What an opening for the drama A Dream of Splendor 梦华录 ! Crystal Liu Yifei couldn’t have asked for a much better return onto the genre that got her the nickname “Fairy Sister”. With more than 200 million views already on streaming site Tencent all within the first 15 hours since its debut, the historical series which she helms with fellow Condor Heroes alum Chen Xiao is already celebrating a big milestone.
Jelly Lin Yun and Ada Liu Yan also star in A Dream of Splendor, where it appears the friendship between the three ladies is one of its central themes. According to the drama’s screenwriter Zhang Wei, the principal message they wanted to showcase is the friendship between the women. “No matter how difficult a situation is, women supporting women, appreciating each other and striving for the same ideals and goals – this kind of spirit is amazing. The energy of this friendship is even more precious than love.”
A beautiful friendship amidst hardships
Liu Yifei portrays a teashop owner named Zhao Pan Er whose fiancé dumps her. Vowing to seek retribution, she makes her way to the capital where circumstances find her rescuing Jelly’s Song Yinzhang and Ada’s Sun Sanniang. When her ex Ouyang Xu played by Joe Xu Haiqiao learns she’s in the capital, he tries his hardest to drive her out. Thankfully though, Chen Xiao’s Gu Qian Fan is there to help.
Likewise, Song Yingzhang and Sun Sanniang find themselves in similar circumstances where the men in their lives have wronged them. Cheated on by a husband who married her for her money and beaten up when he doesn’t get his way, Yinzhang is rescued by Zhao Pan Er whilst en route to the capital. Sanniang on the otherhand was forced to sign divorce papers by her cheating husband. To make matters worst, her own son declared he didn’t want her and that his father’s mistress was his mother.
Left with no choice but to make the best of their circumstance, they work hard to transform a simple teahouse into the biggest restaurant in the city. And in the process, a beautiful friendship grows between them.