In spite of the lackluster reception to The Legend of Banshu, Jing Tian is certainly cementing her status as a certified rising star thanks to her recent stint in The Great Wall, a high-profile action blockbuster starring Matt Damon and Andy Lau.
As a result, I am more curious than ever as she headlines yet another historical drama called The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀. It is a adapted from a novel by Cang Min Shui 沧溟水 that tells the life of a woman, intelligent and kind, who becomes a concubine of the inner court while her love for the people enables her to do great things for the country. It's standard palace politics that we've all heard before but also the kind of story that can be so addictively good.
The series is brought to us by H&R Century Pictures which means that quite a number of their homegrown talents are part of the cast, which also includes Wang Qian, Shu Chang, Yu Xiao Wei, Qin Jun Jie and Mao Zi Jun.
Rate your favorite Chinese historical dramas in 2016.