With Nirvana in Fire setting up the stage for politically-motivated dramas, there have been many trying to replicate its success and what's interesting is that a lot of them are female-centric. I used to know only one Empress of China and while that is true, there seems to be no shortage of female role models that continue to inspire new film adaptations.
The creators of Virtuous Queen of Han return with another epic historical drama in Empress Dugu 独孤皇后, a 50-episode Chinese drama about the establishment of Sui Dynasty starring Joe Chen (Stay With Me) and Chen Xiao (Nothing Gold Can Stay).
Because of a conspiracy, Dugu Jialuo is forced to fend for herself and she finds a partner in Yang Jian, a man who is equally formidable. Relying on her wits and sheer will, she positions herself at the tip of power to rise above the political struggles of her time.
With a title like Empress Dugu, the focus will undoubtedly shift to the Empress rather than the Emperor who will be portrayed as someone immensely loyal to her. My understanding of history must be really twisted because it was actually a pleasant surprise to read that a royal couple can be truly in love to be able to support each other through thick and thin. Another adaptation is in the works starring Hu Bing Qing and Zhang Dan Feng.
Source: Empress Dugu Weibo