Zhao Li Ying continues to be on fire with project after project. News says this one is already done filming and she has already started on a new drama. This girl doesn’t sleep, as evidence suggests. How did she find the time to shoot The Palace, in between all the promotional activities and filming schedules? Definitely one of the break-out stars of this year – the other half is obviously her reel boyfriend, Chen Xiao. 😉
The premise revolves around two brothers of the Chu Family. The younger brother, Chu Tian Bao (Kim Ki Bum) is adored by the father. This adoration doesn’t go unnoticed by his jealous older brother, Chu Tian Xiang (Zhu Zi Xiao). While Tian Bao is care-free, mischievous, and fun-loving, he carelessly leaves opportunities for his brother to attempt murder. Coming into the picture to further set the brothers apart is the beautiful daughter of a minister, Yang Ruo Nan (Zhao Li Ying), who is also their childhood friend. She has a weak spot for Tian Bao but is betrothed to the older brother. On the other hand, Tian Xiang harbors strong feelings to possess her. Tragedy hits Tian Bao, thanks to you-know-who, and he develops amnesia. Saved on the brink of death, he meets and falls in love with Mang Xiao Die (Chen Yu Lin), a kind-hearted apprentice of a herbal doctor.
The brothers – Elder Chu Tian Xiang & Younger Chu Tian Bao.
With our leading lady, Yang Ruo Nan.
Chummy with the second lead, Mang Xiao Die (Direct translation: Little Butterfly.)
Elder brother spying on his flirtatious little bro, waiting for the chance to hunt down the bird.
He ain’t happy all the girls fall for the his incapable, lacking brother.
Chu Tian Xiang’s love interest is Yang Ruo Nan. And he’ll use any method to obtain her.
Is it wrong that I ship these two? The trailer shows him being creepily obsessed with her. To the point of violent kissing and spilling blood.
Zhao Li Ying has so many hairstyles in here. She looks very pretty in most of them.
Hong Kong actress Bernice Liu stars as Xiao Die’s sifu, Du San Niang. A barb-tongued herbal doctor. Haven’t seen Bernice in a while, so it’s nice to see her again. Great hair!
Hong Kong Actors Wong Hei plays Xiao Die’s father (right) and on the left is Yuen Wah. The Comic Relief duo, bringing laughs to the table as they fight for Du San Niang’s affection. 😛
- I don’t know about you guys but the person in charge of this trailer should be fired! What a mess. Pick a tone and stick to it. It is jarring when happy tune is suddenly stopped and then Glass Piano Ver. begins playing for the dramatic parts.
- And please welcome Zhu Zi Xiao to villaindom guys. He is also in The Palace with Zhao Li Ying and both are involved in a sexy affair. I think his performance is the one to look out for. Even those brows are drawn to look sharp and relentless. We saw him killing many times in the trailer but there’s a flash of him crying – which is well-acted. When a psycho resorts to tearing, we know something has cut his heart deep. Plus, it’s the only time he looks truly lost, like a puppy (focus ladies, he’s a wolf!)
- The marriages are tragedies waiting to happen. I’m wondering whether Yang Ruo Nan will hate Tian Xiang for the entire drama….or will she pity him at the end and stay with his sorry butt?
- There are pictures of Tiao Bao’s wedding with Xiao Die, I guess he marries her. She looks quite cute.
- The ending worries me. Does Ruo Nan die too? GAH. Sad. Sadder if she develops feelings for Tian Xiang along the way. (But you know…I ship them….thisiswrong! But they do look hot….)
- You know what I just found out? Ki Bum has been speaking his lines in Korean. Dun. I really don’t know how that works for and with other cast members when they can’t understand him. Don’t people know communication is the key to everything? Instead of organic delivery, the lines will be planned and feels staged.
This drama is set for 30 episodes and plans to premiere late this year or early 2014.