The insanely popular Chinese period drama that took the world by storm has finally arrived in the Philippines – The Story of Yanxi Palace.
Released in 2018 via China’s online streaming platform iQiyi, it has garnered a worldwide audience of 15 billion across the globe and was named as the most ‘googled’ television show that year. It was produced by renowned Chinese screenwriter and producer Yu Zheng based on the original screenplay by Zhou Mo and was later developed into by Xiao Lian Mao.
Set in the Qing dynasty during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (Nie Yuan), The Story of Yanxi Palace follows the narrative of Wei Ying Luo (depicted by Chinese actress Wu Jinyan), an astute and courageous palace maid who enters the Forbidden City in her personal pursuit of uncovering the truth behind the mysterious death of her older sister Wei Ying Ling, while working as an embroiderer inside the palace.
Wei Ying Luo would be entangled in a web of deception, betrayal, and conspiracies throughout her journey, yet she’s going to overcome all of those and manage to outstand among the harem. Besides, she would not only capture the attention of the mighty emperor with her beauty, wit, bravery, and admirable personality, but would win his respect and love as well.
Apart from the female protagonist’s story, this truly captivating series, although fictionalized, also gives the viewers a glimpse on the life of imperial China.
While we’re waiting on the next developments in The Story of Yanxi Palace, let’s get to know first the five of its main cast.
Wu Jin Yan as Wei Ying Luo
Wei Ying Luo is the smart, talented, and fierce heroine who refuses to be tolerant and submissive just like how women are traditionally molded. Applying as a servant is her way to enter the palace to execute her own investigations regarding the mysterious death of her older sister and take revenge as well.
Charmaine Sheh as Noble Consort Xian
The Royal Concubine who’s going to do everything in pursuit of gaining power and is the series’ lead antagonist. She’s admired because of her being a kind-hearted and virtuous woman who always aspires for peace, but will be despised later on as she turns into a cunning woman who’s going to manipulate others for her selfish endeavors. Her sudden transformation will be because of her realization that she’s being stepped on due to her kindness and of her family’s demise as well.
Nie Yuan as Emperor Qianlong
The mighty and cold-hearted ruler of the Qing Dynasty who’s going to fall in love with the palace servant Wei Ying Luo.
Qin Lan as Empress Fuca Rongyin
Emperor Qianlong’s First Empress who is well-loved because of her being kind, gentle, and honorable. In spite of her status, she’s still going to harbor a strong and deep connection with Wei Ying Luo.
Xu Kai as Fuca Fuheng
The leader of the imperial guards and the younger brother of Empress Rongyin who, just like her sister, is admired by many women in the palace including one of the emperor’s consorts. However, it’s with Wei Ying Luo to whom he’s going to get smitten with.
Catch them every weeknights on The Story of Yanxi Palace on Primetime Bida.