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Immortal Samsara

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Also known asAgarwood Like Crumbs
Based onAgarwood Like Crumbs by Su Mo
Written bySu Mo
Directed byGuo Hu
Ren Haitao
StarringYang Zi
Cheng Yi
Zhang Rui
Meng Ziyi
Li Xinze
Opening themeHong Chen Lu by Jason Zhang
Ending themeAgarwood by Jane Zhang & Jason Zhang
Country of originChina
Original languageMandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes38 (part 1)
21 (part 2)
2 (Special)
Production locationsXinjiang, ChinaHengdian World Studios
Running time45 mins
Production companyH&R Century Pictures
Original networkYouku
Original release20 July –
7 September 2022

Immortal Samsara (Chinese: 沉香如屑·沉香重华; pinyin: Chen Xiang Ru Xie·Chen Xiang Zhong Hua) is a 2022 Chinese Xianxia television series based on the novel Agarwood Like Crumbs by Su Mo.[1] It stars Yang Zi as Yan Dan and Cheng Yi as Ying Yuan.[2] The 1st part premiered on Youku on July trăng tròn and ended its lập cập on August 17.[3]

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The 2nd part aired from August 18 vĩ đại September 2. Youku released 2 special episodes on September 7. The series ranked as the top streaming series with 2.4 million online reservations pre-air and 18.99% of market share after release according vĩ đại Lighthouse Data.[4] Since airing, the series has received international attention for its rich depiction of the Xianxia (genre) world and traditional Chinese culture.[5]


Yan-Dan is, originally, one of the twins of a rare four-leaf hanli twin lotus blossom, a relic of the ancients. Her toàn thân has been a treasure of medicinal cures since ancient times. She and her twin sister Zhi-Xi transformed into human sườn during the Jade Pool festival of the Supreme Emperor. The Demon clan tried vĩ đại kidnap the lotus twins for their Emperor, vĩ đại increase his Immortal powers. They are stopped by Lord Ying-Yuan who then gives the lotus twins their names. The twin lotus sisters had very different lifestyles. Zhi-Xi is always trying vĩ đại better herself & elevate her status. Yan-Dan is not interested in cultivation or raising her status. She leaves it up vĩ đại her sister vĩ đại bởi it. She just wanted vĩ đại write plays, relax, & enjoy a care-free life.

Zhi-Xi became assistant Curator at the Palace of Magical Pavilion & was despised by Curator Ying-Deng who made her life difficult. Yan-Dan was originally assigned vĩ đại the Pavilion of Books, where she was writing a play about the War of Genesis Heroes, a war against Demons won by the collaboration of many mystical magical tribes. Many fought bravely & died during the war. One, in particular, had been forgotten & who contributed greatly vĩ đại the war effort, the Nine Fin Tribe. Nine Fins descendant Yu Mo-Shan, from ancient times, was saved by Celestial Deity Bei-Ming who helped him attain human sườn through cultivation. He became friends with Yan-Dan & helped her with her play. While writing the play, Yan-Dan noticed someone kept flipping the Divine turtle onto his back & was determined vĩ đại find out who was the culprit. She was unsuccessful, even though she tried many times & mix many traps.

Yan-Dan helped Celestial Deity Bei-Ming, who was always kind vĩ đại her, solve many chess problems sent by Lord Ying-Yuan. She was re-assigned vĩ đại Yan-Xu Heavenly Palace by Lord Ying-Yuan vĩ đại become his Immortal attendant, because of her expertise in chess. He realized Yan-Dan's potential & decided vĩ đại train her, unbeknownst vĩ đại her. He noted she was a quick & clever learner, but uninspired & lazy. He would punish her for any infractions, no matter how minor, by having her copy the heavenly scriptures numerous times. She felt lượt thích he was torturing her & complained constantly. She accidentally discovered demon spies. With help from Lord Ying-Yuan, the demon spies were vanquished.

