An eight-minute trailer for the upcoming mainland China and Hong Kong co-produced television drama, The Virtuous Queen of Han <大漢賢后衛子夫>, has just been released online. The historical drama recounts the life of Han Dynasty empress Wei Zifu, the empress consort with the second-longest reign in Chinese history.
Mainland Chinese actress Wang Luodan (王珞丹) stars as Wei Zifu, the youngest daughter of a maid servant who serves in the household of the young Princess Pingyang (Niki Chow周麗淇), the elder sister of Emperor Wu (Raymond Lam 林峯). For more political advantage, Pingyang offers Zifu to Emperor Wu, who immediately falls in love with Zifu’s charms. Emperor Wu is in an extremely strained relationship with his wife, Empress Chen Ajiao (Zheng Miaozhi 郑淼之), whom he was forced to marry for a political alliance.
Much to Ajiao’s displeasure, Emperor Wu consummates his relationship with Zifu and takes her as his consort. Ajiao turns to witchcraft to curse Zifu, but her vile attempts are soon discovered. Zifu begs the emperor to pardon the empress’ death sentence, and Emperor Wu deposes Ajiao’s empress title, banishing her to the cold palace. Zifu is pronounced as empress after she gives birth to Emperor Wu’s first son and later crown prince.
Zifu’s title of empress is challenged by court officials, but the modest Zifu patiently proves her worth to the court through a modest reign. Zifu offers ideal political suggestions to Emperor Wu, who eventually entrusts Zifu to govern the court whenever he is absent. She is confronted by her former lover Duan Hong (Jeremy Tsui 徐正曦), but he ultimately chooses to stay by her side to support her and the court.
Claiming that the plot of The Virtuous Queen of Han is similar to TVB’s War and Beauty <金枝慾孽> and Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>, producer Mui Siu Ching (梅小青), who was also the producer of Beyond the Realm of Conscience, stressed that the focus of The Virtuous Queen of Han does not directly revolve on court harem politics, but a historical drama that can faithfully depict the tumultuous life of Empress Wei Zifu. Nonetheless, for entertainment value, certain artistic license must be taken.
The Virtuous Queen of Han is co-produced by mainland China’s Huace Media and Hong Kong’s Now TV. It is slated for a 2014 release.
“The Virtuous Queen of Han” Trailer
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This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.