Drama Review: Royal Nirvana

The show clearly wants my tears, and it’s got them.

I’ve got so much to say about Royal Nirvana I just couldn’t wait until the halfway mark, so here I am with a first impressions post (Episodes 1-11).

Royal Nirvana is a poignant drama that is anchored by a group of wonderful actors and an equally good screenwriter in Liangman Xueyuan, who is also the original author. The tragic relationship between the emperor (Huang Zhizhong) and his estranged son the crown prince Xiao Dingquan (Luo Jin) forms the core of the story, and sets the tone for the entire drama.

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Promo Round-up: Royal Nirvana

Political intrigue-romance drama Royal Nirvana revolves around an unfavoured prince’s (Luo Jin) struggles against a corrupt government and a heartless father. Li Yitong costars as a former noble lady intent on avenging her family who ends up falling in love with the prince instead. [Extended Synopsis]

Youku has forgone an official announcement and premiered the first two episodes with little fanfare. The 60 episode drama releases 1 ep a day from Mon-Fri. Watch it on Youtube here.

Theme song by Jin Zhiwen

Theme song by Zhou Shen
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Married: Tang Yan and Luo Jin

Tang Yan announced her marriage to Luo Jin on Weibo with the caption “I am the bride”, while he posted “I am the groom.”

Marriage celebrations began in Vienna last night, and a private ceremony will be held today. Congratulations to the happy couple!

More wedding photos below the cut.

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Promo Round-up: The Way We Were

Starring Tang Yan and Luo Jin, The Way We Were focuses on Chinese students studying abroad at Stanford, and the struggles they face in a foreign environment.

There’s also an anti-corruption subplot, as the male lead’s father, played by veteran Wang Zhiwen, is a shady politician who engages in criminal activity with a corrupt businessman (Zhang Xilin). The heroine’s father successfully brings him to court, and the heroine is summoned as a key witness. The 50 episode drama begins airing tonight.

Theme song: Not Forgetting For A Moment by Tian Yuan

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