The Empress Dowager

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The Empress Dowager
Traditional 傾國傾城
Simplified 倾国倾城
Mandarin Qīng Guó Qīng Chéng
Cantonese King1 Gwok3 King1 Sing4
Directed by Li Han-hsiang
Produced by Runme Shaw
Written by Li Han-hsiang
Starring Lisa Lu
Ti Lung
Music by Frankie Chan
Cinematography Lam Chiu
Edited by Chiang Hsing-lung
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release date
  • 21 March 1975 (1975-03-21)
Running time
165 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

The Empress Dowager is a 1975 Hong Kong historical film directed by Li Han-hsiang and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio, starring Lisa Lu as Empress Dowager Cixi.


Although the Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi of the Ching Dynasty had promised her nephew, Emperor Kuang-hsu that he had complete autonomy, he found that this was not the case as he attempted to exert his authority over corrupt eunuchs and officials who undermined him with the backing of the Empress Dowager. Young, inexperienced and without a strong cadre of loyal officials to support him, he tries to juggle affairs both public and private. His loveless marriage to Empress Chin Feng and dislike of the Empress further leaves him all the more bereft of any power lever. His only bright spark in a cold gloomy palace was his love for Concubine Chen and a young eunuch who wholeheartedly supports him.


  • Lisa Lu as Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi
  • Ti Lung as Emperor Kuang-hsu
  • Siu Yiu as Concubine Chen
  • Miao Tien as Eunuch Li Lien-ying
  • David Chiang as Eunuch Ko Lien-tsai
  • Ivy Ling Po as Empress Chin Feng
  • Tanny Tien as Li Chieh
  • Chen Ping as Consort Jin
  • Shum Lo as Eunuch Wang Shang
  • Cheung Ying as Tutor Weng Tung-ho
  • Ku Feng as Lord Li Hung-chang
  • Hao Li-jen as Prince Kung
  • Lee Pang-fei as Prince Shun
  • Cheng Miu as Official Yung Lu
  • Yeung Chi-hing as Official Hsu Tung
  • Wang Hsieh as Official Kang Li
  • Chiang Nan as Official Tai Yi
  • Tin Ching as Cheng Yueh Lou
  • Ouyang Sha-fei as concubine
  • Law Bing-ching as Kiang governor's daughter
  • Chan Si-gai as Kiang governor's daughter
  • Wong San as court official
  • Liu Wai as court official
  • Wang Han-chen as court official
  • Kong Yeung as court official
  • Wong Ching-ho as eunuch in charge of conjugal record
  • Tung Wai as eunuch
  • Chan Mei-hua as lady in waiting
  • Lau Nga-ying as lady in waiting
  • Ofelia Yau as lady in waiting
  • Yuen Man-tzu as lady in waiting
  • Ling Hon as court official
  • Gam Yam as court official
  • Kwan Yan as court official
  • Fuk Yan-cheng as court official
  • Lui Hung as lady in waiting
  • Yeung Kei as lady in waiting
  • On Ching-man
  • Lau Wai-ling
  • So Chan
  • Dana
  • Woo Hei-hung
  • Lee Hing-kwan
  • Got Heung-ting


  • 1975 Golden Horse Awards
    • Best Actress: Lisa Lu
    • Best Supporting Actress: Ivy Ling Po

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