Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace
|Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace|
|Also known as||The Legend of Ruyi|
|Based on||Hou Gong Ru Yi Zhuan|
by Liu Lianzi
|Written by||Liu Lianzi|
|Directed by||Wang Jun|
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||87|
|Executive producer(s)||Huang Lan|
|Production company(s)||New Classics Media|
|Original network||Tencent, Jiangsu Television, Dragon Television|
|First shown in||China|
|Original release||August 20 –|
October 15, 2018
Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace (Chinese: 如懿传; pinyin: Rúyì Zhuàn) is a 2018 Chinese television series based on novel Hou Gong Ru Yi Zhuan by Liu Lianzi. Starring Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo, the series chronicles the marriage of Qianlong Emperor and Hoifa-Nara, the Step Empress. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed drama Empresses in the Palace. It aired on Tencent Video starting 20 August to 15 October 2018; during which it was streamed more than 15 billion times. It later went on national broadcast and aired simultaneously on Jiangsu Television and Dragon Television from 25 December 2018.
Despite receiving mixed reviews, the series eventually won acclaim for its exquisite props, lavish sets, affecting storyline and stellar cast and has a score of 7.4 points on Douban.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Soundtrack
- 5 Reception
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 International broadcast
- 8 References
With the Ula Nara clan in disgrace after Empress Yixiu falls out of favour, Ruyi (Zhou Xun) learns the politics of the harem and steadily climbs up the ranks to become Empress. Even after surviving multiple conspiracies at the hands of scheming concubines and successfully proving her innocence, her relationship with Qianlong (Wallace Huo) eventually becomes irreparable. Ruyi eventually becomes disillusioned with her husband and the harsh reality of life in the Palace.
With the love and trust between them fading, Ruyi is put aside by Qianlong in favour of Wei Yanwan, who seeks to one day displace Ruyi as Empress. Wei Yanwan is eventually promoted to the rank of Imperial Noble Consort (one rank before Empress), but her ruthless and biased actions in managing the Emperor's harem create enemies amongst notable concubines, who work to take her down.
Eventually Wei Yanwan's numerous evil deeds are exposed, and Qianlong delivers a stoic apology to Ruyi, knowing their relationship cannot be repaired. Wei Yanwan is given a slow-acting and extremely painful poison, for which she must ingest the antidote on a regular basis to prolong her suffering. The Emperor and Empress Dowager, knowing that if Wei Yanwan lives until her son becomes emperor she will live a life of luxury, permit her the release of death.
The series ends as Emperor Emeritus Qianlong cuts his hair and intertwines it with the lock of hair that Ruyi cut decades earlier when she declared she no longer wanted to be his Empress. Qianlong dies with the two locks of hair in his hand as Ruyi's favourite plant blooms for the first time in decades.
|Zhou Xun||Ula Nara Ruyi (乌拉那拉·如懿)||Yanxi Palace
|The Step Empress (继皇后)|
Lady Qing (Ce fujin) → Consort Xian → Noble Lady Xian → Commoner → Consort Xian → Noble Consort Xian → Imperial Noble Consort → Empress → Empress Yikun
Come from the Ula Nara clan of Plain Yellow Banner, birth name is Qingying (青樱), niece of Empress Jingren Ula Nara Yixiu. She was his childhood friend and lover of Hongli, later become one of Qianlong's secondary wives. When Empress Jingren is disposed due to her crimes affected Qingying's standing in the palace so she have to make amends to Empress Dowager Chongqing.
|Wallace Huo||Aisin Gioro Hongli (爱新觉罗·弘历)||Prince Bao Manor
|Qianlong Emperor (乾隆皇帝)|
Prince Bao of the First Rank → Qianlong Emperor
Fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, who had a strained relationship with his foster mother Zhenhuan, the Empress Dowager Niohuru. A selfish and insecure ruler; his suspicious nature caused him to become distrustful of Ruyi despite her love for him. After learning the truth, he tries to reconcile with Ruyi but failed. He later have to face the pain after she died, desperately trying to find the memory of the woman he once truly loved.
