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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Drama: Female Prime Minister


Female Prime Minister China Drama
Title: Female Prime Minister
Chinese Title: 陆贞传奇 / Lu Zhen Chuan Qi
Broadcast Network: Hunan TV
Broadcast Date: May 5, 2013
Air Time: Daily Primetime Drama 19:30 (two episodes)
Genre: Costume, Historical, Palace, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 45
Director: Li Huizhu, Deng Weien, Leung Kok Koon
Screenwriter: Zhang Wei
Production Company: Perfect World Pictures, Hope Century Motion Pictures, Huanyu Film
Production Date: 2013
Producer: Yu Zheng, Ma Tian
Distributor: Huanyu Film
Origin: China
Related: Legend of Banshu

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

The story revolves around Lu Zhen's legendary rise to become the female prime minister. Upon her father's death, Lu Zhen is forced to enter the palace where she relies on wits and talent to survive.

Set during the Norther Qi Dynasty, Lu Zhen (Zhao Li Ying) is an intelligent and courageous woman who comes from a family of merchants. She doesn't let her gender inhibit her from succeeding in business and becomes her father's most capable aide. However, her evil stepmother springs into action the moment her father dies by sending men to kill her. In order to find a safe haven, she passes the palace maid exams and ends up living in the palace. Despite many trials and tribulations, she gets promoted to an official and because of her kindness, she wins the heart of Gao Zhan (Chen Xiao). However, their difference in status given that he is a prince and she is a maid makes their romance a difficult one.

Lu Zhen invites the jealousy of palace maid Shen Bi (Tina Tang) and the ire of Gao Zhen's first love Xiao Huan Yun (Yang Rong), all while the Empress Dowager (Leanne Lau) conspires to put her son Gao Yan (Kimi Qiao) on the throne.



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Fun Facts

  • It is a daily primetime drama that premiered May 5, 2013 on the Golden Eagle segment on Hunan TV.
  • It is produced by Yu Zheng who joins hands with Director Li Hui Zhu.
  • The drama was a commercial success, consistently ranking in first against other shows during the same timeslot.
  • It catapulted the careers of Zhao Li Ying and Chen Xiao whose couple pairing was so successful that fans hoped they were together in real life.
  • The two got to work together again in Yu Zheng's adaptation of Return of the Condor Heroes, but Zhao Li Ying only cameo'd as the mother of the main protagonist, played by Wu Lei, who will eventually grow up to be Chen Xiao.


Cast
Female Prime Minister Zanilia Zhao Liying Zanilia Zhao Liying as Lu Zhen
Female Prime Minister Chen Xiao Chen Xiao as Gao Zhan
Female Prime Minister Kimi Qiao Kimi Qiao as Gao Yan
Female Prime Minister Yang Rong Yang Rong as Xiao Guanyin

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