Monday, May 21, 2018

Deep in the Realm of Conscience Theme Song

Nancy Wu sings the theme song for Deep in the Realm of Conscience, entitled "No Regrets, No Qualms" (無悔無愧).

The sub-theme song is "Bright Moon and Ocean" (明月與海), by Steven Ma and Nancy Wu.

Overview - Deep in the Realm of Conscience

During the reign of Emperor Shang of Tang, Steven Ma and his aunt Alice Chan stage a political coup. They summarily execute Michelle Yim, who was encroaching on the throne, and support Lee Lung Kei in reclaiming the throne. The palace appears to have returned to a peaceful state, but in fact, there is a surging undercurrent... On the imperial court, the winds are changing as Steven and Alice break into separate camps and become like oil and water. In the inner palace, Nancy Wu leads the Imperial Household Bureau in a fight with all the other concubines as they try to outwit each other. Some people will trade their soul for power, while others will sacrifice everything for their loved ones. The genuine characters of imperial guard Kenneth Ma, revenge seeker Edwin Siu, and palace maids Annie Liu and Jacqueline Wong add a stroke of romance in the inner palace... In the inner palace, unsolved cases are rampant. Careful investigation reveals a shocking secret that has been hidden for many years. Behind the palace's high walls are scenes with soul-stirring emotions of love, hate, passion and revenge!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deep in the Realm of Conscience Connection

Wu Zetian (Rebecca Chan in The Greatness of a Hero) is the mother of Emperor Zhongzong (Raymond Cho in The Greatness of a Hero), Emperor Ruizong (Lee Lung Kei in Deep in the Realm of Conscience) and Princess Taiping (Alice Chan in Deep in the Realm of Conscience). Her husband is the Emperor Gaozong.
  1. When Emperor Gaozong dies, he is succeeded by his son, Emperor Zhongzong (Raymond Cho). Empress Wei (Michelle Yim in Deep in the Realm of Conscience) is Zhongzong's wife. 
  2. Less than two months into his reign, Zhongzong is removed from the throne by his mother, Wu Zetian. She replaces him with his brother, Emperor Ruizong (Lee Lung Kei). 
  3. Eventually, Ruizong abdicates in favour of his mother. Wu Zetian establishes the Zhou Dynasty and rules as female Emperor for the next fifteen years. The events of The Greatness of a Hero take place during this period. 
  4. Wu Zetian is deposed in a palace coup. Zhongzong (Raymond Cho) is restored to the throne and the Tang Dynasty is resumed. 
  5. Zhongzong dies under mysterious circumstances (suspected poisoning by Empress Wei) and is succeeded by his son, Emperor Shang.
  6. Emperor Shang's reign lasts only 17 days as he is deposed in a coup led by the future Emperor Xuanzong (Steven Ma in Deep in the Realm of Conscience) and Princess Taiping (Alice Chan). They execute Empress Wei (Michelle Yim) and persuade Emperor Ruizong (Lee Lung Kei) to reclaim the throne. The events of Deep in the Realm of Conscience begin around this time. 
  7. Ruizong retires as emperor and passes the throne to his son, Emperor Xuanzong (Steven Ma). Empress Wang (Nancy Wu in Deep in the Realm of Conscience) is Xuanzong's wife. In his later years, Xuanzong (now Kwong Wah in The Legend of Lady Yang) falls in love with Yang Guifei (Anne Heung in The Legend of Lady Yang).
Emperor Xuanzong II (Moses Chan in Beyond the Realm of Conscience) is a sixth generation descendant of Emperor Xuanzong (Steven Ma/Kwong Wah). He eventually succeeds to the throne as the 19th emperor of the Tang Dynasty.
Note: Emperor Xuanzong (玄宗) and Xuanzong II (宣宗) have distinct Chinese characters in their names, but their names are spelled the same when romanized, thus the latter is sometimes referred to as 'Xuanzong II' in western sources.

yellow arrows = prior to the Zhou Dynasty
blue arrows = after the Zhou Dynasty

Monday, April 16, 2018

Overview - Stealing Seconds

Benjamin Yuen, an executive producer at a planning company, has to deal with the pressure and demands from his boss, as well as the complaints of his subordinates. Every day, he is exhausted by his heavy workload, until one day, he nearly dies. Luckily, paramedic Natalie Tong performs CPR to save his life. Later, Benjamin learns that to extend his life, he must kiss others to steal their time. He uses this to his advantage and sees big changes in his work, family and friendships. Unfortunately, because of him, Natalie suffered serious consequences. Aside from missing her wedding, her fiancé (Yeung Chiu Hoi) mysteriously goes missing. To help her regain her spirit, Benjamin takes over Yeung Chiu Hoi's coffee shop. He meets barista Hubert Wu and re-encounters his childhood friend Rebecca Zhu. Rebecca, a pole dancing teacher, has many men at her feet, but she only has feelings for Benjamin. But Benjamin, carrying the burden of extending his life, gradually develops feelings for Natalie, and they fall into the anguish of loving each other, but being unable to be together...