Curse of the Royal Harem

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Curse of the Royal Harem
萬凰之王
Crh poster.jpg
Official promotional poster
Also known as The Queen of All
Genre Historical fiction
Drama
Written by Lee Yee-wah
Choi Shuk-yin
Starring Jessica Hsuan
Myolie Wu
Sunny Chan
Gigi Wong
Nancy Wu
Joel Chan
Theme music composer Tang Chi-wai (opening)
Yip Kai-chung (ending)
Opening theme Kok On Tin Ming (各安天命) by Susanna Kwan
Ending theme Tin Cho Tei Chit (天造地設) by Myolie Wu
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes

Hong Kong:29

Overseas:31
Production
Executive producer(s) Chong Wai-kin
Location(s) Hong Kong
Camera setup Multi camera
Production company(s) TVB
Broadcast
Original channel Jade
HD Jade
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 31 October – 4 December 2011
Chronology
Preceded by Super Snoops
Followed by Bottled Passion
External links
Website
Curse of the Royal Harem
Traditional Chinese 萬凰之王
Simplified Chinese 万凰之王
Literal meaning "The King Among Ten Thousand Phoenixes"

Curse of the Royal Harem is a 2011 Hong Kong period drama produced by TVB under executive producer Chong Wai-kin. The 45-minute episodes aired from 31 October to 4 December 2011, in a total of 27 episodes in Hong Kong and 29 episodes for the overseas audience. It is one of three grand TVB productions used to celebrate the channel's 44th anniversary, the other two being Super Snoops and Forensic Heroes III.

The drama is Hong Kong's second highest-rating serial drama of 2011.

Summary[edit]

Set in the mid-1800s Qing Dynasty, Curse of the Royal Harem is loosely based on the reign of the Daoguang Emperor of China and tells of the drama and romantic intrigue in the court's Manchurian royal harem.[1]

Consort Quan (Jessica Hsuan) was the new wife of Emperor Daoguang (Sunny Chan)'s elder brother. However, Daoguang's brother was missing after a battle and his body was never found. Empress Dowager Congci (Gigi Wong) was devastated that she lost her beloved son and saw Quan as an ominous woman and wanted her dead. Because Daoguang was already in love with Quan since he was young, he chose to save her by making Quan as his new concubine, which angered his wife, Empress Shencheng (Myolie Wu). Partnering up with Empress Dowager, the two vowed to eradicate Quan using many different schemes to harm her. As Quan wanted to protect herself, she did not hesitate to battle the Empress to the end. During their battle, Quan accidentally discovered a major plot happening in the royal harem. Who is behind this big plot? Who will be the winner in this intense battle in the royal harem?

Cast and characters[edit]

Character names are in Cantonese romanisation.

Main cast[edit]

  • Jessica Hsuan as Niohuru Yee-lan (鈕祜祿·伊蘭), the Consort Tsuen (全妃皇贵妃) — the Do-kwong Emperor's favourite consort and childhood crush. She was once married to Do-kwong's older brother Min-yi; however, he went missing after he went to control a rebellion in Northwest China a few months after their marriage. Yee-lan is forced to become a human sacrifice for Mini-yi's funeral ceremony by the orders of Empress Dowager Kung-chee, who sees Yee-lan as unfortunate and cursed. Do-kwong saves Yee-lan from her death and announces that he will take her hand in marriage. Although Yee-lan agrees to become his consort, she still holds the belief that Min-yi is alive, and once escaped palace grounds to search for him. Yee-lan eventually falls in love with Do-kwong, who honoured her as an individual and wife.
  • Myolie Wu as Tunggiya Yuen-yuen (佟佳·沅宛), the Empress Consort Hao-sun (孝慎皇后) — Do-kwong's first empress consort and Yee-lan's main rival. Her coronation as Empress is disrupted by Do-kwong when he goes to save Yee-lan from burial. Jealous of Do-kwong's favouritism towards Yee-lan, and a fear of losing her title as Empress, Yuen-yuen attempts to strip Yee-lan from power by dispatching a spy to Yee-lan's palace chamber. Yuen-yuen becomes desperate to conceive a son and is later deposed of her title as Empress after Do-kwong discovers her illicit affair with Min-yan.
  • Sunny Chan as the Do-kwong Emperor (道光帝) — the benevolent Qing Dynasty emperor who naturally became the successor due to the death of his older brother, Min-yi. He has had a crush on Yee-lan since youth, but because Yee-lan and Min-yi were in love, he decided to forgo his pursuits. Do-kwong interrupts Yuen-yuen's Empress coronation in order to save Yee-lan from her burial, and soon announces to take her hand in marriage, much to the dismay of Yuen-yuen and Kung-chee. Do-kwong is extremely close to his brothers and muses that if Min-yi hadn't died, he would have been crowned instead.
  • Joel Chan as Min-yan, the Prince Sui (瑞親王綿忻) — Do-kwong's younger half-brother and best friend. Min-yan extremely respects his older brother and purposefully presents himself in a much harsher and militaristic image in court to highlight Do-kwong's more sincere and benevolent image. Min-yan was Yuen-yuen's lover before she married Do-kwong. Though he still harbours feelings for her, Min-yan is disgusted by Yuen-yuen's calculating and cunning schemes for power. Yuen-yuen later seduces Min-yan, and he sires a son with her. Influenced by Kung-chee and Yuen-yuen, Min-yan begins to develop a growing dissent towards Do-kwong's rule, and ultimately decides to overthrow him.
  • Gigi Wong as Empress Dowager Kung-chee (恭慈皇太后) — Do-kwong's stepmother and Min-yan's mother. Although Do-kwong is not her biological son, he is the most filial. Kung-chee believes Yee-lan is creating tension between her and Do-kwong, and finds her power in court to be weakening. She later convinces Min-yan to start a coup to overthrow Do-kwong.
  • Nancy Wu as Choi-lam (彩藍) — born Borjigit Ching-yu (博爾濟吉特·静瑜), the maiden spy Yuen-yuen sends to spy on Yee-lan. Choi-lam later changes her loyalty to serve Yee-lan, but is unhappy with her ambiguous relationship with her two masters. She later wins the emperor's favour and eventually becomes Consort Ching (靜妃).

