That was anti-climatic
I tried watching the Crossing Hero Episode 1 (超級大英雄) since Cruel Romance is ending in a few days and Love Weaves Through a Millennium just ended, and holy crap it was so bad. I’ve watched Jiro Wang since the beginning in his Hana Kimi days, but wow, now his plastic surgery has made him look so strange and plastic (not to mention that his circle lenses throughout the drama really annoy me). I really tried to like it so I could recap it but its corniness and cliche-ness was just so over the top that it wouldn’t even be funny to rant about.
Anyways, Cruel Romance:
Ying Dong gets into Zuo Zhen’s mansion without getting caught, and frees Jin Xiu so she could leave. I’m actually so surprised that Zuo Zhen didn’t have eight guards watch over her, or watch over her personally since he’s so obsessed with her.
Meanwhile, a spy of the Patriotic Group was spying on Long Yi, and managed to snap a picture of him and his correspondent, Ji (his Japanese name started with Ji). He ends up killing the spy, but the camera with Long Yi and Ji’s pictures get lost.
The Patriotic Group look for the correspondent Ji, and Jin Xiu and Ying Dong, being part of their group, joins them. Jin Xiu is about to get ambushed from the back, where suddenly Zuo Zhen suddenly shows up, kills Ji, and doesn’t say much, and leave.
He just showed up to fight a guy and left. It’s just so strange that he always knows where Jin Xiu is, and how he always comes out when she’s in danger. Makes you think if he went back to his hiding spot to monitor her some more, only to come out again when she’s about to get ambushed.
Anyways the Patriotic Group get some crucial information from Ji’s body: some important stuff is being delivered through a briefcase with a sakura flower on it. They never actually detail what the important thing is, but maybe we’ll find out in the next episode.
Long Yi goes to pick up his Andy Lau-lookalike teacher, when this Japanese lady shows up. She’s holding the sakura brief case.
Coincidentally when Xiao Lan is walking home through the market, she is stopped by this Japanese woman in an aggressive manner, just for bumping into her.
Zuo Zhen is approached by the leader of the Patriotic Group to find this briefcase, because it is only with his manpower and his status within Shanghai, are they able to find this briefcase within the stronghold of the Japanese.
So conveniently Xiao Lan had bumped into the mean Japanese lady earlier, because she directs him correctly to this warehouse where they stored the important briefcase.
Zuo Zhen told the Patriotic Group leader that he’d help, but on two conditions: Zuo Zhen won’t command his men to go with him because he doesn’t feel right that he is making them go through such a dangerous mission while they all have their own families. Plus, it has nothing to do with the business of the triad.
Secondly, he demands that he goes in Jin Xiu’s place, so she would be safe.
As a result, he showed up to the warehouse alone which was completely unnecessary, because couldn’t he have just told his men about this mission, and whether they’d join is up to them. I mean, he wouldn’t be forcing them to join at all, as long as he makes it transparent that it’s up to them right? Showing up alone is just reckless and unnecessary.
Secondly, even though he’s putting himself in danger mostly to protect Jin Xiu, Shi Hao the little sh*t head just tells Jin Xiu where and what the mission is, so she can show up to the warehouse, completely defeating Zuo Zhen’s original purpose.
Plus, Zuo Zhen’s men go to fight with him anyways, so leaving earlier was so unnecessary. They get Xiao Lan to take them to the warehouse.
After a whole prolonged fight scene, Jin Xiu and Zuo Zhen calmly and slowly walk out, when suddenly the angry Japanese lady (that we met earlier) decides to shoot every unimportant in the warehouse and hits Xiao Lan.
Jin Xiu shoots at the car that the Japanese woman escapes in, and manages to hit Long Yi.
Xiao Lan dies – it was a sad scene but they spent so much time on her talking. Am I being heartless? Maybe… but maybe her acting was just too unconvincing for me to get into the plot.
Since Jin Xiu saw how Zuo Zhen risked his life for her (like he has numerous times) she finally stopped with the dumb evasive questions and told him why she left him initially:
“You killed my parents”
He had a suspiciously calm reaction to that accusation, especially since it costed him his baby, numerous assassination attempts against him, and 2 years of searching of his wife. Like… I would think that he killed my family if he reacted like that to my accusation.
