The Princess Wei Young

The Princess Wei Young (2016)

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The Northern Wei Dynasty was obliterated one night leaving behind the kindhearted Princess Feng Xin Er as an orphan. Although she escapes death, she accidentally enters her enemy's territory and she assumes the identity of Li Wei Young, the daughter of the Prime Minister. She suffers many hardships but eventually utilizes her wisdom and sense of justice to become a powerful woman as well as gaining a beautiful romance.

  • Native title:

    锦绣未央
  • Also Known as:

    The Princess Weiyoung; Jin Xiu Wei Yang

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moondust
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Dec 9, 2016
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
What a journey for Weiyoung. Though the latter half of the drama fell from grace somewhat, certain elements stuck through and made it overall an enjoyable watch. But it did not deserve 54 episodes of repetition that got seriously old past the halfway mark.

Story (6/10): For those who read the novel and are curious about the drama version, it would be wrong to even call it an adaptation for it is read more nothing like it. "Inspired by" is far more fitting and is to be used loosely here. In a nutshell, the drama version of Princess Wei Young is about a Liang princess who tries to avenge her fallen kingdom by taking up the identity of a forgotten, illegitimate daughter of a Prime Minister in the enemy state of Wei and along the way meets those who either want her dead or love her for her wits, character and bravery. Of course, the drama is littered with people who want her dead because how else will we know she is the heroine?

The premise is exciting enough, though nothing entirely original. But it did deliver in terms of entertainment for the first half and had everything you would want in a drama: good pacing, decent story, romance, action, a likable and brainy female lead who isn't afraid to punish her enemies seeing as this is a revenge drama. Then up until halfway, the story soon became draggy and repetitive with similar conflicts in different guises, lack of development/depth in characters who even seems to have gone through reverse development all of a sudden. Even Weiyoung who was supposed to be resourceful yet showed signs of being a damsel-in-distress in the presence of her Prince Charming (aka. Tuoba Jun), completed the transformation into a full on Mary Sue and in my opinion, stopped being everything we loved her for in the beginning. It no longer became a tale of retribution or justice, but pure laziness on the writers' part.

I blame the production for dragging the series out to 54 episodes, when it could have - and should have- wrapped up by 30-40 episodes.



Acting (7.5/10):

All I can say is if there is anything worth watching here, it's the chemistry between the leads Luo Jin and Tiffany Tang. The type to give you butterflies from the way they look at each other. Luo Jin is such a wonderfully talented and natural actor, he never overacts and his crying scenes are so well done. Not usually impressed by Tiffany Tang, but she did well here and I think a lot of it has to do with her chemistry with Luo Jin (4th collaboration and reel to real relationship!)
Didn't think much about the rest of the cast in terms of acting, but a few grew into their characters as the show went on. Vanness there is something awkwardly charming about the way he portrays his character - it grows on you even though his character becomes gradually more despicable. His dubber deserves a star.


Rewatch: For the romance maybe, and especially strong beginning up until episode 30 or so. Could skip the rest until the end. But sadly no, won't be rewatching this personally.


I almost feel like the drama deserves two ratings, one for the beginning up until episode 33 then for the rest.
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dramafreakboy
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Dec 6, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
You know how, when you stumble on something so exciting and amazing that you just can’t help but tell your friends about it, even if it means going off on a tangent? This is that time, you guys.
Basically, it doesn’t matter if you don’t usually watch dramas from China, or if you don’t usually watch period dramas, or if you don’t usually watch long dramas. This drama is, objectively speaking, so read more splendid and magnificent that if you don’t check it out, you’d be missing out. Big Time.
Not even exaggerating, by the way.

1. The polish : Everything is carefully, lovingly, beautifully shot, costume and background music, everything is precisely, just-so perfect

2. The acting :The cast is a sprawling one, as befits the scale of the story, and from the principal characters to the secondary characters, to even the small, incidental characters, every single one is well-acted with his/her unique character, character development and plot twists adds a lot to the story and each character

3. The Romance : THE BEST, Great chemistry between the two main leads, with UH-Mazing cute scenes.

4. sisterhood and motherhood : this close palpable relations between main leads and secondary characters are so breath taking.

