Empress Wu Tse-Tien (1963 film) Shaw Brothers

Empress Wu Tse-Tien (武則天, Wu Ze Tian) is a 1963 Hong Kong Shaw Brothers film directed by Li Han Hsiang, about the life of Empress Wu Zetian. It was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. Wu Zetian–played by Li Lihua–was depicted as powerful and sexually assertive in this film.

Empress Wu Tse-Tien (武則天, Wu Ze Tian) is a 1963 Hong Kong Shaw Brothers film directed by Li Han Hsiang, about the life of Empress Wu Zetian. It was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. Wu Zetian–played by Li Lihua–was depicted as powerful and sexually assertive in this film.

Synopsis 650-705

In this biographical drama, Wu Tse-tien, a Chinese empress who ruled during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906), is desperate to keep her throne. To maintain her status she begins massacring any and everyone, including her own sons, that might oppose her. —AllMovie

Historical background

Wu Zetian

Wu Zetian (624 – 705) –-Wu Zetian

Xu Yougong (徐有功; 640 -702) , a famed judge during the reign of Wu Zetian.

Xu Yougong was the official in charge of the judiciary, but would often confront the empress with his dissatisfaction at some of the court verdicts. On one occasion, Wu Zetian became so incensed that she issued an order to behead Xu, but just as the execution was about to start, she pardoned him, instead demoting him to a commoner. When her anger had abated, she continued to solicit Xu’s opinion, and reinstated him as head of the judiciary. —Chinesetime

Pei Yan (裴炎; died 684), was an official of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, serving as a chancellor during the reign of Emperor Gaozong, as well as regency by Wu Zetian over their sons Emperor Zhongzong and Ruizong. He was well trusted by Emperor Gaozong and Empress Wu late in Emperor Gaozong’s reign, but drew Wu’s ire after he advised her, then empress dowager, to end her regency and return power to Emperor Ruizong. In 684, she accused him of treason and executed him.

Wu Chengsi (武承嗣; died 698), formally Prince Xuan of Wei (魏宣王), one of Wu Zetian‘s nephew. He participated in her planning in taking the throne and had wanted to become crown prince after she claimed the throne in 690, but his attempts were repeatedly rebuffed, and after she showed her intent to eventually return the throne to her son Li Zhe(Zhongzong) by recalling Li Zhe from exile in 698, Wu Chengsi died in disappointment. —Wiki

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Films and TV shows about Wu Zetian