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It tells the life of a woman, intelligent and kind, who becomes a concubine of the inner court while her love for the people enables her to do great things for the country. It's standard palace politics that we've all heard before, but also the kind of story that can be so addictively good. ~~ Adapted from the novel by Cang Min Shui. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Español
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 60
  • Aired: Jan 29, 2017 - Mar 1, 2017
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Anhui TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 380 users)
  • Ranked: #3283
  • Popularity: #4085
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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ShiHua
16 people found this review helpful
Jan 14, 2019
60 of 60 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
Overall, the story was beautifully brought to life thanks to its phenomenal cast of actors/actresses, accompanied by beautifully designed costumes and music. Would highly recommend watching this drama if you are a fan of historical and romance Chinese dramas. Definitely one of the top and more memorable dramas of this genre. Both Jing Tian and Allen Ren's acting and portrayal of each respective character were on-point.

The drama does a decent job of covering the actual historical events surrounding the rise of Emperor Daizong of Tang (Li Chu). But at its core, I would say this show is more of a romance story. A very bittersweet but extremely moving romance between the two leads / main couple. Will give you all the feels.

Character wise, Li Chu's character was a 10/10 - there was never a moment where I was frustrated or doubted his behavior / actions in the show. Meanwhile, there were certain parts in the show where I would get pretty frustrated with Zhen Zhu's character behaviors. I would question some of her choice of actions and such, but overall still a wonderful character who complements Li Chu's character.

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ChineseDramaFan
13 people found this review helpful
Jul 20, 2020
60 of 60 episodes seen
Completed 7
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.5

A Real Chinese History Drama

This is the story of Li Chu (Tang Dynasty Emperor Daizong) and it is divided into 2 seasons with 60 and 32 episodes respectively. For this drama, it is during the reign of his grandfather Emperor Xuanzong (712-756 AD) and later the reign of his father Emperor Suzong (756-762 AD). The time was a tumultuous period of Chinese history. There were the An Lushan Rebellion, the loss of Chang’an to the rebels, the escape of the royal family, the capture of Li Chu’s consort by the rebels, power struggle, usurpation, filicides and fratricides. Many of these historical events and important figures are depicted in the drama, and it’s an enthralling watch.

The drama romanticizes Li Chu’s and his favorite consort, Shen Zhen Zhu’s love affair and their devotion for each other. Understandably, some of the events may not be true historically but only for dramatic effect. This has been done rather well with few noticeable plot holes. However, there are also many tropes and clichés. Some of the logic seems to be over simplistic and unrealistic. Some historical characters are depicted as villains, cunning and sinister. Li Chu (Ren Jialun) and Shen Zhen Zhu (Sally Jing) are living in a dangerous environment that they both have to tread extremely carefully with every step they move and every word they say. One wrong move or word would immediately lead to their deaths. It is this angst that has captured the viewers attention throughout the drama.

Ren Jialun’s acting is acceptable in this drama. In fact, he’s rather convincing as the character Li Chu, except he may not look his best in armor and helmet (his head looks weird in the helmet). However, I’m not so comfortable with Sally Jing, and not very impressed by the Shen Zhen Zhu character that she plays despite she (Shen Zhen Zhu) is supposed to be very intelligent; time and time again, Shen Zhen Zhu is fooled by her own cleverness and that has created a lot of frustration over the character for viewers. I also find the pairing of Ren Jialun and Sally Jing not ideal as Ren Jialun has a small boyish face whereas Sally Jing (she has a large face) looks very mature with disproportionately large eyes laced with plastic brush-like eye lashes. There’s hardly any chemistry between the duo.

The side couple story is sweet and heart wrenching. Lin Zhi (Jennifer Shu) and Li Tan (Qin Jun Jie) are the saddest couple as Lin Zhi’s experience is very real to many women who have to live through such pain everyday and she is totally relatable. Jennifer Shu’s portrayal is wonderful and very convincing. Qin Jun Jie’s performance portraying Li Tan as an impulsive man is equally laudable. This pair has wonderful chemistry together and their story is painful. Despite Lin Zhi may not have been a real figure historically (Li Tan is real as Li Chu's younger brother), I find the side couple story more compelling.
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The general tone of this drama is somber. Apart from some flaws here and there, there are also some hilarious moments that are really fun to watch. Overall, this is a fine drama based on real events, but the story interjected with too much fantasy may have been a bit overdone. After completing the 60 episodes, I find myself needing a break before continuing on to season 2. I wish the series had not been this long.

This is a good watch for history buff if you don't mind some added fantasy.

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  • Drama: The Glory of Tang Dynasty
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 60
  • Aired: Jan 29, 2017 - Mar 1, 2017
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Anhui TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 380 users)
  • Ranked: #3283
  • Popularity: #4085
  • Watchers: 3,022

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