Beyond the Realm of Conscience


Section:TVB Series


Number of Episodes:30


Language: Chinese (Cantonese)

Chinese Title: 宮心計

Average Rating:       (out of 2 ratings)


"Beyond the Realm of Conscience" is a Chinese TV drama revolving around the intrigues at the Emperor's palace during the Tang period. Main characters, Yiu Gam Ling (Tavia Yeung) and Lau Sam Ho (Charmaine Sheh) are lowly maids at the palace, that had to endure maltreatment of higher-placed officers, responsible for, e.g., food and beverages, furnishings, jewelry and wardrobe. As the entire system is strongly hierarchical the plot is full of intrigues revolving around the character's attempts to get higher in the hierarchy. As the drama proceeds both Yiu Gam Ling and Lau Sam Ho succeed in obtaining higher positions at the court: Yiu Gam Ling by seducing the Emperor and Lau Sam Ho due to her talents. Not only is Yiu Gam Ling now in trouble with the Emperor's concubine, the friendship of Yiu Gam Ling and Lau Sam Ho starts to break down. Both ladies have power, and to complicate the things further both of them are in love with the same palace guard!


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Beyond the Realm of Conscience

Reviewed by: juphelia March 06, 2013

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Initially I thought this show is a copycat of the Korean show "Jewel In The Palace", since the central characters are palace maids and that even for palace maids, there is power struggle and backstabbing to be the chief. But as the series progresses, it became a good standalone show on its own. The central character is this unbelievable too good to be true character Lau Sam Ho (Charmaine Sheh). Because of her good nature and her attitude of never causing...

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Beyond the Realm of Conscience

Reviewed by: Bridget March 22, 2010

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Chinese Title: “Gung Sam Gai” (roughly translates to schemes in the palace ) No. of episodes: 33 Theme songs: “Gung Sam Gai” (Schemes) by Susanna Kwan (opening); “Fung Che” (Windmill) by Charmaine Sheh (closing) Cast Moses Chan Tavia Yeung Charmaine Sheh Kevin Cheng Michelle Yim Susanna Kwan Supporting Cast Lee Kwok Lun Selina Li Lui San Yoyo Chen Cheong Chi Kwong Lau Dan Crystal Tin Mandy Cho Tracy Yip Foreword I had high hopes for this series. They were dashed. Review Great name, not-so-great series. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again....

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Member Ratings


10-23-2011 10:53 PM


It was good...until the end :|



06-08-2011 07:35 AM


If you enjoy watching dramas with plenty of catfights and Jerry Springer style plots then this is the drama for you. :D


12-14-2010 11:17 PM


Great choice in casting. I liked the story and the chemistry between the characters. Tavia did good for her first time as a villain but I thought the ending was a bit too easy for her character. Other then that I liked the series.


11-17-2010 07:26 AM


first few episodes were good, then the drama quickly went down-hill from there. tavia did great as a maid (when she was hovering between the good and evil side), but after she became evil, she was totally a MAD WOMAN. over-the-top acting, but still must praise her for her determination to play her first villain role.

lau sam ho is too perfect to be true. she's supposedly a likeable character, but i really hated her character here. i pity charmaine who could have chosen better roles.

special mention to the villains of this drama, grand empress kwok and general ma yuen ji. susan tse and lee kwok lun for their fantastic performances as the main villains before tavia's character reigned supreme.

please, no more charmaine + kevin pairings. this pair IS PLAIN BORING! i'd rather see moses and charmain pair together.

super lousy script, decent acting... but still can't save this series from getting only 1/5 stars.

for better palace-themed dramas, watch war and beauty.


12-06-2009 06:50 AM


More Jewel in the Palace than Heart of Greed and/or War & Beauty. Interesting to see something set in the Tang imperial court.
Tavia's awesome here - certainly deserved her 2 awards - a close contenter to Sharon Tang's best actress imho. Michelle's better here than in Moonlight Reasonance; Selena improved a lot and Charmaine's very convincing as the goody-do-good. Lee Kwok Lun shone as the evil eunuch, consistent performance from Moses & Kevin.
Great overall except for the last 15 mins.

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