TVB is going to take the audiences back to the Tang Dynasty again, nearly ten years after the original series. Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計>, the franchise sequel to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>, will be hitting TV screens this year, in celebration of TVB’s 50th anniversary.
Co-produced by China’s Tencent Penguin Picture, Deep is set during the reign of Li Longji, or Emperor Xuanzong, during the early 700’s of Tang China. Starring Steven Ma (馬浚偉) as the emperor, the series revolves around the women in his life, all with their own motives to achieve power in court.
The drama first begins with the conflict between Empress Dowager Wei (portrayed by Michelle Yim 米雪) and Li Longji, before he became Emperor Xuanzong. Along with his aunt Princess Taiping (portrayed by Alice Chan 陳煒), Xuanzong succeeds in a coup that dethrones Empress Wei. After becoming emperor, Xuanzong experiences through political reforms, and tries to keep his throne safe from his aunt Taiping, whom he believes to be plotting a coup of her own.
Meanwhile, his empress consort Wong Chun (portrayed by Nancy Wu 胡定欣) comes across an old lover Yam Sam-syu (portrayed by Kenneth Ma 馬國明), the emperor’s closest ally and general of the militant guards. Along with Ho Lei (portrayed by Edwin Siu 蕭正楠), a royal guard, the duo work together keep the harem safe from danger. Sam-syu becomes acquainted with Cheng Sun-hei (portrayed by Chrissie Chau 周秀娜), who goes on to become one of the emperor’s consorts.
During one chance encounter, Ho Lei meets the maid servant Yuen Yuet (portrayed by Annie Liu 劉心悠), and falls in love with her. Yuen Yuet serves the Imperial Household Bureau, headed by the wise Lady Cheung (portrayed by Susan Tse 謝雪心). The bureau is split into four offices that manage inner palace affairs—jewelry proceedings by Lady Tsui (portrayed by Candy Lo 羅霖), furnishing proceedings by Lady Nam-kung (portrayed by Akina Hong 康華), embroidery proceedings by Lady Luk (portrayed by Angie Cheong 張慧儀), and meal proceedings by Lady Wong (portrayed by Pinky Cheung 張文慈). Sam-syu’s love interest Kam Yeuk-chin (portrayed by Jacqueline Wong 黃心穎) serves one of the offices as a maidservant.
Deep is currently shooting in Hengdian World Studios. It is one of TVB’s seven anniversary dramas to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary, and is slated to premiere in the last quarter of 2017.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.