Princess Weiyoung

Princess Weiyoung

Princess Weiyoung 锦绣未央 is a Chinese historical drama that started garnering attention before filming even began due to a poster release of Tiffany Tang Yan (Chinese Paladin) as Li Weiyang. 

The rights to broadcast online have already been purchased by QQ and media outlets are eagerly anticipating this multi-million project that has put together a powerhouse cast and a script that has spent 2 years in the making.

Tiffany Tang Yan deviates from her typical roles to become Li Weiyang, a princess of the late regime who experienced the harsh cruelties of life yet comes back wiser, stronger and with a vengeance. The plot already sounds like the female version of Nirvana in Fire but I remain a skeptic that it can even come close to the former's glory.

The series also stars Vanness Wu and and Luo Jin and avid fans of the original novel can only further fuel the hype. Looking at the stills, I just have one question. What's with the dreadlocks?

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c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

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c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu


c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu


c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu


c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu
c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu


c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu
c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

c-drama Princess Weiyoung starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

Princess of Weiyoung is a Chinese drama starring Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

Princess of Weiyoung is a Chinese drama starring Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

Princess of Weiyoung is a Chinese drama starring Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

Princess of Weiyoung is a Chinese drama starring Tang Yan and Vanness Wu

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20 comments:

  1. If indeed it is/will be modeled after Nirvana in Fire, then they've done this show aedisservice from the outset. Because 1. It most emphatically won't be as good, and even more importantly 2. The options for power play among women, especially in historical/fantasy settings (heck, even modern settings), is so different. Catty looks and veiled barb. .. Ehn.

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    1. I doubt anything can repeat the masterpiece that is NIF but trying not to judge too early, will definitely give this a shot when it comes out.

      Agree with #2, women in palace dramas no matter how intelligent they are often have limited options (ie to become a concubine), which I think would have also been the unfortunate norm back in the day.

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  2. Looks interesting but does anyone know if it follows same base and storyline as the original chinese novel? Because if it doesn't, it'd be a shame but either way, I'd probably still check it out I just won't be as excited and hyped. And, those aren't dreadlocks, it's just braided, which looks stunning on him.

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    1. Hi Blia, no clue yet whether it follows the novel. Is the original novel as good as the hype?

      I took a second look and you're right, I stand corrected still don't like it on him though:)

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    2. I also hate Vanness's hair in here. Why the braids. It doesnt suit him lol.

      And no the drama is different from the novel. In the novel there is no Tuo Ba Jun.

      But Tuo Ba zhen instead (who is really ruthless and evil).

      So it's even better if we havent read the novel. As the drama does not follow the novel..

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  3. Where can one watch this streaming online?

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    1. Hi it's on youtube:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2kuZDOPJKE

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  4. Hi Anne..thanks for the post
    Hello from australia btw :) :)

    This drama is a must watch drama. So far it is so fas paced and really interesting . I watch it on dragon tv every night.

    do you also follow the drama on youtube? It comes out daily :) ;)


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    1. Hi Nash2y, thanks for commenting:) u're my first reader from australia, or first to leave a comment anyway.

      funny u should ask, I literally just started two days ago and ended up marathoning the entire thing which is why I am able to respond now coz I'm all caught up and having withdrawals. So yep, it's addictive, even my family's watching too:)

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  5. Hehe..It is great to hear you find it addictive as well.. it's tough waiting for the episodes daily to air lol..

    Are you good at reading chinese characters? ^^ and you understand most of what they are saying in the drama?

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    1. 14 and 15 is out!:) have yet to watch it tho

      I wouldn't say good but I can read and yes, I can understand most of what they're saying. believe it or not, I learned everything from watching dramas haha I mean I learned Chinese in school but it doesn't really work that way. What about you?

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  6. Hehe yeah I watched it on tv last night (the same time it aired in china)

    Wow that's cool.so you are based in the us region? I also learn from watching plenty of drama .. I can understand up to 60% of the daily conversation (but historical drama is way more difficult to understand so a lot of time I couldnt comprehend what the are saying in Princess Wei Young hehe). Also my reading is pretty bad..