|Janine Chang||Keliyete Hailan (珂里叶特·海兰)||Xianfu Palace
|Noble Consort Yu (愉贵妃)|
Embroidery Lady → Lady Hai (Shu fujin) → First Class Female Attendant Hai → Noble Lady Hai → Concubine Yu → Consort Yu → Noble Consort Yu (posthumous)
|Dong Jie||Fuca Langhua (富察·琅嬅)||Changchun Palace||Empress Xiaoxianchun (孝贤纯皇后)|
Di fujin → Empress
|Xin Zhilei||Jin Yuyan/Kim Ok-yeon (金玉妍/김옥연)||Qixiang Palace||Imperial Noble Consort Shujia (淑嘉皇贵妃)|
Lady Jin (Shu fujin) → Noble Lady Jia → Concubine Jia → Consort Jia → Noble Consort Jia → Concubine Jia → Noble Lady Jia → Concubine Jia → Noble Consort Jia → Second Class Female Attendant
Jin → Noble Consort Jia → Commoner → Imperial Noble Consort Shujia (posthumous)
|Tong Yao||Gao Xiyue (高晞月)||Xianfu Palace||Imperial Noble Consort Huixian (慧贤皇贵妃)|
Lady Gao (Ce fujin) → Noble Consort Hui → Imperial Noble Consort Hui → Imperial Noble Consort Huixian (posthumous)
|Li Chun||Wei Yanwan (卫嬿婉/魏嬿婉)||Yongshou Palace||Empress Xiaoyichun (孝仪纯皇后)|
Palace maid of Consort Chun → Palace Maid of the Royal Garden → Palace Maid of Consort Jia →Palace Maid of the Yangxin Palace→ Second Class Female Attendant Wei → First Class Female Attendant Wei → Noble Lady Ling → Concubine Ling → Consort Ling → Second Class Female Attendant Wei → Noble Lady Ling → Concubine Ling → Consort Ling → Noble Consort Ling → Imperial Noble Consort →Imperial Noble Cosort Lingyi (posthumous)
|Hu Ke||Su Lüyun (苏绿筠)||Zhongcui Palace||Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui (纯惠皇贵妃)|
Lady Su (Shu fujin) → Concubine Chun → Consort Chun → Noble Consort Chun → Imperial Noble Consort
|He Hongshan||Bai Ruiji (白蕊姬)||Yonghe Palace
|Concubine Mei (玫嫔)|
Musician of South Manor → Second Class Female Attendant Mei → First Class Female Attendant Mei → Noble Lady Mei → Concubine Mei
|Chen Haoyu||Yehe Nara Yihuan (叶赫那拉·意欢)||Chuxiu Palace||Consort Shu (舒妃)|
Noble Lady Shu → Concubine Shu → Consort Shu
|Zeng Yixuan||Socolun Aruo (索绰伦·阿箬)||Qixiang Palace||Concubine Shen (慎嫔)|
Palace maid of Ruyi → Imperial palace maid → First Class Female Attendant Shen → Noble Lady Shen → Concubine Shen → Commoner
|Cao Xiwen||Chen Wanyin (陈婉茵)||Zhongcui Palace||Noble Consort Wan (婉贵妃)|
Shu fujin → Second Class Female Attendant Wan → First Class Female Attendant Wan → Noble Lady Wan → Concubine Wan → Consort Wan → Noble Consort Wan (posthumous)
|Zhang Jianing||Barin Meiruo (巴林·湄若)||Chuxiu Palace||Noble Consort Ying (颖贵妃)|
Concubine Ying → Consort Ying → Noble Consort Ying
|Liu Meitong||Bai'erguosishe (拜尔果斯氏)||Xianfu Palace||Concubine Ke (恪嫔)|
Noble Lady Ke → Concubine Ke
|Li Qin||Han Xiangjian (寒香见)||Chengqian Palace
|Consort Rong (容妃)|
Noble Lady Rong → Concubine Rong → Consort Rong
|Yu Yang||Lu Muping (陆沐萍)||Jingyang Palace||Imperial Noble Consort Qinggong (庆恭皇贵妃)|
First Class Female Attendant Qing → Noble Lady Qing → Concubine Qing → Noble Lady Qing → Concubine Qing → Consort Qing → Noble Consort Qing → Imperial Noble Consort Qinggong (posthumous)
|Han Dantong||Huang Qiying (黄琦莹)||Jingyang Palace
|Concubine Yi (仪嫔)|
Personal maid of Langhua → Shu fujin → Noble Lady Yi → Concubine Yi (posthumous)
|Zhao Ke||Borjigit Eyinzhu (博尔济吉特·厄音珠)||Yonghe Palace||Consort Yu (豫妃)|
Concubine Yu → Consort Yu
|Sun Wenting||Lady Lin (林氏)||Jingren Palace||Noble Lady Gong (恭贵人)|
First Class Female Attendant Gong → Noble Lady Gong
|Wang Mian||Lady Sirin Gioro (西林覺羅氏)||Jingren Palace||First Class Female Attendant Xi (禧常在)|
|Zhao Ruoxi||Xiu Liqin (秀丽琴)||Jingyang Palace
|First Class Female Attendant Xiu (秀常在)|
Palace maid → Second Class Female Attendant Xiu → First Class Female Attendant Xiu
|Zhu Jue||Lady Socolun (索綽倫氏)||Jingyang Palace||First Class Female Attendant Rui (瑞常在)|
|Song Qinglin||Lady Lu (陸氏)||Jingyang Palace||First Class Female Attendant Lu (柏常在)|
|Xia Yuxia||Lady Kui (揆氏)||Yonghe Palace||First Class Female Attendant Kui (揆常在) |
Lady → Second Class Female Attendant Kui → First Class Female Attendant Kui
|Qu Rong||Lady Ping (平氏)||Yonghe Palace||First Class Female Attendant Ping (平常在)|
|Huang Lulu||Jingyang Palace||First Class Female Attendant Bai (白常在)|
|Sun Wanting||First Class Female Attendant Ning (宁常在)|
|Yang Wanyi||First Class Female Attendant Wu (武常在)|
|Gao Rui||First Class Female Attendant Bai|
|Jin Ning||First Class Female Attendant Fu (福常在)|
Imperial members of the Qing dynasty
|Zhang Fengyi||Aisin Gioro Yinzhen (爱新觉罗·胤禛)||Yangxin Palace||Yongzheng Emperor (雍正皇帝) |
Father of Qianlong Emperor.
