxi. Mingzhu asked Rong Ruo how could he befriend the majesty. Mingzhu and Rong Ruo giggled that they are both scary alike. Rong Rue left a farewell letter.
Si Zhen got out Ao Bai’s niece’s bed and told Ao Bai she is a consort. Si Zhen told Ao Bai that Rong Rue must accomplish his mission that the majesty gave him. She caused many troubles since she just want to live a day longer. Si Zhen listened to the Rong Rue’s flute melody and said Rong Rue is a good man but she shouldn’t have fallen for him. From now on she won’t meet him again. She asked Rong Rue’s father to take good care of Rong Rue. Ao Bai’s niece told her Ao Bai she wants to hang out with Si Zhen. Ao Bai asked Rong Rue’s father how come there’s always a lady coming out when his family is in danger. Si Zhen asked Ao Bai’s niece how did she make Ao Bai happy. Ao Bai’s nice said she just commented his mustache is pretty. Rong Rue’s father told Rong Rue if he wants to revenge, he has to befriend his enemy. Rong Rue’s father gave his servant a sword to kill himself if Rong Rue leaves this house. Si Zhen left Ao Bai’s nice during the night.
Kangxi ordered the magistrates to line up. Kangxi said he’ll let go of what they did in the past. Rong Rue received a letter from the majesty to meet him. Kangxi confronted Ao Bai of barging in Mingzhu’s house. Mingzhu said the magistrate went in house to arrest someone under the Empress Dowager’s order but he wouldn’t say who. Mingzhu said he found the case is not simple when two officials enter his house. Ao Bai took him to his house. Then he saw Si Zhen in Ao Bai’s nice’s room. He doesn’t dare staring at Consort Kong Si Zhen. Ao Bai said his niece told good things about Si Zhen which changed his mind of arresting her. The majesty asked Ao Bai what did his niece said. Ao Bai said his nice said his mustache is pretty.
Rong Ruo looked at the calligraphy nd played his flute. Mingzhu told Ao Bai a story of a poor man whom is able to catch a snake using his hands. He asked him to be careful of his hands. Kangxi told Empress Dowager that at the court, Ao Bai didn’t dare to talk to him. He now feels a bit like an emperor now. The Empress Dowager stared at Kangxi and said his father, the previous emperor isn’t a good emperor as him. Ao Bai ordered his guard to attack a magistrate. Ao Bai told the magistrate he was testing his guard’s ability. Rong Rue dressed up his his wedding suit.
Ao Bai’s guard killed a magistrate and frame him of being a rebel. Ao Bai blocked the majesty’s way on the road and framed a consort for rebel. Mingzhu told Empress Dowager that Ao Bai wanted to get rid of the consort because she will be crowned the queen. Ao Bai also wanted to show his power in front of the emperor. Empress Dowager said since the Emperor spared Mingzhu, Ao Bai used those scheme. Mingzhu suggests to protect the magistrate and the consort’s family to put down Ao Bai’s power. Mingzhu gave Ao Bai’s niece the jade of Si Zhen.
It’s Rong Ruo and Ao Bai’s nice wedding day. Si Zhen looked at the rain and teared up thinking of Rong Rue. Rong Ruo ran away in the sedan chair and arrived to Si Zhen’s place. Si Zhen covered herself using a black veil. Si Zhen told Rong Ruoe she promised Ao Bai’s niece not to see him again. They owe Ao Bai’s niece. Rong Rue begged Si Zhen to let him see her face. Rong Rue hugged Si Zhen and said they promised they would be always be together. Si Zhen told Rong Rue besides him, she doesn’t want anything else. He’ll go anywhere she goes. Ao Bai demanded Mingzhu to tell where Rong Rue is. Si Zhen knocked Rong Rue down with a teapot and cried and hugged him and said she only wants him. Ao Bai’s niece opened the veil and told Ao Bai that Rong Rue went to the temple to pray for her illness. Ao Bai pointed a sword at Ming Zhu. Kangxi threw the cup of tea and asked him how dare he kill an official in front of him. Si Zhen brought Rong Rue’s body to Ao Bai’s niece. Ao Bai stepped on Rong Rue. Si Zhen told Rong Rue and Ao Bai’s niece she has to return to the previous emperor’s grave. Si Zhen gave Ao Bai’s niece a pearl necklace and said she and Rong Rue are fated to be with each other. Rong Rue told Kangxi when he first met Si Zhen in the grave, he feels poor for her. After he separated with Si Zhen, he realized he missed her a lot. Though they can’t be with each other, they think about each other in their hearts. They are willing to be punished together for their wrongdoings. Si Zhen cried and asked Kangxi to spare Rong Rue. Ao Bai tried to stab Si Zhen but her niece took the stab. Si Zhen asked the emperor to let Ao Bai’s niece wed Rong Rue.
