In Princess Silver 白发王妃, Zhang Xueying (Summer’s Desire) plays the titular Rong Le, a princess of the royal family of the Xiqi Kingdom who wakes up one day to find that she has lost her memory. She is ordered to marry Zongzheng Wuyou (Aarif Lee), seventh prince of the neighbouring Beilin Kingdom, though her husband-to-be refuses to let her inside his manor.
Unable to return home, Rong Le settles down in Beilin and opens a teahouse under the alias of Manyao. It is rumoured that the Qin family has misplaced an extraordinary tome that will supposedly usher in a time of prosperity for all the kingdoms, and Manyao embarks on a journey to find the book. Manyao and Wuyou meet and fall in love without realising each other’s true identity, though they are forced to separate when Rong Le’s brother Rong Qi (Luo Yunxi) orders her to marry the powerful General Fu Chou (Jing Chao).
Based on the romance novel White-Haired Imperial Concubine 白发皇妃 by Mo Yanshang, the 60 episode drama is directed by Li Huizhu (Untouchable Lovers, The Princess Weiyoung), and penned by new writer Cheng Tingyu.
From the spoilers I’ve heard, the original novel follows the typical ‘all male characters love the heroine and are willing to sacrifice anything for her sake’ pattern that was popular back in the days, and the female lead is pretty unlikeable – though the drama would definitely have changed and/or removed some of the plotlines and R-rated scenes to pass the censors.
Fu Chou – even his name is the homophone of ‘revenge’ – surely this character can’t be worse than Ling Yunche in Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace?
Rong Qi – by all accounts, this character is ten times more tragic than Runyu in Ashes of Love.
Chen Xinyu as Heng Xiang, the loyal subordinate who has an unrequited love for Fu Chou
Shu Yaxin as Wuyu, the carefree ninth prince of Beilin
Wang Yu as Lianyue, Rong Le’s maid
Xu Ke as Ning Qianyi,
Tian Hairong as Fuyuan, consort of Xiqi Kingdom. She hates her husband, and has a miserable relationship with her son Rong Qi.