Original Title:《上阳赋》Shang Yang Fu
Directed by: Hou Yong, Cheng Yuanhai
Written by: Zi Meiyu, Luo Song
Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd, Du Jie, Gao Hu
Art Direction: Han Zhong
Music by: Shigeru Umebayashi, Mo Yanlin
Genre: Period Drama
Duration: 45 min (per episode)
Airing Dates: 2021
Filming Dates: 25 February 2018 – 25 November 2018
Filming Locations: China (Chifeng)
Wang Xuan is an intelligent young lady of the noble Wang clan who is born with the prophecy that “whoever enlists her will be able to rule the world”, and is forced to marry Xiao Qi, a general from a humble background. Initially a political union, it turns into a relationship built upon trust and love as Wang Xuan wholeheartedly supports her husband’s ambitions. Xiao Qi originally viewed his wife as a pawn in the bid for power, but is impressed by her political acumen and begins to treat her as his equal. Forced apart due to the Empress Dowager’s schemes, Wang Xuan and Xiao Qi lead separate armies, eventually defeat the Southern rebels and unify the warring kingdoms, but must come to terms with the fact that the road to the pinnacle of power is bloody and filled with betrayal and deception. Wang Xuan is ultimately forced to choose between her husband’s conquest and the family she holds –Source
♦ It’s the first time Ziyi appears in a television Series.
♦ First announced in 2016, no official announcement was made for the show until the end of 2018. Every details were kept under wraps.
♦ The drama was originally entitled Monarch Industry (江山故人/帝凰业).
♦ The initial number of episodes was 80, but when official details of the show emerged, only 68 episodes were released.
♦ One episode is broadcasted on Youku every day.
♦ The first episode aired on January 9th, 2021, and the last episode aired on March 15th, 2021.