Emperor and His Brother

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The Emperor and His Brother
Emperor and His Brother.jpg
Japanese DVD cover
Traditional 書劍恩仇錄
Simplified 书剑恩仇录
Mandarin Shū Jiàn Ēn Chóu Lù
Directed by Chor Yuen
Produced by Mona Fong
Screenplay by Ni Kuang
Story by Louis Cha
Starring Jason Pai
Ti Lung
Lo Lieh
Wen Hsueh-erh
Ku Feng
Music by Eddie H. Wang
Cinematography Wong Chit
Edited by Chiang Hsing-lung
Yu Siu-fung
Production
  company
Shaw Brothers Studio
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release date(s)
  • 1981 (1981)
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

The Emperor and His Brother is a 1981 Hong Kong film based on Louis Cha's novel The Book and the Sword. Produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, the film was directed by Chor Yuen and starred Lo Lieh, Ti Lung and Jason Pai in the leading roles.

Plot[edit]

The Qianlong Emperor is not the legitimate successor to the throne since at birth he was exchanged with the Yongzheng Emperor's newborn daughter. He learns the truth when two senior members of the Red Flower Society, a subversive anti-government secret organisation, contact him years later, hoping that the emperor will help them in driving the Manchus away. To hide the truth about his heritage, the emperor orders the two men to be killed, although one of them escapes and is captured again later. The Red Flower Society's chief Chen Jialuo turns out to be Qianlong's younger brother, and the two of them develop a tenuous relationship as the society's members attempt to rescue their captured comrade. They unleash an elaborate plan to kidnap the emperor in exchange for their comrade, and hope to persuade the emperor to join their cause. When the exchange takes place, Qianlong must ultimately continue impersonating a Manchu in order to remain in power as ruler of the Qing Empire. Qianlong's chief lieutenant, Zhang Zhaozhong, is bound and determined to wipe out Chen Jialuo and the Red Flower Society. His opportunity comes when a martial arts contest is scheduled to be held.

Cast[edit]

  • Ti Lung as Chen Jialuo / Chen Shiguan
  • Jason Pai as Qianlong Emperor
  • Lo Lieh as Zhang Zhaozhong
  • Ku Feng as Zhou Zhongying
  • Wen Hsueh-erh as Zhou Qi
  • Sun Chien as Xu Tianhong
  • Chan Kei-kei as Luo Bing
  • Tang Wai-ho as Wen Tailai
  • Ku Kuan-chung as Yu Yutong
  • Mandy Wong as Li Yuanzhi
  • Wong Yung as Lu Feiqing
  • Yeung Chi-hing as Zhao Banshan
  • Kent Cheng as Yang Chengxie
  • Chun Wong as Zhang Jin
  • Linda Chu as Yu Ruyi
  • Liu Lai-ling as Bian Wenlian
  • Yau Chiu-ling as Wu Chanjuan
  • Kwan Fung as Taoist Wuchen
  • Ngai Fei as Wei Chunhua
  • Yuen Wah as Chang Bozhi
  • Wong Chi-ming as Shi Shuangying
  • Lau Fong-sai as Xinyan
  • Lee Kin-chung as Zhou Yingjie
  • Teresa Ha as Mrs Zhou
  • Lau Siu-kwan as Meng Jianxiong
  • Wong Ching-ho as Song Shanpeng
  • Jing Miao as Li Kexiu
  • Yuen Ban as Bai Zhen
  • Keung Hon as Wu Jiadong
  • Shum Lo as Ma Shanjun
  • Kam Kwan as Yu Wanting
  • Ng Hong-sang as Chou Hu
  • Yeung Hung as Chou Long
  • Lam Sung-cheng as Long Tianxing

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