May 11, 2012

Mystery in the Palace

Again I hook myself on a new series... sighh.......  this is so intriguing and seemingly incestous...
Ok... the story so far from me, from what I see, watch and understand.....

The series began with the emperor drinking with some officials and also the Princess Yi Dan, getting drunk as well. Then there was this wanna be concubine who paid of one of the court's official for an opportunity to 'sleep' with the emperor. Somehow along the way when her sedan was being carried and waiting for the emperor to return, she needed to go pee and went off while a drunk princess Yi Dan wanting to get back to her palace entered the sedan she mistaken for hers and the sedan bearers took the sedan to the Emperor's palace. Princess Yi Dan then went to bed after stripping off her clothes thinking it was her own bed and when the Emperor returned, he saw her naked and thought she was there for him and so had his way with her. She awoke later and ran away after realising what had happened while the scheming wanna be concubine who came to the palace then saw and took the opportunity to pretend that she was the one the Emperor slept with and had taken her virginity.
The Emperor awoke, saw her and of course elevated her. She had a problem which that she was still a virgin and got the official whom she bribed to get a man to help her get rid of her virginity and then had the man killed and the soldiers involved killed too.
Meanwhile Princess Yi Dan who was then engaged to King Lie finds she could not go through her engagement with the King and ran away from home refusing to see the Emperor or the King (her fiance)
King Lie found her, brought her home and told her he wanted to know what had transpired and no matter what he would still want to be with her but she found out she was pregnant, and that her parents wanted her to abort the baby and ran away to a monastery with just a lady in waiting and gave birth.
Someone was watching and after she had given birth  to twins, the monastery was under attack and all the nuns were slaughtered and the monastery burnt. Trying to save her babies, she gave one baby to her lady in awaiting with a jade butterfly and a seal and the lady in waiting ran away. Princess Yi Dan presumingly died in the fire holding one of her babies. A masked man chased the lady in waiting and she fell into a ravine to be rescued by some peasants. She was badly hurt, but she passed the baby and the jade butterfly and seal to the peasant woman and begged her to look after the baby before dying.
Years passed and the baby grew up to be known as Han Xiang, strongly resembling her mother the Princess Yi Dan. She was a very skilled embroiderer and was sent to enter a competition to be selected as one of the embroiderers in the royal palace.Along the way she met Beile Ge Tai who fell in love with her and also the crown prince who at once determined he had to have her. (There lies the mystery as the crown prince would be her half brother from the emperor and Ge Tai in later episodes might just be her twin brother....and these two men are determine to try to save her, or get her )
Will write more later.........

Title: 深宫谍影 / Shen Gong Die Ying
English title: Mystery in the Palace
Genre: Suspense, period drama, palace politics
Episodes: 40
Broadcast network: TBA
Broadcast period: TBA
Air time: TBA

A drama about the court conspiracies and politics between the royal wives, princes, and officials during the reign of Kang Xi.
When Princess Yi Dan fell with her brother, Emperor Kang Xi, in a night of passion, she left the palace out of remorse and guilt. She gave birth to Han Xiang and was murdered by a mastermind. Han Xiang grew up and entered the palace as a maid in search of her roots and her mother's murderer. There, she became entangled in the palace's conflicts and competition. Prince Ge Tai falls in love with her and, despite the taboo it might implicate, Han Xiang can't help but reciprocate his love.

Gan Ting Ting as Han Xiang / Princess Yi Dan
Kevin Cheng as Prince Ge Tai
Michelle Yim as Empress Dowager
Liu Ting Yu as Crown Prince's consort
Zhang Dan Feng as Yin Reng (Crown Prince)
Catherine Hung as Tong Si Ku
Ni Qi Min (倪齐民) as Emperor Kang Xi
Zhang Zhao Hui (张兆辉) as Ta Er
Florence Tan as Consort Xuan
Mu Ting Ting as Consort Hui
Liu Na Ping (刘娜萍) as Xue Yan
Fang Shu Zhen (方数真) as Chun Zhu
Bernice Liu as Consort Wang
Gong Yuan (宫媛) as Zhu Er
Hao Ze Jia (郝泽嘉) as Wu Lan
Ayoko Chen (陈威翰) as Eunuch Wang
Deng Jie (邓婕) as Tuo Ge Qi
Xu Jiao Ning (许娇宁) as Consort Dong E (guest star)
Production Credits

Screenwriter: Fang Hong Ren (方泓仁)
Producer: Chen Chun Xia (陈春霞)
Directors: Liu Feng Sheng (刘逢声), Xu Hui Kang (徐惠康)


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