ⓘ The Empress Dowager


ⓘ The Empress Dowager

The Empress Dowager is a 1975 Hong Kong historical film directed by Li Han-hsiang and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, starring Lisa Lu as Empress Dowager Cixi.


1. Plot

Although the Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi of the Ching Dynasty had promised her nephew, Emperor Kuang-hsu that he had complete autonomy, he found that this was not the case as he attempted to exert his authority over corrupt eunuchs and officials who undermined him with the backing of the Empress Dowager. Young, inexperienced and without a strong cadre of loyal officials to support him, he tries to juggle affairs both public and private. His loveless marriage to Empress Chin Feng and dislike of the Empress further leaves him all the more bereft of any power lever. His only bright spark in a cold gloomy palace was his love for Concubine Chen and a young eunuch who wholeheartedly supports him.


2. Cast

  • Lisa Lu as Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi
  • Tanny Tien as Li Chieh
  • Shum Lo as Eunuch Wang Shang
  • Yeung Kei as lady in waiting
  • Yuen Man-tzu as lady in waiting
  • Dana
  • Tung Wai as eunuch
  • Ouyang Sha-fei as concubine
  • Fuk Yan-cheng as court official
  • Chen Ping as Consort Jin
  • Kwan Yan as court official
  • Wang Han-chen as court official
  • Chiang Nan as Official Tai Yi
  • So Chan
  • Ivy Ling Po as Empress Chin Feng
  • Cheng Miu as Official Yung Lu
  • Lee Pang-fei as Prince Shun
  • Ling Hon as court official
  • On Ching-man
  • Miao Tien as Eunuch Li Lien-ying
  • Ofelia Yau as lady in waiting
  • Gam Yam as court official
  • Chan Mei-hua as lady in waiting
  • Kong Yeung as court official
  • Ku Feng as Lord Li Hung-chang
  • Wong Ching-ho as eunuch in charge of conjugal record
  • Siu Yiu as Consort Zhen
  • Wang Hsieh as Official Kang Li
  • Liu Wai as court official
  • Lau Nga-ying as lady in waiting
  • Chan Si-gai as Kiang governors daughter
  • Wong San as court official
  • Lau Wai-ling
  • Got Heung-ting
  • Lui Hung as lady in waiting
  • Woo Hei-hung
  • Ti Lung as Emperor Kuang-hsu
  • Cheung Ying as Tutor Weng Tung-ho
  • Yeung Chi-hing as Official Hsu Tung
  • David Chiang as Eunuch Ko Lien-tsai
  • Tin Ching as Cheng Yueh Lou
  • Lee Hing-kwan
  • Hao Li-jen as Prince Kung
  • Law Bing-ching as Kiang governors daughter