The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) King Hu

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”


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

The Empress Wu Tse-tien (1939 film)

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 Hollow Crown : Richard II (2012)

The Hollow Crown: Richard II characters

The Hollow Crown Richard ii


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)”

The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II (2016)

The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part 2 characters

The Hollow Crown: Henry VI 2


After the Battle of St Albans, Plantagenet and the Yorkists ride to London to claim the throne. Henry negotiates to keep the crown for his lifetime but agrees to disinherit his son Prince Edward. Margaret is outraged and attacks Plantagenet at his house, slaughtering the duke and his youngest son Edmund. Elder brothers Edward, George and Richard escape and swear to avenge the murders and destruction of their house. —Rotten Tomatoes Continue reading “The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II (2016)”

The Lion in Winter (1968) / Angevin Empire


Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England’s castle in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire, the play opens with the arrival of Henry’s wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their three surviving sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John, and their Christmas Court guest, the King of France, Philip II Augustus, who was the son of Eleanor’s ex-husband, Louis VII of France (by his third wife, Adelaide). Also involved is Philip’s half-sister Alais (by Louis VII’s second wife Constance), who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age eight, but has since become Henry’s mistress. –wiki Continue reading “The Lion in Winter (1968) / Angevin Empire”

Tsogt Taij (1945) / Mongolia in the 1630s


It is the early 17th century and the Mongol Empire has largely broken up. In fact, the Mongolian homelands have been invaded by an alliance of Manchu Chinese and Tibetans. The Tibetans are backing the Chinese with the assurance that their “Yellow Hat” sect of Buddhism will become the state religion of Mongolia. Manchurian general Ambagi Tsetsen has also enlisted the support of Mongol prince Khush Khan, who is fully on board with turning his country over to the Chinese and Tibetans.

Opposing them is Ligden Khan, king of independent Mongolia. His chief supporter is Tsogt Taij, a Mongol prince who loathes the Chinese and the Yellow Hat Buddhists and is a strong Mongolian nationalist. Tsogt’s son Arslan Taij is a warrior like his father but also has an eye for the ladies, and is distracted by a romance with princess Khulan, daughter of his father’s enemy Khush Khan. —TV Tropes Continue reading “Tsogt Taij (1945) / Mongolia in the 1630s”