Wei Zifu to show off color-coordinated costumes on August 20th

Loving the way the mint flowers on her hair ornament match her outer garment here.

(The Virtuous Queen of Han) Wei Zifu finally announced a release date for the series on Weibo, promising an online broadcast on August 20th – just in time for jjss08 to creep out and freak out impress her new roommate with her adoration for Liu Bingyi’s grandma!  the gorgeous Wei siblings.

Featuring Wang Luodan, Raymond Lam, Jones Xu Zhengxi, Chen Shali, Liu Yinghong, Shen Miao, Shen Tai, and Zhou Liqi, The Virtuous Queen of Han 大汉贤后卫子夫 is looking promising. You can see that thought was put into the costuming – asides from the fact that the embroidery isn’t just printed on the fabric, all the ornaments are coordinated with the clothing (ie, mint flowers in the first still, emerald with emerald in the second still, the peach petals and light green beads in the still for third still…even the gold-brown stone in the fourth still’s hairpiece matches the sleeve’s border…)

Though this might be more reflective of how much time jjss08 has spent admiring the costumes, than how well hair decorations match the clothing in less eye-candy filled productions. More stills below the cut!
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Gossip-Tabloid Stills for Virtuous Queen of Han

Princess Guantao and Empress Chen Jiao discuss where they can add another phoenix to the palace decorations.

I noticed we had a lack of gorgeous stills for upcoming Hong Kong-Mainland co-production Virtuous Queen of Han, starring Raymond Lam, Wang Luodan, Jones Xu Zhengxi, etc., so I decided to fill that gap.

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Vroooom-tuous Queen of Han

Contrary to popular belief, new findings are suggesting that the Han Dynasty was actually able to throw off the Xiongnu through discovery of the motorcycle, courtesy of Wei Zifu… and all those cars in the background as well…

Upcoming Hong Kong-Mainland co-production Virtuous Queen of Han, starring Raymond Lam, the recently engaged Wang Luodan, Jones Xu Zhengxi, etc., has been unleashing a steady stream of outrageous photos.  Who knew we could have so much fun in the Han Dynasty?!?

The project features Producer Mui Siuching from TVB’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience.  As with that production, strong story will probably be present but the main character may come off a bit too “Virtuous.”

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“Virtuous Queen of Han” releases trailer


Wang Luodan vs. Ruby Lin, who wears it better?

The upcoming drama with the best Han-dynasty costumes finally releases its trailer, thanks to O for bringing it to my attention! The Virtuous Queen of Han stars Wang Luodan, Raymond Lam, Jones Xu Zhengxi, etc. and is appearing to be a sequel of sorts to Schemes of a Beauty both in plot and costume design, focusing on Empress Dou’s great daughter-in-law Empress Wei Zifu.

Character Stills released for upcoming drama Wei Zifu

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Monopolizing the love of this womanizing emperor for ten years is no small deal. Neither is being married to a man who would drive his crown prince of thirty years to suicide.

We already saw Wang Luodan cast as Wei Zifu, and now it’s time to introduce the rest of the cast for upcoming drama The Virtuous Queen of Han Wei Zifu. Raymond Lam will play Han Wudi (aka Liu Che), Wei Zifu’s husband and the emperor who expanded the Han empire enormously. According to history, they met at his sister the Princess of Pingyang (Played by Zhou Liqi)’s villa. Wei Zifu and her brother Wei Qing (to become a key general, beginning with Liu Che’s affection for Wei Zifu and cemented by his own talent, played by Shen Tai) were lowly servants in the villa, and with no powerful connections, life for Wei Zifu was difficult in her first years in the palace. Liu Che’s childless first empress, Chen Jiao (played by Shen Miao) detested her, and at one point she and her mother the senior princess of Guantao (Liu Che’s aunt, played by Liu Yinghong) attempted to kidnap Wei Qing (who ended up marrying the Princess of Pingyang). Of course, Liu Che has his own problems too; in his early reign, his Confucianism often butted heads with the Daoism of his grandmother Dou Yifang (remember her, from Ruby Lin’s Schemes of a Beauty? She’s now a grande dame, played by Chen Shali). Throw into the mix a love triangle, with the faithful Duan Hong (fictional, I think, played by Xu Zhengxi) forever in love with this “virtuous empress of the Han dynasty.” Look out for her rags-to-riches story, to be broadcast in 2014.  Continue reading

New drama about Wei Zifu with Wang Luodan

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Just don’t forget that your husband was a brilliant jerk.

What a coincidence.

Only a few weeks ago I was rewatching Da Han Tian Zi and wishing for a drama about Wei Zifu, and I am in luck. Wang Luodan is currently filming for a new drama, The Virtuous Empress of Han Wei Zifu. This empress of the Han dynasty does seem to have a Cinderella story, going from being a lowly maid to empress of the Emperor Wu (inspiring a folk song that went something like this – don’t rejoice for having a son, don’t cry for having borne a daughter, can’t you see how Wei Zifu is becoming an overlord?) I’m really curious about how they’ll handle her relationship with her husband, whose love she monopolized for ten years…and who would end up driving her son (and her) to suicide in actual history. Look below the cut for stills.  Continue reading