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Completed
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Ratings:
7.7/10
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Hong Kong

Summary:

Fifteen years into the reign of a Qing dynasty emperor, outward peace belies the turmoil within the palace walls. Intrigues among the emperor's consorts are reaching a fever pitch as the palace prepares for its triennial selection of new concubines. In this cutthroat atmosphere, even the emperor's favored consort is fraught with anxiety, knowing that beauty is fleeting and her position is precarious.

As this critical time approaches, the beloved consort finds herself contending with rivals from all corners of the palace. Among them are a noble imperial relative, the cunning adopted daughter of an influential eunuch, and a shrewd palace servant who has climbed through the ranks. These women navigate a precarious balance of friendship and rivalry as they vie for the emperor's affection.

Complicating matters further, a palace physician becomes the unwitting focus of several women’s desires. A captivating courtesan, a dignified lady of the court, and his own neglected wife are all entranced by him. However, his heart belongs to the one lady who shows him the least attention. Caught in his own love quandary, the physician remains oblivious to the affections of those around him.

Additionally, a young palace maid finds love with a stoic imperial guard. Their romantic beginnings take a complicated turn when she ascends to the position of one of the emperor's ladies, an elevation that makes the guard keep his distance, torn between his feelings and the rigid protocols of the palace.

Within these palace walls, love and power are two sides of the same coin, with hearts and positions won and lost in the intricate dance of royal favor.

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What people are saying

  • softheat51

    Overall 9

    Story 9Acting 9.5Music 9Rewatch Value 9

    This riveting tale delves deep into a world filled with intense drama. The characters, particularly the one portrayed by Gigi Lai, exude a sense of desperation that is both captivating and relatable. The narrative centers around a group of individuals vying for the affection of a powerful figure, leading to a tumultuous web of competition and betrayal. Despite the frustrating nature of Gigi's character and the infuriating actions of Bowie Lam's counterpart, the stellar performances delivered by the cast shine through.

    The soundtrack accompanying the series...

    adds another layer of depth, enhancing the overall viewing experience. Fans of historical dramas will find themselves engrossed in the intricate power struggles and deceit woven throughout the storyline. The portrayal of palace life and the dynamics between the concubines are depicted with a level of authenticity that is both intriguing and unsettling. For those seeking a glimpse into a world where manipulation and intrigue reign supreme, this series offers a compelling and thought-provoking exploration.

  • CrazyGrease

    Overall 9

    Story 8Acting 9Music 8Rewatch Value 10

    A true masterpiece in the realm of palace dramas, this series stands out as a timeless classic. Comparisons to other well-known dramas like Zhen Huan, Yanxi, and Ruyi fall short when stacked against the brilliance of this gem. It has been a significant number of years since my last complete viewing of this series, during which time I've delved into numerous palace dramas, yet none have managed to captivate me like this one.

    Clocking in at a concise number of episodes, the pacing of the show...

    remains a strong point, eschewing the drawn-out narratives that bog down other dramas in the same genre. The focus here is firmly on the intricate web of plots and schemes, with no room for frivolous distractions. This is not a mere visual spectacle akin to Yanxi; rather, it offers a feast of cunning maneuvering and betrayal.

    Featuring the talents of Gigi Lai, Sheren Tang, and the seasoned harem drama actress Charmaine Sheh, the series portrays the archetypal roles of the innocent newcomer, the conniving senior concubine, and the gentle ingenue. Yet, what sets this drama apart is its exceptional character development, unrivaled by any other palace drama from Hong Kong, Mainland China, or Korea.

    In essence, this series is not just a genre-defining work but a mandatory viewing experience for aficionados of palace dramas.