Feng Shaofeng and Ariel Lin share a few moments of happiness in the King of Lanling’s ultimately tragic life. The drama comes out August 14th.
The upcoming drama Prince of Orchid Hills (Lanling) is set 1400 years ago, set against the strife between the Northern Qi and Northern Zhou dynasties. It features Feng Shaofeng as the titular Prince of Orchid Hills, a man who was in legend so beautiful that he had to wear a mask going into battle (his clan had some horrible genes for mental stability, but some pretty good ones for physical attractiveness). The Prince of Orchid Hills lead the Northern Qi to great glory, and during one confrontation with the Northern Zhou, accidentally entered a border village. In this village he meets Yang Xuewu (Ariel Lin), and the two fall in love.
Wanting the support of Xuewu’s village, the Emperor of the Northern Zhou (Daniel Chan) plots to undermine their relationship. After much tribulation, the two finally find their way together, and govern Orchid Hills so well that it becomes the most rich and populous land in all of Qi. The emperor of Norhtern Qi, Gao Zhan, excessively praised the Prince of Orchid Hills, thus inciting the jealousy of the Crown Prince Gao Wei against the Prince…Look under the cut for stills.
Ariel Lin as Yang Xuewu, the focus of the main love triangle in the series.
Upcoming production The King of Lanling stars Feng Shaofeng as the eponymous character, supported by Ariel Lin as his eventual wife and Daniel Chan as his romantic rival. The historical King of Lanling, Gao Changmu, lived in the sixth century during the Northern and Southern dynasties. He was renowned for his prowess in battle, as a great general. He is also the source of the English title of he drama – as “the masked beauty” who had to hide his gorgeous face in battle with a fearsome mask, so that his enemies would take him seriously. Don’t be too optimistic about his ending, though – he was born to a noble family, that went through a total of six emperors within twenty-eight years. The distrust between the various brothers (and uncles and nephews) would lead to numerous murders – the King of Lanling, naturally, attracted jealousy as well. I still think Feng Shaofeng’s face is too manly for the King of Lanling’s beauty, but Ariel Lin has settled into the drama quite nicely.
The trailer can be seen here, and still from the series can be seen below the cut.