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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Web Drama: Royal Highness


Royal Highness China Web Drama
Title: Royal Highness
Chinese Title: 回到明朝当王爷 / Hui Dao Ming Chao Dang Wang Ye
Broadcast Website: Youku
Broadcast Date: November 1, 2018(See Viewing Calendar)
Air Time: Monday, Thursday 21:00 (4 episodes), non members watch one episode a daily
Genre: Costume, Novel adaptation, Romance, Time Travel
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 40
Director: Xu Jinliang
Production Company: Ciwen Media, Dongyang Zifeng Movie & TV Production Co. Ltd., LETV
Origin: China
Related: Royal Highness Spinoff
Source: Adapted from the novel Return to Ming Dynasty by Guan Yue
Videos: Trailer, MV

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story revolving around the legendary rise of an ordinary scholar who despite not having the surname of the imperial family becomes a royal highness of the Ming Dynasty.

During the reign of the Hongzhi Emperor, a young scholar named Yang Ling (Jiang JinFu) falls unconscious on his wedding day. Many days later, Yang Ling who has just recovered from his illness takes in his family's impoverished situation and feels ashamed for failing to provide for them especially towards his new wife Han YouNiang (YuanBingYan) who continues to stay by his side.

He sells his land in order to travel to the capital to take the civil examinations. Along the way, he ends up helping with a case that clears murder suspect Ma Ang of a crime he did not commit. Yang Ling's intelligence gains the admiration of the county magistrate who puts him in charge of legal affairs. Ma Ang's younger sister Ma Lianer (WangZiXuan) also develops a hidden crush on Yang Ling.
Yang Ling meets the Crown Prince Zhu HouZhao (Liu RuiLin) in the battlefield and they become lifelong friends. It earns Yang Ling a position in the palace as the Crown Prince's aide and trusted advisor and they learn to conquer the infighting within the palace to rise to power.



Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Hengdian World Studios and Inner Mongolia.
  • Filming lasted around four months beginning on July 21, 2016 and ending on November 10, 2016.
  • On March 29, 2017, a spinoff started filming in Shanghai, China.
  • The Director decided to go with fresh faces for the female cast. Most of them were born in the 1990's.
  • It is Wu HanChao's first costume drama and he had a lot of action scenes due to his character being a skilled fighter. The action choreographer initially planned to have a double do most of the stunts but due to Wu HanChao's background in dance and his preparedness, he was able to do his own scenes from the fourth day of filming onwards.
  • On September 9, 2016, Jiang JinFu injured his hand but went back to filming after getting bandaged at the hospital.
  • Liu Yan completed all her scenes on November 8, 2016 which was also her birthday. Jiang JinFu, Yuan BingYan, ZhangSiFan and members of the cast and crew got together to celebrate her special day.


Cast
Royal Highness Jiang Jinfu Jiang Jinfu as Zheng Shaopeng / Yang Ling
Royal Highness Ada Liu Yan Ada Liu Yan as Cheng Qiyun
Royal Highness Wayne Liu Ruilin Wayne Liu Ruilin as Zhu Houzhao / Zheng De
Royal Highness Crystal Yuan Bingyan Crystal Yuan Bingyan as Han Youniang
Royal Highness Chen Haoyu Chen Haoyu as Tang Yixian
Royal Highness Zhang Sifan Zhang Sifan as Wu Hanchao
Royal Highness Wang Lidan Wang Lidan as Yu Tangchun
Royal Highness Xuan Lu Xuan Lu as Princess Yong Fu / Zhu Xiuning
Royal Highness Dong Chunhui Dong Chunhui as Wang Jinglong
Royal Highness Wang Zixuan Wang Zixuan as Ma Lianer

Supporting Cast
Soundtracks
  • Po Jian (破茧) by Li Qi (李琦)
  • Ai Wu Jie (爱无界) by Liu Xi Jun (刘惜君)
  • Su Yuan (夙愿) by Wayne Liu Ruilin (刘芮麟)
  • Hong Chen Yue (红尘越) by Li Wei (李炜)
  • Ruo Zhi Ru Chu Jian (若只如初见) by Jin Sha (金莎)

Stills
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