With its mid-July debut, the costume drama “Story of Yanxi Palace” became an overnight success. The story — which takes place during the era of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty — is about how a wise and resourceful young palace maid becomes the master of Yanxi Palace and is finally promoted to the highest-ranking imperial concubine.
Drama series themed on court intrigue have become quite popular in recent years, ever since “The Legend of Zhenhuan” became a megahit in 2012. During its first week of release on online video platform iQiyi, “Story of Yanxi Palace” received over 500 million hits at home and abroad. The new drama also smashed the record of iQiyi’s Taiwanese site by gaining over 1 million hits within a week.
The big success of “Story of Yanxi Palace” is partially attributable to the delay of the highly-anticipated costume dramas “Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace” and “Legend of Ba Qing,” which have repeatedly failed to pass Chinese official censorship.
Photo courtesy of iQiyi’s Taiwanese site
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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