Feng Shaofeng and Ariel Lin share a few moments of happiness in the King of Lanling’s ultimately tragic life. The drama comes out August 14th.
The upcoming drama Prince of Orchid Hills (Lanling) is set 1400 years ago, set against the strife between the Northern Qi and Northern Zhou dynasties. It features Feng Shaofeng as the titular Prince of Orchid Hills, a man who was in legend so beautiful that he had to wear a mask going into battle (his clan had some horrible genes for mental stability, but some pretty good ones for physical attractiveness). The Prince of Orchid Hills lead the Northern Qi to great glory, and during one confrontation with the Northern Zhou, accidentally entered a border village. In this village he meets Yang Xuewu (Ariel Lin), and the two fall in love.
Wanting the support of Xuewu’s village, the Emperor of the Northern Zhou (Daniel Chan) plots to undermine their relationship. After much tribulation, the two finally find their way together, and govern Orchid Hills so well that it becomes the most rich and populous land in all of Qi. The emperor of Norhtern Qi, Gao Zhan, excessively praised the Prince of Orchid Hills, thus inciting the jealousy of the Crown Prince Gao Wei against the Prince…Look under the cut for stills.
Spoiler: In history, the Prince of Orchid Hills receives a cup of poisoned wine from the jealous Gao Wei, now emperor. Lanling drinks it, and not long after, the Northern Zhou succeeds in the struggle against the Northern Qi and massacres most of the royal family.