Beyond the Realm of Conscience

Video: (no trailer, this is the opening theme)

Episodes: 33

Genre: historical, romance


  • Charmaine Sheh -Lau Sam ho
  • Tavia Yeung -Yiu Kam ling
  • Susanna Kwan -Yuen Tsui wan
  • Michelle Yim -Chung Suet ha
  • Kevin Cheng -Ko Hin yeung
  • Moses Chan -Emperor Lee Yi


Imperial Household Bureau is responsible for managing and directing all household services to the Emperor and the Imperial family in Tang Dynasty. It is composed of four departments, namely Jewels, Attire, Food and Furnishings. Lau Sam-ho (Charmaine Sheh) and Yiu Kam-ling (Tavia Yeung) are introduced into the bureau in their tender age and brought up in the disciplines of the palace. The two girls are diligent. Yuen Tsui-wan (Susanna Kwan), Head of the Jewels, and Chung Suet-ha (Michelle Yim), Head of the Attire, are both very fond of Ho for she is a kind-hearted young girl. Soon, they start fighting for the fellowship of Ho.

Ho always remembers her mother’s words left to her before she passed away, that she was told, “Doing good deeds, speaking good words, showing good will.” She lives her life of being gracious and kind-hearted in the palace. On the other hand, Ling believes her survival in palace is achieved through cruel and calculating tactics. She cheats and schemes her way to the top and finally becomes the concubine. Though she realizes that Ho has fallen in love with the chess master Ko Hin-yeung (Kevin Cheng), her jealousy still arouses by Ho’s attraction to the Emperor Lee Yi (Moses Chan). Fearing that she is losing power, she ruthlessly makes up a false allegation against Ho for murdering the Empress (Mary Hon) and condemns her to death. No matter how clever she is to scheme, things do not go the way she planned. By using a strong comparison of the two distinctive characters, Ho and Ling, the message of the drama is that “benevolence” is the only way to gain final victory.

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Charmaine and Tavia, both actresses I like are in this drama. i don’t know if it’s anything related to K-wave, but I find that in recent years, there is a surge in this type of drama. Female lead roles, palace concept, and then the lead character have to somehow survive in the palace that is full of bitchy concubines, scheming palace authorities, etc. Determination plus perserverance is like the secret formula(not so secret since it’s common now) for the lead character to succeed. This is more of palace maids focus. A slight different as most other historical dramas focus on prince/princess/king/queen. So at least this show case the life of  lower class back then. I wouldn’t be surprise that one day, there will be a drama depicting peasant’s life.  Good effort in trying to be evil for Taivia (but I can’t really hate her character since there are moments which are pretty pathetic), and of course the experienced artiste, no comments for they are already so GOOD. No doubt it’s a blockbuster.

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