Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 has completed filming and according to Producer Huang Lan, the entire project was one of the longest to make in the company’s ten-year history. She said that the screenplay took four years and filming lasted for approximately nine months, which certainly seems longer than the average drama that often films for four months.
That said, it definitely shows because the production value is impressive. A number of promotional stills were recently released and every shot feels like an authentic photo taken during the Qing Dynasty. There’s really no telling how the drama will turn out at this point but I have high hopes as it features a cast led by Zhou Xun (Our Time Will Come) and Wallace Huo (Imperial Doctress). It is also the highly-anticipated sequel to Legend of Zhen Huan, and even though I haven’t seen that, it’s supposedly a masterpiece.