I have a more intense obsession when it comes to ancient or traditional Chinese drama series, with majority of them originated from the Mainland, other than Hong Kong and Taiwan. My favorite ones would be those produced and filmed in China, and better yet starring by brunch of famous actors and actresses from all three countries. "倾世皇妃" is the latest, which I found it addictive with big line-ups like Ruby Lin (she looks forever young and beautiful, doesn't she?!) and Wallace Huo. I really wish to see them being together again, on the screen.
Title: 后宫 / Hou Gong / The Emperor's Harem
Also known as: The Royal Harem
Genre: Period, Romance
Broadcast Period: 2011-Nov-06 start (Completed)
Ady An (安以轩) as Shao Chun Hua (绍春华) / Li Zi Yun (李紫云)
Feng Shao Feng (冯绍峰) as Yang Yong （杨永）
Tavia Yeung (杨怡) as Wan Zhen'er (万贞儿) (Imperial Consort Wan / 万贵妃)
Patrick Tam (谭耀文) as Wang Zhi (汪直)
Ming Emperor Xian Zong had yet to produce a male heir. The worried court officials pressured the Emperor to take on new consorts. Thus, the door to the Royal Harem opened to four women who would later cause havoc in the palace.
Title: 倾世皇妃 / Qing Shi Huang Fei / The Glamorous Imperial Concubine
Genre: Romance, Period
Broadcast Period: 2011-Sep-30 - 2011-Oct-20 (Completed)
Ruby Lin (林心如) as Ma Fu Ya (马馥雅) / Pan Yu (潘玉)
Yan Kuan (严宽) as Meng Qi You (孟祈佑)
Wallace Huo (霍建华) as Liu Lian Cheng (刘连城)
Tony Yang (杨佑宁) as Liu Lian Xi (刘连曦)
Fu Ya was an exiled princess who married three ambitious kings. The first marriage protected her from being executed with her family. The second marriage gave her shelter to heal her broken heart. The third marriage saved her people, but killed the man she loved. Although her husbands loved her, they were equally keen on using her to consolidate power. Their betrayals pushed her to become an avenging angel who would kill anyone in her way.
Title: 步步惊心 / Bu Bu Jing Xin / Scarlet Heart
Also known as: Startling by Each Step
Genre: Period, Romance
Broadcast Period: 2011-Sep-10 – 2011-Sep-29 (Completed)
Cecilia Liu (刘诗诗) as Zhang Xiao (张晓) / Ma'ertai Ruoxi (马尔泰·若曦)
Nicky Wu (吴奇隆) as Yinzhen (胤禛）
Kevin Cheng （郑嘉颖）as Yinsi (胤禩)
Lin Gengxin (林更新) as Yinti (胤禵)
Zhang Xiao, a contemporary, ethnically Han Chinese young woman from the 21st century, accidentally travels back in time to the Qing Dynasty during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor after experiencing a deadly combination of traffic collision and electrocution. This results in her reliving the life of one of her previous avatars - Ma'ertai Ruoxi, the teenage daughter of a Manchu nobleman who also had a near fatal accident in her own time zone.
Zhang Xiao becomes stranded in the past in the body of an earlier incarnation of herself. Many of Ma'ertai's family members and friends believe that the sudden change in her behaviour and her memory loss are due to the head injury suffered by "Ma'ertai". Zhang Xiao is aware that there will be a power struggle between the Kangxi Emperor's sons, which will eventually result in Prince Yinzhen succeeding to the throne as the Yongzheng Emperor. Zhang Xiao attempts to change the outcomes for the better and prevent bloodshed without interfering in man's destiny, while concurrently seeking a way to return to her own time. However, Zhang Xiao ultimately realises that not only did she fail to alter the course of the approaching events, but also, under a predestination paradox, she is fated to become an instigator of the tragedy she has been trying to prevent from happening. This is a consequence of her actions in the past, as well as the princes' romantic affections towards her.
Title: 美人心计 / Mei Ren Xin Ji / Schemes of a Beauty
Genres: Period, Romance
Broadcast Period: 2010-Mar-15 – 2010-Jun-11 (Completed)
Ruby Lin (林心如) as Dou Yi Fang (窦漪房) / Xian Liang (Dou Yi Fang's mother)
Sammul Chan (陈键锋) as Liu Heng (刘恒) / Emperor of Han Dynasty
Wang Li Kun (王丽坤) as Nie Shen Er (聶慎兒) / Wang Zhi / Ping Hua (Shen Er's mother)
Yang Mi (杨幂) as Mo Xue Yuan (莫雪鸢)
During the early Western Han Dynasty, the young Dou Yi Fang's mother was drawn into a palace conflict which resulted in her entire family being executed. When she grew up, she unexpectedly entered the palace as a maid. She displayed extraordinary talents when she arranged for Consort Li's child to be swapped under the care of the Empress. Her intellects impressed the Empress Dowager, and she was ordered to marry the King of Dai so she could spy on them.
In order to rid the world of further sufferings under the regime, but at the same time earn the trust of Empress Dowager Lu, she suggested to her husband Liu Heng to start training his army under the guise of building his grand ceremonial tomb. People, believing that she was bringing downfall to the kingdom, pleaded for her to be put to death. But none the less, Liu Heng trusted her completely and subsequently made her his queen.
