[Recap] The Flame’s Daughter 烈火如歌 – Ep 1

The episode begins with Ru Ge (Dilraba) and Yin Xue (Vic Chou) wounded and covered with blood. Yin Xue brings Ru Ge to meet his master to beg him to save Ru Ge, saying that he will kneel there for 10 years if he does so.

The master tries to heal Ru Ge but fails, telling Yin Xue her wish for him to re-cultivate ethereal immortality. Yin Xue, shocked and sad, decides to return to the academy. His master tells him that he needs to go through the 100 year of coldness and dispose his current martial art skills. Yin Xue makes up his mind and becomes resolute in his decision, “I can do it”, in order to see her again.Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 5.28.34 pm.png

 

The scene then cuts to a capital in Luoyang which is also a martial arts realm. Either this happened before Ru Ge passed away (or her next life) because we see her happily entering a brothel. She is fascinated with everything she sees and it seems like the other girls are too. The madam asks for their reason to join the brothel before accepting them. When it comes to Ru Ge’s turn to explain her reasoning, the madam asked, “Did you come to the wrong place?” Ru Ge denied it and says that she came after seeing a poster saying that they need a maid.

The madam puts her through a test to test her capabilities before accepting her, “We will call you Ge’er here”.

Ru Ge finally gets assigned to Miss Feng Xi Xi (FXX), a courtesan at the brothel, who tells her that Ru Ge’s job is to help her get into the top 3 on the ranking list if she wants to stay at the brothel. She asks Ru Ge to steal a valuable customer, Dao Wu Xia, which will help her get to the top 3.

Ru Ge gets on with her task and sends a message via pigeon to her senior brother asking for information about Dao Wu Xia who then instructs his servant to find out these information. Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 6.04.48 pm.png

Soon, a pigeon arrives back to Ru Ge with detailed information about Dao Wu Xia including about how he has 17 wives! The senior brother becomes curious about the whereabouts of Ru Ge and why she is fishing for information about Da Wu Xia. He soon decides to go to the brothel (where Ru Ge is at).

Back at the brothel, Ru Ge asks why FXX covers her face. She replies saying that it adds a sort of mystery in order to inflame men’s desire towards her. Ru Ge asks FXX about a man, You Qin Hong, who was playing the zither in the back garden, telling her that he will help her win. Ru Ge explains that while FXX is a good dancer, it is not good enough to impress Da Wu Xia who has seen countless of other women. Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 6.06.08 pm.png

Ru Ge then goes to get You Qin Hong’s help but gets rejected.

Night comes and Da Wu Xia arrives. He gets greeted personally by the madam and is led inside to see the performances by the girls. FXX gets anxious knowing that Da Wu Xia is here but her maid is not! We see that Ru Ge is still trying to persuade You Qin Hong outside of his house. She manages to pique his interest by playing a rare song, telling him that she as the score for it and will give it to him if he plays a song for her mistress. He finally agrees.

Ru Ge heads back to the brothel and admires Miss Feng Huang’s dance. She inconscpiciously throws a small metal ball at her feet which caused her to slip. However, she was saved from falling by Da Wu Xia. This was so not Ru Ge’s plan!Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 6.16.33 pm.png

Then something surprises her even more! Her senior brother who is the Prince of Jingyuan from the Flaming Hills is here! (And yes, he has been mute and deaf since young.)

The night ends with Da Wu Xia buying Miss Feng Huang’s maid (in order to stop her mistress from whipping her). Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 6.34.44 pm.png

The next morning, You Qin Hong is playing his zither out in the open. Assassins come in but he remains undefeated.Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 6.35.13 pm.png

 

Thoughts:

Lots of characters have been introduced in this episode but its not confusing – thank goodness! I was excited at the thought of seeing Zhang Bin Bin and Dilraba together for another drama – though they aren’t fated to be together in this drama 😦 Can’t wait to see how this story unfolds!

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