Known as the next drama to come from the creators of Story of Yanxi Palace, Sheng Tang Gong Lue 盛唐攻略 stands on its own two feet with a title change to Tang Dynasty Women (lit.) 大唐女儿行. It also introduces the ensemble cast led by Li Yitong, Xu Kai, Tan Jianci, Jiang Mengjie and Lin Peng.
Prior to the final title, producer Yu Zheng reveals that they previously chose Husband Taming Chronicles 驯夫记 as the title. It can still be seen as part of the posters as they’re not officially allowed to change the name until filming has been completed.
Li Yitong plays a court lady opposite Xu Kai who plays a general. Initially introduced to be a light comedy, it seems the plot won’t be shying from the palace with Ma Yue playing Emperor Taizong of Tang and Miao Pu playing Empress Zhangsun.
Yu Zheng emphasizes the difference in style compared to Story of Yanxi Palace which used a lot of silk. In Tang Dynasty Women, Yu Zheng pursues the look of painted murals which is rich in color but not gaudy.
He also says that the Tang Dynasty he had in mind was the picture of the old city of Chang’an that was embroidered into the historical tapestries. Yu Zheng explains that the way the Tang Dynasty is being portrayed now has too much Japanese influences which shouldn’t be the case. In light of this, they had to take another look at Tang Dynasty as written in history, such as ancient murals and portraits.