Period Drama

Wind And Cloud

IMDb:
2002
min

Wind and Cloud are orphans raised by the powerful Lord Conqueror (Xiongba), who taught them martial arts in order to help him dominate the world.
The plot is based on the first two story arcs of the comic series. Xiongba, chief of the martial arts clan Tianxiahui, learns from the prophet Nipusa that he will rise to prominence in the Jianghu (martial artists’ community) with the help of “Feng” and “Yun” (literally “wind” and “cloud”wink.gif. Later by chance, Xiongba meets two boys – Nie Feng (Wind) and Bu Jingyun (Cloud) – and immediately accepts them as his students, tutoring them in martial arts. When Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun are grown up, Nipusa reveals to Xiongba that the latter’s downfall will also be due to “Feng” and “Yun”. To prevent that from happening, Xiongba uses a scheme to turn Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun against each other but the plan fails. The rest of the plot focuses on the character development of Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun, such as their relationships with their respective lovers, and their journey to becoming supreme fighters.
In the middle of the story, Xiongba is betrayed by his followers and loses his powers and is placed at the mercy of Bu Jingyun. He promises to repent and retire permanently from the Jianghu, so Bu Jingyun spares him. In the meantime, a Japanese warrior called Juewu Shen arrives in China with his clan with the intention of dominating the Chinese Jianghu. Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun join forces to defeat Juewu Shen and drive away the Japanese invaders. Towards the end of the series, it is revealed that Xiongba has been secretly plotting to stage a comeback and realise his ambition of ruling the jianghu. Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun combine efforts to overcome Xiongba and restore peace, thus fulfilling Nipusa’s prophecy.


Country:

When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West

IMDb:
2008
min

When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West (Traditional Chinese: 東山飄雨西關晴) is a Hong Kong TVB period drama series broadcasting from October till December 2008. Story takes place in the early 1930s in the city of Guangzhou (China) and revolved around the rich and prestigious Poon family.
TVB’s poetically titled 2008 anniversary drama When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West sets the stage for family struggle, romantic conflict, and financial strife in the turbulence of early 20th century China. Veteran actress Liza Wang leads the cast of this 30-episode grand drama, along with top TVB stars Joe Ma and Charmaine Sheh as the story’s fated couple. The cast includes new-generation stars Raymond Wong, Edwin Siu, Natalie Tong, Selena Li, and Zac Kao as well as character actors Evergreen Mak, Cheung Kwok Keung, Kiki Sheung, amd Kwok Fung.
In her youth, Poon clan matron Fung Yee (Liza Wang) abandoned her baby son to hide the stigma of giving birth out of wedlock. Years later, her son Hing (Joe Ma) has grown up through tough circumstances, and ends up working as a chauffeur for the Poon family after saving his brother Wah (Raymond Wong) by chance. When Hing’s identity is revealed, his status as Poon family’s eldest son is restored, throwing the family into a state of turbulent ambivalence. Wah’s relationship with poor girl Ching (Charmaine Sheh) also heads for the rocks because of his mother’s disapproval, but Hing grows closer to Ching while helping her set up her own shop. When the Poons hit on difficult times, Hing steps up to save the family business, starting off a new round of conflict and power struggle.
Coming from a very humble background, POON MUK HING (Ma Tak Chung) nevertheless is content with his lot. He works for the POONs of Dongshan as driver. His true identity of the eldest son of the family comes to light when he saves POON CHEUK WAH (Wong Ho Yin), the young master, in an accident. CHONG FUNG YEE (Wang Ming Chun, Liza), the first daughter-in-law in the family, has to admit unwillingly the fact that when she married into the family she was already pregnant. His true identity revealed, HING changes his name to POON CHEUK HING according to the genealogical table of the clan. The mother and son have since been locked in a seesaw struggle.
YIP HEUNG CHING (Charmaine Sheh) came from an influential family in Xiguan. She starts selling congee on a boat for a living with her elder brother after their family has fallen into decline. CHING and WAH used to go out but YEE did all she could to separate them. Later, CHING opens a teahouse with the help and support of HING. Spontaneously, love blossoms between them. Not long afterwards, the Poon family runs into a lot of troubles. YEE and WAH are unable to handle them at all. HING seizes the opportunity to restore the prestige of the family. For the sake of the benefit of POONs, he is prepared to sacrifice his relationships with other family members, his love as well as his friends. By doing so, he also involves himself in a never-ending bloody battle of power…


