Title: Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace (如懿传)
# of episodes: 88
Release date: August 20, 2018
Starring: Wallace Huo and Zhou Xun
Broadcast schedule: 2 episodes every Monday – Thursday on Tencent
The much-anticipated drama Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is finally out!
The drama tells the love story of Qianlong Emperor and his childhood sweetheart, who later becomes his wife, Ruyi. When Qianlong became emperor, Ruyi, naturally, becomes a consort but because of her family background, she doesn’t get much power or support from the court or the Dowager Mother. She struggles to survive in the ruthlessness of the inner court. Her and Qianlong’s relationship faces a lot of obstacles as his suspicious nature causes him to doubt her a lot.
Wallace Huo as Qianlong Emperor. Fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, who has a strained relationship with his foster mother Zhenhuan, the Empress Dowager Niohuru. A selfish and insecure ruler; his suspicious nature caused him to become distrustful of Ruyi despite her love for him. [Wiki]
Zhou Xun as Ruyi. One of Qianlong’s secondary wives, Ruyi falls in love with him at first sight. Unfortunately, the Ula-Nara family’s reputation affected her standing in the palace, and she was only granted the position of a consort. She survives inner palace machinations through her strength and determination, as well as with the help of her close friend Ling Yunche and mentor Dowager Imperial Concubine Ji, and rises up the ranks to become Empress. [Wiki]
Pictures of the couple
Drama Themesong: Double Shadow by Zhang Huimei and Lin Yilian
- Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is adapted from the novel, Hou Gong Ru Yi Zhuan written by Liu Lianzi, and is the sequel to the critically acclaimed drama Empresses in the Palace starring Sun Li. The author wrote the script himself and it is said that it took him 5 years to finish the script that is to be adapted into a drama.
- It took 9 months to film the drama.
- This is Wallace Huo and Zhou Xun’s second collaboration after the movie Our Time Will Come (released in 2017)
- Before the filming of the drama, both Wallace Huo and Zhou Xun went to the Forbidden City to get a sense of what the setting is like.
- The production team went through more than 6,000 actors, interviewed 1,370 adult actors, and more than 1,200 young actors, 325 actors participated in the makeup test, of which 231 were repeatedly tested. To sum it up, they went through a very rigorous screening of actors/actresses.
4 episodes are out so far. How is everyone enjoying this high production drama? I saw about 10 minutes so far and the cinematic and costume are very pretty, very high quality. I fell for the opening theme song already.