The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) King Hu

Lee Khan, a high official under Mongolian Emperor Shundi of the Yuan dynasty (year 1366) procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel Chu Yuan-Chang’s army. Rebel spies, aided by treachery within Khan’s ranks, strive to corner him in an inn.

The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) King Hu

The Fate of Lee Khan is a 1973 Hong Kong wuxia film, directed by King Hu.

Plot  (year 1366)

Lee Khan, a high official under Mongolian Emperor Shundi of the Yuan dynasty procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel Chu Yuan-Chang‘s army. Rebel spies, aided by treachery within Khan’s ranks, strive to corner him in an inn. Continue reading “The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) King Hu”

Wu Zetian (624 – 705) / Chinese sovereign

Wu Zetian (624 – 705), alternatively named Wu Zhao, Wu Hou, was a Chinese sovereign who rose from concubinage to become empress of China during the Tang dynasty (618–907). She ruled effectively for many years, the last 15 (690–705) in her own name. During her reign, Tang rule was consolidated, and the empire was unified.

Wu Zetian
The Empress Wu Tse-tien (1963 HongKong film)

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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. Continue reading “Empress Wu Tse-Tien (1963 film) Shaw Brothers”

The Empress Wu Tse-tien (1939 film)

The Empress Wu Tse-Tien is a 1939 Chinese historical film based on the life of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history. Produced by The Shanghai Xinhua, directed by Fang Peilin, the film starred Gu Lanjun as the titular character. 

The Empress Wu Tse-Tien (武則天; Wǔ Zétiān) is a 1939 Chinese historical film based on the life of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history. Produced by The Shanghai Xinhua, directed by Fang Peilin, the film starred Gu Lanjun as the titular character.

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. Continue reading “The Empress Wu Tse-tien (1939 film)”

The Return of the Condor Heroes

The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983) is a Hong Kong wuxia TV series adapted from Louis Cha‘s novel. The story concerns the adventures of Yang Guo, an orphaned boy in a mid-13th Century China.

The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983) is a Hong Kong wuxia TV series adapted from Louis Cha‘s novel of the same title, produced by TVB and starring Idy Chan and Andy Lau.

Synopsis

Adapted from the novel by Jin Yong, this is a sequel to Legend of Condor Heroes and a prequel of sorts to Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre. The story concerns the adventures of Yang Guo, an orphaned boy in a mid-13th Century China. Continue reading “The Return of the Condor Heroes”

The Legend of the Condor Heroes

The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1983) is a Hong Kong wuxia TV series adapted from Louis Cha’s novel of the same title, produced by TVB and starring Felix Wong and Barbara Yung.

The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1983) is a Hong Kong wuxia TV series adapted from Louis Cha‘s novel of the same title, produced by TVB and starring Felix Wong and Barbara Yung. Continue reading “The Legend of the Condor Heroes”

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / 3) Ming restorationist movements

Anti-Qing sentiment refers to a sentiment principally held in China against the Manchu ruling during the Qing dynasty (1644–1912). The Qing was accused of destroying traditional Han culture by forcing Han to wear their hair in a queue in the Manchu style.

The rallying slogan of anti-Qing activists was “Fǎn Qīng fù Míng” (反淸復明; literally: “Oppose Qing and restore Ming”)

Synopsis
Historical background

Anti-Qing sentiment refers to a sentiment principally held in China against the Manchu ruling during the Qing dynasty (1644–1912). The Qing was accused of destroying traditional Han culture by forcing Han to wear their hair in a queue in the Manchu style.

The rallying slogan of anti-Qing activists was “Fǎn Qīng fù Míng” (反淸復明; literally: “Oppose Qing and restore Ming”).

Ming loyalists ineffectively resisted the Qing dynasty from various refuges in the south for a generation. Their so-called Nan (Southern) Ming dynasty principally included the prince of Fu (弘光帝), the prince of Tang (Longwu, 隆武帝), the prince of Lu (Zhu Yihai, no reign name), and the prince of Gui (Yongli, 永曆帝). The loyalist coastal raider Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga) and his heirs held out on Taiwan until 1683. Continue reading “The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / 3) Ming restorationist movements”

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / Early Kangxi Period

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984), a Hong Kong TV series adapted from Louis Cha (Jin Yong)’s novel The Deer and the Cauldron, produced by TVB and starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung.

Set in the beginning of the Qing dynasty, a rebellious group which still holds sacred the bloodline of the Ming dynasty plans to overthrow the Qing dynasty. Meanwhile, Kang Xi is a young emperor trying to gain actual control of his position..

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) is a Hong Kong TV series adapted from Louis Cha (Jin Yong)’s novel The Deer and the Cauldron, produced by TVB and starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung.

SYNOPSIS (1666-1689)

Set in the beginning of the Qing dynasty, a rebellious group which still holds sacred the bloodline of the Ming dynasty plans to overthrow the Qing dynasty. Meanwhile, Kang Xi is a young emperor trying to gain actual control of his position.

The story follows a young man named Wei Siu Bo. By coincidence, he is taken into the palace by a powerful eunich and accidentally makes friends with the emperor. He also finds himself made into the disciple of Chen Jing Nan, the leader of the rebels. Throughout his adventures, he encounters seven beauties with whom he falls in love with or manages to get himself involved with, one after another. And also, he finds himself in greater dilemma trying to keep both emperor and his Si Fu, Chen Jing Nan, from knowing his relationship with the other and also at the same time trying to remain loyal to both. —Dramawiki Continue reading “The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / Early Kangxi Period”

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) / 2) Qing Empire

The Duke of Mount Deer (1984)’s characters1

Synopsis
Historical Figures / Qing Empire
  1. Qing Dynasty
  2. Four Regents of the Kangxi Emperor
  3. Nobles, court ministers, officials and bureaucrats
  4. Three Feudatories
  5. Mongols
  6. Tibetans
  7. Russian Empire
Historical background
  1. Revolt of the Three Feudatories

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