This drama gets me excited, because Ariel Lin returns to the TV screen after five years! Her last drama with Feng Shao Feng in Prince of Lan Ling had over-spilling genuine chemistry on screen. And after years of acting for Ariel Lin, I’m looking forward to seeing her in a romantic wuxia comedy again. Here is my first impression of I Will Never Let You Go 小女花不棄.
Synopsis: A witty kind-hearted beggar girl, Hua Bu Qi, with a talent for doing business grows up with her uncle. One day she gets caught up in a theft that gets thwarted by a masked vigilante. He stops the theft and saves her. The beginning of a romance occurs. As she journeys to discover who she is and who her uncle is, she meets many individuals who either want to kill her or use her. Will Bu Qi and her lover be together?
Episode one sets the stage of this romantic comedic wuxia drama with the backstory. The opening scene is fire and death. It’s a well-balanced episode of drama, comedy, and romance. It’s got a level of intensity that gets you hooked. I get a sense this will be a drama I can’t wait to keep watching. You’ll get those heart-throb moments where the camera pans slowly across the lovers with the white light filter and a ballad song. It’s almost a mini-music video. I’m quite fond of the use of music in this drama. Thankfully this drama isn’t voice-over and the actor’s natural voices are used. The pacing is neither too slow nor too rushed (as of this point). The action sequences and choreography by the crew are tight, which adds to the balance of this drama. I think the production is high-quality.
The story thus far has some loopholes, but I think it’s forgivable as it doesn’t significantly affect the story. The antagonist and the supporting characters are introduced into the story slowly over time for the stage of mystery. My favorite part of this drama is the characters. They all have distinct personalities and the cast does a good job bringing them out. There’s a couple of actors I would highlight, in addition to the leads, to keep an eye out for, such as, Bo Peng as Xiao Xia, En Xing as Mo Ruo Fei, and the actor Liu Xin who plays Zhu Shou (one of the managers of the Zhu house).
|Bo Peng as Xiao Xia
|En Xing as Mo Ruo Fei
|Liu Xin as Zhu Shou
Vin Zhang Bin Bin as Cheng Yu/ Lian Yi Ke coupled with Ariel Lin is, of course, worth discussing. Ariel Lin has grown as an actress and it shows as I decided to skim her scenes in Prince of Lan Ling. I’m not familiar with Vin Zhang’s acting besides his appearance in Eternal Love. The chemistry between the two actors are there and it’ll jump off the screen in scenes when they are together.
|Vin Zhang Binbin as Cheng Yu
|Ariel Lin as Hua Buqi
Overall, I think this drama is worth watching. It has a little bit of laughter, fighting, conflict, and romance for a casual relaxing drama, even if it doesn’t get you hooked. The script, acting, filming, music are all well-done to bring the story to life.