Known as: Lu Zhen Chuan Qi / Legend of Lu Zhen / 女相 / Nv Xiang / Legend of Female Prime Minister
Genre: Period Drama, Romance
To escape her cruel stepmother, Lu Zhen enters the palace as an attendant. She was quickly promoted through the ranks for her pottery-making skill. During this time, she captures the heart of crown prince Gao Zhan. However, she can never be with him as social status and jealous enemies work against her at every turn. She devotes herself to politics and helps Gao Zhan defeat a coup d’etat. Though Gao Zhan can not make her his wife, he bestows her with the highest possible position in the land, Female Prime Minister.
Zhao Li ying as Lu Zhen
Lu Zhen is the daughter of a well known pottery merchant who lost her mother as a child. Her father’s second wife causes major misunderstandings within the household causing her to be forced out.
Using her skills, wit and determination, she is able to overcome every obstacle in order clear all misunderstandings and rise to the position of Female Prime Minister.
Along the way, she finds love, confidantes, family and friends. Avoiding all machinations of the palace to pave her own path to glory.
Chen Xiao as Gao Zhan
The rightful King, but merely Crown Prince. Gao Zhan was meant to have succeeded the throne, but due to the schemes of Gao Yan’s mother, is pushed to the side. He dearly loves his brother despite the mother’s actions.
Constant attempts are made on his life only to be thwarted by himself, or the King.
His first love was Huan Yun, but later, he falls for Lu Zhen’s kind and honest nature. He helps her to enter the palace where their love conquers all.
Yang Rong as Xiao Huan Yun
Is in love with Gao Zhan but was forced to marry Gao Yan for her political status.
She spends her life working against her husband to aid to former lover. She does everything in her power regardless of whether it hurts her husband or not, or whether she causes others to be in pain.
In the end, she realises that to find true happiness, she must cherish what she has and learn to let her past find its own happiness.
She is smart and resourceful.
Qiao Ren Liang as Gao Yan
He is humble and timid with no notions of wanting to be king, but is. He gained the throne as a result of his mother’s schemes. He can’t help but feel angry at her for all she puts his brother through, but can’t hate her because she is his mother.
He only love Huan Yun despite the countless concubines his mother brings into the harem.
He finds a fun and witty confidante in Lu Zhen, who is mistaken for his lover.
He does everything in his power to bring his brother’s and Lu Zhen’s love to fruition.
I originally watched this about two years ago and only remembered it once I went back to my old blog.
At 59 Episodes, this is by no means a marathon series. Well I guess you could try, but you would be losing a lot of sleep. Its saving grace is that towards the second half of the series, each episode drops to about 30min each.
This drama is very easy going to watch. Schemes aren’t difficult to decipher and love lines don’t become entangled for more than 3-4 episodes. Which, in the whole scheme of things, is nary a minute at all.
Li Ying portrays Lu Zhen’s innocence wonderfully. There’s just something about her chubby cheeks that allows her to pull off naive and kind to a tee.
As for Chen Xiao, his charisma just oozes off the screen…unless he’s being lovey dovey with Lu Zhen, in which case it’s all just honey and chocolate *grimaces*.
The love line that annoys me the most is the one between Huan yun and Gao Yan. He is so head over heels in love that he lets her get away with a ridiculous amount of thing. That is, until Lu Zhen walks into the picture. It’s also probably the reason why Huan Yun thinks he likes Lu Zhen.
I never did understand why Huan yun got so angry with her husband if she didn’t really love him. She should have been happy if Lu Zhen were to become a concubine since that would mean Gao Zhan couldn’t be with her.
The drama does drag on a fair bit with the second major plot line and introduction of new characters. Of which, the love rival finally appears after 30 or so odd episodes. I kind of wish that Lu Zhen would have gone with him instead. He seems so much better suited for her.
If you’ve watched this, did you like it? And did you manage to stick around for the 59 episodes?
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