Wang Kai plays Renzong. DAYLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
The historical drama, Serenade of Peaceful Joy has been a trending topic since its release on April 7. It has attracted almost 7.5 billion views and over 190,000 comments on Sina Weibo by May 5.
The show is adapted from the novel Held in the Lonely Castle written in 2014 by Milan Lady, with various editions published since 2008.
The story follows Emperor Renzong, played by Wang Kai, of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) as he struggles between maintaining his ideologies of governing the country and his love for his daughter, Princess Huirou.
The four-decade reign of Emperor Renzong, from 1022 to 1063, marked the high point of Song Dynasty’s influences and powers. Many of the best-known writers in Chinese history lived during this period. Some of them, including Su Shi, Wang Anshi and Fan Zhongyan are featured in the series.
A few days after its premiere, the show received high praise for its outstanding props, costumes, make-up and writing, which accurately portrayed the features of the Song Dynasty.