|Joan Chen||Ula Nara Yixiu (乌拉那拉·宜修)||Palace of Great Benevolence||Empress Jingren (景仁宫皇后)|
Former Empress of Yongzheng Emperor; Ruyi's aunt.
|Vivian Wu||Niohuru Zhenhuan (钮祜禄·甄嬛)||Yongshou Palace
|Empress Dowager Chongqing (崇庆皇太后)|
Foster mother of Qianlong Emperor.
Although she appeared to share a civil relationship with Qianlong, they are wary and suspicious of each other. In order to ensure that she continues to thrive in the inner court, she placed concubines that were subservient to her by Qianlong's side to spy on him.
|Zhu Yan||Dowager Concubine Ji (吉太嫔) |
A disposed concubine who was banished to the Cold palace, where she met Ruyi and attempted to assassinate Zhenhuan.
Ma Qiyue (young)
|Aisin Gioro Hongshi (爱新觉罗·弘时)||Third son of Yongzheng Emperor; foster son of Yixiu.|
He was stripped of his noble rank and banished from the palace after being suspected of treason.
|Wang Xiao||Aisin Gioro Hongzhou (爱新觉罗·弘昼)||Prince He Manor||Prince He of the First Rank (和亲王)|
Fifth son of Yongzheng Emperor.
|Tang Chengjing||Lady Ujaku (吳扎庫氏)||Prince He Manor||Hongzhou's wife.|
|Xuan Lu||Aisin Gioro Hengchuo (爱新觉罗·恒娖)||Elder Princess Duanshu (端淑長公主)|
Yongzheng Emperor and Zhenhuan's elder daughter.
She was married to the Mongol clan since young.
|Wang Herun||Aisin Gioro Hengti (爱新觉罗·恆媞)||Elder Princess Roushu (柔淑長公主)|
Yongzheng Emperor and Zhenhuan's younger daughter.
Wang Donghe (teen)
Ye Kaiwan (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yonghuang (爱新觉罗·永璜)||Prince Bao Manor
Prince Ding Manor
|Prince Ding'an of the First Rank (定安亲王)|
Eldest prince, Ruyi's foster son (later Su Lüyun's).
Initially innocent and simple minded, he later grew to become ambitious and vie for the throne. He was instigated by Jin Yuyan into thinking the Empress killed his biological mother, the Imperial Noble Consort Zhemin, causing him to lose favor with the Emperor.
|Ma Yanan||Lady Ilari (伊拉里氏)||Prince Ding Manor||Yonghuang's wife.|
|Yu Yao||Aisin Gioro Yonglian (爱新觉罗·永琏)||Prince Bao Manor
|Crown Prince Duanhui (端慧皇太子)|
Second prince, Fuca Langhua's eldest son.
He died young due to weak health.
Wu Yuyu (teen)
Liu Sitong (young)
|Aisin Gioro Jingse (爱新觉罗·璟瑟)||Changchun Palace
Third princess Manor
|Princess Hejing of the First Rank (固倫和敬公主)|
Third princess, Fuca Langhua's daughter.
Proud and eloquent, she looks down on all the imperial consorts due to her noble birth. She especially disliked Ruyi due to her rivalry with Langhua, and chose to side with Wei Yanwan. She was later married to a Mongol prince.
