Serenade of Peaceful Joy is the first court-focused Song Dynasty drama in forever.

Director Zhang Kaizhou (The Story of Ming Lan) returns to the Song Dynasty in  Serenade of Peaceful Joy (formerly Held in the Lonely Castle) in this tale of the court and harem of the Emperor Renzong of Song (Wang Kai). The series focuses on the attempts of the leads to try to balance their responsibilities and personal lives and stars Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min, Bian Cheng, Yang Le, Wang Churan, Ye Zuxin, Yu En’tai, Xu Lingyue, and Zhang Tian’ai.

The series should be available on Youtube on this channel beginning April 7th, with two episodes a day on weekdays and one episode a day on weekends.

Relationship trailer and promos playlist
Ending theme by Cui Zige
Production notes

TV spots ; Character information ; extended synopsis ; Stills ; More stills; Posters ; Trailer 1; Trailer 2

Ending theme song by Zheng Yunlong
Held in the Lonely Castle still
Wang Kai as the Emperor Renzong of Song
Jiang Shuying as Empress Cao
Ren Min as Princess Huirou
Bian Cheng as the Princess’s eunuch
Wang Churan as Concubine Zhang
Ding Jiawen as Cao Ping
Zhang Jiashuo as Young Zhao Zhen
Zhan Yu as Young Han Qi
Yang Le as Han Qi
Ye Zuxin as Eunuch Zhang Maoze
Liu Jun as Fan Zhongyan
Zhang Benshuo as Ouyang Xiu
Yu Entai as Yan Shu
Feng Hui as Xia Song
Wu Yue as Empress Liu E
Xu Lingyue as Concubine Miao, Princess Huirou’s mother
Cao Xiwen as Zhao Zhen’s nurse
Zhang Tian’ai as Lady Chen
Wang Kai in Held in the Lonely Castle

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5 thoughts on “Promo Round-Up: Serenade of Peaceful Joy”

  1. i really cannot enjoy harem conflicts. thou this drama is focusing more on renzhong’s life–unlike ruyi’s royal love or yanxi palance–still, harem conflicts truly got me hypertension.

    1. I’ve only watched the first two episodes so far and it’s really different from the two you mentioned. The main topics tackled today are 1)the balance between the emperor’s duty to his parents and to his people, 2) how even seemingly harmless actions like wanting a certain favor of candies fruit by those with influence can have huge effects on the people, and 3) how individual kindness differs from governing kindness (ie what may seem just on an individual level, like allowing a poor family to open up shop in their home, can be harmful when allowed on a social level )

      1. I really have an issue with Zhang Kaizhou’s way of storytelling/editing. I know he’s trying to make the above three points, but he just goes about it in such a long-winded and fragmented way.

        1. I have a problem with the scene transitions, but I have to say that everything else is amazing so far. The dialogue is unexpectedly nuanced and eloquent, so I must give props to the scriptwriters (even if the quality of the plot later careens sharply off a cliff).

        2. The thing that frustrates me the most is that I think the script is actually really good, and scriptwriter Zhu Zhu sets things up perfectly for the director to be able to have fun with it. Even in the first two episodes, there’s a lot of repeated themes and great juxtapositions set-up in the script that could’ve been edited together to build up tension, but the director managed to miss all of those opportunities. The worst is that there’s a couple of scenes where the final lines are kind of the linchpin lines, but there’s no close-up or reaction shot so they’re given zero emphases, so I have to mentally pause and give myself time to imagine a replay in my head to fully process the series.

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