Princess Agents is a 2017 Chinese television series based on the novel 11 Chu Te Gong Huang Fei (11处特工皇妃) written by Xiao Xiang Dong Er. It stars Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin, Shawn Dou and Li Qin.
Title: Princess Agents (特工皇妃楚乔传)
Episodes: 67 (for the TV version).
Release date: June 5th, 2017 2 episodes every Monday to Thursday on Hunan TV
Where to watch: watch it on youtube with Eng Sub!
A Chu sees Liang scholar captured as a slave again. She goes to buy him but the slave trader hiked up the price. She doesn’t want to pay and decides to rob him to rescue Liang scholar instead. They hide out in an abandoned temple but the guards find her easily. During the fight, flying arrows stab A Chu in the chest while she was proctecting Liang scholar. He carries her to escape. At a safe distant, she chases him again. After he left, the slave trader and his guards appear.
Yan Xun comes to visit Feng Mian who reports to him the development in the city of Xian Yan. Under Mr. Wu’s guidance, Liu Yi, a loyalist of Yan Bei, became a business leader in Xian Yan business coalition that fund Yan Bei. Feng explains that the growth of the coalition made many people greedy and stopped financing Yan Bei. Now both Yan Xun and Yuwen Yue are looking for account book from this business coalition.
A Chu and Liang are being sold as slaves by the slave trader. In the cage, Liang gives A Chu an account book for keepsake. A Chu is severely injured because of the arrow still in her chest. The slave trader sends her back into the tent for treatment. At the same time, Yuwen Yue is walking the city. He sees the side profile of A Chu and rushes to ask the slave trader but could not find her. He leaves after buying all the other slave. On the second round, a man comes by to buy A Chu and Liang scholar. Not long after Yuwen Yue receives news about the sword that belongs to Xing Er. He realizes that she must have been injured and rushes back to the slave trade to look for A Chu. He asks the slave trader and the slave trader tells him that she was sold to a man who left the city. Yuwen Yue chases after her without much luck.
A Chu wakes up on a ship. Liang tells her that they were bought by a master and he hired a doctor to care for her injury. Seeing the medicine, A Chu walks out from the ship and sees a man in wheel chair. She asks him for his motive in buy her. He tells her that it is on the request of Xiao Ce that he rescues her. Once the boat docks, they are free to leave. A Chu parts way with Liang. But she realizes that she still have his account book and goes back to look for him. She finds him being captured by guards who are looking for the account book too.
A Chu sneaks into the manor where Liang was taken too. She knocked out the one of the dancing slaves. Unexpected, Yuwen Yue also arrives at the manor for a hot spring bath. He enters the room that the dancing slave was suppose to serve him. A Chu was trying to sneak out when Yuwen Yue asks her to massage him. She walks towards him and gives him a massage. Mid-way, she pulls out a knife and tries to stab him but he quickly blocks her and the two battles. He pulls off her shirt and underwear in the process. She grabs a cloth and wraps herself before they continue. Yue Qi hears the noise and rushes in to “rescue” Yuwen Yue. Yuwen Yue quickly covers A Chu up and shoos Yue Qi away. Yue Qi and the guards discuss that their master is no longer a monk. (LOL!! YWY’s guards are too funny). Yuwen Yue grabs A Chu when she was trying to leave. Wei Shuye also arrives at the city under the order of the princess to kill A Chu.
A Chu stays the night in Yuwen Yue’s room until the next morning when Wei Shuye visits. Wei Shuye suspects that the woman in Yuwen Yue’s room is A Chu. He tells him to bring her to the party with him. Yuwen Yue agrees. After Wei Shuye leaves, Yuwen Yue tells A Chu to dress up and come with him to the party.
A Chu dresses up in all pink with make-up on. Yuwen Yue compliments her and then put a cover-up over her head to cover her face completely. Because she can’t see where she’s going, he uses this opportunity to grab her hand and leads the way. At the party, the guards bring the captive Liang to Wei Shuye. He was about to go and lift the veil on A Chu’s head away when Yuwen Yue steps in to stop him. Before he can argue, a guard reports that Liang was rescued by some mysterious people.
A Chu heads out by herself to rescue Liang. She knocks out the guards and take Liang with her. She tells Liang to go first and lure the rest of the guards toward her. She drops the account out and heads back to pick up it. Chen Yuan is charging at her at the same time. She knocks him down but leaves the account book in the process and ride away.