    Cannot wait for episode 16 (only one epi on saturday sobs sobs sobs sobs)

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    1. woah you're super updated.. I used to be in the US but currently in the Philippines. probably the only reason why I understand most of it is because I started out watching historical dramas way before I got into modern dramas, which is maybe not the norm haha Ahh i can't wait for the next episode either:)

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  7. Oh ic. How do you find living in Phillipines compared to living in us? Must take some time to adjust to the weather ^^ as it is rather hot in asia.

    My family lives in indonesia. I am in australia with hubby and kids.. h

    Tonight dragon tv will air ep 19 and 20. I quite dislike the story from seeing the trailer.Li min de (2nd brother) sustained heavy injury .. he got stabbed .. the evil mom's people attacked him. Sighh.

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    1. yea it is hot but I lived in Singapore too so kinda been all over the place:) ooh have u living in australia for a while? I've been wanting to visit maybe one day haha

      Omg I just finished episode 20.. yes didn't like that Min De got stabbed but it was one of the most satisfying episodes in terms of the takedown of Da Fu Ren and her daughter, it more than made up for the sad parts plus Min De is obviously alive, right?:)

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  8. Wow you lived in singapore before.. nice ! ^-^

    I first came to aussie in 2005 . Until now ..lol.so it has been 11 years. But I came back to Indo once every year to visit my family. Come come to aussie for a visit ♡♡

    Hehe tonight ep 23 and 24 will air. So looking fwd ♡♡♡

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    1. oh wow that's a long time.. yes, one day I will make my way there:)

      Ugh, I didn't get to watch last night and tonight.. gonna try to catch up so we can continue the drama discussion:)

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  9. Hi Anne, thank you for posting this! I know I am so late but I wanted to say, that's crazy it's being hailed as similar to NiF, because I do not feel it AT ALL. I really love the drama so far, but it is not in the same league as NiF--but still so addicting.

    It's interesting that I read the drama is so loosely based off the novel, that it should be treated as two separate stories. This is almost like a fanfic of the actual novel--which I am not complaining. I can't wait to see the "cunning" side of Wei Young come out, as it shows what she must do to survive, like she has constantly been. I want her to not be so soft-hearted, but still good-hearted, like how I felt Mei Changsu was in a way. So complicated huh! There was one weird inconsistency throughout that I felt misled by the drama. In the opening scene where Xin Er/Wei Young dressed up as a man and went to get the sky lanterns, when they flew off, she flew off to retrieve them, so I thought she has martial arts. And later on, she never did. I don't know if that was intentional, but it sure left me confused. 

    Anyway, so based off the trailer and music video, whyyyyyyyyyyyy do all historicals have to end so tragically. It seems like TBJ's character passes away and leaves behind Xin Er (probably using her real name at this point) and their son? My heart is not ever gunna be ready for the heartbreak. 

    These two leads have such lovely amazing chemistry. I just hope the drama won't disappoint. I had high expectations for "Female Prime Minister", and the story dragged and ended also tragically, and I didn't feel the protagonist was "smart/wise" per say, so I was disappointed. I don't mind tragic endings (okay, I do!), and will learn to accept them if they're done tastefully, like how "Bu Bu Jing Xin" and "Nirvana in Fire" was. 

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    1. Hi Trooper.. thanks for commenting:) I literally just wrote up a first impressions and you pretty much said everything I wanted to say..:) It's not NIF for sure, I mean is it even possible to have another drama like NIF, I doubt that NIF 2 could even do the same.

      But that said, Weiyoung is definitely crackingly good in its own way. Not sure what episode you're up to but one of the things that bothered me was how Weiyang kept pushing Tuo Ba Jun away. It's probably not a spoiler that she came to accept him eventually but I'm worried for the time when she really becomes cunning (ie dark makeup weiyang)...

      As for the possible death because of the music video. I was thinking the exact same thing maybe it was meant to mislead us, right T.T and lol at the martial arts I swear I'm not just blindly agreeing with what you said but it crossed my mind as well. My own conclusion is that she knows martial arts but the very basic kind.

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  10. Hello! Isn't this drama based on real historical figures?

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