The Legend of Mi Yue

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The Legend of Mi Yue
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Traditional羋月傳
Simplified芈月传
MandarinMǐ Yuè Zhuàn
GenreHistorical fiction
Based onMiyue Zhuan by Jiang Shenghuntnan
Written byJiang Shengnan
Wang Xiaoping
Directed byZheng Xiaolong
StarringSun Li
Liu Tao
Alex Fong
Huang Xuan
Gao Yunxiang
Ma Su
Opening themeFull Moon by Chen Sisi
Ending themeBeauty is a Dream by Henry Huo
West Wind by Alu Azhuo
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of episodes81
Production
Executive producer(s)Cao Ping
Production location(s)Inner Mongolia
Zhuzhou
Beijing Expo Park
Xiangshan
Hengdian World Studios
Production company(s)Dongyang Flowers Film and Television Culture Co. , LTD.
Ruyi Xinxin Pictures
Xianggela Film and Television Culture Dissemination Co. , LTD.
Release
Original networkDragon TV
Beijing TV
First shown inChina
Original release30 November 2015 (2015-11-30) –
9 January 2016 (2016-01-09)

The Legend of Mi Yue (Chinese: 羋月傳; pinyin: Mǐ Yuè Zhuàn; Wade–Giles: Mi3 Yüeh4 Chuan4) is a 2015 Chinese television series directed by Zheng Xiaolong and based on Jiang Shengnan's eponymous historical novel. It stars Sun Li in the title role of Mi Yue. The series aired 2 episodes daily on Beijing TV and Dragon TV from 30 November 2015 to 9 January 2016.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The story of Mi Yue (Queen Dowager Xuan), the first stateswoman in the history of China. Mi Yue was a young princess who lived in the Kingdom of Chu during the Warring States period. She was sent to Qin as a concubine and part of her sister Mi Shu's dowry, separating her from first love Huang Xie. King Ying Si passes away while his sons are still battling for the throne, and ultimately, Ying Dang comes out as the successor. Mi Yue is banished to Yan with her son Ying Ji. However, Ying Dang suddenly dies, leaving Qin in a state of chaos. Mi Yue enlists the help of the "barbarian" Yiqu army, successfully returning to Qin, suppressing political revolts and instates her son Ying Ji on the throne. Mi Yue goes on to become the first Empress Dowager (Empress Mother) in China’s history.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Chu[edit]

Qin[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming started on September 6, 2014 and ended on 29 January 2015.[2] The television series took place in Inner Mongolia, Zhuzhou, Beijing Expo Park, Xiangshan, and Hengdian World Studios.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • Full Moon (《满月》) by Chen Sisi
  • Beauty Is a Dream (《伊人如梦》) by Henry Huo
  • West Wind (《西风》) by Alu Azhuo

Reception[edit]

The series initially attracted attention due to its predecessor, Empresses in the Palace which is also directed by Zheng Xiaolong and stars Sun Li. During its broadcast, it attained high ratings and over 20 billion views online. However, the series did not receive the same critical acclaim and only has a Douban score of 5.5/10. Viewers feel that the plot of Mi Yue, which involves court intrigue between queens and concubines, was no longer fresh. The series has also been criticized for historical inaccuracies, plot (inconsistency and slow pace) and production quality.[4][5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominated work Result
1st China Quality Television Drama Ceremony Quality Grand Award Won
Audience Favorite TV Series (Dragon TV) Won
Outstanding Director Achievement Award Zheng Xiaolong Won
Most Popular Actress Liu Tao (also for Nirvana in Fire) Won
19th Huading Awards Best Director Zheng Xiaolong Nominated
Best Screenwriter Wang Xiaoping, Jiang Shengnan Nominated
Best Actress Sun Li Nominated
Best Actor (Ancient Drama) Gao Yunxiang Won
Alex Fong Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Ma Su Nominated
Best Producer Cao Ping Won
Top 10 Dramas Won
22nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Television Series Won
Best Director Zheng Xiaolong Nominated
Best Actress Sun Li Won
Best Supporting Actress Liu Tao Won
28th China TV Golden Eagle Award Outstanding Television Series Won
Best Director Zheng Xiaolong Won
Best Actress Liu Tao Nominated
Ma Su Nominated
Xu Baihui Nominated
Most Popular Actress Liu Tao Won
3rd Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China [6] Best Drama Won
Best Director Zheng Xiaolong Won
Best Supporting Actor Xu Wenguang Won
3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards[7] Best Historical Drama Won
Best Director Zheng Xiaolong Won
Best OST "Full Moon" Won
2nd Sino-American Int'l TV Festival Best Screenwriter Wang Xiaoping Nominated
12th Chinese American Film Festival[8] Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Chinese TV Series Won
11th National Top-Notch Television Production Award Ceremony[9] Outstanding Television Series Won
8th China TV Drama Awards Best Director Zheng Xiaolong Won
Breakthrough Spirit Award Ma Su Won

Controversy[edit]

The production team of the series sued Jiang Shengnan, a scriptwriter on the show, for violating her contract. Jiang had published her novel, a 7,000-character section of The Legend of Mi Yue, online in August 2015 before the series aired. Jiang was dissatisfied with the production team for not recognizing her contributions to the show. The Beijing Chaoyang District Court ruled in favor of the production team. This sparked a discussion about authors writing scripts for adaptations on screen in China.[10]

Broadcast[edit]

Channel location Broadcast date Remark
Beijing TV, Dragon TV Mainland China November 30, 2015 Monday to Sunday 19:35 - 21:00 (two eps)
Anhui TV December 8, 2015 Daily 22:00
Hebei TV, Zhejiang TV May 22, 2016 Daily 23:05

International broadcast

Channel location Broadcast date Remark
KSCI LA18 TV Los Angeles USA March 2, 2016 Monday to Friday 19:00 - 20:00 (One eps)
Astro Quan Jia HD Malaysia February 1, 2016 Mon-fri 19:00
Jia Le Channel Singapore March 24, 2016 Mon-Fri 22:00
CTS Main Channel Taiwan April 4, 2016 Mon-fri 20:00-22:00
Oh!K Singapore,
Malaysia
Indonesia,
Philippines,
Thailand,
Hong Kong
Coming Soon Wed-Fri 18:00-19:50

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'The Legend of Mi Yue' garners overseas attention". China.org.cn. 19 November 2015.
  2. ^ 传奇巨制《芈月传》再曝演员阵容 9月6日正式开机. Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). 19 August 2014.
  3. ^ 《芈月传》杀青 孙俪:郑晓龙改变我的人生. Tencent (in Chinese). 30 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Poor showing for 'Legend of Mi Yue' reveals a demand for higher quality TV". Global Times. 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Legendary viewing figures". Week in China. 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ 第三届"文荣奖"结果揭晓 黄轩、赵丽颖分获最佳男女主角. People's Daily (in Chinese). October 30, 2016.
  7. ^ 第三届亚洲彩虹奖2016获奖名单 (in Chinese).
  8. ^ "第十二屆中美電影節星光熠熠——開幕式暨金天使獎頒獎典禮耀動洛城". cafilmfestival.org. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  9. ^ 第十一届电视制片业颁奖落幕 秦海璐蒋欣等获十佳. ifeng. February 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "'The Legend of Mi Yue' dispute raises questions about adaptations". Sina. 1 December 2015.

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