First Official Stills for The Legend of Xiao Chuo with Tang Yan and Shawn Dou

The Legend of Xiao Chuo is based on a novel written by Jiang Sheng Nan, on real historical figures of the Liao Dynasty. Tang Yan will play Xiao Chuo (Chinese Name), who later became a capable Khitan empress after marrying Emperor Jingzong of Liao, and subsequently a regent for her son Emperor Shengzong. She was known for her knowledge of the government and its administration, and a strategic military leader, commanding her own army of 10,000 cavalry. As for Shawn Dou, he will not be playing the emperor….he’s playing Xiao Chuo’s childhood sweetheart, Han De Rang, later a trusted Chinese minister under her rule. This is where I think the novel embellishes on a few things, such as a love affair between our leads, a questionable royal birth, and the eventual burial of the two in the imperial tomb.

Tang Yan is pregnant while filming this drama….. those of us who want to see her in action will have to wait. Lol.

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Charmaine looks good!!

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  1. 3 thoughts on “First Official Stills for The Legend of Xiao Chuo with Tang Yan and Shawn Dou

    YESSS!!!
    Finally a Shawn drama which I’m INTERESTED in — the story and the genre are my cup of coffee! Stills look good, I love Shawn’s styling, and his co-stars are competent actors. Since Tang Yan is the lead, there’s hope this won’t be shelved for years. At the same time, the story worries me, because we know messing up with real historical characters don’t bode well with NRTA. I hope the producers are careful about it.

    • 3 thoughts on “First Official Stills for The Legend of Xiao Chuo with Tang Yan and Shawn Dou

      Lol, Lenje. I want Shawn in his own male-centric drama, so far most of his female leads’ popularity outweigh his own. xD Granted, he doesn’t have the pull of big name/popular actors yet but we need to start somewhere.

      I do wonder how they are gonna change the storyline to fit the standards.

  2. 3 thoughts on “First Official Stills for The Legend of Xiao Chuo with Tang Yan and Shawn Dou

    as far as i know for this drama, even the novel version, stick rather true to history. han derang was truly existed and based on folklore / unofficial records (but its quite legit) he was close to xiao chuo. for khitans, it’s not a taboo (unlike han chinese) for women to remarried (xiao chuo’s husband died rather young), the khitans put women at the same level as men, if not higher. so i believe the romance between the leads should not bother censorship bureau. other minor aspects / characters also won’t affect much, because they didn’t even written in history.

    i remember drama legend of dugu (hu bingqing, ady an) also stick to history and censorship didn’t bother how the filming team dramatized dugu jialuo’s sisters (eg, yang jian bethroted to jialuo’s sister first before replaced by jialuo–which obviously fiction/unwritten in any records, either official or not). so, no worries.

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