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Lei Zhao ...
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Chuang Chiao ...
Prince Hsien
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Paul Chang ...
Chang Yi-Chi
Yu-Hsin Chen ...
Ti Jen-Chieh (as Yu Hsin Chen)
Yunhua Chen ...
Madame Ho Lan
Ying Choi Cheung ...
Chang Cheng-Chung
Tien-Chu Chin ...
Court official
Mu Chu ...
Outspoken man at restaurant
Shao-Kuan Chu ...
Ming Chung-Yen
Li Jen Ho ...
Shang-Kuan Yi
Pin Ho


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14 June 1963 (Hong Kong)  »

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Wu-hou  »

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Interesting story, but executed in a mediocre fashion
21 April 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Empress Wu tells the story of China's only female emperor. While this is a very interesting story in history, the film does only a marginal job of bringing it to the viewer. The director, Li Han-Hsiang, uses several short anecdotes from throughout the empress' life. While this could have been an effective storytelling method, they are all far too similar to grab the viewer's interest.

Almost every anecdote involves some threat to the throne, which the main characters then must act against. The main problem with this approach is that none of the plotters agianst the throne have fully developed characters, so it is hard to understand why they want to take over. The film would have been better if it it had just focused on one such plot, or had focused on one plot and other aspects of the empress' life.

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