The Web series Crazy for the Palace II: Love Conquers All 我为宫狂2 was a short drama of 11 episodes, each episode being between 10 to 20minutes. It is like a happy drama quiet addicting 8D and I personnally enjoyed watching it very much. The drama was produced by the infamous Yu Zheng and the casting includes Deng Sha and Zhang Zhehan. If you are too lazy to watch the drama, there is a short recap at the end of the post😉
Yu Zheng Production
Web Series (from the Palace series)
Cast: Deng Sha, Zhang Zhehan, Ye Xin Xiang and Song Yang
Synopsis (from DramaWiki)
Hu Xiao Li is a nine tailed fox who takes the form of a human. She suffers from a tragic love story during the Han Dynasty. She was ordered to protect the prince, Gong Hao who was originally a target of an assassination but was protected by Xiao Li’s mother, currently living a commoner life. After the Emperor discovers Gong Hao as his son, he takes Gong Hao back to the palace. The Emperor dies from anger towards his consort, Concubine Shu, who actually ordered the assassination of the prince and killed his mother, the Empress. Gong Hao ascends the throne while Xiao Li becomes Empress. Their love story doesn’t end quite well as a girl named Tang Shi Shi comes between the two and steals Gong Hao away, being conferred as his consort. Tang Shi Shi frames Xiao Li of attempted murder. Xiao Li, in a fit of rage, reveals herself as a nine tailed fox. Gong Hao sentences her to death. During her execution, before Gong Hao executes her, thinks about their happy and wonderful marriage. Tang Shi Shi, fearing that Gong Hao would pardon Xiao Li, orders her execution. Xiao Li escapes using her powers. Her mother sentences her to a thousand years trapped in ice for using her powers in the human world. After a mountain hike which ends with his girlfriend leaving him, Gong Hao drops a bracelet into a lake which contains the ice. Hu Xiao Li is freed. Hu Xiao Li and Gong Hao marry but an adulterous Tang Shi Shi comes in the way. Will Hu Xiao Li repeat the same tragic love story she’s already been through or fight for Gong Hao’s affection?
First of all, let’s review the actors’ performances. Deng Sha plays Hu Xiaoli (the little fox) who falls in love with the Prince and reincarnate in modern time to stay by the side of his descendant. Even if it is a very short drama, a lot of things happened in that time and there is definitely a lot of character developpment involved for her. For example, changing from a cringee housewife to a strong modern woman. I sincerely felt bad for her twice when she was getting unfairly treated by the ‘humans’ because of her lack of social norms. It is not her fault! As for Zhang Zhehan playing Gong Hao, his characer was very annoying just because he was so blind to Xiaoli’s love and the evil woman’s schemes. There really wasn’t that much acting needed for his role too, so I guess he pass. But I gotta say, not a fan of the character itself! Song Yang who played Xiaoli’s boss was a lovely character. He knew exactly when to be supportive to Xiaoli and when to show that he is a man! :3 *blush* I wish they ended up together instead of giving such an ambiguous ending. Oh well.
All in all, it is a very fun mini drama to watch and it is so short that it is unique (no other cdrama can be ended in less than four hours, right?) It is definitely worth trying just because it is so short and fun. Things are moving really fast in the drama too, which is always a bonus!
So, to end it up, I would say, watch it for the fun of it, but don’t expect crazy acting or even crazy chemistry because there isn’t.
(ps; since I watched this after Beauty Maker, I had very positive opinions of both leads and sincerely was expecting the best out of their performances, which I kind of got😉 )
(ps2; the costumes and the set for the ancient part was obvioulsy reused from old Yu Zheng Production dramas, but it all worked well so I am not going to complain. As for the modern side, it is his first time doing such a project and it went relatively well. Coudos! )
The story ends ambiguisly with both male leads saying they want to date Xiaoli.