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Friday, 1 June 2018

Drama: Ming Dynasty

Ming Dynasty / Empress of the Ming: Legend of Sun Ruowei China Drama
Title: Ming Dynasty / Empress of the Ming: Legend of Sun Ruowei
Chinese Title: 大明风华 / Da Ming Feng Hua / Formerly 大明皇妃孙若微传 / Da Ming Huang Fei Sun Ruo Wei Zhuan
Broadcast Network: Hunan TV
Broadcast Website: Youku
Broadcast Date: December 17, 2019
Air Time: Daily Primetime Drama 20:00 (2 eps)
Genre: Costume, History, Palace
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 60
Director: Zhang Ting
Screenwriter: Zhang Ting
Production Company: Youku, Cool, Ruyi Films, Yuekai Entertainment, Jixiang Ying Fang
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from The Chronicles of the Six Dynasties by Lian Jing Zhu Yi 莲静竹衣

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story revolving around Empress Sun Ruowei who lived through six dynasties and spent 50 years governing the inner palace.

The first year of the reign of Yongle Emperor was a turbulent one and plagued by rumors that Jianwen Emperor has disguised himself as a Buddhist monk to escape death. Jianwen Emperor's supporters were hunted and killed including Jing Qing and his wife. With the help of Vice Captain Sun Yu, their eldest daughter Ruowei (Tang Wei) manages to escape the massacre unscathed. Their second daughter Man Yin is rescued by the Crown Prince Zhu Gao Chi.

The two sisters lead disparate lives - one growing up in the palace and the other in the pugilistic world. Ruowei plots to kill Yongle Emperor while her younger sister marries into the imperial family. Along the way, Ruowei crosses paths with Zhu Zhanji (Zhu Yawen), the emperor's grandson and bears witness to the complicated affairs between those in power.

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Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Wuxi, Hengdian World Studios, Inner Mongolia and other locations.
  • The change in title from the drama to the novel's Empress of the Ming is likely to take into account Tang Wei's role in the drama.
  • It is Tang Wei returns to dramas after a decade. She is best known as the heroine in Ang Lee's critically-acclaimed movie Lust, Caution.
  • Tang Wei spent eight months learning about the history and culture of the Ming Dynasty in preparation for the role.

Ming Dynasty Tang Wei Tang Wei as Sun Ruowei
Ming Dynasty Zhu Yawen Zhu Yawen as Zhu Zhanji
Ming Dynasty Deng Jiajia Deng Jiajia as Hu Shanxiang
Ming Dynasty Qiao Zhenyu Qiao Zhenyu as Xu Bin
Ming Dynasty Wang Xueqi Wang Xueqi as Zhu Di
Ming Dynasty Lay Zhang Yixing Lay Zhang Yixing as Zhu Qizhen
Ming Dynasty Wu Yue Wu Yue as Zhang Yan
Ming Dynasty Liang Guanhua Liang Guanhua as Zhu Gaochi
Ming Dynasty Yu Haoming Yu Haoming as Zhu Gaoxu
Ming Dynasty Luan Yuanhui Luan Yuanhui as Zhu Gaosui
Ming Dynasty Li Xinliang Li Xinliang as Zhu Qiyu
Ming Dynasty Su Ke Su Ke as Yu Qian

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Ming Dynasty / Empress of the Ming: Legend of Sun Ruowei China Drama
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