The Legend of Zhen Huan 后宫甄嬛传 also known as Empresses in the Palace is a 2012 Chinese TV series based on a novel by Liu Lian Zi 流潋紫 who also writes the screenplay.
The premise seems like cookie cutter palace politics about women of the inner court and their involvement in affairs that can move a country. Sun Li headlines as Zhen Huan, an innocent young woman during the Qing Dynasty who thrives amidst relentless scheming to rise into power. Seasoned actors Ada Choi, Chen Jian Bin, Liu Xue Hua, Jiang Xin, Li Dong Xue and Tina Tang Yixin round up the rest of the powerhouse cast.
Zhen Huan tells a story we have heard before yet the show became a smashing success, earning praise as one of the best Chinese dramas ever made. I definitely look forward to having my mind blown if and when I manage to get cracking at this 76-episode commitment. A sequel called Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace is also in the works.
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