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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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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Domo
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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. Even 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 repetitive plots that started to get seriously old after 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 read more adaptation for it is 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 damsel in distress and in my opinion, stopped being everything we loved her for in the beginning.
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 (8/10): All I can say is if there is anything worth watching here, it's the chemistry between the leads Luo Jin and Tiffany Tang. It's the type that gives you butterflies from just the way they look at each other. Luo Jin is such a wonderfully talented and natural actor, with so much depth that I truly think deserves to be more popular. He never overacts and his crying scenes are fantastic. 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 at first, who got the job done but quite a few truly grew into their characters as the show went on, and became a joy to watch. The actor for Li Min De comes to mind. And 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, and especially strong beginning up until halfway. Could skip the rest until the end. What a shame because this could've been a consistently great drama worth rewatching all the way through had it been shorter.

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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Both have mentally strong and smart female leads. I think Princess Wei Young has better chemistry between the two main leads.
Recommended by Drama_Lover
Both have good leading character female leads . Also revolves around both leads love triangle but end up making sacrifices for the nation. They are yet similar but different at the same time and have a very different story line. Where The Princess Wei Young revolves around mainly 1 dynasty where as Princess Jieyou revolves around alliances with neighboring countries/dynasties .

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    Emily 23 hours ago - edited

    I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would. Started off a bit slow but I'm in around episode 34 atm and I'm loving all the palace drama~! I just think it's hilarious how basically every male character has heart eyes for our MC.

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      Gongyoooppa 36 minutes ago

      Most of the people who watched it rated it 10/10 so i think its over rated before even watching it!

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      Emily 15 minutes ago

      That's probably an intelligent way to look at things. High expectations only disappoint, while low expectations can prove a happy surprise :)

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      Gongyoooppa 2 minutes ago

      Messing aside. Its a good drama. 8/10 for me

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    Julie Chen 3 days ago - edited

    ugh its terrible.
    basically every guy falls in love with the heroine and all the women hates her to death. It gets repetitive and pointless very quickly when literally every episode its about someone trying to murder her or frame her for some shit and then hating her even more when they fail. rinse and repeat.
    It's nice if you want something pretty and romantic but I'm into dramas with more substance. It was interesting in the beginning and then the writer just got lazy

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    hyerim 4 days ago - edited

    The actor/actress of the main characters were confirmed to be dating in real life!

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    Alier 8 days ago - edited

    I want to know if Chang Le mother died and if she did which episode was it.

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      naccu 4 days ago - edited

      It was a question xD

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      Ceki 3 days ago

      It doesn't matter. The question still implies a lot.

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      Domo 1 day ago
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      KMR 1 day ago

      You do not need to use a spoiler as you did not give away anything of the drama.

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      Alier 18 hours ago

      Thank you very much for that.

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    ilovedramas 9 days ago
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    shoetsukiyama 9 days ago

    This drama in one sentence:

    "It's all Li Wei Young's fault."

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    christine 10 days ago

    Visually a rather pretty drama to watch, the set and costumes are beautiful but were distracting at times as some of it just didn't match the time period.

    Storyline was long winded and frustrating at times but the characters grew on you as each episode went by. Even the villains on the drama peaked my interest, especially Tuoba Yu and Chang Ru but Chang Le's character was the most repetitive and most frustrating one to watch which I blame on the writers not developing her character better.

    The chemistry of the Leads were cute and it was one of the main reasons I stuck with the drama, to see their story develop.

    The drama was seriously too long with 54 episodes but I have to say the journey was not too bad. Watch if you like Wuxia dramas with pretty costumes and a young cast.

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    PandaLova 11 days ago - edited
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    kanamekun 13 days ago - edited

    Does anyone know the name of the song from episode 37, the wedding of tuo ba jun and chang le

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    AneMi 14 days ago - edited

    Why is everybody so obsessed about romance?? They rate everything based on the romance! Life is more than only romance!! Life is about courage, about friendship, wisdom, sorrow, good deeds, family, fighting, about respect and honor ..and the list can go on!

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      Domo 14 days ago

      And I agree, which is why the drama started to suck later on as the other elements were not developed better as the show went on. However I blame the production/writers rather than audience for this

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    TeenMaleModel Faces 17 days ago

    i havent watched it . but from the comments i understand that china doesnt know when to end

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    Tap Ori 19 days ago - edited

    this drama was awsome till episode 52 then they ruined everything..right know i want to kill the writer really man its making me very angry as well as sad i hoped for happy ending but......

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      AneMi 19 days ago - edited
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    sagark 21 days ago - edited

    first 25 episodes were awesome. every week i used to wait for subbed versions. Later on drama lost its grace. I watched upto 30 ep . Due to some busy schedule i kept a side to watch later on. After reading several spoilers . i decided to drop. Watching 54 episodes for a sad ending. nope i can't waste my time.

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    Cahane 21 days ago - edited
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      QAS 19 days ago

      Changle was not very inventive, in that department.

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    Dreamer 21 days ago - edited

    I loved it, impossible to skip a single episode or a single scene. Tiffany Tang and Luo Jin had an amazing chemistry. I'm seeing a lot of negative comments here, but seriously, for me there's nothing to complain about.

    Li Wei Young... Nothing but enjoyment and excitement through the whole drama. Satisfied ;-)!

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      shushu 21 days ago

      I agree with you! absolutely love this drama!

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:

    8.7 (scored by 1,205 users)
  • Ranked:

    #55
  • Popularity:

    #15

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