Justice Bao (1993 TV series)

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Justice Bao
包青天
Bāo Qīng Tiān
Judge Bao 1993.jpg
promotional poster
Also known as Judge Bao
Justice Pao
Genre crime fiction
Historical fiction
wuxia
gong'an fiction
fantasy
Starring Jin Chao-chun
Kenny Ho
Fan Hung-hsuan
Opening theme "Bāo Qīng Tiān" (包青天) performed by Hu Kua
Ending theme 1. "Xīn Yuān Yāng Hú Dié Mèng" (新鴛鴦蝴蝶夢) performed by Huang An
2. "Xié Shŏu Yóu Rén Jiān" (攜手遊人間) performed by Chang Chen
Composer(s) Hsi Yu-lung
Country of origin Taiwan
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 236
Production
Producer(s) Chao Ta-shen
Running time 45 minutes/episode
Broadcast
Original channel CTS
Original run February 23, 1993  – January 18, 1994
Chronology
Related shows Justice Bao (2008)
Justice Bao (2010-)
Justice Bao
Chinese

Justice Bao is a 236-episode television series from Taiwan, first airing on Chinese Television System (CTS) from February 1993 to January 1994. The show stars Jin Chao-chun as the Chinese official Bao Zheng in the Song Dynasty. It was hugely popular in Greater China as well as many other countries in the Far East.

The series was originally scheduled for just 15 episodes. However, the show garnered high ratings when the initial episodes aired. Due to its popularity, CTS expanded the show to 236 episodes.

The TVB and ATV Home networks in Hong Kong both bought the series in an attempt to gain viewers. Competition between the two networks during the showing of the series was so severe that identical episodes were shown on both channels on the same night. It was also one of the first dramas that used NICAM technology (Dual Sound Switch Cantonese/Mandarin).

List of Cases[edit]

Case ep.
#
Chinese Title English Translation
#1 6 鍘美案 (Zhá Mĕi Àn) The Case of Executing Chen Shimei
#2 5 真假狀元 (Zhēn Jiă Zhuàng Yuán) The Real and the Fake Champion Scholar
#3 7 狸貓換太子 (Lí Māo Huàn Tài Zĭ) Wild Cat Exchanged for Crown Prince
#4 3 雙釘記 (Shuāng Dīng Jì) The Story of Two Nails
#5 4 探陰山 (Tàn Yīn Shān) Visiting Hell Mountain
#6 4 紅花記 (Hóng Huā Jì) The Story of Red Flowers
#7 5 鍘龐昱 (Zhá Páng Yù) Executing Pang Yu
#8 9 鍘包勉 (Zhá Bāo Miăn) Executing Bao Mian
#9 3 烏盆記 (Wū Pén Jì) The Story of the Black Pot
#10 5 秋娘 (Qiū Niáng) Qiuniang
#11 4 鍘王爺 (Zhá Wáng Yé) Executing the Prince
#12 5 古琴怨 (Gŭ Qín Yuàn) Complaint of the Guqin
#13 9 三擊鼓 (Sān Jī Gŭ) Hitting the Drum Thrice
#14 5 攣生劫 (Luán Shēng Jié) The Tale of the Twin Brothers
#15 5 報恩亭 (Bào Ēn Tíng) The Temple of Retribution
#16 5 真假女婿 (Zhēn Jiă Nǚ Xù) The Real and the Fake Son-in-Law
#17 4 紫金錘 (Zĭ Jīn Chuí) The Purple Hammer
#18 9 天下第一莊 (Tiān Xià Dì Yī Zhuāng) The Number One Farm Site
#19 5 寸草心 (Cùn Căo Xīn) The Mind of Kindfulness
#20 8 屠龍記 (Tú Lóng Jì) The Story of Killing the Dragon
#21 5 鴛鴦蝴蝶夢 (Yuān Yāng Hú Dié Mèng) The Dream of Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies
#22 6 天倫劫 (Tiān Lún Jié) The Rules of the Lord
#23 6 孔雀膽 (Kŏng Què Dăn) Black Ink
#24 6 真假包公 (Zhēn Jiă Bāo Gōng) The Real and the Fake Lord Bao
#25 6 貞節牌坊 (Zhēn Jié Pái Făng) The Widow's Board
#26 5 血雲幡傳奇 (Xuè Yún Fān Chuán Qí) The Blood-Thristy Flag
#27 7 生死戀 (Shēng Sĭ Liàn) Love Between Life and Death
#28 6 尋親記 (Xún Qīn Jì) The Story of Seeking Beloved Ones
#29 6 踏雪尋梅 (Tà Xuĕ Xún Méi) Searching for Plum Blossom in the Snow
#30 6 青龍珠 (Qīng Lóng Zhū) The Dragon Pearl
#31 6 魚美人 (Yú Mĕi Rén) The Mermaid Angel
#32 5 狄青 (Dí Qīng) Di Qing
#33 7 孝子章洛 (Xiào Zĭ Zhāng Luò) Zhang Luo, the Filial Son
#34 7 雷霆怒 (Léi Tíng Nù) Wrath of the Heaven
#35 7 陰陽判 (Yīn Yáng Pàn) The Fortunes of Life and Death
#36 6 九道本 (Jiŭ Dào Bĕn) Nine Letters to the King
#37 6 菩薩嶺 (Pú Sà Lĭng) Buddhism Peak
#38 6 畫中話 (Huà Zhōng Huà) Mystery of the Painting
#39 6 龐妃有喜 (Páng Fēi Yŏu Xĭ) Consort Pang is Pregnant
#40 6 乞丐王孫 (Qĭ Gài Wáng Sūn) The Fallen Princess
#41 5 五鼠鬧東京 (Wŭ Shŭ Nào Dōng Jīng) Five Rats in the Eastern Capital

