Thursday, August 16, 2018

Story of Yanxi Palace Connection

I am not watching Story of Yanxi Palace, but found that it had some interesting connections to Succession War.

Story of Yanxi Palace takes place during the Qianlong era, which directly precedes the time period of Succession War.

The Emperor in Story of Yanxi Palace is the Qianlong Emperor (乾隆帝). He is the younger version of KK Cheung's character from Succession War.

The initial Empress in the series is Qianlong's first Empress. She was a virtuous queen whom Qianlong loved dearly. Unfortunately, she died of illness during the thirteenth year of his reign.
  • The brother of the Empress is Feheng (傅恆). He is the father of Fuk'anggan (福康安) (Kenneth Fok in Succession War) and Fu Changan (福長安) (Joel Chan in Succession War).

After the first Empress died, Charmaine Sheh's character becomes the second Empress. However, she later abruptly falls out of favour with the emperor for unknown reasons.

The main actress in Story of Yanxi Palace will become Qianlong's concubine, reaching the rank of Imperial Noble Consort (皇貴妃). When the second Empress died, Qianlong did not name another empress and she served as the de facto empress.
  • She is the mother of the Jiaqing Emperor (嘉慶帝) (Shaun Tam in Succession War) and was posthumously honoured as Empress when he was named crown prince.
  • She is also the mother of Qianlong's 17th son (Jonathan Cheung in Succession War) and 7th daughter. The 7th princess was married to Mongol nobleman, Lavan Dorji (拉旺多爾濟) (Andrew Yuen in Succession War).

The younger version of Angelina Lo's character in Succession War appears in Story of Yanxi Palace as Noble Lady Ying (穎貴人).

Monday, August 06, 2018

The Stunt Theme Song

The theme song for The Stunt is "Belief" (信念), by Fred Cheng.

Kayee Tam sings the English sub-theme song, entitled "Lonely".

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Overview - The Stunt

"Peak" was a famous car stunt team in the film industry, but after an accident two years ago, team leader Shaun Tam decided to disband the team. In order to fulfill her father's dying wish, team member Rebecca Zhu works as a stunt double in films, while actively trying to convince the team to regroup. Through hard work, she is finally successful. Rookie director Kelvin Kwan wants to work with the Peak team to film a movie about stunt doubles, but is rejected by Shaun. Rebecca has had a crush on Shaun for many years. Meanwhile, Kelvin is developing feelings for Rebecca. In addition to "flower vase" actress Kelly Fu, the relationship between the four people becomes tangled. When Rebecca unveils a long-kept secret, she is unable to continue her path as a stunt double. How will Shaun resolve this?