The Glamorous Imperial Concubine

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The Glamorous Imperial Concubine
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Also known as Introduction of the Princess
Traditional
Simplified
Mandarin Qīng Shì Huángfēi
Cantonese King1 Sai3 Wong4-fei1
Genre fantasy, costume drama, romance, historical fiction, drama
Format serial
Based on Qing Shi Huangfei by Murong Yin'er
Written by Zhang Yingjun
Shao Sihan
Directed by Lin Feng
George Leung
Presented by Ouyang Changlin
He Yongwei
Gao Xixi
Qi Niaoding
Danny Zhang
Michael Chi
Starring Ruby Lin
Wallace Huo
Kevin Yan
Jennifer Hung
Kara Hui
Dai Chunrong
Tony Yang
Opening theme "Qing Shi Huangfei" (倾世皇妃/傾世皇妃) performed by Ruby Lin
Ending theme "Qingting Wo" (倾听我/傾聽我) performed by Ruby Lin
"Qing Shi" (倾世/傾世) performed by Wallace Huo
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 42
Production
Executive producer(s) Lisa Tan
Producer(s) Ruby Lin
Mu Xiaosui
Location(s) China
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Beijing Heyin TV & Culture Co.
Ruby Lin Studio
Distributor Hunan Broadcasting System
Broadcast
Original channel Hunan Television
Original run 30 September 2011 – 20 October 2011

Qing Shi Huangfei, also known as The Glamorous Imperial Concubine or Introduction of the Princess, is a 2011 Chinese television series starring and produced by Ruby Lin. Based on a novel of the same title by Murong Yinr (simplified Chinese: 慕容湮儿; traditional Chinese: 慕容湮兒; pinyin: Mùróng Yīnr / Mùróng Yīner), it was Lin's producing debut.

Filming for the series started on 19 January 2011 in Hengdian and wrapped up on 6 April 2011. It was first aired in China on HBS on 30 September 2011.[1]

Storyline[edit]

Ma Fuya (Ruby Lin) is a princess of the Chu state in 10th-century imperial China during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. In this time of warring kingdoms and political upheaval, Fuya's uncle usurps the throne, and brutally wipes out her family. Fuya bravely takes on the quest of avenging her family and restoring her kingdom, no matter the cost. Loved by both the Prince of Later Shu, Meng Qiyou (Kevin Yan) and the Prince of Northern Han, Liu Liancheng (Wallace Huo), the exiled princess becomes entrenched in the Shu court succession struggle, and the battle between their contending states. Rising to power amid war, romance, and betrayal, what fate awaits Fuya, her people, and her love?

Cast[edit]

  • Ruby Lin as Ma Fuya/Mei Ying - Princess of Chu
  • Kevin Yan as Meng Qiyou - Eldest prince of Shu and Ma Fuya's true love.
  • Wallace Huo as Liu Liancheng - Crown prince of Northern Han.
  • Jennifer Hung as Ma Xiangyun - Ma Fuya's cousin, married with Liu Liancheng.
  • Liu Zijiao as Liu Liansi - Liu Liancheng's sister and Ma Fuya's rival in love.
  • Tony Yang as Liu Lianxi - Liu Liancheng's brother. He is good at use poison.
  • Mao Zijun as Ma Duyun - Brother of Ma Fuya. After the memory loss, he was raised by Lianxi.
  • Kara Hui as Du Feihong - Empress of Shu. Qiyou and Qixing's mother.
  • Wang Lin as Han Zhaoyi - Kingdom of Shu Emperor's consorts.
  • Dai Chunrong as Dowager Dugu - Mother of Liancheng.
  • Qiu Shuang as Meng Qixing - Third prince of Shu.
  • Miao Haojun as Hua Ziqiao - Eunuch Hua of Chu.
  • Kang Qunzhi as Lin Muyi - Empress of Chu, Fuya's mother.
  • Jiang Kai as Meng Zhixiang - Emperor of Shu.
  • Tamia Liu as Wen Jingruo - Lady Jing. She is in love with Qi You.
  • Wang Yu as Meng Qiyun - Second prince. Qiyou’s half brother whose mother is Mei.
  • Zheng Kai as Han Ming - General of Later Shu. He loves Han Zhaoyi.
  • Yang Kaichun as Yunzhu - Palace maid. And Fuya's best friend.
  • Liu Yong as Ma Yin - Ruler of Chu, Fuya's father.
  • Hao Zejia as Du Wan - Niece of Empress Du. She married with Qixing.
  • Chen Chen as Su Yao - Fuya's friends, executed for being a spy.
  • Hao Luofan as Xiaoxingan - Fuya family's faithful maid.
  • Sun Xi as Mo Chou - White haired faithful servant of Empress Du.
  • Bai Jie as Ping Zi
  • Qiao Renliang as Zhao Kuangyin
  • Zhou Yiwei as Chai Rong, prince of Zhou
  • Zhang Xiaochen as Shenzhi, prince of Min
  • Wu Xin
  • Du Haitao[2]

As her first production, Lin invited almost all actors herself, most of whom she had collaborated before, including Dai Chunrong and Miao Haojun in My Fair Princess (1998), Wang Lin in Romance in the Rain (2001), Wallace Huo in Sound of Colors (2006), Wang Yu in Ancestral Temple (2007), Tamia Liu in Da Li Princess (2009), Kang Qunzhi in Su Dongpo (2009) and Three Kingdoms (2010), Kevin Yan, Mao Zijun, Zhang Xiaochen and Du Junze (as well as Dai again) in Beauty's Rival in Palace (2010), and Zhou Yiwei in Monopoly Exposure (2011). Hao Luofan is Dai's daughter.