Country:

War And Beauty

IMDb:
2004
min

Fifteen years after Qing Emperor Ka Hing was crowned, the country appears to be in harmony. However, fights between the imperial concubines escalate. Beauty never lasts. All the imperial concubines, including the emperor’s beloved Yu Fei (Sheren Tang), understand this and become nervous when the triennial imperial concubine election approaches. Yu Fei’s position is threatened by an imperial descendant Yuk Ying (Gigi Lai), a powerful eunuch’s adopted daughter Yi Sun (Charmaine Sheh) and an experienced imperial servant maid On Sin (Maggie Cheung Ho Yee). They are friends and enemies in the war for the emperor’s love. Yi Sun later falls for imperial physician, Bak Yeung (Bowie Lam) who also stole the hearts of courtesan, Heung Fou (Patricia Liu), Lady Fuk (Jade Leung) as well as his lonely wife (Irene Wong) but Bak Yeung only has eyes for Yuk Ying, the woman who loved him the least. When she is still a palace maid, On Sin falls for imperial guard, Hung Mou (Moses Chan) but the later keeps his distance from her when she becomes a Lady, the emperor’s woman. Hung Mo then finds companionship with the lonely Yu Fei, who has fallen out of power.


Country:

Tree With Deep Roots

IMDb:
2011
min

Based on Lee Jeong-myeong’s novel “Deep-rooted Tree”. Work that highlights the serial killings during the 7 days before the announcement of the Korean script.

A series of murder occurred during the reign of King Sejong. As Kang Chae Yoon who is investigating these cases gets closer to the root of the truth, he finds himself embroiled in a massive conspiracy behind the serial killings which involves a group of genius who are willing to risked their lives towards their cause/goals and secret powers who will interfere with the course of his investigations


Country:

The Young Warriors

IMDb:
2006
min

This drama focuses on the earlier days of the legendary Yang Clan when most of them were not yet soldiers. It tells of how their parents, their enemies, and the women they loved shaped their characters, influenced their lives, and motivated them to become the patriotic warriors their clan is revered for.


Country:

The Winter Melon Tale

IMDb:
2009
min

Fan Tung (Liu Kai Chi) is one of the four deities under the Stove God. He has offended the Queen Mother of the West of being ravenous and gets imprisoned for 500 years in the winter melon. By chance Tin Tai Kwai (Sunny Chan) and his wife Chung Pik Yuk (Louisa So) free him from constraint. Tung has crashed with Tai Kwai’s older brother Tin Tai Fu accidentally and his spirit enters Tai Fu’s body inexplicably while losing all his instincts.

Tung starts living in Kwai’s house and gets closer to the family. Yuk finds Tung suspicious and she tries to unmask him by all means. Having failed in his attempt to return to Heaven, Tung becomes reliant on the help of six little deities who assimilated his instincts released from the melon, and since then Tung is aware of the fickleness of human nature. One day, Fu’s truant wife Ling Fung (Rain Lau) suddenly returns. She ruins everything and even causes the death of Tai Kwai. In order to get his life back, Tung illicitly breaks into the netherworld. –Astro on Demand


Country:

The Sound of Desert

IMDb:
2014
min

Jin Yu was raised with the people of Xiongnu, although her foster father is a Han. Due to political change within the Xiongnu, she was forced to flee to Chang’an, the then capital of the early Han Dynasty, changing her name to Xing Yue along the way. During her journey, she first meets the calm and kind Mo Xun, and later the handsome yet outwardly cold general Wei Wu Ji. Xing Yue falls for one, but was rejected. Will she untangle her love knot? Who will she choose in the end?


