Cung Tâm Kế (2009) HDTV 720p – 33/33 Tập – USLT

Title: 宮心計
English title: Beyond the Realm of Conscience
Genre: Costume drama
Episodes: 33
Broadcast network: TVB
Broadcast period: Oct 19, 2009 – Nov 29, 2009

TVB’s tent-pole drama to celebrate the broadcaster’s 42nd anniversary draws the audience into its imperial infighting and palatial intrigues and never lets go! Produced by Mui Siu Ching, the costume drama boasts some of the network’s best-known actors and actresses, sophisticated production values, and a compelling story set in the royal palace that is often compared to phenomenally popular dramas like War and Beauty and Dae Jang Geum. The assembly of stars includes Charmaine Sheh, Tavia Yeung, Moses Chan, Kevin Cheng, Michelle Yim, Susanna Kwan, Susan Tse, Kara Hui, Selena Li, Mary Hon, Cheung Kwok Keung, and Lee Kwok Lun. The series tied for first place with Moonlight Resonance as TVB’s highest rated drama of all-time, and Tavia Yeung went on to win “My Favorite TV Character” in the 2009 TVB Anniversary Awards.

The central conflict in Beyond the Realm of Conscience lies between Lau Sam Ho (Charmaine Sheh) and Yiu Kam Ling (Tavia Yeung), two sisterly friends brought up together in the royal palace of Tang-dynasty China. Both of them have been trained in the ways of domestic servants by the Imperial Household Bureau under the tutelage of its rivaling heads Chung Suet Ha (Michelle Yim) and Yuen Tsui Wan (Susanna Kwan). Guided by her mother’s last words, the good-natured Ho navigates through the lies and treachery in the palace with good deeds, good words, and good will, which has won her the admiration of the Emperor (Moses Chan) and his bodyguard (Kevin Cheng). Ling, on the other hand, sees the only way to change her destiny is to become the Emperor’s concubine – no matter the cost.