Legend of Lu Zhen

Legend of Lu Zhen (2013)

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To escape her cruel stepmother, Lu Zhen enters the palace as an attendant. She was quickly promoted through the ranks for her pottery-making skill. During this time, she captures the heart of crown prince Gao Zhan. However, she can never be with him as social status and jealous enemies work against her at every turn. She devotes herself to politics and helps Gao Zhan defeat a coup d'etat. Though Gao Zhan can read morenot make her his empress, he bestows her with the highest position in the land, the female prime minister.

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    Lu Zhen Chuan Qi; Nu Xiang; Female Prime Minister; 女相; 陆贞传奇

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Aug 17, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I started this drama because i like seeing strong woman in historical dramas working hard for her position.

Half the drama is exactly this. So what differs dramatically from others drama of this kind is, that the main girl is not totally good. I hate this part in most historical dramas, that the main girl always saves the bad people and don´t get justice herself. In this drama she will take her read more revenge and doesn´t prevent that the evil will be punished.

The other half of the drama is the love between her and the prince. Don´t let you misguide from the synopsis. The drama is full of romatic scenes between them and they end up together.

The story was not really unique. Many things were like in all that other dramas i watched, but there were a few scenes that surprised me. I couldn´t stop myself and watched this drama in only a few days.

I would recommend this drama everyone who likes romance with a strong female lead that goes her own way.

If you think 59 episodes are too much, i need to say here that the runtime of each episode differs. It started with 40-45 min per episode, then it got to 30-35 min and the last few episodes were only 20 min long. It was really easy to watch this drama.
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Feb 6, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This is my second review for a Chinese historical drama, I'm glad it's for ''Legend of Lu Zhen" and what's more a drama with my dear Zhao Zanilia, she's absolutely gorgeous and I think I could watch anything with her .
The story is pretty good , and it's easy to follow Lu Zhen and Gao Zhan's journey even if it's not all rosy for them as they constantly fight for their read more love and for being happy like any other couple.

My review will be a bit long , I only wanna say what I think about this drama : the good/ bad points and my opinion about the characters because there are so many good and evil ones here.

1| Good Points :

-The cinematography is absolutely stunning , and I think that everyone would agree with me on that aspect, I love taking Screeshots , and for this drama I had many opportunities to do that and then contemplating those awesome landscapes and gardens in the palace .
-I have nothing to say about the acting , all the actors did their part , the ones that are supposed to be evil are really evil and we hate them so much that we only want to see them dying in atrocious sufferings because that is the only thing they deserve , as for the good ones I wanted to see them rise and stand for themselves ( is not it, Lu Zhen ? ) .
-The show is really addictive between ep 25-54, I was completely glued to my screen and always wanted to watch the next ep , so for that I have no complains even if there are certain things that bothered me .
-The main couple : Oh this Gao Zhan , he is such an admirable man who did everything to show his love for his dear Lu Zhen he was not afraid to claim his love for her , only at the beginning he was hesitant because he was afraid that Lu Zhen's safety would be compromised .
-Lu Zhen , I really admire this girl who was able to climb the ladder very fast ( of course she had many supporters without whom it would not have been possible but she was a smart girl and because of that she succeeded in everything she did ) , my only problem with her is her naiveness , how is it possible to believe everyone and think that from one day to the next they became reliable , I just say No No No !

2| Bad points

-Too many schemes in this palace and always the same who suffer greatly .
-Too many deaths , of course in this kind of drama it is unavoidable but that was so rushed , and it always makes me laugh when a character dies for the sake of friendship , but of course that's only a fiction so we forget about it .
-Characters that are overly obsessed with something that is not their property.
-Music , it was always redundant , come on ! Nothing striking and that's a pity , because in Historical dramas the ost is supposed to have a significant place and makes the scenes more memorable or I would say more captivating but that was not the case here !
-Men are not enough represented in this drama and that was really missing , yes I'm a gurl and of course that bothered me ;D But in counterpart we have 3 adorable and faithful men , so I'm fine with it .

As for characters I'll go to the essential .  And be careful it can contain spoilers , I'm not the type who can write a review without spoiling , so I'm warning you !

\\\\\\\\There are so many great characters who made the drama more appealing and interesting , of course I loved the main couple , how they trusted and cared for each other , that was simply great to watch . I was always smiling when they were together because it was full a passion and it felt so real ! But actually there are other characters that were shining and even more than Lu Zhen because they were complex and really well written and the one that comes to my mind right now is none other than the wonderful Huan Yun, she's such a great woman full of hartred at the beginning but she grew up to becoming a beautiful woman with a big heart , she started to understand the man who is next to her since forever and I think that's why she bacame the understanding Empress we got to see at the end . I would lie if I say that I did not hate her but it was only in the beginning when she was crazy and did not wanted to face the reality .
I particularly like the emperor , how he is nothing like his horrible mother , such a gentle man always willing to give a hand to the ones that are worth of his help , he is also the most caring husband I've ever seen in dramas , and for that he goes to my all time favorite supporting actors ! I also loved his friendship with Lu Zhen he was so protective of her , helping her as much as he could because he was aware of her true value.
Of course , Shen Jia Yan was among my favorite characters too , I was happy to see a man like him around Lu Zhen .
So I talked about the 3 main guys , they were all fantastic and I remember the first time I saw Shen Jia Yan I screamed with joy, I was so happy seeing another MAN in this drama full of women , oh my what a relief !
I aslo have to talk about Dan Niang because she's like me , always eating pastry , and talking about it , she only needed to have her daily pastry and there are days I feel like it too , if I have my candies nothing else matters to me ^^
I also have a thought for Wang Xian who was like Huan Yun and became an admirable woman , Du Si Yi the most reasonable woman of all , the Gugu the best confident ever and so on …
For the evil characters I won't say much because I truly hated them , Ah Bi comes first you know in whole dramaland the girl I hate the most is Zheng Er from Lan Ling Wang and Ah Bi is next to her when it comes to harm other without regret . And the other villains are hardly worth mentionning.////////