Jin Xiu told him that Jiu Shu and Long Yi told her.
He takes her into a developing photography studio. Turns out Zuo Zhen had found the missing camera that the Patriotic Spy snapped of Long Yi and Ji on the black market.
This picture proved to Jin Xiu that Long Yi was not just a business man, but a calculating Japanese soldier that was planning against the Chinese.
Ying Dong also confirmed it: he tells Jin Xiu that the day of Saint Mary Cathedral, it was actually him that took the locket away from her, not Long Yi. So Long Yi was lying.
Which I’m like: ok, so you didn’t exactly ask Jin Xiu why she was trying to assassinate her husband, aka your best friend? And if you did, you didn’t ask her how she knew that he killed her family? You spent an entire year with her, and you didn’t figure out her rationale for accusing your best friend until now?!
Somehow after all that both Ying Dong and Jin Xiu both have the audacity to unabashedly declare war and revenge against Long Yi.
Guys if you actually executed a sliver of common sense, there would not be revenge ok?
Meanwhile Long Yi is going crazy, taking it out on Ming Zhu, because Jin Xiu had fired a shot at him. Long Yi is still disillusioned that Jin Xiu is his old lover, Yang Zi.
We had a way too long scene of Tang Hai mourning.
It’s not that I’m not feeling bad for the guy, but I mean the producers cut out so much, and you’re telling me we got time for this?!
Jin Xiu and Zuo Zhen finally talk about her ‘mistake’.
All she says is “Oh I’ve been so wrong” and he says, “Well, I was wrong too, I wasn’t completely honest with you”, which I was like bro, you didn’t even know what you were being accused of, how could you possibly explain yourself?
It’s like asking a defendant in a lawsuit to defend themselves without disclosing the charges.
They really merely glide over this ‘mistake’ and don’t really talk much about it. They’re really both too calm from this mistake after losing so much but…
Wait what was I saying? This is the best part. Of the entire drama.
All is forgiven after a few close up shots of my dear puppy, except that he clearly wants to jump off that chair when Zuo Zhen and Jin Xiu engage in a really intimate and awkward kiss in front of him.
Ying Dong quits the Patriotic Group, reasoning being that he only joined for Jin Xiu, and now that Jin Xiu is back with Zuo Zhen, he reunited with his family.
Meanwhile, Long Yi’s teacher finds out that Jin Xiu isn’t dead, and takes it upon himself to go kill her.
Jin Xiu is outside offering rice to the poor people of Shanghai, because rice prices have inflated and shot up so much.
It’s actually so very lame how the producers try to signify different stages or mindsets of Jin Xiu with her hairstyle…
1) Straight bangs: Young, innocent, youthful, naive, energetic
2) Side swept bangs with bun: Wife, a woman, sophisticated
3) Hair in pony tail: Part of the Patriotic Group, full of hate, masculine, and athletic
4) Side Swept with headband: Feminine, soft, nurturing
It’s so damn obvious with their costume design that it actually has the complete opposite effect, where it takes away from her dynamic and developing character…
While people are waiting in line for their rice, a man dressed like Long Yi walk by, and lures Zuo Zhen and his men to city centre, while Long Yi’s teacher slowly walk towards Jin Xiu.
The producers of this drama have obviously never been in a line up in Asia, because if you walk towards the front of the line at any point, all of the people in the line will protest and will end your life because they will assume that you are budging.
Jin Xiu was captured by the teacher, but she wakes up to seeing Long Yi.
Now, the drama cut out the part where Long Yi takes out his teacher – which would’ve been so good to watch, but somehow they thought that it was more important to broadcast Tang Hai’s mourning over a third-line character, but drama.
Long Yi admits to killing Ji Xiu’s family in front of her, and she starts crying in fear.
Long Yi summons Ming Zhu to see him.