Empress Dowager asked Si Zhen how she should punish her. Si Zhen suggests to let her go back to her tomb, or let the empress dowager kill her in front of the crowd, or let her suicide. Empress Dowager asked Si Zhen if she really wants to die because she doesn’t want Rong Rue to suffer. Kangxi stared at the consort in the cellar. Rong Rue read the consort letter and discuss with Kangxi how to throwover Ao Bai. The majesty said he feels uncomfortable for not being able to protect Rong Rue’s family.
Kang Xi denied to the Empress Dowager to arrest Rong Ruo cause it was Ao Bai’s scheme. Ao Bai’s niece told the magistrate that Ming Zhu’s guards has been cold to him. Ao Bai’s niece coughed, Si Zhen walked out of her bed and checked up on her. Si Zhen blew opium on Ao Bai’s niece. Kangxi picked a consort. The guards brought congee for Ao Bao’s nice and nitpick her that the guards are only lucky if they even get one bowl of congee. Kangxi sent Ming Zhu an edict. Kangxi plans to use Ming Zhu to rebel against Ao Bai. Si Zhen told Ao Bai’s niece she believes that the previous emperor brought karma to her. Ao Bai knocked on his niece house. Ao Bai saw an extra pair of shoes by her niece’s bed. Ao Bai told Ming Zhu that it is hard to be his enemy because he will end up dying. Ao Bai opened the cover and asked Si Zhen to come out.
Kangxi tries to control a horse. Ao Bai’s daugher’s maid told Ao Bai’s daughter that she heard Rong Ru only likes to read books and write poems. Rong Ruo rode the horse carriage for Si Zhen. Rong Ruo returned home. Rong Ruo brought Si Zhen to his father. Rong Ruo’s father bowed in front of Si Zhen. Rong Rue told his father that he and Si Zhen truly love each other and they are running way. Rong Rue plays the flute for Si Zhen. Si Zhen asked Ron Ruo to stay with her since she has a feeling that someday she will not see him again. Ming Zhu told Rong Rue that Kangxi and Ao Bao wants to use him to kill each other. Ming Zhu told Rong Ruo and Si Zhen that Empress Dowager knows about them. Rong Ruo bowed in front of the servants for being spanked. Rong Ruo told Ming Zhu he wants to runaway with Si Zhen because he doesn’t trust him and his evildoings. Ming Zhu told Rong Ruo they’ve been in critical danger three times and this time is the third time. Ming Zhu told Rong Ruo he always has everything when he was born, so he doesn’t know how harsh life is. Ming Zhu told Rong Ruo he spanked the elder servant because he is weak and let him go. Ming Zhu asked Rong Ruo if he dared to let his family be in danger. Ming Zhu visits Ao Bai and agree to let Ron Ruo marry his daughter. Rong Rue plays the flute. Kangxi ordered the magistrate to find Si Zhen. Ao Bai asked the magistrate to tell the Empress Dowager where Rong Rue and Si Zhen is to execute them.
Rong Ruo and Si Zhen held each other’s hands in jail. Rong Ruo told Si Zhen he can tell by her expression that she is shy. Rong Ruo gave Si Zhen a bracelet and a flute. Rong Ruo plays the flute for Si Zhen. The guards tell each other that when the couple are in love, dead doesn’t matter to them no more. Rong Ruo feels happy staying in jail with Si Zhen by his side. Rong Ruo gave Si Zhen a box of make up. Ron Ruo put on make up for Si Zhen. The guards came to pick up Si Zhen. Si Zhen thanked Rong Ruo and she will see him in the next life. Rong Ruo told the guard Si Zhen is his wife. Kangxi asked his eunuch to tell the guard to release Si Zhen. Kangxi and Si Zhen talk in the private room alone. Kangxi showed the doll to Si Zhen and asked her if she remembers him. Si Zhen remember Kangxi when he used to be the third prince. Si Zhen cried and hugged Kangxi. Si Zhen begged Kangxi to save Rong Ruo. The guard brought wine for Rong Ruo and finds him courageous for not being scared of anyone. Kangxi asked Si Zhen what have she been doing. Si Zhen said she sleeps next to the previous emperor’s tomb everyday. Kangxi told Rong Ruo to stay with Si Zhen in the house he reserved for him. Ming Zhu believes that there will be a conflict between Kangxi and Ao Bai after this incident. Rong Ruo asked Si ZHen if she ever seen an elephant. Rong Ruo said an elephant is seventy times bigger than her and has about twenty teeth. Rong Ruo asked Si Zhen if she knows how to capture an elephant. Rong Ruo said the hunter shoots sleeping dust toward the elephant. Some men shot sleeping dust toward Rong Ruo and Si Zhen. Rong Ruo and Si Zhen kisses each other. Rong Ruo and Si Zhen stayed at some martial artist’s temple. Si Zhen asked Rong Ruo to let her be by him forever. Rong Ruo fought with a martial artist. Ming Zhu deny the marriage between his son and Ao Bai’s daughter in front of Kangxi. Kangxi got mad at Ao Bai for being a hypocrite and only like to please him and the Empress Dowager whereas Ming Zhu is silent and don’t dare to say anything. Empress Dowager told Kangxi to try to stand Ao Bai until he gains more power. A captain of Ao Bai arrived at the temple. The martial artists told the magistrate that they come from a royal descendant. Rong Ruo and Si Zhen escaped through a hollow tree and arrived at a plain with cherry blossoms. Si Zhen asked Rong Ruo if he loves her. Si Zhen shouted that he really loves Si Zhen. Si Zhen cried and asked Rong Ruo to go home.
