Netflix to air Yanxi Palace sequel before it even plays in China
The streaming giant has purchased the international rights to Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures and will premiere the series on Dec 31.
Fans of the hit 2018 period drama Story Of Yanxi Palace will get to watch the upcoming sequel before the series even airs in China.
That’s because Netflix has purchased the international rights to Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures and the show will start streaming on Dec 31. That’s your New Year’s Eve plans sorted.
The news was confirmed by series producer Yu Zheng who spoke to online news portal HK01.
Ironically, Chinese fans will have to wait a little longer before being able to catch the show as studios are still in negotiations with broadcasters in the country.
The new series will focus on the offspring of several main characters from the first show. The synopsis on Netflix reads: "A determined Qing dynasty princess contends with palace intrigue and a vendetta against her family while navigating the treacherous terrain of romance."
Princess Zhaohua (Wang Herun) is the daughter of the Qianlong emperor and his consort Wei Yingluo, and she falls in love with Fu Kang'an (Wang Yizhe), the son of Hitara Erqing.
The first series is a 70-episode fictionalised account of the emperor’s concubines who vie and scheme for his affection. It broke records when it was released last year; it was streamed more than 15 billion times on China’s iQiyi streaming service. However, the series was taken off the air after a state media article criticised the “negative impact” of imperial dramas.