Empresses in the Palace (Director's Cut)
What happens to the innocence of a young girl who is thrown into the lion’s den of the palace? Zhen Huan (Sun Li) is a 17-year-old girl who is rounded up with her best friend, Shen Mei Zhuang (Lan Xi), and all the other daughters of government officials and forced to join the royal harem of Emperor Yong Zheng (Chen Jian Bin) by the Empress Dowager Ren Shou (Leanne Liu). Because of Zhen Huan’s resemblance to the late Empress Chun Yuan, she quickly wins favor with the Emperor but the jealous wrath of all the other ladies of the court, including the Empress Dowager, Imperial Concubine Consort Hua (Jiang Xin) and even the seemingly sweet An Ling Rong (Tao Xin Ran). After Zhen Huan miscarries her first pregnancy, she quickly learns that she must use her wits in order to survive. When she meets and falls in love with Yun Li (Li Dong Xue), the 17th Prince and the Emperor’s half-brother, what tough choices will Zhen Huan have to make to protect the people she loves the most? “Empresses in the Palace (Director’s Cut)” is a condensed, eight-episode version of the 2011 Chinese drama series directed by Zheng Xiao Long. It is based on an Internet novel by the same name.
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Zhen Huan is pregnant again, but she knows her body is too weak to give birth. She plans a way to miscarry, and blame it on the Empress, in order to have the Empress imprisoned. - Aired: 12/22/2011 - Season 1 Episode 6 - 1:30:36 - CC - Rated: Not Rated -
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Concubine Ye Lan-Yi leads Moz-Yan, a nun in Gan-Lu Temple to the palace to testify to Zhen Huan’s innocence. Lady Qi ultimately fails Zhen Huan. However, Wen Shi-Chu has to castrate himself because of An Ling-Rong’s threat. - Aired: 12/17/2011
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Life in Gan-Lu Temple is difficult for Zhen Huan. Soon she falls in love with the Emperor’s younger brother, Yun-Li, known as “Prince Guo.” Upon hearing the news about the death of Yun-Li, Zhen Huan is determined to return to the palace.
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Consort Hua blames Zhen Huan for her miscarriage, which also causes Zhen Huan to miscarry. The Emperor is furious that he stripped Consort Hua’s title. Zhen Huan’s constant requesting of the death of Consort Hua leads the Emperor to let her as
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The Emperor sentences Concubine Yu Ying-Er, who tried to poison Zhen Huan’s medicine, to commit suicide. Concubine Yu refuses to adhere to the sentence. - Aired: 11/24/2011 - Season 1 Episode 2 - 1:30:00 - CC - Rated: Not Rated
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It’s the year 1722 AD. The fourth son of the king, Prince Yin-Zhen, accedes to the throne and names his ruling dynasty “Yong-Zheng”. Shortly afterwards, the new Emperor’s Consort Hua, Nian Shi-Nan, becomes extremely aggressive in t