Characters[edit]

Cast Role Brief description
Ruby Lin Ma Fu Ya
(马馥雅)
Beautiful, smart, resourceful, is compassionate to friends, but does not concede to hostility. She is the exiled Princess of the Kingdom of Chu, as her father's throne was usurped by her uncle, and she was forced to flee as he sent assassins after her. Firstly marrying the King of Shu, who gives her the title, Yi Fei. She later marries Lian Cheng, the King of Northern Han, who titles her Di Huang Fei.
Kevin Yan Meng Qi You
(孟祈佑)
The Prince of Shu, entangled in a power struggle between his father the King and Mother the Queen. He was raised believing that his mother never loved him, preferring his younger brother the Crown Prince, and that his father had wanted him to ascend to his throne. Eventually, after his father's death, because of his younger brother's cowardice regarding the invading Northern Han army, he was made the emperor instead of his younger brother.
Wallace Huo Liu Lian Cheng
(刘连城)
He is the Crown Prince, and later the Emperor of Northern Han. Fu Ya's father had betrothed her to him when their kingdoms were forming an alliance. He searches for her in vain after she goes missing following the rebellion in the Kingdom of Chu. Though deeply in love with her, he is unsuccessful in obtaining Fu Ya's true love.
Hong Xiao Ling Ma Xiang Yun
(马湘云)
Cousin of Ma Fu Ya. Her father killed King of Chu (father of FuYa). She wants to become the Empress of Northern Han, not only because of her infatuation for Lian Cheng but also due to her strong, selfish desire for power. Xiang Yun was extremely jealous of Fu Ya and blames Fu Ya for all her misfortunes and failures.
Tony Yang Liu Lian Xi
(刘连曦)
A master in medicine, poison and the martial arts. Lian Cheng's cold-hearted half brother and close ally, Lian Xi admires and trusts his older brother.
Qiu Shuang Meng Qi Xing
(孟祈星)
QiYou's younger brother. He desires for FuYa to be his wife. The Crown Prince and later Emperor of the Kingdom of Shu. Although pathetic and immature, he was loving and kind. Later, under the influence of his Empress, he became foolish and cold-hearted. He hated Qi You after discovering that he was in love with Fu Ya.
Liu Zi Jiao Liu Lian Si
(刘连思)
Lian Cheng's younger sister. After Qi You was captured by Lian Cheng, she fell in love with Qi You. Aware of Qi You’s love for Fu Ya, she befriends her in order to get closer to him. Selfish and arrogant, she later betrays Fu Ya in her jealousy. She is never able to obtain Qi You's love.

Featured songs[edit]

Award[edit]

2011 YOUKU annual award[5]

  • Won: Best producer - Ruby Lin
  • Won: Best actress - Ruby Lin
  • Won: Most appealing actor - Wallace Huo
  • Won: Top 10 TV drama of the year
  • Won: Best supporting actor - Mao Zi Jun
  • Won: Best supporting actress - Hong Xiao Ling

TV Drama Awards Made in China[6]

  • Won: Best producer - Ruby Lin
  • Won: Most popular actor - Kevin Yan

Dragon TV Awards

  • Won : Most favorite TV series of the year

TVshow Entertainment Awards

  • Won : Best Actress of the Year - Ruby Lin
  • Won : Most Favorite Female Character
  • Nom : Best Supporting Actress of the Year - Kara Hui

2012 Vietnam DAN Movie Awards

  • Won : Most favorite actress (Taiwan region)
  • Nom : Most favorite TV series
  • Won : Most favorite character - Ma Fu Ya

2012 Annual Jeanwest Entertainment Awards

  • Won : Best TV actress - Ruby Lin
  • Won : Popular actor - Kevin Yan

2012 China Hua Ding Awards

  • Nominated : Most favorite TV actress - Ruby Lin
  • Nominated : Best actress for ancient TV series

Reception[edit]

  • From the first episode, it ranked 1st place at a same time slot (Source:CNS 27)
  • "Audience members said they were surprised by almost every episode" --- China CCTV[7]

International broadcasts[edit]

Country TV Network Series Premiere Alternate title
China Hunan TV 30 September 2011 倾世皇妃 (Qing Shi Huangfei)
Taiwan CTV 22 November 2011 傾世皇妃 (Qing Shi Huangfei)
Korea Chung Hua TV 7 January 2012 경세황비 (Gyeong Se Hwang Bi)
USA ICN TV network 7 February 2012 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine
Malaysia ASTRO March 2012 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine
Vietnam Today TV 21 June 2012 Khuynh Thế Hoàng Phi
Hong Kong TVB Paid channel 25 July 2012 倾世皇妃
Japan LaLa TV 2 December 2013 傾城の皇妃~乱世を駆ける愛と野望~

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