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  • Ended
  • NHK BS1
  • 2010-01-01T16:00:00Z
  • 45 mins
  • 18 hours, 45 mins (25 episodes)
  • China
  • Chinese
  • Drama
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Two young men looking for a better life enter the royal palace in the midst of a tumultuous political era of the late Qing Dynasty. Chun Er (Yu Shao Qun), a poor peasant boy, and Liang Wen Xiu (Zhou Yi Wei), who grew up in a wealthy household, find their fates are tied together in unexpected ways. The two young men and Chun Er’s younger sister, Ling Er (Zhao Li Ying), travel to the Forbidden City together to look for a better future. Wen Xiu scores the highest on an imperial exam and secures an important position in the Qing court and becomes the confidante of the Emperor Guang Xu (Zhang Bo). Chun Er castrates himself and enters the palace as a eunuch, moving up in the ranks and eventually winning favor from the Empress Dowager Ci Xi (Tanaka Yuko). Will Chun Er and Wen Xiu end up on different sides of a power struggle within the court?
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28 episodes

1x01 The Forbidden City

  • Series Premiere

    2010-01-01T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu, Chun Er, and Ling Er go to the Forbidden City

1x02 Mother and Child

  • 2010-01-08T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Political Tutelage

1x03 Apprenticeship

  • 2010-01-15T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Chun Er studies the eunuch ways

1x04 Selection of the Empress

  • 2010-01-22T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Emperor Guang Xu chooses a wife

1x05 To the Imperial Court

  • 2010-01-29T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Chun Er performs at the Imperial Court

1x06 The Emperor's Favorite

  • 2010-02-05T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu becomes Emperor's Guang Xu favorite court minister

1x07 Hearsay

  • 2010-02-19T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

The Beiyang Navy and a Japanese plot

1x08 Song of the Dragon's Jade

  • 2010-02-26T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Empress Ci Xi, Chun Er and the Dragon Jade

1x09 The Spirit of Love

  • 2010-03-05T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu defines love

1x10 Wedding Gift

  • 2010-03-26T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu gets married

1x11 The First Interview

  • 2010-04-02T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Chun Er meets with foreigners

1x12 Each Battle

  • 2010-04-09T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu and Consort Zhen individual political agenda

1x14 The Waves of Revolution

  • 2010-04-23T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

The Qing dynasty celebrates a New Year

1x15 Assassination Plan

  • 2010-04-30T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Court ministers conspire to assassinate one of their own

1x16 Yang Xi Zhen's Death

  • 2010-05-07T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Political reforms are rising tensions in the Qing dynasty

1x17 Revenge

  • 2010-05-14T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

The Empress faces difficult decisions

1x18 Identity of the Mastermind

  • 2010-05-21T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu and Chun Er have different opinions about the Empress

1x19 Rushed Reform

  • 2010-05-28T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

A crisis grows in the political scene of the Qing Dynasty

1x20 Yang Shi Kai

  • 2010-06-04T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Emperor Guang Xu worries about his trip to Tan'jing

1x21 Betrayal

  • 2010-06-11T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu plots to overthrow the Empress

1x22 Mid-Autumn Festival Banquet

  • 2010-06-18T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Power hangs on the balance

1x23 Bloody Coup

  • 2010-06-25T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Wen Xiu goes into hiding

1x24 Begging for Mercy

  • 2010-07-02T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

King Guang Xu begs for mercy

1x25 Eternal Pleiades

  • 2010-07-09T16:00:00Z — 45 mins

Chun Er and Wen Xiu find new beginnings

1x26 Episode 26

  • no air date — 45 mins

1x27 Episode 27

  • no air date — 45 mins

1x28 Episode 28

  • no air date — 45 mins

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