Henry VII of England / 16th-17th century

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Henry VII (28 January 1457 – 21 April 1509) was King of England and Lord of Ireland from seizing the crown on 22 August 1485 until his death on 21 April 1509, and the first monarch of the House of Tudor.

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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.

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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 Hollow Crown : Richard II (2012)

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The Hollow Crown Richard ii

Synopsis

KING RICHARD is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin HENRY BOLINGBROKE and THOMAS MOWBRAY. RICHARD calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. RICHARD visits JOHN OF GAUNT, BOLINGBROKE’s Father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the King. After seizing GAUNT’s money and lands, RICHARD leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. BOLINGBROKE returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, NORTHUMBERLAND and the DUKE OF YORK, BOLINGBROKE takes RICHARD prisoner and lays claim to the throne. —PBS Continue reading “The Hollow Crown : Richard II (2012)”