So This is a drama I will only recommend for those who don't care about watching a drama that shows cruelty in all its different states and who are not looking for some sweet romance , but it's enough to read the synopsis and you'll definitely know if it's for you or not .
Oh and I almost forget to thank my dear friend DragonA. who watched this drama with me ^^

As for rewatching value I would gladly rewatch ep 25 to ep 54 as they were really addicting , according to my opinion .

I just have few words to say about my rating , I hesitated between 8 and 8.5 because I found the drama to be very captivating but there are so many things that seemed very strange at least for my taste so I decided to be 100% objective and give a proper rating .
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Well Legend of Lu zhen has another name called female prime minister ban shu legend is counterpart on female prime minister both in ancient time.
Recommended by Angela
-Periodical Ancient Chinese drama
-Adorable male protagonist
-Great chemistry between the protagonists
-Pretty female antagonists with evil plots
-Beautiful costumes
-Contains palace, concubines & maids
-Woman power
-Great story
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    Pinocchio 8 days ago

    Heard so many good things about this but it's just so so acting n the plot is just like eh okay just another drama not anything special. I actually liked the second lead couple more but sadly they didn't get a happy ending

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    princesspersimmon 26 days ago
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    Gucci Hau Jun 25, 2017

    I done this drama in two days! I love Zanilia and Chen Xiao in this. Like others I wish this show ended around 50/51 episodes. Anyhow I do not regret watching this!

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    Nikideema Apr 19, 2017 - edited
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      Gucci Hau Jun 25, 2017
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    Jordan Apr 8, 2017

    i am taking a break from this i tend to love palace dramas but this show seems more drama and less romance

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    LinLi Nov 11, 2016 - edited

    Is this ending seriously not a tragedy??? I don't think it had such a good ending, though it seems liked Lu Zhen is fine.

    Is this based off an actual historical event because there is no way the director could seriously end the drama like that unless it was written from an event.

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      Remi Nov 22, 2016

      Lu Zhen in history is much worse, so the ending is roughly correct.

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      CheriLynzzz Apr 3, 2017 - edited
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      Gucci Hau Jun 25, 2017

      May I know where I can read about the history?

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    Lili Oct 23, 2016 - edited

    Does this have a happy ending?

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      LinLi Nov 11, 2016 - edited

      I think the website should label the ending as tragedy but like the ending wasnt that sad because she was totally fine. The dramas ending was probably written like tragedy, tragedy, tragedy, uhhh nope! let's just make her look totally fine for the last 10 seconds of the drama with an historical speech in the background.

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    yarnie Sep 27, 2016 - edited

    so overrated i cant believe i was able to watch all that makjang :o even for a period drama it was too too much.. evil characters are really something in this. If you want to frustrate yourself or feel angry and want to wonder why or how you still watching something, watch this drama.
    I dont have anything to say on acting! it was 10/10.
    Couldnt say same for songs.. it didnt have much various ost. The action music starts just before the ending of each episode was so stupid and killed the mood each time :/
    Opening Theme was the best after all<3 (Cherish – Li Yu Chun)

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    Dieu Aug 22, 2016

    The main couple are so cute i definitely recommend to watch this !

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    animefayinc Jun 24, 2016 - edited

    Oh, to anyone thinking of starting this drama, I recommend not watching it on Viki. Viki usually has good streams/subtitles, but for this particular drama, it cuts out about 15 minutes of footage every episode... I watched until Ep 16 on Viki and once I changed websites I don't even know what's going on anymore...

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      AmastrisDratwka Aug 16, 2016

      Thank you for noting this or I'd have wasted a bunch of my time.

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    steph_ravita Jun 20, 2016 - edited

    The romance is killed by the Wikipedia page for Gao Zhan. I blame myself.

    That aside though, I really liked this drama! The romance between Ah Zhen and Ah Zhan was adorable even through their many ups and downs. I love how loyal the three main guys are; it's a rare find in a historical drama where you usually find the female characters being the steadfastly loyal ones (at least in the ones I've seen). Also, General Shen's dimples are addictive, be warned.
    8/10 for me!

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      Mari Ela Jul 25, 2016

      hahahaha! it happens to me often, the worst was when i was watching six flying tigers. lesson learned, never read wiki while watching

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    Mari Ela Jun 19, 2016

    omg i just love chen xiao hereee! he's simply gorgeous and hot and aawwww.... the way he pulls and kiss makes me faint everytime ^ ^

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    steph_ravita Jun 16, 2016

    When you love the main couple but still feel for the second guy...ah, second male lead syndrome it's been a while.

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    eoniii May 16, 2016

    Really a great story.
    However, I was hoping it to end at around episode 50-51.
    Hoping it would end happily.
    Well, Chinese dramas always end up like this, always..
    Then again, the romance between them is really good.
    You'd not regret it.
    Especially on how Lu Zhen step by step ascend to being the prime minister.

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    AgnesTan May 3, 2016

    Best Historical drama


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    May 8, 2013 to May 28, 2013
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Network:

    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 622 users)
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