Eventually, war between the Immortals & the Demons broke out. The Immortal army was commanded by the 4 Sovereign Lords, the Primordial Heavenly Emperor, Star Deity Huan-Qin, Celestial Deity Bei-Ming & Lord Ying-Yuan. The battle was fierce. Demons were using demon serpent Wu-Wang vĩ đại try vĩ đại destroy the pillars of Heaven. Yan-Dan, Yu Mo, & Li-Mu were in the palace of the main pillar of Heaven & saw it was crumbling. Yan-Dan used her Immortal powers vĩ đại shore up the pillar with the help of Yu Mo & Li-Mu. Lord Ying-Yuan & Star Deity Huan-Qin fought Wu-Wang vĩ đại stop it from destroying the pillars. During the battle, most of the leaders were killed, but the war was won, at great loss, & peace was restored vĩ đại the Heavenly Realm. Celestial Deity Bei-Ming was bought back vĩ đại his palace & was in great pain. Heavenly healers were unable vĩ đại cure him. Yan-Dan & Yu Mo were by his side vĩ đại try & comfort him in his pain. His Immortal spirit was damaged & shattered beyond repair. Yan-Dan used her lotus powers vĩ đại bring him out of his delirium & calm him vĩ đại a lucid state of mind. Yu Mo was Bei-Ming's disciple. Bei-Ming had used his magical Artifact vĩ đại save Yu Mo as a promise vĩ đại the Nine Fin tribe who he was great friends with. Yu Mo & Yan-Dan were able vĩ đại bid Bei-Ming a tearful goodbye before he passed away. Lord Ying-Yuan was blinded & poisoned by the flame of Wu-Wang during the fight. The flame poison would make him go crazy & eventually, he would die. The only cure was the heart blood of a Four-leaf lotus. Lord Ying-Yuan refused vĩ đại risk the life of the twin lotus sisters vĩ đại save himself. He was ashamed of the great loss of his companions & other heavenly soldiers. He left in despair, went vĩ đại the Land under the Horizon & chained himself vĩ đại the sacred tree, vĩ đại await death.

Yan-Dan was told Lord Ying-Yuan was traveling in the mortal world vĩ đại recuperate. She accidentally came upon where Lord Ying-Yuan had chained himself vĩ đại the sacred tree. She changed her voice, for fear he wouldn't speak vĩ đại her, vĩ đại talk vĩ đại him vĩ đại find out what had happened. She became very upset & sad on seeing his condition. She decided vĩ đại find a cure for him, take care of him, & ease his pain. He realized, even though he was blind, it was Yan-Dan helping him. He kept pushing her away, but she refused vĩ đại leave. While caring for him, they fell in love, but love relationships are against heavenly doctrines & punishable by death. Yan-Dan created a cottage next vĩ đại the sacred tree, unchained Lord Ying-Yuan from the tree, & treated him with her lotus breath in the cottage which helped vĩ đại alleviate the effects of the flame poison. He carved her a lotus blossom incense burner from agarwood. While helping the Divine turtle vĩ đại go down vĩ đại the mortal world, she, inadvertently, found out the cure for the flame poison. Using the Lucid Dream butterfly, Yan-Dan saw how much Lord Ying-Yuan was in love with her & she with him. She used half of her heart vĩ đại cure Lord Ying-Yuan, because she couldn't bear vĩ đại see him suffer in pain or die from the flame poison.

After Lord Ying-Yuan was cured, he was returned vĩ đại Yan-Xu Heavenly palace. When he awoke, he had vĩ đại act indifferent vĩ đại Yan-Dan vĩ đại keep her safe. Yan-Dan became upset because she thought Lord Ying-Yuan forgot his promises vĩ đại her vĩ đại recognize her when he awoke & smell the lotus blossoms in the pond in front of the cottage. She believed he cared for her sister Zhi-Xi as he was led vĩ đại believe Zhi-Xi saved him, but Lord Ying-Yuan knew who really saved him & Zhi-Xi had lied about it. Zhi-Xi lied vĩ đại him, because she wanted him vĩ đại protect her from Curator Ying-Deng.

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Curator Ying-Deng, with help from Zhi-Xi, frames Yan-Dan with poisoning her. She is sentenced vĩ đại the punishment of fire by Lord Ying-Yuan at the Heavenly Gallows. Zhi-Xi is shocked by this outcome, she didn't expect Yan-Dan vĩ đại be so sánh severely punished & regretted helping Ying-Deng. Yan-Dan thinks Lord Ying-Yuan despises her, but he works vĩ đại save her and with help from Marshal Hou-Den, gets a decree of immunity & sets her up in Xuan-Xin Cliffs palace. He requests Marshal Hou-De vĩ đại accept Yan-Dan as his disciple vĩ đại which he agrees vĩ đại wholeheartedly. Zhi-Xi visits Yan-Dan in prison, hoping vĩ đại clear up all the misunderstandings. Zhi-Xi regrets all her mistakes, but it's too late vĩ đại bởi anything.

On the day of the punishment, Lord Ying-Yuan takes Yan-Dan up vĩ đại the Heavenly Gallows. Yan-Dan asks Lord Ying-Yuan if he believes she was framed, he tells her he can only carry out the punishment. Yan-Dan, in despair, jumps off the Bridge of Nothingness. Lord Ying-Yuan jumps in after her & saves her. Her Immortal spirit is destroyed & she must cross over the Night Forgetting River vĩ đại enter the mortal world. In order vĩ đại cross over, she must let go of all her past memories & feelings. She is given a lit lantern holding her memories, is told when the light goes out and that when all memories & feelings are let go, she can enter the mortal world. When Lord Ying-Yuan returns vĩ đại the Heavenly Realm, he presents himself vĩ đại the Supreme Emperor for punishment of having a love relationship & survives it when most other deities would have perished.

