Junior Prince of Nanchen Zhou Sheng Chen (Allen Ren) achieved great merits on the battlefields since young age and thus grew up to become a well-respected general, also due to his modesty and loyalty to the country. In order to strengthen their ties, the prestigious Cui family sends Cui Shi Yi (Bai Lu), the only daughter of the house, to Zhou Sheng Chen’s mansion so that she can learn from him. As time passes, romantic feelings begin to bloom between the master and his disciple, but Shi Yi is already promised to the Crown Prince.
In Tang Dynasty-era China, in the 9th Century CE, the Emperor is locked in a deadly power struggle with a group of formidable eunuchs who wield enormous power at court. He decides to strike back by ordering the death of their ringleader Qiu Shi Liang (He Sheng Ming). But the mission is botched. The eunuchs take revenge by ordering the death of the Emperor’s loyal first minister, along with his entire family. But his twin daughters, later to be known as Cheng Ruo Yun (Zhang Yu Xi) and Qiu Yan Zhi (Xuan Lu), escape. The eunuchs now seize yet more power over the royal court, rendering the Emperor a mere puppet. But the minister’s two daughters have evaded detection – and move off toward very different fates. Yan Zhi becomes part of Qiu Shi Liang’s household, and is secretly hell-bent on revenge. But her sister Ruo Yun has taken the other side, joining a group of military professionals that is enlisted by the new, young Emperor Li Yan (Cheng Yi). The Emperor is determined to rid the palace of the scourge of the eunuchs once and for all, and Ruo Yun pledges her life to help him do that – even if it means throwing herself in the path of danger. The duo starts to form a romantic bond as they get to know one another. But will the Emperor still trust her if he discovers her true identity – and her connection to his mortal foe?
At the beginning of the 20th century, Weng Quan Hai (Chen Bao Guo), a descendant of the famous ‘Menghe Medical School’, draws on the strengths of all the medical schools to protect and develop Traditional Chinese Medicine. He leaves his hometown for Shanghai to embark on his inherited career. After some turbulent twists and turns, he eventually becomes a famous doctor in Shanghai with noble medical ethics and exquisite medical skills. His celebrated path takes a severe turn when in 1929, the National Government passes a Repeal Act on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Weng Quan Hai, furious about this legislative ban is subsequently elected as the representative of all Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors to protest the Act. His reputation and fame grow even further. But transformation is ever present. Facing the fall of Shanghai, Weng Quan Hai actively participates in the anti-Japanese war, making ever greater contribution to the protection of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After “Sparrow”, Insects Awaken is the next novel by Hai Fei to be made into a drama with the same team behind. The story is set in 1941 when Shanghai falls into the hands of the enemy. Street hoodlum Chen Shan (Zhang Ruo Yun), who looks confusingly similar to military special agent Xiao Zheng Guo, catches the eye of Japanese special agent Huang Mu Wei (Wang Long Zheng). Mu Wei abducts Chen Shan’s sister Chen Xia (Luo Qiu Yun) and forces Chen Shan to work as a spy for the Japanese. In order to save his sister, Chen Shan agrees to go through a special training and subsequently pretends to be Zheng Guo. He goes to Chongqing and lives together with Zheng Guo’s wife Yu Xiao Wan (Adi Kan). In Chongqing, he meets Zhang Li (Wang Ou), who is an underground member of the Communist Party hiding in the army, and falls in love at first sight. Thanks to Zhang Li, Chen Shan comes to understand about his responsibility as a Chinese citizen and eventually joins the Communist Party. While working hard to break free from the control of the Japanese as well as the military and save his sister, Chen Shan also fights alongside Zhang Li and other members to lead the Party to victory.
In the spring of 1931, after the Communist Party successfully set up many communication stations in China, they set their sight on Western Europe and assigned two of their agents ”Asthray'” and “Porcelain” to Paris. From there on, the stories of secret deal, hidden betrayal, questionable death, forbidden love, and brotherhood among the military and a prominent family’s members were unraveled.
That City, This Family depicts the daily struggles of survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. Wang Da Ming (Ma Yuan) and Lin Zhi Yan (Cathy Zhou), a young married couple, are buried together when the earthquake occurs. After six days and seven nights, Da Ming is rescued, but has to learn that his pregnant wife and his father both died. Actually, every family in the city is in mourning. Later on, Yang Ai (Tong Lei) who works at a ceramics factory appears in Da Ming’s life. She too has lost her beloved ones in the earthquake and is only left with a son who turned mute. Da Ming and Yang Ai decide to marry to create a new family and find happiness again.
National Treasure’s Extraordinary Journey is labeled as the second season of the highly popular 2016 drama “Impossible Mission”. The drama tells of real happenings after the “Mukden Incident” on September 18, 1931. Due to the Japanese invasion in the North, Kuomintang officer Ren Hong Yi (Liu Ye), curator and conservator Zhou Ruo Si (Yuan Shan Shan), who works at the Palace Museum, and others take the treasures from the Forbidden City and travel to the South on a mission to protect China’s cultural roots. “As long as the cultural roots are there, China won’t die.”
Song Yun Hui (Wang Kai) is a smart lad who was often discriminated against due to his background (his father worked as a doctor for the Kuomintang), but took advantage of the reinstitution of the university entrance exams. He starts working at a state-owned enterprise and slowly climbed his way to the top (including by marrying the factory owner’s daughter), but began to lose himself in the changing times. His brother-in-law Lei Dong Bao (Yang Shuo) comes from a rural village, and is always the first to respond to the latest trends in farming. He spearheaded village projects from setting up electricity to building factories, but is often set back by his short-sightedness and impulses. From roaming the streets to sell bread to running a successful private company, Yang Xun (Dong Zi Jian) had to fight tooth and nail to where he is. The rapid growth of science and technology eventually allowed him to become part of China’s first group of successful entrepreneurs. However, even as he’s reached the upper echelons of society, Yang Xun still plays by street rules, causing major rifts between him and his business partner.
The Sound of the Bell at Shanghai Bund tells the story of a common family living in the alleys of old Shanghai from the Cultural Revolution till the days of reform and opening. Du Xin Sheng (Yu Hao Ming) and Yu Pei Pei are classmates who have deep affection for each other. Pei Pei’s grandmother, however, is a professor at the conservatory and denounced as reactionary by the Red Guards. In order to prevent the Red Guards from taking away the precious Italian cello in Pei Pei’s home, Xin Sheng goes to his father who does maintenance work at the bell tower at the Bund and they hide the cello in there. When more and more young people from the city are being sent to the countryside, the Du family’s eldest daughter Xin Fang is determined to follow as well. But when the unmarried Xin Fang gets pregnant in the countryside, the Du family is being confronted with a huge challenge.
Sequel to the critically acclaimed 2013 drama The Story of Zheng Yang Gate starring Zhu Ya Wen, Ni Da Hong, Bian Xiao Xiao and Li Guang Fu. The Story of Zheng Yang Gate 2 follows new characters, but equally focuses on the success story of hard-working common people under changing political circumstances. The drama opens in 1955. Xu Hui Zhen (Jiang Wen Li) lost her husband not long after their marriage and is now running a little tavern that she inherited. No matter what difficulties come her way, the socialist transformation of capitalist enterprises, the Great Leap Forward, natural disasters, the Cultural Revolution and many more, Hui Zhen remains true to herself and her philosophy of how to manage the tavern. When the economic reforms are eventually introduced, Hui Zhen and her tavern bear the fruits of her hard work and her unchanging belief in her values.