13 thoughts on “錦繡緣華麗冒險 CRUEL ROMANCE EPISODE 35, 36 RECAP/REVIEW SYNOPSIS”
I thought Ying Dong would mature when he comes back, but he is still same as before! Lol… In fact even more pathetic to say the least. Such childish behaviour “if ZZ joins, I’m leaving” lol errr I’m sure ZZ is more useful than him anyways… And the moment he realise JX will never choose him he starts crawling back to his brother?! So I guess he loved MZ.. Then he loves JX… Then he goes back to loving MZ in the end..?
It sucks how they cut out the important parts and instead they put in a lot of flashbacks… I skip through the flashbacks because it’s always the same scenes again (long yi kills his ex, how many friggin times we seen that throughout this whole drama?!) that’s like 5 mins worth… And we all know what happens there.. I think they show that flashback like 4 times already.
This drama went downhill, it started pretty good. But it lacks thought and lot of actions happen by “coincidence”. For example, didn’t Xiao Lan bump into LY and Japanese women in the city center? How on earth did she know they went to warehouse unless she followed them (which in reality you wouldn’t follow strangers for no reason), and I’m pretty sure that warehouse looks nowhere near the city center, since it wouldn’t be safe to hide the briefcase. Honestly I think if LY just hid it in his house where he is hiding now it would be lot safer lol. I mean come on! I don’t mind that she coincidentally bumps into them… But how did she find out exact location?
I could go on forever… I’m sure every episode there is at least 1 plot hole. It did bug me at first, like when I watched X-men and wondered why Xavier was still alive (turns out it was explained in one of the scenes after credits finished) duh… But in these c-dramas I have gone beyond caring now, i have gone from the “WTF” face to “whatever” face…
Omg hahaha I didn’t even think of that… xiao LAN would have had to follow them to the warehouse… and the editing is so bad that I am seriously confused about certain parts but sigh its the end tmr.. hopefully it doesn’t disappoint
I feel that these few episodes were hampered by Joe chen’s acting. My read of the story is that its meant to demonstrate that JX still loves ZZ despite her thinking that he ordered the execution of her family and hence she suffers in her self-hatred of her love for him. I feel the pathos doesnt come through as Joe Chen is not enough of a layered actress to illustrate the conflict/anguish and hurt. It shows in her assasination attempts of Zz ie shooting on the ground / unable to plunge the knife/telling XYD that they shld check the situation before harming ZZ in the case of the missing agent but it doesnt translate to her facial expressions.
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she seems irate and unreasonable… I think because this doesn’t translate through, its so weird when she just accepts ZZ in the plot… it seems so sudden and there’s no development
I love the way you do your recap. Some of your thoughts are thrown in and I find it unique especially the part when you show your dislike. I share your sentiments. Thanks for the recap. I look forward to read more of it. I wonder what will be the next recap when u finished this.
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Thanks :3 I usually watch the first few of a new one first to make sure I like it first before I recap heh
I’m confused, how come the puppy doesn’t grow? If Jin Xiu left for two years, that puppy technically should no longer be a puppy but a freaking full grown dog no??? Doesn’t look like a chihuahua breed either =P I stopped watching since episode 6 so am only relying on your recaps, thanks so much! Love reading them and all ur memes!
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LOL I noticed that too! But I didn’t mind as much because the puppy is just so damn adorable and derpy in every scene
It’s so fun reading your recaps, I was trying so hard not to laugh while I read your recaps on the bus. I’m gonna miss the Andy Lau reference, they really do look alike! The story/drama is bad but you make it so much better. A few more eps to go.
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I think Joe Chen’s acting was pretty bad when she found out she wrongly accused ZZ. She just asked him to forgive her. 2 friggin years is a long arse time! She did not show much remorse… It was more like “oh whatever, you didn’t do it. Ok” what the fuck is up with that?! And when she reconciled with MZ. MZ showed more emotion than JX. I mean come on! You girls are finally together! Joe Chen acting getting a lot worse later on in the drama… ZZ acting is alright, not too shabby. It bothers me how he stayed so calm when he found out JX thought he was killer.
Which episode show Jin Xiu was shooting Joe Chen?