Empress Wu (1984 TV series)

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Empress Wu
Genre Historical drama
Starring Petrina Fung
Tony Liu
Savio Tsang
Lo Chun-shun
Pat Poon
Lau Hung-fong
Theme music composer Kwan Sing-yau
Opening theme Chi Ngo Mou Ching Yau Ching (知我無情有情) performed by Cheung Nam-ngan
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 40
Executive producer(s) Lee Siu-wah
Location(s) Hong Kong
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s) ATV
Original network ATV Home
Original release 6 August – 28 September 1984
Empress Wu
Traditional Chinese 武則天
Simplified Chinese 武则天
Literal meaning Wu Zetian

Empress Wu is a 1984 Hong Kong television serial based on the biography of Wu Zetian (Cantonese: Mou Zak-tin), the only woman in Chinese history to assume the title of "Empress Regnant", starring Petrina Fung as the title character. The serial was produced by ATV and was first aired in Hong Kong on ATV Home from 6 August to 28 September 1984.[1]

It was shown with English subtitles in Australia on SBS from 1987 to 1990.[2]

A dubbed English version of the serial was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Channel 4 in sixty-five weekly 30-minute episodes from 4 October 1987 to 21 January 1989.[3]


Note: Some of the characters' names are in Cantonese romanisation.


  1. ^ HKATV.com. "HKATV.com." Page 1. Retrieved on 2010-01-02.
  2. ^ Michael Visontay, "Star Wars", Sydney Morning Herald, The Guide (9 February 1987), p. 1.
  3. ^ "Sunday," The Times (London, England: 3 October 1987), p. 23. "Television and Radio," The Times (London, England: 21 January 1989), p. 42.