Liu Zeyu (teen)
He Luanhui (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongzhang (爱新觉罗·永璋)||Zhongcui Palace
Third prince manor
|Prince Xun of the Second Rank (循郡王)|
Third prince, Su Lüyun's eldest son.
An ambitious and calculative royal, he was goaded by Su Lüyun to compete for position of the Crown Prince. He lost favour with Qianlong after the death of Empress Fuca.
Hu Xianxu (teen)
Rong Zibin (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongcheng (爱新觉罗·永珹)||Qixiang Palace
Prince Lü Manor
|Prince Lü of the First Rank (履亲王)|
Fourth prince, Jin Yuyan's eldest son.
He was initially favored, but lost Qianlong's trust after the Mulan Garden incident and was discovered of plotting for the position of Crown Prince. He was expelled from the palace and became the adoptive grandson of Yuntao, Qianlong's uncle, and eventually was conferred as the Prince Lüyi of the First Rank.
|Tang Mengjia||Lady Irgen Gioro (伊尔根觉罗氏)||Prince Lü Manor||Yongcheng's wife.|
Bian Cheng (teen)
Wuze Jinxi (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongqi (爱新觉罗·永琪)||Yanxi Palace
Prince Rong Manor
|Prince Rong of the First Rank (荣亲王)|
Fifth prince, Hailan's son.
Sensitive and intelligent, he was Qianlong's favourite son.
He distanced from Ruyi under the manipulations of Hu Yunjiao. He later died due to bone cellulitis.
|Janice Wu||Hu Yunjiao (胡芸角)||Prince Rong Manor||Yongqi's concubine, Nursemaid Tian's daughter.|
Yunjiao was manipuated by Wei Yanwan thinking that Ruyi caused the death of her mother. She was sent to Yongqi's side as a concubine, and sowed discord between Yongqi and Ruyi, which caused the Emperor to become suspicious of Ruyi.
|Li Yiru||Lady Sirin Gioro (西林觉罗氏)||Prince Rong Manor||Yongqi's wife.|
Zhou Jinshi (teen)
Chixu Xuanzhe (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongrong (爱新觉罗·永瑢)||Zhongcui Palace||Prince Shen|
Sixth prince, Su Lüyun's younger son.
|He Xinrui||Aisin Gioro Jingyan (愛新覺羅·璟妍)||Zhongcui Palace||Princess Hejia of the Second Rank (和硕和嘉公主)|
Fourth princess, Su Lüyun's daughter.
Ha Lin (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongxuan (爱新觉罗·永璇)||Qixiang Palace
|Prince Yi of the First Rank (儀親王).|
Eighth prince, Jin Yuyan's second son.
He was setup by Wei Yanwan, causing him to become crippled.
Zhang Yaoyang (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongxing (爱新觉罗·永瑆)||Qixiang Palace
Eleventh prince, Jin Yuyan's youngest son.
Ye Shengtong (teen)
Lin Jingjie (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongji (爱新觉罗·永璂)||Yikun Palace
|Twelfth prince, Ruyi's eldest son.|
|Lin Jingyi||Aisin Gioro Jingsi (爱新觉罗·璟兕)||Yikun Palace||Princess Heyi of the First Rank (固倫和宜公主)|
Fifth princess, Ruyi's daughter.
She was bitten by Jin Yuyan's dog, a setup by Wei Yanwan, causing her to be seriously injured and later passed away.
|Jin Ziqi||Aisin Gioro Jingyuan (爱新觉罗·璟妧)||Yongshou Palace
| Princess Hejing of the First Rank (固伦和静公主)|
Seventh princess, Wei Yanwan's eldest daughter.
She was raised by Barin Meiruo since birth, and believed Meiruo is her birth mother. She disliked Wei Yanwan, thinking that she harmed Ruyi.
|Chen Yuan'er||Aisin Gioro Jingyun (爱新觉罗·璟妘)||Yongshou Palace
| Princess Heke of the Second Rank（和硕和恪公主)|
Ninth princess, Wei Yanwan's younger daughter.
She was separated from Wei Yanwan since birth and has a weak relationship with her birth mother.
Chen Xuetao (young)
|Aisin Gioro Yongyan (愛新覺羅·永琰)||Yongshou Palace
Prince Jia Manor
|Prince Jia of the First Rank (嘉亲王)|
Fifteenth prince, Wei Yanwan's son.
