I have been waiting for this TVB series for a whole year, finally, it will be released on 19th October 2009. The title of this post is the title of the series. The title tells all, the evil plots to survive and to achieve higher rankings among woman in palace (Tong Dynasty). The series will be 33 episodes long.
This idea of this series came out last year (2008), aimed to break the record of Jewel in the Palace (50 rating points) and Moonlight Resonance (50 rating points). This series is going to be similar with Korean’s Jewel in the Palace, now it’s Hong Kong version, which is said to be better.
The synopsis of the series: (source from Astro on Demand)
Imperial Household Bureau is responsible for managing and directing all household services to the Emperor and the Imperial family in Tong Dynasty. It is comprised of four departments, namely Jewels, Attire, Food and Furnishings. LAU SAM HO (Charmaine Sheh) and YIU KAM LING (Tavia Yeung) are introduced into the bureau in their tender age and brought up in the disciplines of the palace. The two girls are diligent. YUEN TSUI WAN (Susanna Kwan), Head of the Jewels, and CHUNG SUET HA (Michelle Yim), Head of the Attire, are both very fond of HO for she is a kind-hearted young girl. Soon, they start fighting for the fellowship of HO.
HO always remembers her mother’s words left to her before she passed away, that she was told, ‘Doing good deeds, Speaking good words, Showing goodwill’. She lives her life of being gracious and kind-hearted in the palace. On the other hand, LING believes her survival in palace is achieved through cruel and calculating tactics. She cheats and schemes her way to the top and finally becomes the concubine. Though she realizes that HO has fallen in love with the chess master KO HIN YEUNG (Kevin Cheng), her jealousy still arouses by HO’s attraction to the Emperor LEE YI (Moses Chan). Fearing that she is losing power, she ruthlessly makes up a false allegation against HO for murdering the Empress (Mary Hon) and condemns her to death. No matter how clever she is to scheme, things do not go the way she planned. By using a strong comparison of the two distinctive characters, HO and LING, the message of the drama is that “benevolence” is the only way to gain final victory.
Three exciting trailers of the series I have found out from YouTube:
Can’t wait to watch this series, really looking forward to it, high expectation on it, to be the most favourite and best TVB series of the year (the other contender is Rosy Business and Born Rich). TVB wants to promote more on Tavia Yeung Yi this time (last year winning Best Supporting Actress of her acting in Moonlight Resonance). This series, she will be the main villain, accompanying other experienced villains like Susan Tse (villain in Rosy Business), Michelle Yim (villain in Moonlight Resonance, Best Actress in 2008), Susanna Kwan (villain in Heart of Greed). This is the first time Tavia acting as villain character while Charmaine is always the good character (boring) one.
Lead actresses: Charmaine Sheh, Tavia Yeung, Michelle Yim, Susanna Kwan.
Lead actors: Moses Chan, Kevin Cheng.
Supporting actresses: Susan Tse, Selena Li, Kara Hui, Mary Hon, etc.
Must watch it on time, despite the busy schedule of my semester, because it’s almost end of my semester, time to complete all assignments, models, presentations, examinations, etc.