5. The villains : with their acting forced to hate them more and more with every passing episode.. they did great job

What a breathless, breathtaking journey. Equal parts brilliant and satisfying, and executed with such meticulous, fine care, The Princess Wei Young is definitely a drama for the record books.
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Tiffany Tang yang acted in both dramas and there both historical dramas.
Recommended by Angela
The plot is quite similar. It is about a girl who was a princess, but her family was betrayed and defamed. She acquires the identity of someone else and makes her way into the palace to try and clear the name of her people. She meets the crown prince and falls in love with him. They go through many trials to be together. While there is no cross dressing it might be a drama many who like Love in the Moonlight would enjoy.
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    Sharn 2 days ago - edited

    When your OTP in drama is getting married irl.

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    Jordan 5 days ago - edited

    better than perfect couple? I hated that show and this is the same lead...

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      krystalsoojungs 4 days ago - edited

      I've never watched Perfect Couple because that show looked very lame to me even though I love both Tiffany Tang and Wallace Huo hahaha

      Princess Weiyoung was the drama I watched before dropping General and I and picking up Eternal Love. I quite liked this one while I was watching it!! Obviously not as good as Eternal Love but the show has its good aspects. The show is entertaining and does not give you as much emotional feelings/stress as EL does haha. Chemistry between the two leads is very good and they're actually dating in real life now :D Also I love Tiffany Tang so I may be just slightly biased XD

      The drama is from a female protagonist point of view (yay!) and it's based on a novel of the same name, although I heard that it's very different from the drama and you might like the novels (I havent read them). But you should probably watch the drama before you read the novels haha

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      Jordan 3 days ago

      I will give it a shot...once I finish the monolithic empress of china...

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    Chie 14 days ago - edited

    Happy Ending?

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    sarah 15 days ago

    Her father in this drama was a husband in another hahahahah great

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    pikadut 19 days ago
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    pikadut 19 days ago

    Great chemistry Wei young+Jun ,also min de and Di :D

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    Fran 25 days ago - edited

    What a spectacular drama! I ended up completely enchanted with this beautiful couple and this feminine character so powerful: let there come more protagonists STRONG and INTELLIGENT like Wei Young, please! <3

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    mmejul 29 days ago

    Amazing costume and scenery. Strong Female Lead!

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    iamsarah Mar 25, 2017 - edited

    This drama started off quite well then after episode 30 it just went downhill it just became a drama for the pointless ridiculously delirious villains who could only blame others for their crime and stay in denial. The love story between Touba Jun and Wei Young was wholesome but filled with unnecessary outside intervention. This drama was just a way to blame Wei Young for every little thing and was overlly repetitive. Overall, the ending was okay but the last five episode should have been written better but instead was just some bullsh*t put together. This writer must either truly be a sadist or masochist, I can't decide. Overall, the chemistry between Wei Young and Jun was amazing,( so happy they are dating in real life), but that could not save this drama for its downward spiral so a 6.5/10 for me and I surely would not recommend it because it could have been way better regardless of if it had a tragic ending or not.

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    Pelin Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    Princess Wei Young more like 50 ways to frame Wei young, and I blame everything on Wei Young, oh and btw her real name isn't even Wei Young.
    At the beginning I kinda liked how our heroine was smart and could handle all the schemes and could clap back, but the more I watched, the more ridicioulus it got. I mean if someone has been framed for the 30th time you should maybe be more skeptical and not get furious and try to punish that girl (this goes for the father and the emperor, both useless)
    At some point, it just got too repetitive, and I just couldn't handle all the ridicoulus scenes anymore, so I just wanted to watch it fast to finish it.
    Ok it was not a terrible watch, I have to give that much credit, which is why I also gave it an 8, it still entertained me. But I think the last 10-14 were unnecessary. I liked the final tho :D

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      moondust Mar 21, 2017
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    Myauntmary Mar 19, 2017

    The first 30 episodes were great then it fizzled out. So I gave this a 7.5.

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    melontea Mar 6, 2017

    Does anyone know if a native Chinese speaker translated this drama for Dramafever? I felt like some translations (very minor though) were off or maybe it's just me.

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    MissEurydice Mar 4, 2017 - edited

    I binged watched 54 episodes in 1-2 days. I'm crazy, I know. But, it was good, so totally worth.

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    ahsaaful Mar 2, 2017

    This drama so great. like it so much.

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    katrina21 Feb 28, 2017

    FINALLY i finished this wow 54 episodes man im tired lol lol overall beautiful scenery, great chemistry with all the actors it was amazing :D

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    54
  • Aired:

    Nov 11, 2016 to Dec 9, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    Dragon TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.6 (scored by 1,562 users)
  • Ranked:

    #85
  • Popularity:

    #9

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