What happens to the innocence of a young girl who is thrown into the lion’s den of the palace? Zhen Huan (Sun Li) is a 17-year-old girl who is rounded up with her best friend, Shen Mei Zhuang (Lan Xi), and all the other daughters of government officials and forced to join the royal harem of Emperor Yong Zheng (Chen Jian Bin) by the Empress Dowager Ren Shou (Leanne Liu). Because of Zhen Huan’s resemblance to the late Empress Chun Yuan, she quickly wins favor with the Emperor but the jealous wrath of all the other ladies of the court, including the Empress (Ada Choi), Imperial Concubine Consort Hua (Jiang Xin) and even the seemingly sweet An Ling Rong (Tao Xin Ran). After Zhen Huan miscarries her first pregnancy, she quickly learns that she must use her wits in order to survive. When she meets and falls in love with Yun Li (Li Dong Xue), the 17th Prince and the Emperor’s half-brother, what tough choices will Zhen Huan have to make to protect the people she loves the most? “Empresses in the Palace (Director’s Cut)” is a condensed, six-episode version of the 2011 Chinese drama series directed by Zheng Xiao Long. It is based on an Internet novel by the same name.