Guess what? Ruby Lin is historically entitled to a Mary-Sue character in her latest drama, “Realm of Love – The Long Ballad”* 秀丽江山 长歌行 with Yuan Hong. For her character, Yin Lihua, was historically noted to be beautiful, demure, sweet, gentle, humble, modest…everything that would make her the paragon of virtue. As a little background information, Liu Xiu (Yuan Hong) fell in love with Yin Lihua the moment he laid eyes on her, commenting that his ideal job would be as a chamberlain of the imperial insignia, and the ideal wife would be Yin Lihua. He actually ended up becoming the founder of the Eastern Han dynasty, reinstating the House of Liu as the imperial family after Wang Mang had usurped the throne in 9 AD.
Also joining the cast is Kenny Kwan who plays Yin LIhua’s childhood friend and Liu XIu’s trusted general Deng Yu. Mao Zijun (he was the young Han Wudi in Schemes of a Beauty), and iPartment’s Li Jiahang are also part of the cast. The drama is adapted from a book of the same name.