Their alliance finally led them to ascend to the throne of the glorious empire. But at the pinnacle of her power, she realized that her personal life was slipping away from her. In order to regain the love of her husband, in order to stop her children from killing one another, she weaved her womanly tactics to overcome every obstacle, and forged one of the golden ages in Chinese history known as the Rule of Wen and Jing. Her name is recorded in history, for us to marvel; she is Empress Dou of Wen.
Title: 宫-锁心玉 / Gong-Suo Xin Yu / Palace - The Lock Heart Jade
Genre: Period, romance
Episodes: 39 (TV) / 35 (DVD)
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jan-31 to 2011-Feb-19 (Completed)
Yang Mi (杨幂) as Luo Qing Chuan (洛晴川) / Guo Luo Luo (郭络罗) / Hua Ying (花影)
Feng Shao Feng (冯绍峰) as Yin Si (胤禩 / 八阿哥)
Mickey He (何晟铭) as Yin Zhen (胤禛 / 四阿哥)
Sonija Kwok (郭羨妮) as Consort Xi (僖嫔)
Tong Li Ya (佟丽娅) as Nian Su Yan (年素言)
Luo Qing Chuan is a modern day girl with a love of history who accidentally travels back in time to Emperor Kang Xi's era of the Qing dynasty. She becomes embroiled in the princes' struggle for the throne and is torn between her love for Yin Si, the eighth prince, and Yin Zhen, the fourth prince and future Emperor Yong Zheng. Caught in the crossfire of political intrigue, her wit and historical knowledge serves her well in her bid to stay alive as she begins to realize that true history is much darker and uglier than books portray.
Title: 仙剑奇侠传之灵珠神剑 / Xian Jian Qi Xia Zhuan Zhi Ling Zhu Shen Jian / Chinese Paladin 3
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Romance
Broadcast Period: 2009-Jul-01 to 2009-Jul-20 (Completed)
Hu Ge (胡歌) as Jing Tian (景天) / Long Yang (龙阳) / Fei Peng (飞蓬) / Li Xiao Yao (李逍遥)
Yang Mi (杨幂) as Tang Xue Jian (唐雪见) / Xi Yao (夕瑶)
Wallace Huo (霍建华) as Xu Chang Qing (徐长卿) / Gu Liu Fang (顾留芳) / Lin Ye Ping (林业平)
Liu Shi Shi (刘诗诗) as Long Kui (龙葵)
This is a prequel to "Chinese Paladin" and takes place 50 years earlier.
Jing Tian is a mischievous pawnshop assistant who because of the power of a mystical jade, crosses paths with the spoiled and sassy Tang Xue Jian. Xue Jian is the beloved granddaughter of Tang Manor's Tang Kun, who meets with danger when an evil cult tries to take over control of the Tang Manor. Xu Chang Qing, the eldest disciple of Mt Shu Sect aids the pair in defeating the cult and rescuing the Tang Manor. Meanwhile, Chong Lou, ruler of the evil world, breaks into Mt Shu's Suo Yao Pagoda to retrieve a magical sword. He passes the sword to Jing Tian, claiming that it belonged to latter when he was a deity in his past life and forces Jing Tian to battle with him. The 5 elders of Mt Shu Sect call upon Jing Tian and Chang Qing to attain 5 mystical pearls to seal up Suo Ya Pagoda and destroy a powerful force of evil so as to save the world from destruction. Together with Xue Jian, the group set off to accomplish their mission. On the way, they overcome various obstacles and must solve mysteries pertaining to their pasts...
Long Kui, a 1000 year old ghost emerges from the magical sword Jing Tian possessed. She claimed to be the princess of Jiang, and that he is her beloved brother. Later, Jing Tian realizes that Long Kui is telling the truth so she journeys with them. Next, Xu Chang Qing meets Zi Xuan, a 200 year old descendant of the Nuwa goddess. Chang Qing discovers his memory of her was sealed and she was in fact the love of his life in two lifetimes. Struggling to deal with his feelings and carrying the burden to save the world, he initially rejects her. Jing Tian also comes to realise he was Fei Peng (2,000 years ago) and Long Yang (1,000 years ago). Xue Jian also finds out that she was originally a fruit created by Xi Yao, a goddess who guards the tree in the heavenly realm. It blooms a flower in 500 years and grows a fruit in 1,000 years. Eventually, Xie Jian Xian takes over the world, and is in control of all 6 realms making him close to impossible to defeat. Jing Tian combines powers with everyone, along with Chang Qing to defeat him. Long Kui sacrificed herself by sealing her spirit into the sword to strengthen it.
Title: 怪侠一枝梅 / Guai Xia Yi Zhi Mei
Also known as: The Vigilantes In Masks / Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei
Genre: Martial Arts, Adventure
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jan-01 - 2011-Jan-03 (Completed)
Wallace Huo (霍建华) as Li Ge Xiao (离歌笑)
Liu Shi Shi (刘诗诗) as Yan San Niang (燕三娘)
Ma Tian Yu (马天宇) as He Xiao Mei (贺小梅)
Shi Yan Neng (释延能) as Chai Hu (柴胡)
Li Ge Xiao is skilled in martial arts and has the brain to match it. In his former life, he was a high ranking Marshal with great law enforcement authority. But after his enemy framed him with false crime and executed his family, he went on the run. Years later, he came out of hiding to help a former colleague recover stolen gold for disaster relief. With his new partners, thief Yan San Niang, grafter He Xiao Mei, and muscle Chai Hu, they formed a bandit called "Yi Zhi Mei" that robs the rich and the corrupted and gives to the poor and the helpless.