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Way before there was Story of Yanxi Palace, there was hit palace drama Legend of Zhen Huan. The 2011 period epic, which was about the power struggles between concubines in the Forbidden City, catapulted actresses like Star Search 2001 alum Sun Li to stardom. It also boosted Hongkong actress Ada Choi’s career and popularity in China.

Though Ada’s turn as the evil empress left a deep impression on viewers, director Zheng Xiaolong revealed in an interview years later that casting her in the drama was his “biggest regret”.

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