Cast[edit]

Note: Some cast members played multiple roles.
Cast Role Description
Jin Chao-chun Bao Zheng Prefect of Kaifeng, capital of Song Dynasty
Kenny Ho Zhan Zhao "Southern Hero", "Royal Cat", 4th-ranked imperial guard
Fan Hung-hsuan Gongsun Ce Bao Zheng's secretary
Kao Nien-kuo Wang Chao Bao Zheng's officer
Hsu Chien-yu (C.1-21) Ma Han Bao Zheng's officer
Liu Yueh-ti (C.22-41)
Yang Hsiung Zhang Long Bao Zheng's officer
Shao Chang-sheng Zhao Hu Bao Zheng's officer
Sun Peng (C.1) Zhao Zhen "Emperor Renzong", 4th emperor of Song Dynasty
Wang Chung-huang (C.2-28)
Shih Yu (C.29-41)
Hou Ping-ying Emperor Renzong's sister
Yang Huai-min Chen Shimei married to Emperor Renzong's sister
Yang Ping-an Han Qi Chen Shimei's guard
Leanne Liu Qin Xianglian Chen Shimei's original wife
Tsao Chien Wang Yan Ling Song Dynasty chancellor
Lung Lung Zhao Defang "Eighth Virtuous Prince", Emperor Renzong's uncle
Han Hsiang-chin (C.3) Princess Di Eighth Virtuous Prince's wife
Yin Pao-lien (C.32)
Liu Yueh-ti Zhao Heng "Emperor Zhenzong", Emperor Renzong's father and predecessor
Lu Pi-yun (C.1) Empress
Dowager Liu
Emperor Zhenzong's wife
Hsiao Ai (C.3)
Tai Chih-yuan Guo Huai eunuch for Empress Dowager Liu
Tseng Ya-chun Consort Li Emperor Renzong's real mother
Wen Shuai Chen Lin eunuch
Tu Man-sheng Pang Ji Song Dynasty grand tutor
Chen Chi Consort Pang Pang Ji's daughter, married to Emperor Renzong
Doze Niu Pang Yu Pang Ji's son
Liu Chu Pang Fu Pang Yu's servant
Chang Kuo-chu Lu Fang "Sky Rat", 1st sworn brother
Wu Yuan-chun Han Zhang "Earth Rat", 2nd sworn brother
Pang San Xu Qing "Mountain Rat", 3rd sworn brother
Lu Yi-lung Jiang Ping "River Rat", 4th sworn brother
Chang Chen-huan (C.3-6) Bai Yutang "Sleek Rat", 5th sworn brother
Goo Goon-chung (C.41)
Tai Chih-yuan Bao Mian Bao Zheng's same-aged nephew
Liu Ming Wu Miaozhen Bao Zheng's eldest sister-in-law and motherly figure, Bao Mian's mother
Chang Fu-chien Di Qing Song Dynasty general, Princess Di's nephew

Awards[edit]

1995 - 30th Golden Bell Awards[1]

Theme Songs[edit]

1. The opening theme, performed by Hu Kua, has the same title as the series. It was originally performed by Chiang Kuang-Chao for the earlier 1974 CTS series also of the same name.

2. The ending theme was "Xīn Yuān Yāng Hú Dié Mèng" (Chinese: 新鴛鴦蝴蝶夢; literally: "New Mandarin Duck Butterfly Dream"), written and performed by Huang An.

  • This song became a huge hit in the Chinese-speaking world, and Huang's album with the same name became one of the best-selling albums in Taiwan, selling over a million copies.
  • Cover versions in many languages exist due to the show's influence in the region. Kenny Ho recorded a Cantonese version (also "新鴛鴦蝴蝶夢") with lyrics by Albert Leung, while Huang An and Loletta Lee each recorded a different Cantonese version (both titled "愛於錯誤年代" but the lyrics differ). A popular English version from the Singaporean band Tokyo Square was titled "Can't Let Go". Huang An's own English version was titled "When It Comes to Love". There are also versions in Hokkien ("鴛鴦蝴蝶夢" by Joice Lim), Thai ("สุดจะหยุดใจ" by Koong Tuangsith Reamchinda), Vietnamese ("Uyên Ương Hồ Điệp Mộng" by Dan Truong), Khmer ("ព្រួយ ជាមួយ ចន្ទ" by Khemarak Sereymon) and Indonesian ("Melody Memory" by Lavenia), among others.

3. Another ending theme song used for some episodes was "Xié Shŏu Yóu Rén Jiān" (Chinese: 攜手遊人間; literally: "Traveling the World Hand in Hand").

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