He was later appointed the Crown Prince nearing the end of Qianlong's reign.
|Tang Jiaze||Qingyou (庆佑)||Yikun Palace||Son of Jingse.|
|Qin Yan||Zhang Tingyu (张廷玉)||Member of the Grand Council.|
He disliked the Empress Dowager, and often goes against her opinions.
|Jia Tinglong||Fuca Fuheng (富察·傅恒)||A senior officer and commander-in-chief. Brother of Fuca Langhua.|
|Gao Lancun||Gao Bin (高斌)||Qianlong's trusted minister. Gao Xiyue's father.|
|Wang Jinsong||Ula Nara Na'erbu (那爾布)||Left Minister. Ruyi's father.|
|Ma Weifu||Liu Tongxun (劉統勛)||Minister of the Eight Banners.|
|Huang Wei||Niohuru Naqin (钮祜禄·讷亲)||Minister of the Eight Banners. Close relative of Zhenhuan.|
|Zhang Xingzhe||Zhao Hui (兆惠)|
|Wu Lihua||Yue Zhongqi (岳钟琪)|
|Jing Chao||Ling Yunche (凌云彻)||N/A||
Imperial guard of the cold palace → Imperial guard of Kunning Palace → Royal Lanling Imperial guard → Royal Imperial guard of 3rd rank → Slave → Royal imperial guard of 2nd rank → Royal imperial guard of 1st rank → Eunuch of Yikun Palace
|Yuan Wenkang||Jiang Yubin (江与彬)||N/A||An imperial physician.|
He is Suoxin's childhood sweetheart and later husband.
|Meng Zhaozhong||Zhao Jiuxiao (趙九霄)||Kunning Palace||An imperial guard.|
Ling Yunche's good friend. He likes Lancui, and was threatened with Lancui's life by Wei Yanwan to frame Ruyi of harming the eight prince.
|Wang Quanyou||Qi Ru (齊汝)||N/A||Head imperial physician.|
He secretly worked for the Empress Dowager behind Qianlong's back, causing Qianlong to be infuriated. He was killed under the orders of Qianlong, with his death disguised as an accidental drowning.
|Ha Yingqun||Imperial Astronomer (钦天监)||N/A||He collaborated with Wei Yanwan to setup Yihuan and Ruyi, causing the Emperor and Ruyi to be distanced. Following the incidents, he was chased out of the palace, and killed secretly by Chunchan.|
|Steven Thomas Boergadine||Giuseppe Castiglione (郎世宁)||N/A||A royal painter.|
|Jin Song||Li Jinzhu (李金柱)||N/A||A guard at the Cold Palace.|
|Wang Liusheng||Physician Zhao (赵太医)||N/A|
|Feng Bao||Physician Bao (包太医)||N/A|
|Wang Zhimin||Physician Xu (许太医)||N/A|
|Huang Ningsheng||Physician Zhao (赵太医)||N/A|
|Xu Zhiming||Er Tao (二套)||N/A|
|Shen Baoping||Su Peisheng (蘇培盛)||Yangxin Palace||Personal attendant of Yongzheng.|
|Huang Ming||Li Yu (李玉)||Yangxin Palace||Deputy head attendant of Yangxin palace → Head attendant of Yangxin palace → Eunuch of Yuanming Garden → Head attendant of Yangxin Palace |
Personal attendant of Qianlong.
He often assists Ruyi because she once lent him a helping hand. He likes Suoxin.
|Hu Ming||Wang Qin (王钦)||Yangxin Palace||Head attendant of Yangxin Palace|
Personal attendant of Qianlong.
He likes Lianxin and forced her into a marriage by agreeing to work for Fuca Langhua. He was often hostile towards Li Yu.
He was sentenced to death after his treatment toward Lianxin was exposed through an elaborate plan by Ruyi.
|Jiang Xueming||Jinzhong (进忠)||Yangxin Palace||Attendant of Qianlong, Li Yu's disciple.|
He collaborated with Wei Yanwan to bring down Ruyi, so that he can take over Li Yu's place.
|Zhang Juju||Jinbao (進保)||Yangxin Palace||Attendant of Qianlong, Li Yu's disciple.|
|Han Yu||Xiao Linzi (小林子)||Yangxin Palace||Attendant of Qianlong. |
He was bribed by Gao Xiyue to obtain information for Gao Bin.
|Li Qi||San Bao (三宝)||Yanxi Palace
|Personal attendant of Ruyi.|
|Gao Weibo||Xiao Fuzi (小福子)||Yanxi Palace||Attendant of Ruyi.|
|Chen Zhuo||Wu Fu (五福)||Yanxi Palace||Attendant of Ruyi.|
|Zhong Weihua||Cheng Han (成翰)||Shoukang Palace
|Personal attendant of Zhenhuan. |
He was sent by Langhua to keep an eye on Zhenhuan.
