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Romantic Princess (公主小妹; Gong Zhu Xiao Mei), previously known as Wo Jia Gong Zhu (我家公主), is a 2007 Taiwanese drama starring Wu Chun and Calvin Chen of Fahrenheit, Angela Chang and George Hu. It was based on the manga Four Steps to Romance (ろまんす五段活用, Romance Godan Katsuyou) by Kazuko Fujita. The drama was produced by Comic Productions (可米製作股份有限公司) and directed by Lin He Long (林合隆). It started filming on 4 May 2007.

The series was first broadcast in Taiwan on CTV (中視) from September 16, 2007 to December 9, 2007, every Sunday at 22:00 to 23:30 and cable TV Gala Television (八大綜合台) on September 22, 2007 to December 15, 2007, every Saturday at 21:30 to 23:00.

Synopsis

Every girl dreams at some point in her life about being a princess.

For Xiao Mai (Angela Chang), who was adopted by middle-class parents, that dream suddenly becomes a reality. Her grandfather, Huangfu Xiong (Gu Bao Ming), is an aristocrat and has been searching for his long-lost granddaughter for many years. When he finally finds her, Xiao Mai is whisked away to live as the long-lost Huangfu Shan in a life of luxury and privilege. Xiao Mai learns that there are four potential successors to the family fortune – Nan Feng Jin (Wu Chun), Nan Feng Cai (Calvin Chen), Nan Feng Lin (George Hu), and Nan Feng Ying (Li Ang Lin). Jin is destined to become engaged to Xiao Mai, and he is resentful of her at first but then begins to develop feelings for her.

But when Xiao Mai's fairytale life takes a strange turn, partly due to plotting by her grandfather and Gong Mo Li (Genie Chuo), will life as an heiress be everything that Xiao Mai had hoped for?[1]

Plot

Adopted by middle classed parents, Xiao Mai (Angela Chang) has always had a dream to be an heiress. Finally, her dream becomes reality. Xiao Mai discovers that her biological grandfather, Huangfu Xiong (Gu Bao Ming), is the head of a prestigious aristocratic family. After being kidnapped by their family's enemies and after many years of searching, he finally finds his long lost granddaughter.

As she starts her life as an heiress, every day is filled with excitement; however, everything seems a bit different from what she had imagined it to be. In the family, there are 4 candidates, one of whom will become the successor of Emp. One of those candidates is Nan Feng Jin (Wu Chun). At first, Nan Feng Jin dislikes Xiao Mai because he knows that he will be engaged to Xiao Mai and as a result, can never leave the Huangfu family and will be forced to be the successor of Emp.

Because Jin wants to be a normal salesperson, he tried his best to ignore his growing fondness for Xiao Mai, but love prevails. Initially, the two want to hide their relationship from Emp, because they fear that exposing their relationship will result in their engagement and Jin's establishment as Emp's successor.

Then one day, a new 'Huangfu Shan' appears that has the same birthmark and evidence that she is the real Huangfu Shan, such as a ring with her birthdate encrypted in it. Xiao Mai and Gong Mo Li, the 'real' Huangfu Shan, have the same interests and birthdates. As a result, Xiao Mai gets kicked out of the household and instead becomes a maid in the Huangfu house. She later discovers a plot invented by Gong Mo Li and Emp, where Gong Mo Li is pretending to be the 'Huangfu Shan' and in love with Jin. In reality, Gong Mo Li is in love with Cai and is merely an actress hired by Emp to make Xiao Mai and Jin confess their relationship such that they can become engaged.

Although the four try to confront Emp, he keeps hiding, with the help of Butler Yi. Soon the group eventually faces Emp and tells him that Xiao Mai doesn't want to be the heiress anymore and that neither Jin nor Cai doesn't want to be the successor. Emp becomes furious and lets them do what they want: "starting from scratch", and kicks them out of the house.

Jin, out in the real world, is unable to find work because of Emp's influence, however, he manages to find a job as a construction worker. Cai And Gong Mo Li, who were also kicked out of the Huangfu House, start selling their things to the pawnshop but end up spending their money on useless things. Eventually, Cai and Gong Mo Li give up and returned to the Huangfu House.

Over time Emp becomes ill and has to go under operation. He has kept his illness a secret, something that only Butler Yi knows about. Even though his condition is becoming worse, he still doesn't want to go under the knife. When Xiao Mai learned about his illness, she realizes that her grandfather's stubbornness could lead to his death. She confronts Butler Yi and tells him to get Emp to agree to surgery and that if he is angry, that he can blame her.

The operation is successful, but Emp remains unconscious following the procedure. If Emp does not wake up in the days following the operation, the co-owners of the Huangfu business will take over his company. Even though Xiao Mai is the heiress, the co-owners do not believe that women, and Xiao Mai in particular, are capable of running the company. But Xiao Mai tries her best and takes the same exams that were previously taken by Jin and the other 3 successors (Cai, Ying, and Lin) to prove her worth. Unfortunately, she fails her exams, but just as the co-owners are about to take control of the company, Emp awakens. He insists that Xiao Mai is to become his successor and as a result, Xiao Mai ends up being both heiress and successor. Jin, on the other hand, remains an office worker.

Following the announcement, Xiao Mai has to go to America for a 3 year-long course to learn how to become the successor for Huang Fu Corp. Jin is waiting for his clients to sign his first big contract which he stayed up the night before working on. Emp and the Nan Feng boys (other than Jin) are at the airport sending Xiao Mai off. As the time to leave nears, it appears that Jin will not make it to the terminal before Xiao Mai is to leave. However, just as Xiao Mai is walking towards her gate, Jin finally appears and calls out her name. She smiles and turns to him. Jin runs towards her and they share a kiss.

Cast

  • Angela Chang as Mai Qiu Sui / Huang Fu Shan / Xiao Mai
  • Wu Chun as Nan Feng Jin
  • Calvin Chen as Nan Feng Cai
  • Eric Li as Nan Feng Ying
  • George Hu as Nan Feng Lin

  • Paoming Ku as Huang Fu Xiong, "Emp"
  • Phoebe Huang as Mai Ge Hao Wa
  • Orange Pa as maid Xiao Yu
  • Bright Pu as Mai Cong Guang
  • Genie Chuo as Gong Mo Li
  • Abby Fung as a student council president
  • Belle Hsin as Xiao Mi
  • Joseph Hsia as Yi Sen Chuan, Butler Yi

  • Soundtrack

    Main Article: Romantic Princess OST

    Episodes

    Episode Aired Ratings
    Episode 01 September 17, 2007 3.33%
    Episode 02 September 23, 2007 3.72%
    Episode 03 September 30, 2007 3.13%
    Episode 04 October 7, 2007 3.28%
    Episode 05 October 14, 2007 3.21%
    Episode 06 October 21, 2007 3.24%
    Episode 07 October 28, 2007 3.32%
    Episode 08 November 4, 2007 3.56%
    Episode 09 November 11, 2007 3.81%
    Episode 10 November 18, 2007 3.51%
    Episode 11 November 25, 2007 3.45%
    Episode 12 December 2, 2007 3.15%
    Episode 13 December 9, 2007 3.55%
    Average 3.40%

    International broadcasting

    Country Aired Network
    Indonesia November 11, 2017 RCTI Astro Mandarin
    Philippines June 2, 2008 ABS-CBN
    Thailand July 11, 2009 Channel 3

    Trivia

    Gallery

    References