Jing Tian’s role in “Rattan” is warm and healing, giving people confidence and strength!

When we talk about unique Chinese dramas, we mean dramas like “Rattan”(a.k.a Si Teng). In my years of watching Chinese Dramas, I never met a drama similar to “Rattan”.

“Rattan” Plot

Many years ago, the plant-alien hybrid Si Teng was hunted down by a Xuanmen hunter. Chased across Shanghai, Si Teng fled for her life but escaping the relentless hunter proved impossible. In an act of cruel piety, the hunter killed Si Teng and buried her remains at the base of a great cliff. There she would have remained for all eternity, had fate not chosen to intervene. Resurrected by the unwitting actions of a young architect by the name of Qin Fang, Si Teng finds herself in a strange new world. Confused by the fragmented memories in her head, Si Teng insists Qin Fang help her regain her memories, while at the same time helping her understand life in this modern age. Despite their rocky start, Qin Fang eventually agrees to Si Teng’s demands. With Qin Fang by her side, Si Teng learns what it means to live and love but the fragmented memories of her past continue to torment her…

First Impressions.

In the first episode, we get a glimpse of what happened to Si Teng in the past before the opening song. I honestly thought that the drama will be based on that time period, but it had all my attention when I noticed that it is now taking place in 1923. The first episode’s duration is 50 minutes but I felt like it took 30 minutes. It is funny how I thought A’man was the reincarnation of Si Teng in the beginning.


The storyline is what makes a drama more interesting. You can have a drama full of great actors and actresses but, it won’t entertain anyone if it has a bad storyline. The storyline of Rattan is interesting, you can tell in the first 2 minutes of episode 1. The suspense that the storyline creates is on another level, you end up repeating an episode to get a clear understanding of the story. Each and everything that happens in an episode raises more and more questions. What I love about “Rattan”storyline is the way they give you a hint and then leave you with a question. Si Teng’s origin is the root of the storyline and the mystery behind her death is the stem.

Background & Setting

This “Rattan” starring Jing Tian and Zhang Binbin has a high degree of reduction, and the filming is also carefully, the character design has not collapsed, coupled with the exquisite scenes and costumes, the screenwriter’s intentions, and the use of high-tech, it is considered a high degree of reduction. Well, if you shoot with your heart, it will pay off.

First of all, the framing is great. Taiyu likes to travel very much. The scenes in the novel change a lot. One time it is the 100,000 mountain, another time it is Lijiang in Yunnan, and another time it is a Miaojiang cottage. Every novel is a big river, sea, mountain, and river. The waves come and go, the mountains of knives and the sea of ​​fire roll back and forth, and it is really not easy to show them one by one.

But the crew chose Shangri-La, the sea and the sky, overlooking the sky, beautiful and pleasant. It is with this background that the legend of the story can be more highlighted.

The challenges Qin Fang and Si Teng met along the way make the audience love the drama more. As the drama approached the final episode, everything was explained clearly and all misunderstandings together with questions were sorted out. I like the way the drama ended even though it got me emotional.

I actually expected the drama to end in another manner, but it actually doesn’t matter how it ends because a happy ending is all that matters. I can’t help but ask myself if we’d ever get ““Rattan” season 2? Don’t be hesitant and watch “Rattan” at OnDemand China!


What do you think?

Written by Lina Zhou

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