Curator Ying-Deng creates a nhái record vĩ đại Zhi-Xi saying Yan-Dan has crossed the river, giving false hope vĩ đại Lord Ying-Yuan, Zhi-Xi, Yu Mo, & her friend Lu-Ming. Curator wants Yan-Dan vĩ đại disintegrate into ashes & vĩ đại see the face of Lord Ying-Yuan's face when it happens. Lord Ying-Yuan believes Yan-Dan has crossed over & works vĩ đại restore order vĩ đại the Heavenly Realm. After vanquishing the remnant demons in the Heavenly realm, he discovers from the Imperial Heavenly Soldiers, during the war, a deity used her Immortal powers vĩ đại hold up the heavenly pillar as it was crumbling. He realizes it was done by Yan-Dan because of the scent of lotus blossoms & uses his Immortal powers vĩ đại reinforce the pillar, then he faints away into a coma. He is bought vĩ đại his cottage vĩ đại recuperate.

Yan-Dan spent over 800 years of her life attempting vĩ đại forget Lord Ying-Yuan while attempting vĩ đại cross the Night Forgetting River vĩ đại enter the mortal world. Lord Ying-Yuan has been in a coma for 800 years. Li-Mu, who is now assistant vĩ đại the Supreme Emperor, comes across a report sent by a Hell guard of people who haven't crossed the Night Forgetting River. The report shows Yan-Dan has not crossed over yet. He runs vĩ đại Lord Ying-Yuan in the cottage vĩ đại let him know, but he is still in a coma. With help from Zhi-Xi, Lord Ying-Yuan wakes up from his coma. Li-Mu tells him if Yan-Dan doesn't cross over within 900 years time, she will turn vĩ đại ash. She only has 3 days left. Using the sonic beetle, Curator Ying-Deng overhears what Li-Mu has told Lord Ying-Yuan and finds out Yan-Dan has not crossed the river & plots vĩ đại have her killed.

Lord Ying-Yuan tries vĩ đại save Yan-Dan from turning vĩ đại ashes. He receives permission from the Supreme Emperor vĩ đại go & save Yan-Dan after he self-punishes himself for defying the Emperor, harming the Imperial Heavenly guards, & having a love relationship. He helps Yan-Dan, who is now partially blind & suffering from attempts vĩ đại enter the mortal world by trying vĩ đại cross the Night Forgetting River. He is alarmed by her appearance & his heart aches for her. He changes his voice vĩ đại the Hell guard's voice, so sánh she won't know he is helping her. He arranges for her vĩ đại fall through a hole he creates in the river vĩ đại reach the mortal world, but is interrupted by the King of Hell, Ning Wang, who believes if he uses the four leaf lotus, it will cure his illness as was told vĩ đại him by Curator Ying-Deng through use of the sonic beetle. Lord Ying-Yuan easily defeats Ning Wang, but he finds out the other 3 sovereign lords, Star Deity, & Celestial Deity did not die as was recorded in the historical heavenly annals. He, firstly, performs a difficult spell vĩ đại help Yan-Dan forget him, so sánh she can enter the mortal world. He succeeds & Yan-Dan is sent vĩ đại the mortal world.

Lord Ying-Yuan is ambushed by a dark figure who he fights off only vĩ đại realize it was vĩ đại keep him from further questioning Ning Wang. On arriving vĩ đại the jail where Ning Wang was kept, he discovers Ning Wang was killed by having his internal core crushed. He sees the sonic beetle & destroys it. Lord Ying-Yuan reports vĩ đại Supreme Emperor the deaths of his colleagues are not as recorded. He requests vĩ đại go vĩ đại the mortal world vĩ đại find the Demons who escaped there & interrogate them vĩ đại find out the truth about what had actually happened vĩ đại his colleagues during the war. The Supreme Emperor grants his request & vĩ đại cover up the investigation he announces Lord Ying-Yuan will be sent down vĩ đại the mortal world for further penance. Before Lord Ying-Yuan leaves, he grants Yan-Dan's wish for her sister, Zhi-Xi, vĩ đại ascend.

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In order vĩ đại find Yan-Dan's reincarnation, Yu Mo-Shan (last descendant of the Nine Fin tribe) escapes vĩ đại the mortal world with help from Zhao-Lan, Princess of the South Seas Dragon clan. On arrival into the mortal world, he starts vĩ đại tìm kiếm for Yan-Dan. He doesn't know she has not been able vĩ đại cross the Night Forgetting River. He searches for her for almost 900 years & can't find her, but knows she is still alive because of the sigil on his arm, given vĩ đại him by Yan-Dan while he was still working on keeping his human sườn at Xuan-Xin Cliffs. Ao-Yang, Prince of the East Seas Dragon clan, attacks Yu Mo after finding out he is a descendant of the Nine Fin tribe who used vĩ đại rule the seas as they can control fire & water. Another fight is joined with his, Zi-Lin who is being chased by Qiu-Yi's group. During the fight, Yu Mo is injured by the soul-crashing hook used by Ao-Yang, given vĩ đại him by his father. Zi-Lin helps Yu Mo escape, realizes Yu Mo is seriously injured & brings him vĩ đại Qiu-Yi's magical springs where he is healed. Yu Mo helps Zi-Lin defeat the terrible tyrant lizard spirit Qiu-Yi & reluctantly, becomes co-ruler of Ye-Lan mountain, whose magical hot springs can cure all & has power boosting abilities, with Zi-Lin.

Yu Mo became a powerful ally for Yan-Dan when she starts her life after descending into the mortal world. It took a while for Yu Mo vĩ đại find Yan-Dan. Ye-Lan Mountains also became their stable home page together. Yan-Dan doesn't remember anything of her previous life, but she still wants vĩ đại be the best playwright. In order vĩ đại help Yan-Dan realize her wish, Yu Mo takes her vĩ đại travel around the world, vĩ đại "do one good deed every day" & experience life.

Tang Zhou (Lord Ying-Yuan mortal form/life), disciple of Ling Xiao sect of Taoism specializing in exorcism, left the sect vĩ đại go out & gain experience of the world outside. After Tang Zhou is attacked, his Celestial vest is damaged. Li-Mu, who is monitoring Lord Ying-Yuan's progress, saw Tang Zhou was knocked out & ran over vĩ đại revive him. Li-Mu tells him he used vĩ đại be the sovereign lord & needs vĩ đại repair his vest or his God Powers will destroy his toàn thân. In order vĩ đại repair his vest, he needs vĩ đại find the 4 Divine artifacts: 7 Luminious jade, Li Chen, Chu Mo, & Earthstop. While Yan-Dan was punishing an evil deed, she encountered detainment & persecution from Demon Slayer Tang Zhou. This starts a journey in which Yan-Dan and Tang Zhou both fought evil using wits, spells, & creativity. Shared woe, love, betrayal, hate, greed, loss, etc. She helps Tang Zhou find the four Divine artifacts needed vĩ đại repair his Celestial vest. Tang Zhou, Yan-Dan, and Yu Mo discovered one mysterious thing after another. Finding the 4 divine artifacts, they discover more mysteries behind the events of the "War of Genesis", the "Divine-Demon war" & the deaths of the 3 Sovereign Lords, Celestial Deity Bei-Ming & Star Deity Huan-Qin. Involving also the safety of all 3 Realms.[6]


Main cast[edit]

  • Yang Zi as Yan Dan / Bai Piao Liang
  • Cheng Yi as Ying Yuan / Tang Zhou/Xuan Ye
The nephew of the Emperor of Heaven, the immortal name Dongji Qingli Yingyuan Emperor.
  • Zhang Rui as Yu Mo
  • Meng Ziyi as Zhi Xi
  • Li Xinze as Huan Qin
  • Hou Mengyao as Tao Ziqi
  • Fu Fangjun as Xuan Xiang / Liu Weiyang

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Vicki Xu as Deng Xi fairy
  • Zhu Yongteng as Heavenly Emperor
  • He Zhonghua as Immortal Beiming
  • Han Chengyu as Pei Luo
  • Zhang Tianyang as Zhan Yi
  • Zhang Zhixi as Ran Qing

Four artifacts[edit]

Name Original Owner Heteromorphism Place Of Appearance
Seven Luminaries Jade Yueji Chiyi Wanyun Emperor A Lifetime Shen House
Li Chen Tianji Zixu Zhaosheng Emperor Beacon Smoke Palace
Chu Mo Yuan Shi Changsheng Emperor All Things Are Born Demon Phase
Earthstop Dongji Qingli Yingyuan Emperor Original And Passive Fenlan Mountain

International broadcast[edit]

Channel Location Date
VieOn  Vietnam 20 July 2022
Line TV  Taiwan
TrueID  Thailand 21 July 2022
Taiwan Mobile  Taiwan 15 August 2022
Netflix 24 August 2022
Longhua TV 12 October 2022
Viu  Singapore


External links[edit]

  • Official Weibo
  • Immortal Samsara at IMDb