Minor characters[edit]

  • Kwok Fung as Mukcheung-or (穆彰阿) — Lok-yan's father and Consort Dowager Shun's past lover.
  • Sire Ma as Lok-yan, the Princess Consort Sui (瑞王福晉樂欣) — Yuen-yuen's younger cousin and Min-yan's wife. Her marriage to Min-yan is arranged by Yuen-yuen.
  • Sarah Song as Empress Xiaoshurui (孝淑睿皇后) - Do-kwong Emperor's deceased mother.
  • Peter Pang as Prince Muk (穆親王) - Do-kwong Emperor's deceased brother and Yee-lan's ex-husband.
  • Elena Kong as Consort Dowager Shun (信太妃) — Witness to Kung-chee's murder of Emperor's mother.
  • Cheung Kwok-keung as Wai Fuk-on (衛福安) — Kung-chee's personal eunuch and trusted follower.
  • Gordon Liu as Tunggiya Shumung-or (佟佳·舒明阿), Yuen-yuen's father.
  • Rebecca Chan as Tunggiya Sin-yau (佟佳·倩柔), Yuen-yuen's mother.
  • Ching Hor-wai as Chui Mor-mor (崔嬤嬤), Yee-lan's servant and Choi-kiu's mother.
  • Ben Wong as Fucha Ngok-tai (富察·鍔泰) — Yee-ling's pupil and Yee-lan's best friend.
  • Kong Hon as Niohuru Yee-ling (鈕祜祿·頤齡) — Yee-lan's father.
  • Charmaine Li as Concubine Yeung (祥嬪) — one of Yee-lan's good friends. She is the first of Do-kwong's concubines to get pregnant, but had a miscarriage few months later.
  • Macy Chan as Choi-kiu (彩喬) — Chui Mor-mor's daughter and Yee-lan's maid.
  • Oscar Chan as Little Eunuch Choi (小蔡子) — Do-kwong's assistant eunuch. He has a crush on Choi-lam.
  • Vivien Yeo as Consort Wan (芸妃)
  • Jess Shum as Consort Shing (成妃)
  • Russell Cheung as Little Eunuch Hong (小康子) — Yee-lan's assistant eunuch.
  • Lee Yee-man as Choi-yin (彩燕) — Yuen-yuen's maid.
  • Sherry Chen as Worthy Lady Lam (琳貴人)
  • Deborah Poon as Worthy Lady Tung (彤貴人)
  • Jason Cheng as Little Eunuch Kwai (小季子) — Yuen-yuen's assistant eunuch.
  • Tina Shek as Choi-yuet (彩月)

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episode(s) Average points Peaking points Viewers in millions (peak) References
1
1 — 6
29
34
1.85 (2.17)
[2]
2
7 — 11
29
1.85 (—)
[3]
3
12 — 16
29
1.85 (—)
[4]
4
17 — 21
29
31
1.85 (1.98)
[5]
5
22 — 27
31
33
1.98 (2.10)
[6]
6
28 — 29
39
43
2.49 (2.74)
[7]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

My AOD Favourite Awards 2011[edit]

  • Won: My Favourite Actress in a Leading Role (Myolie Wu)
  • Won: My Favourite Top 15 Drama Characters (Myolie Wu)
  • Nominated: My Favourite Drama Series
  • Nominated: My Favourite Drama Theme Song (Kok On Tin Ming (各安天命) by Susanna Kwan)

45th TVB Anniversary Awards 2011[edit]

  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Myolie Wu)
  • Won: Best Improved Female Artiste (Sire Ma)
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (Ben Wong)
  • Nominated: Best Drama
  • Nominated: Best Actor (Sunny Chan)
  • Nominated: Best Actress (Jessica Hsuan)
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Gigi Wong)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • TVB.com Curse of the Royal Harem - Official Website (Chinese)