Romance of the White Haired Maiden (TV series)

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Romance of the White Haired Maiden
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Genre Wuxia
Written by Liang Yusheng (original story)
Chang Hsin-yi
Chen Hsiao-ping
Directed by Li Chao-yung
Chang Hsiao-cheng
Lung Kuan-wu
Starring Jiang Qinqin
Julian Cheung
Country of origin Taiwan
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 44
Production
Producer(s) Chi Chen-hsi
Li Pei-sen
Chu Feng-chun
Wang Chin-kui
Hu Ming
Location(s) Taiwan
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel TTV
Original airing 1999
Romance of the White Haired Maiden
Traditional Chinese 白髮魔女
Simplified Chinese 白发魔女

Romance of the White Haired Maiden is a 1999 Taiwanese television series adapted from the wuxia novel Baifa Monü Zhuan by Liang Yusheng. Alternative Chinese titles for the series include Yidai Xianü (一代俠女) and Baifa Xianü (白髮俠女).

Plot[edit]

The story begins in the 43rd year of the reign of the Wanli Emperor during the Ming dynasty. Zhuo Yihang of the Wudang Sect falls in love with the legendary heroine Lian Nichang, disregarding his lover's past feud with his sect.

The treacherous eunuch Wei Zhongxian secretly murders the Taichang Emperor and replaces him with the young Tianqi Emperor, who is effectively a puppet ruler under Wei's control. Wei schemes with the Manchu leader Nurhachi to seize control of Ming China.

Lian Nichang's senior, Murong Chong, is actually a spy working for the Manchus. In order to achieve his ambition of dominating the wulin (martial artists' community), he uses a trick to turn Lian and Zhuo Yihang against each other. Lian falsely believes that Zhuo has betrayed her love and her hair turns white overnight. She leaves Zhuo in anger and travels to the remote regions of northern China. Zhuo is unwilling to give up on Lian and he finally resolves his misunderstanding with her after experiencing hardships.

Zhuo and Lian rally a group of martial artists to help them deal with the Manchu invaders. The heroes defeat the Manchu army at Shanhai Pass and temporarily halt the invasion. By then, the Tianqi Emperor had died and is succeeded by the Chongzhen Emperor. Chongzhen believes slanderous rumours and puts the patriotic general Yuan Chonghuan to death. Without Yuan to defend Shanhai Pass, Zhuo and Lian foresee that Ming China will eventually fall to the Manchus. They decide to permanently retire from the jianghu and lead reclusive lives.

Cast[edit]

  • Jiang Qinqin as Lian Nichang
  • Julian Cheung as Zhuo Yihang
  • Lin Fangbing as Red Flower Devil Mother
  • Chen Chun-sheng as Murong Chong
  • Zhang Heng as Meng Qiuxia
  • Ku Pao-ming as Xiao Xiao
  • Chang Chin as Miao Huichun
  • Chang Luo-chun as Wang Zhaoxi
  • Li Hui-ying as Tie Shanhu
  • Feng Kuang-jung as Tudou
  • Geng Yong as Duniangzi
  • Chou Shao-tung as Wei Zhongxian
  • Wang Bozhao as Zhu Changluo
  • Yu Chia-hui as He E'hua
  • Liu Kemian as Geng Shaonan
  • Liu Naiyi as Taoist Qingsong

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