Dramatization of events from the Second Opium War which culminated in the looting and destruction of imperial estate "Yuan Ming Yuan", AKA the Old Summer Palace by invading English and French troops.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Xiaoqing Liu ...
Yulan (as Hiu Hing Lau)
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Emperor Xian Feng
Ye Chen ...
Cian (as Wah Chan)
Kun Xiang ...
Shu Shun (as Kwan Hong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zu-lin Jiang ...
The imperial doctor
Yansheng Liang ...
Gui Liang
Qian Lu
Yang Meng
Minyi Wang ...
Sheng Bao
Zhong Wang ...
Zai Qun
Yuan Xie ...
Zhang Wen-liang
...
Shuang Xi (as Qing Yan)
Liwen Yu ...
Du Han
Shuyi Zhang ...
Zai Qun (child)
Tielin Zhang ...
Yi Qing
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Dramatization of events from the Second Opium War which culminated in the looting and destruction of imperial estate "Yuan Ming Yuan", AKA the Old Summer Palace by invading English and French troops.

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21 September 1983 (Hong Kong)  »

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Burning of the Imperial Palace  »

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The role of the emperor was the first feature film role for Tony Ka Fai Leung (aka Tony Leung) which started a career that included over 80 feature films in only 20 years. See more »

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Followed by Chui lian ting zheng (1983) See more »

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Very good historical account for this docudrama
12 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film gave an accurate depiction on how Ci Xi, who was commonly known as Empress Dowager, came to power during the Second Opium War. Her rise to power begun with the blood coup, which ensured her reign on China for more than half a century. This movie is also one of the first jointly made by Hong Kong and China after the Cultural Revolution.


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