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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Drama: Serenade of Peaceful Joy


Serenade of Peaceful Joy / Held in the Lonely Castle China Drama
Title: Serenade of Peaceful Joy / Held in the Lonely Castle
Chinese Title: 清平乐 / Qing Ping Yue / 孤城闭 / Gu Cheng Bi
Broadcast Network: Hunan TV
Broadcast Website: Tencent
Broadcast Period: April 7, 2020 - May 18, 2020
Air Time: Daily Primetime Drama 20:00 Sunday-Thursday (2 eps), Friday-Saturday (1 ep), released online 24:00 (See Viewing Calendar)
Genre: Costume, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 70
Director: Zhang Kaizhou
Screenwriter: Zhu Zhu
Production Company: Daylight Entertainment, China Wit Media
Producer: Hou Hongliang
Origin: China
Related: Poetry of the Song Dynasty
Source: Adapted from a novel of the same name by Milan Lady
Watch Episodes On: Viki (eng subs), Youtube (eng subs)

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story that follows Emperor Renzong of Song as he struggles between maintaining his ideologies of governing the country and his love for his daughter.

Emperor Renzong of Song, personal name Zhao Zhen (Wang Kai), discovers that Empress Dowager Liu E is not his birth mother and that his real mother is Li Lanhui, a maidservant of the Empress Dowager. Wracked with guilt, he thought to repay the Li family by marrying off his most precious daughter Princess Weirou (Ren Min) to the Li's descendant Li Wei.

Within the royal court, the emperor takes great pains to keep the balance between tradition and reform. However, he is also troubled by the affairs of his daughter. Weirou has formed deep feelings for Huaiji (Bian Cheng), a eunuch who grew up alongside her. Unwilling to accept the dull and simple minded Li Wei, she gets into a conflict with her in-laws and breaks the strictest rules enforced by the empire, thus forcing the Emperor to face a difficult dilemma.



Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Hengdian World Studios and Wuxi.
  • Filming lasted three months from January 5, 2019 to June 28, 2019.
  • It is Wang Kai's return to historical drama after Nirvana in Fire in 2015.
  • The novel is about a love story between the princess and a eunuch while the drama focuses on Wang Kai as the emperor.
  • There were online discussions saying that Held in the Lonely Castle and its Chinese title about a closed off city may be inappropriate given the COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme measures taken by China such as the Wuhan lockdown. On the day the premiere was announced, Held in the Lonely Castle also announced a change in title to Serenade of Peaceful Joy.
  • The Apr 6 premiere was postponed one day later to April 7.
  • Wu Yue, Amelie Xu, Cao Xiwen, Zhao Da, Che Xiao and Crystal Zhang make special apperances.
  • On the day of the finale, Jiang Shuying penned a monologue about being an actress who can't get popular in response to the mixed reactions to her role as empress Cao.
  • Teen actor Bian Cheng got in trouble when he first appeared with Ren Min on an interview conducted through livestream where he repeatedy made snide remarks towards his co-star like saying she had stinky feet and saying that he doesn't want to play a couple with her since she could play his aunt instead.
  • Ren Min who was born in 1999 is 5 years older than Bian Cheng who was born in 2004.


Cast
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Wang Kai Wang Kai as Song Renzong
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Maggie Jiang Shuying Maggie Jiang Shuying as Empress Cao
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Ren Min Ren Min as Zhao Huirou
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Eric Yang Le Eric Yang Le as Han Qi
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Bian Cheng Bian Cheng as Liang Huaiji
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Ye Zuxin Ye Zuxin as Zhang Maoze
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Yu Entai Yu Entai as Yan Shu
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Wang Churan Wang Churan as Zhang Guifei
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Liu Jun Liu Jun as Fan Zhongyan
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Amelie Xu Lingyue Amelie Xu Lingyue as Miao Xinhe
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Wu Yue Wu Yue as Liu E
Serenade of Peaceful Joy Oscar Sun Jian Oscar Sun Jian as Fu Bi

Supporting Cast
Soundtracks
  • Yuan Ge Xing (愿歌行) by Hu Xia (胡夏)
  • Xun Guang (寻光) by Zheng Yun Long (郑云龙)
  • Shuang Fei Yan (双飞燕) by Cui Zi Ge (崔子格)

Episode Ratings
Hunan TV
DateEpisodeCSM59 Cities (%)
RatingsAudience Share
2020-04-071-22.2947.911
2020-04-083-42.2167.572
2020-04-095-62.3658.009
2020-04-1072.5628.152
2020-04-1182.4507.735
2020-04-129-102.7519.311
2020-04-1311-122.5628.767
2020-04-1413-142.6999.273
2020-04-1515-162.7989.619
2020-04-1617-182.6909.232
2020-04-17192.2927.459
2020-04-18202.1236.713
2020-04-1921-222.6849.041
2020-04-2023-243.06810.534
2020-04-2125-262.7429.602
2020-04-2227-282.7939.657
2020-04-2329-302.93510.547
2020-04-25311.9266.428
2020-04-2632-332.87410.311
2020-04-2734-352.4288.780
2020-04-2836-372.3978.683
2020-04-2938-392.3168.49
2020-04-3040-412.6159.543
2020-05-0142-432.4078.802
2020-05-02441.8346.781
2020-05-0445-462.5939.469
2020-05-0547-482.5529.23
2020-05-0649-502.4589.083
2020-05-0751-522.2608.308
2020-05-08532.7419.554
2020-05-09541.5215.534
2020-05-1055-561.5735.867
2020-05-1157-582.0327.536
2020-05-1259-602.1848.272
2020-05-1361-621.9387.149
2020-05-1463-642.1477.920
2020-05-15651.8066.376
2020-05-16661.8906.907
2020-05-1767-682.1988.079
2020-05-1869-702.5639.794
Average1 - 702.4208.577

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