Remember the song “it’s raining men”? Well, Fan Xian – actor Zhang Ruoyun’s character in his new drama Joy of Life, may have not yet found his “Miss Chicken Leg”, but it certainly did rain chicken legs for the actor!
Ever since his drama with leading lady Li Qin aired, the unassuming limb of poultry (I’m trying to avoid saying chicken leg multiple times here) has fast become a running inside joke amongst cast and fans. I mean, would you look at that bouquet presented to him by a fan at the airport! He certainly won’t go hungry for a week!
Turns out this was a bouquet of duck legs instead (maybe the store ran out?)
If you’ve yet to watch the drama, please do as you’ll definitely be laughing out loud. You see, every time he meets Lin Wan’er (Li Qin’s character), she’s always holding one, and since he didn’t get around to asking her name, well, she was christened miss chicken leg. Kinda like Cinderella except it’s not a glass slipper. It’s super hilarious how he carried the chicken leg all the way home and reverently put it inside a box like you’d do to your favourite treasure as a child.
Anyway, Zhang Ruoyun also cheekily posted a photo of him and Li Qin which he captioned “the hearts of men are made of flesh, fairies are dressed in white, the old saying didn’t deceive me”. In the picture, both were dressed in white period garb, with each holding up a piece of chicken leg making the outline of a heart.
Li Qin teasingly bantered back with the comment “the old saying is right” and posted a wedding photo of Zhang Ruoyun and new wife Tang Yixin in a white wedding gown. This had Netizens laughingly commenting that Li Qin’s desire to survive is strong! Indeed there’s only ONE white gowned fairy who’s holding a metaphorical chicken leg and that’s wife Tang Yixin. Well played, Li Qin.
Nevertheless, Zhang Ruoyun had the last word when he generously responded “well, I’ll throw in some chicken legs!” Goodness with all that talk of chickens maybe KFC should be sponsoring them after all!
What makes it funnier is that the serious scheming scenes by other possible villain actors would refer to the Miss Chicken Leg in a very serious manner, like it is a normal. How did the actors actress not laugh. I am surprised the TV station allowed the blatant references to the modern world. I guess he didn't time travel he got "reincarnated" as a ancient world baby.
It's so sweet/funny when he finally finds his Miss Chicken Leg in more recent episodes, wish there were more scenes of the main couple, they have nice chemistry, their lighter/sweeter story arc is quite a big contrast to the darker political scheming arc
I don't think the drama is great. I think it definitely has fun elements, but it's not pulling me in. Every one's styling is weird, Zhang Ruo Yun doesn't really suit historical dramas, and Song Yi looks especially haggard. I also disliked the first episode where they borrowed the omnipotence paradox argument. As someone who's had a lot of philosophical discussions surrounding that (not by my choice), I just felt that it was lame af.
Wow, couldn't believe how emotional I became at episode 13-14 with the death of a character.
For anyone watching the drama w/ English subs, the translations provided by BabelFansub (usually they are pretty good) on the Chinese Yoyo Exclusive Youtube channel leaves a lot to be desired as compared to the one that I got to see from the Tencent youtube channel (they region blocked episode 4 and on on the Tencent youtube one for me in the US). Thank goodness I know Vietnamese, and have been relying on this version of the subs since translations are close to what is actually said.
I have to say this is definetly one of the best dramas i've watched in awhile! It has everything, humor,romance,great fighting and bromance too!I've only watched as far as episode 14 as thats all viki has so far but i am entranced and can't wait to watch it all! I'm so happy i found this drama! The actors and actresses are superb!