Legend of Fuyao 扶摇皇后 is a 60-episode Chinese drama adapted from a novel of the same name by Tian Xia Gui Yuan 天下归元. This production probably needs no introduction because of its popularity since it marks Yang Mi’s highly-anticipated return to ancient garb after Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms.
Ethan Ruan (Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave), Vengo Gao (Xuan Yuan Sword), Lion Lai Yi (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms) and Zhang Yaqin also join the cast and the presence of even more TMOPB alumni can give fans another reason to cheer. Veteran actor Liu Yi Jun (Lost Love in Times) also guest stars, and I’m thinking that he has become everyone’s go-to actor for elderly roles that require loads of screen presence and charisma.
The story takes place in the five kingdoms that is led by the Imperial City of Wuji. Meng Fuyao used to be looked down upon for her lack of talent in martial arts until she learned an invincible fighting technique at the age of 16. In order to collect five secret talismans (for the good of the world, I presume?), she embarks on a journey across the land and falls in love with the Crown Prince of Wuji, ultimately becoming a participant in the complicated politics and power plays in the palace.
I’ve been burned many times by overly-hyped shows, but can you blame me for hyping this? It sounds like an epic adventure featuring an empowered heroine, and I can’t wait to see Yang Mi and cast in action. Given that filming began last June, the drama probably won’t air until next year at the earliest so the wait begins.
Release Date: June 18, 2018 Zhejiang TV, Tencent (two episodes every Monday to Thursday at 10pm)
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