|Ma Bo||Zhao Yitai (赵一泰)||Changchun Palace||Personal attendant of Langhua.|
|Liu Zikai||Qian Shuangxi (钱双喜)||Xianfu Palace||Personal attendant of Gao Xiyue.|
|Chen Muyi||Wang Chan (王蟾)||Yongshou Palace||Personal attendant of Wei Yanwan.|
|Wang Peidong||Xiao Lizi (小栗子)||Zhongcui Palace||Attendant of Su Lüyun, later eunuch of the Study Room.|
|Yang Shuo||Xu An (徐安)||N/A||Head Eunuch of the House of Respectful Affairs.|
|Yu Tong||Qin Li (秦立)||N/A||Eunuch of the Internal Affairs Department.|
|Yang Yang||Xiao Lüzi (小禄子)||N/A||Eunuch of the Imperial kitchen. |
He was instructed by Langhua to frame Ruyi.
|Zhang Shu||Xiao Anzi (小安子)||N/A||Eunuch of the Internal Affairs Department. |
He was instructed by Langhua to frame Ruyi.
|A Xing||Xiao Leizi (小磊子)||Prince Rong Manor||Personal attendant of Yongqi.|
|Chang Cheng||Xiao Guizi (小贵子)|
|Wang Zhen||Xiao Shunzi (小顺子)|
|Xiao Lezi (小乐子)|
|Liu Xue||Eunuch Ma (马公公)||N/A|
|Chen Xiaoyun||Suoxin (惢心)||Yanxi Palace
|Personal attendant of Ruyi.|
Observant and kind-hearted, she remained loyal to Ruyi through thick and thin. She likes Jiang Yubin and later gets married to him. She became disabled after Jin Yuyan put her through excessive torture.
|Qi Huan||Rong Pei (容珮)||Yikun Palace||Personal attendant of Ruyi.|
A capable and firm woman, she is very loyal toward Ruyi, she killed herself after Ruyi passed away.
|Zheng Shuijing||Lingzhi (菱枝)||Yikun Palace||Attendant of Ruyi.|
|Chen Erjia||Yunzhi (芸枝)||Yikun Palace||Attendant of Ruyi.|
|Li Linfei||Shuizhi (水芝)||Yanxi Palace||Attendant of Ruyi.|
|Gong Xiaoxuan||Yuhu (毓瑚)||Yangxin Palace||Imperial palace maid. |
Former personal attendant of Qianlong's birth mother and current attendant of Qianlong, she assists Qianlong in keeping an eye of the internal palace.
|Guo Hong||Fujia (福珈)||Shoukang Palace
|Personal attendant of Zhenhuan.|
|Zhang Yanyan||Xiuxia (绣夏)||Jingren Palace||Personal attendant of Yixiu.|
|Min Chunxiao||Sulian (素練)||Changchun Palace||Personal attendant of Fuca Langhua. |
She often helped Langhua plot against the other consorts behind her back. She was later killed by Zhenshu.
|Wang Xiaocheng||Lianxin (蓮心)||Changchun Palace||Personal attendant of Fuca Langhua.|
She was married off to Wang Qin by the Empress in exchange for Wang Qin's loyalty.
Lianxin chose not to save Langhua when she fell into the waters, ultimately leading to Langhua's death. She committed suicide later out of guilt.
|Liu Jia||Yexin (叶心)||Xianfu Palace
|Personal attendant of Hailan.|
|Zhang Huanhuan||Xiangyun (香云)||Xianfu Palace
|Attendant of Hailan.|
She was instructed by Gao Xiyue to frame Hailan of stealing her charcoal.
|Li Bingyi||Zezhi (泽芝)||Xianfu Palace
|Attendant of Ruyi, later sent to serve Hailan.|
|Xia Nan||Lixin (丽心)||Qixiang Palace||Personal attendant of Jin Yuyan.|
|Guo Yuanyuan||Zhenshu/Jung Swuk (貞淑/정숙)||Qixiang Palace||Personal attendant of Jin Yuyan. A highly skilled healer from Joseon. |
She was responsible for framing Ruyi of having an affair with Anji Bosang. After her plan was exposed, she was sent back to Joseon.
|Zhou Xiaoqin||Palace maid Yan (妍宫女)||Qixiang Palace||Attendant of Jin Yuyan.|
|Sun Qianqian||Moxin (茉心)||Xianfu Palace||Personal attendant of Gao Xiyue. |
After Gao Xiyue's death, she sought revenge for her by colluding with Bai Ruiji to pass on smallpox to the seventh prince, leading to his death.
