Cang Qiong Zhi Mao   (Japanese Drama)

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    • Chinese title: 苍穹之昴 / Cang Qiong Zhi Mao
    • Japanese title: 蒼穹の昴 (そうきゅうのすばる)
    • Japanese title (romaji): Sokyu no Subaru
    • English title: The Firmament of the Pleiades
    • Genre: Period drama, politics
    • Episodes: 25 (Japan) / 28 (China)
    • Viewership rating: 5.1 (NHK dubbed version)
    • Broadcast networks: NHK (Japan) / BTV (China)
    • Broadcast period: 2010-Jan-02 to 2010-Jul-10 (NHK subtitled version) / 2010-Sep-26 to 2011-Mar-27 (NHK dubbed version) / 2010-Mar-14 to 2010-Mar-17 (BTV)
    • Air time: Saturday 22:00 (NHK subtitled version) / Sunday 23:00 (NHK dubbed version) / 2 episodes nightly at 19:42 (BTV)
    • Theme song (Japan version): BALLAD by Hamasaki Ayumi


    In late Qing dynasty China, Chun Er, an impoverished country youth, makes a living picking up manure in order to take care of his sickly adoptive mother Lian Zi and younger sister Ling Er. In a desperate act, Chun Er performs self-castration to obtain reward money from the government to cure his mother's illness. Liang Wen Xiu, the son of a wealthy landowner, discovers that Lian Zi is actually his biological mother, and is extremely touched by Chun Er's sacrifice. He and Chun Er head to The Forbidden City with Ling Er in hopes for a better future. Wen Xiu becomes the top scorer on the imperial exams and is rewarded with an important position in the Qing court while Chun Er would become a top eunuch greatly favored by Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Their fates are intertwined with those of Ci Xi and her puppet emperor Guang Xu as they become embroiled in the political intrigue of a tumultuous era.


    Correlation chart
    Qing Court Ministers
    Imperial Wives
    Eunuchs and Servants
    Imperial Family
    Military Personnel and Scholars

    Production Credits

    • Original writing: Novel Sokyu no Subaru by Asada Jiro
    • Screenwriters: Yang Hai Wei, Huang Ke
    • Chief producers: Liu De Hong (刘德宏), Zhang Xiao (张晓), Zhang Qiang (张强)
    • Producers: Luo Li Ping, Zhao Tong (赵彤), Yu Jin Wei (余金伟), Chen Run Sheng (陈润生), Wang Xiao Dong (王晓东)
    • Director: Wang Jun
    • Music: Dong Li Qiang

    Episode Information

    Episode Subtitle Ratings (Japan - NHK dubbed version)
    01 The Forbidden City 4.6
    02 Mother and child 5.3
    03 Apprenticeship 4.8
    04 Selection of the empress 3.8
    05 To the imperial court 3.6
    06 The emperor's favorite 6.2
    07 Hearsay 4.5
    08 Song of the dragon's jade 6.0
    09 The spirit of love 4.0
    10 Wedding gift 5.2
    11 The first interview 5.2
    12 Each battle 5.8
    13 Outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War 4.3
    14 The waves of revolution 4.5
    15 Assassination plan 4.1
    16 Yang Xi Zhen's death 3.7
    17 Revenge 5.0
    18 Identity of the mastermind 6.2
    19 Rushed reform 5.9
    20 Yuan Shi Kai 4.3
    21 Betrayal 5.2
    22 Mid-Autumn Festival banquet 6.8
    23 Bloody coup 5.6
    24 Begging for mercy 7.1
    25 Eternal Pleiades 6.3
    Average 5.1

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