Zhao Liying (currently seen in variety show 72 Floors Mystery) is confirmed to star in Daylight Entertainment’s (Ode to Joy, Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser) upcoming female-centric period drama Don’t you know? The green should be plump and the red lean 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦**, based on the novel of the same name by Guanxin Zeluan.
The story revolves around Sheng Minglan, the unfavoured sixth daughter of a Northern Song official. After being mistreated by her legal mother (children of concubines honour their father’s principal wife as their mother) and annoying half-sisters, Minglan learns to hide her skills and true intentions, and ultimately succeeds in avenging her biological mother’s death.
Gu Tingye has seen Minglan at her best and worst, and eventually falls in love with her. He becomes a powerful official after successfully installing an indirect royal descendant as Crown Prince, and successfully makes Minglan his wife. As his wife, Minglan helps guard against his unpleasant relatives and purges the court of corrupt ministers, and eventually earns their happily ever after.
The 70 episode drama is directed by Zhang Kaizhou (Ode to Joy 2) and written by Zeng Lu and Wu Tong (Battle of Changsha).
Last night there was intermittent rain, a gusty wind.
Deep sleep did not relieve me of
The last effects of wine.
I ask the maid rolling up the blinds,
But she replies: “The crab-apple is lovely as before.”
“Don’t you know?”
Oh, don’t you know?
The green should be plump and the red lean?”
Rough explanation: After a night of heavy rain and wind, the poet believes the crab-apples in the garden would be in a battered state, yet cannot bear to verify it herself. She asks her maid for confirmation, and receives a different answer. She chides her maid for giving a careless answer, and replies that the (red) flowers should have already wilted by this time of the year, leaving only the (green) leaves.