|Li Mengyang||Xingxuan (星璇)||Xianfu Palace||Attendant of Gao Xiyue.|
|Wang Chun (王純)||Chunchan (春婵)||Yongshou Palace||Personal attendant of Wei Yanwan.|
Often the mastermind behind Wei Yanwan's schemes. She was scarred by the incident of Ling Yunche and Lancui, and later exposed Wei Yanwan's evil doings to the Emperor.
|Yang Liu||Lancui (瀾翠)||Yongshou Palace||Personal maid of Wei Yanwan. |
She was used as a bait by Wei Yanwan to threaten Zhao Jiuxiao into harming the eighth prince.
|Bai Lan||Kexin (可心)||Zhongcui Palace||Personal attendant of Su Lüyun.|
|Ding Liuyan||Suyun (俗云)||Yonghe Palace
|Personal attendant of Bai Ruiji.|
|Shi Min||Hexi (荷惜)||Chuxiu Palace||Personal attendant of Yihuan.|
|Zhang Xinying||Xinyan (新燕)||Qixiang Palace||Personal attendant of Aruo.|
|Wang Jingya||Shunxin (顺心)||Zhongcui Palace||Personal attendant of Chen Wanyin.|
|Wang Xinwen||Abao (阿宝)||Chuxiu Palace||Personal attendant of Barin Meiruo.|
|Zhang Menghan||Xianfu Palace||Personal maid of Kezhuzi.|
|Chen Mengxi||Xipo (喜珀)||Chengqian Palace
|Personal attendant of Han Xiangjian.|
|Gao Dongyu||Hali (哈丽)||Chengqian Palace
|Attendant of Han Xiangjian.|
|Zhang Xinyuan||Guli (古丽)||Chengqian Palace
|Attendant of Han Xiangjian.|
|Ma Lan||Jingyang Palace||Personal attendant of Lu Muping.|
|Huang Wen||Huaixin (怀心)||Jingyang Palace
|Personal attendant of Huang Qiying.|
|Zhao Jing||Duoyun (朵云)||Yonghe Palace||Personal attendant of Eyinzhu.|
|Jin Xi||Duoyan (朵颜)||Yonghe Palace||Personal attendant of Eyinzhu.|
|Tian Miao||Nursemaid Tian (田嬷嬷)||N/A||Hu Yunjiao's mother. |
She was bought over by Wei Yanwan and committed many evil deeds for her.
|Wang Wei||Sakda Miaoqian (萨克达·茂倩)||Daughter of an official. She was bethrothed to Ling Yunche as his wife.|
Due to her background as one of the lady of the eight banners, she looked down on Ling Yunche and did not have a good relationship with him. Due to her jealousy, she collaborated with Eyinzhu to accuse him of having an affair with Ruyi.
|Yu Shaoqun||Anji Bosang (安吉波桑)||A senior monk. |
He was framed by Jin Yuyan and was accused of having an affair with Ruyi.
|Zhang Yuxi||Shui Linglong (水玲珑)||A famous courtesan favored by Qianlong.|
|Li Guangjie||Prince Yu (玉氐王爺)||Prince of Joseon. Jin Yuyan's first love.|
|Fang Xiaoli||Madame Na (那夫人)||Ruyi's mother.|
|Cai Wenyan||Madame Fuca (富察夫人)||Langhua's mother.|
|Meng Xiu||Madame Wei (卫夫人)||Wei Yanwan's mother. A greedy and obnoxious woman.|
She took the blame of harming Ruyi's children for Wei Yanwan, and was put to death.
|Song Jiateng||Zhaqi (扎齐)||Hailan's nephew. A greedy and obnoxious man.|
He was manipulated by Wei Yanwan to frame Hailan of harming Ruyi's children.
|Xu Xiaoning||Zuolu (佐禄)||Wei Yanwan's younger brother.|
|Wu Rige||Saisang Gendun (赛桑根敦)||Ruler of Khorchin tribe. Eyinzhu's father.|
|Liu Jun||Han Ati (寒阿提)||Ruler of Han tribe. Han Xiangjian's father.|
|Wang Leifang||Han Qi (寒企)||Han Xiangjian's first love.|
|Liu Yupu||Bai'erguosi (拜尔果斯)||Kezhuzi's father.|
|Zhang Xiaolin||Anduo (安多)||Anji Bosang's disciple.|
|Huang Deyi||Tian Jun (田俊)||Nursemaid Tian's son, Hu Yunjiao's brother.|
|Fang Yuchen||Yao'er (桃儿)||Madame Wei's maid.|
The series is directed by Wang Jun, produced by Huang Lan, and written by the author of the original novel Liu Lianzi. The series also employed William Chang and Tongxun Chen as their overall style director, Han Zhong as art director and Peng Xuejun as cinematography director.
