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The Secret History of Princess Taiping

The Secret History of Princess Taiping (太平公主秘史, Tai Ping Gong Zhu Mi Shi), is a 2012 Chinese drama directed by Lee Hon To. It was aired in China by Hunan TV on March 27, 2012.

The Secret History of Princess Taiping poster

“The Secret History of Princess Taiping” poster

Basic information

Original title (Chinese): 太平公主秘史
Phonetic title: Tai Ping Gong Zhu Mi Shi
English title: The Secret History of Princess Taiping
Language: Mandarin
Country: CN China
Runtime: 50 minutes
No. of episodes: 45
Genre: Period drama, Historical fiction drama
Director: Lee Hon To
Scriptwriter: Zhou Su (周粟), Luo Ye (骆烨), Hai Fei (海飞)
Producer: Zhao Ruiyong, Zhao Ruijun, Jiang Linjing
Production company: Zhejiang Great Wall, Television Culture
Broadcast network: Hunan TV
Broadcast period: March 27, 2012

Plot

In 654, during the Tang dynasty, Wu Zetian (then a concubine of Emperor Gaozong) murdered her firstborn daughter (posthumously known as Princess Andingsi) and pushed the blame to Empress Wang. The princess's wet nurse, Zhaoniang, discovers that the baby princess is still alive and smuggles her out of the palace. Zhaoniang and the young princess escape from the capital and venture further north into the desert regions. Several years later, the princess has grown up and she develops a romantic relationship with Axiena Simu, a young Tujue prince.

At one point, Zhaoniang dies trying to protect the princess. The princess learns the truth about her origins. She decides to seek vengeance on her mother Wu Zetian, who has seized the Tang throne and currently rules as a female emperor. The princess collaborates with Axiena Simu to kidnap Princess Taiping, Wu Zetian's younger daughter. As the two princesses resemble each other in appearance, the older one impersonates her younger sister and returns to the palace, where she plots her revenge and schemes to take over her mother's place as the ruler of China.

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Some scenes in “The Secret History of Princess Taiping”

Cast

The Women

The Men

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