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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Web Drama: The Legend of Xiao Zhuang

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The Legend of Xiao Zhuang China Web Drama
Title: The Legend of Xiao Zhuang
Chinese Title: 大玉儿传奇 / Da Yu Er Chuan Qi
Broadcast Website: iQiYi
Broadcast Date: November 14, 2015
Genre: Costume, Historical
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 80
Director: Chan Ka-Lam, Wu Song
Screenwriter: Zhou Hui
Region: China
Source: Based on the life of Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang of the Qing Dynasty

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story revolving around the legendary life of a Mongolian Princess who becomes the Empress Dowager of the Qing Dynasty.

Da Yu Er (Jing Tian) is a girl from the grasslands who wishes for nothing more than to be free. She is in love with Duo Er Gun (Geng Le), the son of Nurhaci and the brother of Huang Tai Ji. However, she is also a princess and betrothed to Huang Tai Ji (Nie Yuan) in a political alliance that is necessary for the sake of her tribe. Caught between two powerful men, she is destined to lead a life that is not of her own choosing as she struggles between love and duty as a mother of the people. Starting out as a concubine, she becomes an empress, an empress dowager and the grand empress dowager and devotes everything to the Qing Dynasty.



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Fun Facts

  • It is produced by Chang Cheng Ying Shi.
  • Filming took place in Anhui, China.
  • Filming lasted around three months.
  • Zhou Hui spend 5 months completing the script.
  • The Director and Screenwriter feel that Hong Taiji (Huang Taiji) is a benevolent king and that actor Nie Yuan's portrayal is a good way to represent the character's heroic side.
  • Unlike other works, the drama focuses on the King's dedication towards Da Yu Er who will later become Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang.
  • Aside from learning the script, Jing Tian spent a lot of time understanding the Qing Dynasty and its features.
  • For the best visual effect, Jing Tian had to wear 3 to 4 layers of clothes under the costumes in spite of the heat.
  • Due to the nature of the story, many of the actors are portraying real life historical figures. The three main characters are Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, Hong Taiji and Dorgon.
  • Geng Le and Nie Yuan would often eat together with their families after work.


Cast
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Jing Tian Jing Tian as Da Yuer
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Geng Le Geng Le as Duo Ergun
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Nie Yuan Nie Yuan as Huang Taiji
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Jiang Linjing Jiang Linjing as Zhe Zhe
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Ma Yingying Ma Yingying as Yun Ge
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Wan Peixin Wan Peixin as Hao Ge
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Kara Hui Kara Hui as A Bahai
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Yu Rongguang Yu Rongguang as Nu Er Ha Chi
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang Wu Yang Wu Yang as Xiao Yuer
The Legend of Xiao Zhuang He Hua He Hua as Hai Lanzhu

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