New Classics Media picked up the series for a 90-episode season (later shortened to 87), and each episode cost approximately S$1.95 million, making it the most expensive television series in China.
On January 14, 2016, it was announced that Zhou Xun will play the leading role of Hoifa-Nara, the Step Empress. The role of Qianlong Emperor, the male lead, was announced to be portrayed by Wallace Huo on May 27. On August 3, actors Janine Chang, Vivian Wu, Dong Jie, Tong Yao, Jing Chao, Xin Zhilei, Li Chun, Zeng Yixuan and Chen Haoyu were cast in major supporting roles for the drama. Around 5,000 actors competed for roles in the drama.
|1.||"Double Shadow (双影)" (Theme song (Ending theme episode 47 onwards))||Yi Jiayang||Ding Wei & Jim Lee||A-mei & Sandy Lam|
|2.||"Incense & Fleeting Years (沉香流年)" (Opening theme song (episode 1-46))||Yi Ming||Yi Ming & Wang Yaoguang||Lei Jia|
|3.||"Like the Fragrance of Plum Blossoms We Once Knew (梅香如故)" (Ending theme song (episode 1-38, 40-46))||Lv Jingye||Chen Shimei||Mao Buyi & Zhou Shen|
|4.||"Things stay the same, but people have changed (人非物是)" (Opening theme (episode 47 onwards))||Chen Shimei||Asia Philharmonic Orchestra|
|5.||"Worries (心事)" (Ending theme song (episode 39 only))||Lv Jingye||Yan Qing||Deng Tongtian|
The series received mixed responses from viewers.
Many feel underwhelmed by the unaggressive heroine, who was not able to face off the villain consorts even in the second half of the drama, thus making her character design flawed and unconvincing. The drama was also criticized for its anti-climax story and depressive tone. Critics felt that it was ironic and unbelievable for the protagonist to pursue monogamy in a highly feudalistic context. The slow pacing in the first half of the drama was pointed out, with critics believing that the screenwriters neglecting a compact story-telling to flesh out the characters.
The series has also received criticism over the age of the leading performers, with viewers saying they made unconvincing teenagers, and criticized the series' producers for not using younger actors to portray the lovestruck teens. Viewers were also divided over the lack of dubbing for Zhou Xun’s 15-year-old character, as they felt that her voice was “too raspy” and “mature” for a teenager.
However there were also praises for the drama. Zhang Hanyue, a writer and critic, said “The show becomes more and more heart-tugging as the story goes deep". Many viewers agree that Ruyi bears many characteristics of a modern female. Vogue magazine commented that the drama actually recorded “the failure of a high-end girl” because what Ruyi had been pursuing was spiritual connections with her spouse; and such a pursuit represents the taste and ideal of the modern middle class. Critics agree that the drama introduces a new light to and narrative of palace dramas, deviating from the existing patterns of treacherous harem games. The drama won acclaim for its exquisite props, lavish sets and stellar cast.
Awards and nominations
|24th Huading Awards||Best Director||Wang Jun||Nominated|||
|Best Actor||Wallace Huo||Nominated|
|12th Tencent Video Star Awards||Best Web Drama||Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace||Won|||
|Golden Bud - The Third Network Film And Television Festival||Top 10 Web Drama||Won|||
|Influence of Recreational Responsibilities Awards||Web Drama of the Year||Won|||
|2nd Asian Academy Creative Awards||Best Leading Actress||Zhou Xun||Won|||
On 10 June 2016, Fox Networks Group Asia (FNG) and Turner Broadcasting System Asia acquired global rights outside mainland China to the series. It was the first epic period drama secured by FNG for markets outside China, and was carried by STAR Chinese Channel (SCC), the flagship Chinese general entertainment channel, starting 20 August 2018 in selected countries, Rerun on August 6, 2019 in All Countries For Return a Year.
From 27 November 2018, it aired on Fox Taiwan. From 27 December 2018, it aired on Talentvision Canada. To date it has debuted in 18 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Philippines.
|United States||Fox Networks Group||20 August 2018||Dubbed with English|
|Hong Kong and Southeast Asia Countries||Star Chinese Channel||20 August - 18 December 2018||Rerun On 6 August, 2019 at 15:00 and Next Day 1:00 in All Countries|
|Vietnam||HTV7||1 September 2018||Dubbed With Vietnamese|
|Taiwan||Fox Taiwan||27 November 2018||Original Language|
|Canada||Talentvision Canada||27 December 2018||Dubbed with English or Chinese|
|Japan||WOWOW TV||29 May 2019|
|Philippines||GMA Network||Coming Soon||A Part Of GMA The Heart of Asia and Dubbed in Tagalog|
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