Aiming to be a panorama of early Tang dynasty life, the latest Yu Zheng-produced drama features merchants, pirates, the military, and princes finding love and success in the early Tang dynasty. Based on the script by author Fengnong, A Promenade through the Tang Dynasty 大唐女儿行 (lit: Promenade of Women in the Tang Dynasty) began filming earlier this month with a young cast consisting of Xu Kai (The Legends) , Li Yitong (Bloody Romance), Tan Jianci (Secrets of the Three Kingdoms) , Fan Shiqi (Where the Lost Ones Go), Wu Jiayi ( Untouchable Lovers), and Jiang Mengjie (Sword Master) . The series has already been brought by Hong Kong channel TVB.
Xu Kai plays Cheng Chumo, the son of Cheng Yaojin and a profligate youth who chooses to make a name for himself after falling in love with Fu Rou (Li Yitong). While he goes to fight pirates in the open waters, Fu Rou leaves behind her merchant family to become a master weaver in the palace. There, she meets Prince Li Ke (Tan Jianci) and Marines General Yan Zifang and becomes entangled in the fight for the Crowned Prince. Fan Shiqi plays Cheng Chumo’s brother while Wu Jiayi plays his love interest, the Princess Qinghe. Ma Yue and Miao Pu play the Emperor Li Shimin and the Empress Zhangsun. Together, the protagonists must fight on all fronts to save their families and the future of the Tang Dynasty.
One potential selling point for the drama is that Yu Zheng hopes to recreate Tang dynasty aesthetics through murals, paintings, and artifacts without looking to Japan for inspiration like so many dramas now do (ex: this look for The Empress of China, the entire feel of Legend of Demon Cat, and the male costumes of The Rise of the Phoenixes) . We’ll see if Yu Zheng keeps his word. Based on the photos released today, the overall hairstyle, colors, and styles of the outfits look promising, but some of the patterns are really weird.
The series was previously known as The Taming of a Tiger 驯夫记, Guide to the Glory of the Tang 盛唐攻略, and The Tiger Doesn’t Go Down the Mountain 老虎不下山 .