Country:

The Legend Of Xishi

IMDb:
2012
min

King Goujian of Yue was once imprisoned by King Fuchai of Wu after a defeat in war, and Yue later became a tributary state to Wu. Secretly planning his revenge, Goujian’s minister Wen Zhong suggested training beautiful women and offering them to Fuchai as a tribute (knowing Fuchai could not resist beautiful women). His other minister, Fan Li, found Xi Shi and Zheng Dan, and gifted them to Fuchai in 490 BC.
Bewitched by the beauty and kindness of Xi Shi and Zheng Dan, Fuchai forgot all about his state affairs and at their instigation, killed his best advisor, the great general Wu Zixu. Fuchai even built Guanwa Palace (Palace of Beautiful Women) in an imperial park on the slope of Lingyan Hill, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of Suzhou. The strength of Wu dwindled, and in 473 BC Goujian launched his strike and put the Wu army to full rout. King Fuchai lamented that he should have listened to Wu Zixu, and then committed suicide.
In the legend, after the fall of Wu, Fan Li retired from his ministerial post and lived with Xi Shi on a fishing boat, roaming like fairies in the misty wilderness of Taihu Lake, and no one saw them ever again. This is according to Yuan Kang’s Yue Jueshu (越绝书). Another version, according to Mozi, is that Xi Shi eventually died from drowning in the river. (西施之沈,其美也)


Country:

The Last Steep Ascent

IMDb:
2012
min

The drama is a fictionalized account of a true love story between an older woman and a younger man in 1950s China. Starring Maggie Cheung Ho-yee as Koo Sun-yuet and Moses Chan as Miu Tin. Yuet, the wife of a wealthy businessman, falls in love with Tin, a man ten years her junior. The two elope to the countryside and lives modestly for the remainder of their lives. Before Tin dies, he handcarves a long stair path on the mountain so Yuet can travel down with ease.

Moses Chan plays Miu Tin, catches a glimpse of Koo Sun-yuet (Maggie Cheung) on her wedding day and falls in love. Sun-yuet marries Ho Sei Cheng (Cheung Kwok Keung 張國強), the rich owner of an herbal shop. It was not before long that Sun-yuet discovers that Sei Cheng’s having an affair with his helper, Oi Tai (Aimee Chan). Shortly after, Sei Cheng passes away and Sun Yuet decides to look after Oi Tai when she discovers that Oi Tai is pregnant with her husband’s child.

All this time, Miu Tin is working in the herbal shop secretly staying beside her. When Sei Cheng’s family battles with Sun-yuet on the rights to the herbal shop. It is during this volatile time, that he confesses his love. And convinces Sun-yuet to elope with him. Miu then uses the next 50 years to handcarve a staircase for his beloved wife so she could get down the mountain more easily.


Country:

The Immortal Yi Soon Shin

IMDb:
2004
min

It is late 1598, shortly before the Battle of Noryang, the final confrontation of the Imjin War. The remnants of the Japanese invasion force are desperate to go home, but are also driven by personal motivation to beat their greatest adversary, Admiral Yi Sun-sin, once and for all. Self-serving Ming generals and Joseon officials also fear Yi’s growing popularity and its impact on their personal base of power. These incidentally combining ambitions fan King Seonjo’s paranoia and make him eventually fear that Yi might come after his throne, and after a series of what he calls acts of high treason, he decides to have Yi arrested.
Yi, on the other hand, is determined to teach the Japanese a lesson for the atrocities they committed on the Korean people, and despite orders to remain quiet while the Japanese are to pull out without anymore bloodshed, he rallies his naval force and prepares for the upcoming battle. The battle commences and the Japanese are dealt a crippling blow, but Yi is fatally wounded by an arquebuse bullet. As he lies dying, the plot backtracks on the important events of Yi’s life, from his boyhood to his military career, his efforts before and during the Japanese invasion, his disgrace at the hands of his king, and his reinstatement, back to the battle of Noryang, where he succumbs to his wound just as victory is declared.


Country: