2 user

The Empress of China 

Wu Mei Niang chuan qi (original title)
Harem inner life and female rivalry story based on events of life of Wu Zetian; the only female Emperor in the Chinese history.




2015   2014  
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Bingbing Fan ...  Wu Mei Niang 82 episodes, 2014-2015
Baoping Shen ...  Wang De 69 episodes, 2014-2015
Huichun Wang Huichun Wang ...  Zhangsun Wuji 61 episodes, 2014-2015
Yuan Gao Yuan Gao ...  Rui An 56 episodes, 2014-2015
Aarif Rahman ...  Emperor Gaozong of Tang / ... 52 episodes, 2015
Fengyi Zhang ...  Emperor Taizong of Tang / ... 50 episodes, 2014-2015
Janine Chun-Ning Chang ...  Consort Xian / ... 43 episodes, 2014-2015
Jie Li ...  Li Ke / ... 36 episodes, 2014-2015
Ting Chang ...  Consort Wei Gui Fei 33 episodes, 2014-2015
Kathy Chow ...  Consort Yang Shu Fei 33 episodes, 2014-2015
Learn more

More Like This 

Empresses in the Palace (TV Series 2011)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Grand story of the inner workings of the harem of classic China.

Stars: Li Sun, Jianbin Chen, Qian Sun
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A young girl searches for the truth about her older sister's death by becoming a seamstress in the Emperor's harem.

Stars: Jinyan Wu, Yuan Nie, Enshang Liu
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An empress commissions a painting of herself from a Fresh outsider in hopes of stirring her husband's interest in this lavish period piece. The Lady in the Portrait is a period yarn evoking... See full summary »

Director: Charles de Meaux
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Melvil Poupaud, Yue Wu
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Chronicle the marriage of Qianlong Emperor and the Step Empress, Ru Yi Ulanara.

Stars: Xun Zhou, Wallace Huo, Janine Chun-Ning Chang
Startling by Each Step (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Fantasy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After a car accident plunges a woman into the dreamy Chinese past that gave the whole life in the Beijing imperial palace after that she returns to her life in the modern world.

Stars: Shi Shi Liu, Nicky Wu, Kevin Cheng
Action | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Gongsun Li is the granddaughter and disciple of military commander Gongsun Yu. When she was young, she met and rescued Ying Zheng, who then fell in love with her at first sight. When the ... See full summary »

Stars: Dilraba Dilmurat, Vin Zhang, Chang Liu
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two deities Ye Hua (Mark Chao) and Bai Qian (Mi Yang) meet and fall in love. Their love story transcends time and has become a legend.

Stars: Mi Yang, Mark Chao, Weiguang Gao
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

The tragic story of a Tang Dynasty imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong.

Directors: Shiqing Cheng, Yimou Zhang
Stars: Joan Chen, Bingbing Fan, Shun Oguri
Legend of Fuyao (TV Series 2018)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Meng Fu Yao, a woman born from a divine lotus petal. She journeys towards the heavens in search of a secret order and to reveal a conspiracy originating from the heavens. In the process, she falls in love with the crown prince.

Stars: Mi Yang, Ethan Juan, Leon Lai Yi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Chengpeng Dong, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan
Nirvana in Fire (TV Series 2015)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Story about a son's search for his family's lost honor.

Stars: Ge Hu, Yongdai Ding, Kai Wang
The Empress Ki (2013–2014)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A Korea-born warrior girl had to be a servant at the Mongol Yuan court but somehow overcame her low status to become an empress in another land.

Stars: Ji-Won Ha, Hye-Rin Han, Jin-mo Ju


Harem inner life and female rivalry story based on events of life of Wu Zetian; the only female Emperor in the Chinese history.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Did You Know?


The most expensive Chinese television drama ever made. See more »


A thousand autumns
Composed by Dongdong Dong
Lyrics by Tracy Chen
Performed by Nan Sun
[Opening Theme]
See more »

User Reviews

large budget yields uneven effort
12 February 2019 | by a666333See all my reviews

Let me start with what is good. The large budget can be seen in dazzling. colourful, costumes and sets. The slow pacing, in principle, allows the story to proceed unhurried and in detail. The acting is good, the actors seem committed to their characters. With this good foundation, you could be hopeful for a good presentation of the life of Wu Zeitan/ Wu Mei Niang. Unfortunately, it doesn't turn out that way.

The problem starts with the main character. Her life was interesting, dramatic, scandalous and unique as it was. There is little need to expand and fictionalize it. But that is what we get. Events are altered or simply invented which have her literally all over the place and in an overly sympathetic light. The life of characters around her are also twisted around to the point that history and pure fiction are ruthlessly mixed to an absurd point. Given the reliance on fiction, it is small wonder that the story becomes disjointed, almost incoherent at times.

They could have stayed closer to history, placing more time and emphasis on her later life and produced a far more satisfying and true story. As I said earlier. her real life is a great story. There is no need to mess around with it to get a marketable and dramatic story.

Credulity is further strained in the inevitable combat scenes. These are poorly done in terms of realism and contain the inevitable skilled-warrior-as-super-hero scenes that plague so many Chinese productions. Things get quite RIDICULOUS in this area and one is thankful when the combat scenes end and the intrigue starts up again. Insult is added to injury here when, despite the huge budget, the military costumes used cheap plastic. In comparison to the other, excellent costumes, the contrast is glaring. One would have hoped that with the large budget some credible looking armour, helmets, etc could have been used for the close-ups.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Blog [China]





Release Date:

21 December 2014 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Empress of China See more »

Filming Locations:

Wuxi, Jiangsu, China See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed