HONG KONG • A battle royal seems to be brewing between two Chinese palace intrigue dramas as Ruyi’s Royal Love In The Palace started airing on on-line platform Tencent Video yesterday.
The screening of Ruyi, which has been delayed for greater than half a 12 months, will conflict with one other palace drama, Story Of Yanxi Palace, which has garnered a cumulative 5.6 billion views since its release final month and is reaching the climax of the present.
Ruyi’s viewership could not beat that of Yanxi within the first week as it’s simply beginning out, however it boasts a star-studded forged together with Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo and Joan Chen.
It relies on a novel by Liu Lianzi and is a sequel to 2011’s hit drama Empresses In The Palace, additionally based mostly on the novel by Liu.
As such, Ruyi’s viewership is prone to be boosted by followers of Empresses In The Palace, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported.
There are similarities between Ruyi and Yanxi, with each reveals that includes infighting within the Chinese imperial harem of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.
Ruyi’s story is informed from the angle of Ulanara, Qianlong’s second Empress Consort, who confronted a number of crises as she was ostracised within the harem. Ulanara is performed by Chinese actress Zhou.
Several characters may even seem in each dramas, however they have completely different traits, as if they’re present in two parallel universes, in line with Apple Daily.
One instance is Wei Yingluo, the protagonist in Yanxi, who can be one of many primary characters in Ruyi, however her title is modified to Wei Yanwan and she or he is a villain in Ruyi.
Ruyi might be Zhou’s first tv sequence since 2014, when she acted in Red Sorghum, a Chinese TV sequence based mostly on Nobel laureate Mo Yan’s 1986 novel of the identical title. The novel was additionally made into a movie in 1988 by Chinese director Zhang Yimou and it starred Gong Li and Jiang Wen.
Zhou has acted largely in motion pictures since 2003, corresponding to Perhaps Love (2005), The Message (2009) and Our Time Will Come (2017) .