Kang Xi watch Rong Rue playing the flute and said he respected him a bit more now since he stopped playing when he arrived. Rong Ruo told Kang Xi he doesn’t want him to die or else he wouldn’t have visit him. Kang Xi gave a mission to Rong Ruo. Si Zhen sit on the tomb and set fire around it. Rong Ruo came to save her. Rong Ruo and Si Zhen cover themselves in the rain. Ao Bai brought gifts to Rong Ruo’s family but Rong Guo isn’t at home. Fire works blowing, Rong Ruo told Si Zhen he used to be scared of fireworks. Rong Ruo and Si Zhen watch the kids playing with the fireworks. Rong Ruo and Si Zhen ate the buns with a family. The next morning, Si Zhen cried for not being used to the lightning. Si Zhen ate buns on the street without paying. Rong Ruo grabbed the stall owner and gave him the money. The food stall owner leads Rong Ruo and Si Zhen to a hotel. Benny fought with the guards in the restaurant. Si Zhen fainted due to the sleeping drug in the food. Rong Ruo got tied up and arrested. Si Zhen stayed in prison and wants to live and die with Rong Ruo.
This series is set in the Qing Dynasty. The arrogant prime minister Ao Bai arrived at Na Lan Ming Zhu to arrest him. Ming Zhu told Ao Bai it isn’t a good deed for him to kill him. He said he will commit suicide and beg him to spare his family. He said if Ao Bai follows his plan, the majesty will believe he is generous. Na Lan Rong Ruo (Benny Chan) plays the son of Ming Zhu, a poet. Rong Ruo told Ao Bai he will find her mother’s murderer. He fought with Ao Bai. During the night, Rong Ruo discovered a tomb. Rong Ruo fought with the guards and escaped in a cave. Emperor Kang Xi (Lu Xing) decided to destroy the late emperor’s cave.Rong Ruo walked in the cave and saw a ghost. Concubine Kong Si Zhen which is the ghost fought with Rong Ruo. Kong Si Zhen held Ron Ruo’s flute. Rong Ruo’s told Kong Si Zhen that his mother passed away when he was five. Rong Ruo asked Kong Si Zhen to let him take her outside. Rong Ruo promised Kong Si Zhen he will side with her if she ever die in this cave. A maid saw Kong Si Zhen and freaked out. Ron Ruo held Kong Si Zhen’s hands and ran in the dark area in the cave. Emperor Kang Xi and the magistrates surrounded Kong Si Zhen’s cave and prepared to take down. Rong Ruo and Kong Si Zhen ran out of the cave. Rong Ruo saw Emperor Kang Xi and the magistrates. Emperor Kangxi ordered the guards to arrest Rong Ruo and Kong Si Zhen. Rong Ruo dropped the doll. Kang Xi picked up the doll and asked him where did he get it. Kang Xi told Rong Ruo that Kong Si Zhen is a concubine. Ming Zhu pleads Ao Bai to spare Rong Ruo. Empress Dowager told Kang Xi that the late emperor feels lonely after losing his beloved concubine so she put Kong Si Zhen by him. Kang Xi told Rong Ruo he’s the second person who is unwilling to bow in front of him. Rong Ruo told Kang Xi he ran way cause he doesn’t want to marry Ao Bai’s daughter.