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)”