Jinghan Ma (Runsheng) began studying Peking Opera in 1992, at the Liaoning Provincial Art School. He began acting in 2002, when admitted to the Beijing Film Academy. His first role came in 2005, with the TV series Sanshou King. In 2010, he found wider success with the drama Palace Lock Heart Jade, and again in 2011 with Miyasuo Xinyu.
Dalong Fu (Yue Jiu) was born in 1976, and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1994. He won the Excellent Performance award at the 2nd China Film Awards for his role in Young Peng Duhai, and starred in Meridian of War in 1990. His best known role is for The Forest Ranger, released in 2006, which won him dozens of acting awards including Best Actor at the Chinese Film Media Awards.
Ziwen Wang (Chunrong) is rising young star actress within China. Her early roles include Aftershock in 2010, and The Revolution of 1911, directed by Jackie Chan. She found great success on television with roles in When A Snail Falls in Love and Ode to Joy, both beginning in 2016. Her popularity was furthered in 2019 with the release of Enter The Forbidden City, her biggest film to date.
Yili Ma (Princess Feng) began acting in 1996, with a role in the television series Vacuum Love Records. She played several smaller film roles in the early 2000s before finding commercial success with My Fair Princess in 2003, Qiao’s Grand Courtyard in 2006, and the popular Struggle in 2007. More recently, she’s starred in the TV series The First Half of My Life and the film Lost Found, as well as a featured role in Chen Kaige’s upcoming film My People, My Country.
Jiao Huang (the Emperor) was born in Beijing in 1936, and studied dramatic acting at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center. After graduating from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1959, he began performing in stage productions, and transitioned into television in 1988, winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in the series Engineers. He previously worked with Hu Mei on her 2010 film, Confucius.