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Lady of the Dynasty (2015)

Wang chao de nu ren: Yang Gui Fei (original title)
The tragic story of a Tang Dynasty imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong.


Shiqing Cheng (as Shiqing), Yimou Zhang (co-director)


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Credited cast:
Bingbing Fan ... Yang Gui Fei
Joan Chen ... Consort Wu (as Chong Chen)
Shun Oguri
Leon Lai ... Emperor Tang Xuanzong
Zhang Wen ... General (Guest star)
Jing Ning ... Consort Mei
Chun Wu ... Li Mao
Yue Wu ... Prince Li Ying
Baoguo Chen ... Imperial Physician (Guest star)
Steve Boergadine ... Tacitus, Lead Byzantine Envoy
Gang Wu ... Gao Lishi
Sam Voutas ... Deputy Byzantine Envoy
Yi Qin ... (Guest star)
Carol McFadden Carol McFadden ... Lady Wong
Yu Yuan Yu Yuan ... Second wife of Prince Li Mao


Yang Yuhuan is a wife of Prince Li Mao and the Emperor Tang Ming Huang's daughter-in-law. When Prince Li's mother, Wu commits suicide after her conspiracy against the Emperor fails, Yang is abandoned and is given to the Emperor in exchange for the crown prince. Their affection grew through the political struggle and living together in the palace. But their happiness and good days do not last long when the Lushan Rebellion breaks out.

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Drama | History | Romance


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China | South Korea | Japan


Mandarin | English

Release Date:

30 July 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Yang Gui Fei See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Both Shun Oguri and Chun Wu have played the same character from the Japanese manga "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e." Although, Shun Oguri played the Japanese "Izumi Sano" and Chun Wu played the Taiwanese "Zuo Yi Quan." See more »


Version of The Magnificent Concubine (1962) See more »


Wo zhi shi man man zou yuan
Music by San Bao
Lyrics by Tao Chen
Performed by Diamond Zhang
[Promotion Song]
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18 November 2018 | by foutainoflifeSee all my reviews

After reading some these reviews after having already watched the film, I am under the impression that this was based on actual historical events. I had no knowledge of this going into the film and was simply watching it because I enjoy period films.

The plot is that beautiful woman becomes the wife of a prince only to learn that the Emperor wants the girl for himself. The Emperor eventually marries her without her affection with the hopes she will eventually return his love. In the meantime, someone in her family plays a part in an uprising against the emperor causing a call for all members of her family, including her, to be executed for treason.

This was a confusing movie for me. I was reading subtitles and maybe some details were literally lost in translation. I feel like I missed the point. It sorta felt like it was supposed to be an epic romance but there was little romancing going on. Maybe is was supposed to be about treason but there wasn't much explained about why the treason took place. This was really slow paced so it shouldn't be so confusing.

The good thing about this was the costuming and the cinematography. It was a beautiful film to watch even if it was so jumbled. If you watch it, it will be for those things alone. The story is a hot mess.

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