In the later years of China’s Sui Dynasty (581-618), Wen Lou (Jiro Wang) takes up the imperial crown. Protocol dictates that he may keep a group of concubines at court, so his royal advisors select a number of women from high-profile families for the task. Among their number is Bu Meng (Jin Chen), the daughter of a notable civil servant who dutifully serves the imperial family. But not everyone wants to be an imperial concubine – least of all Bu Meng! She does her utmost to avoid having to spend any time with the Emperor, contriving to avoid him whenever possible. Eventually, she finds unlikely friends among the other concubines, whose number includes a blubbering bag of nerves, a highly trained martial arts expert and a wily woman with plenty of street smarts. Still, Bu Meng is determined to spend as little time as possible with the Emperor. Irked by her behavior, one day the Emperor picks a quarrel with her – and is surprised to find that she gives as good as she gets when she’s in an argument. He finds himself strangely drawn to her feisty personality and resolves to win her love. Will romance bloom for this unlikely couple? Or will Bu Meng avoid the Emperor’s affections until the end of their days? This drama was based on a novel by author Lian Qiao. “Mengfei Comes Across” is a 2018 Chinese series directed by Zou Ji Cheng.