A Chu rides into the dark and Yuwen Yue follows after her. He tells her that the horse she stole from belongs to Wei Shuye. A Chu leaves the horse and rides with Yuwen Yue. They stop and hide out. Wei Shuye chases pass them. Not long after, 3 assassins hired by consort Lan come to kill Chu Qiao. Yuwen Yue gives her her sword and the two go out to face the assassins. Yuwen Yue knocks down the leader and in a last desperate act, she flings poison needles at him. A Chu sees the attack and dives to block the needles from reaching Yuwen Yue.
On the other side, general Chen returns with the account book for Yan Xun. With the account book in hand, Yan Xun makes plan to control the Xian Yan business coalition. He puts general Chen in charge. General Chen arrives at the business meeting unannouced with Feng Mian. The business coalition was against him at first but general Chen brutally stabs Mr. Yu in the hand and kills him in one swift move. After seeing that, all the business leaders eagerly opt to support Yan Bei financially. Along with Feng Mian, general Chen reveals that the business leaders will be kills either by the Wei or by him. They are useless now. The massacre of the business leaders and their family began. The only survivor is the young son of Mr. Yu.
Yuwen Yue realizes that the needles are poisonous and carries A Chu away for help. They hide out with a group of people heading to Da Liang, as a married couple. A Chu’s poison is suppressed for now but they still need to find antidote for it. A Chu teases Yuwen Yue about eating rough food but he tells her that he has changed in the past 3 years. After seeing the deaths in battle, he finally understood the hierarchy that she firmly fights against to cherish her life and the life that was deemed worthless.
A Chu is surprised by his response but the attention quickly shifts toward a young girl hiding under a horse carriage. They walk toward her and ask what is she doing here. She tells them that she’s hiding out here with her brother. The brother appears behind a bush. Yuwen Yue quickly catches that the little boy is wearing very high class silk clothing while the girl is in rough fabric. The little girl explains that the boy is the sole survivor of Mr. Yu’s family. She took him in since he has nowhere else to go but her family doesn’t want to burden the son therefore she settled him at the back carriage. A Chu promises to take care of him and ushers her to go home first.
That night, A Chu puts little Mo Er to bed in the middle between her and Yuwen Yue. (Such a cute family picture XD). She accidently grabs Yuwen Yue’s hand when she was trying to reach for the blanket. They hears noise outside and runs to see what is going on. A Chu rushes to the scene with Yuwen Yue and a Mo following behind. By the time they got there, it was too late. Yuwen Yue finds the little girl buried under a heap of dirt. Masked men on horse are all heading toward a direction. A Chu and Yuwen Yue catches one and ask him for their motive and he reveals that they are assigned to kill the little girl’s family under Yan Bei’s order.
A Chu leaves to get revenge for the little girl and Yuwen Yue and Mo Er follow. They enter the enemy’s camp and kill off people to avenge thinking the that master mind is Liu Xi. A Chu yells for Liu Xi to come out but Yan Xun, disguised as Liu Xi, recognizes her voice. Yuwen Yue and A Chu is surrounded but Yan Xun chooses to let them go. He doesn’t want to face A Chu after all the killing he has done. The three hide out at a cave. Yuwen Yue leaves to get food. A Chu tugs Mo Er in and tells him that she has to go and save her friend before he does any more bad things. By the time Yuwen Yue returns, A Chu is already gone.
A Chu goes to visit Xing Xing’s grave first but unfortunately bump into Wei Shuye. Surrounded, she shoots at him and jumps off the cliff. Hang by a string, Wei Shuye attacks her until she falls. When she falls, a mysterious horse carriage opens up and catches her. The master of the carriage is Xiao Ce.
Wei Shuye tells Yuwen Yue that his and A Chu’s status is different and that A Chu fell off the cliff and died already. In his study, Yuwen Yue receives an arrow message from Xiao Ce regarding A Chu’s whereabout. He rushes to Xiao Ce’s place and finds A Chu still weak and injured. She wakes up for no more than 10 seconds and then fainted. Xiao Ce pulls him aside and tell him that A Chu is poisoned and is most likely assassins from Wang Sheng Yin, a mysterious assassin organization. The poison is too complicated for them to make an antidote. Without it, A Chu doesn’t have much longer to live.
Chexmix: Cute interactions between Yuwen Yue and A Chu. XD I like that they’re slowly establishing their relationship as man and woman instead of master and slave. Last episode is going to air August 1st!! Can’t wait to see how are they gonna wrap this up. I feel like Chu Qiao is slowly losing her goal in this drama. I hope they will slowly bring her character back to the purpose to fighting against the power and freeing the slaves.