The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 held a press conference in Beijing last week in anticipation of the series premiere this January 29, 2017, which happens to fall on the second day of the lunar new year.
Inline with the festive mood, the cast put on an entertaining show that involved a whole lot of affection, dancing and a generous gifting of red envelopes just in time for the new year. Its leads Jing Tian (The Great Wall) and Ren Jia Lun (Legend of Chusen) even gamely reenacted one of their kissing scenes onstage.
However, this palace drama that revolves around the affairs of a nation, tragic backstories and painstaking romances is anything but light-hearted. Jing Tian spills the beans, “This drama has the most crying scenes out of any drama that I have filmed. I cry almost everyday so my eyes are extra swollen.”
The relationships are sadistically complicated compared to most so much that the characters are stuck in a love heptagon for lack of a better world. The second onscreen couple is Shu Chang (Legend of Chusen) and Qin Jun Jie (Legend of Chusen) and the two also have their fair share of crying woes as they had to withstand three to four days of consecutive rain to complete a shoot.
Last but not the least, Mao Zi Jun (Legend of Chusen) plays a man of extremes. He is a scholarly gentleman turned a general, a hapless romantic who pines after the leading lady that ultimately trudges on a path of no return.