War and Destiny

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War and Destiny
War And Destiny.jpg
War and Destiny poster
Genre Period Drama
Starring Sunny Chan
Ron Ng
Myolie Wu
Leila Tong
Opening theme "幸而" by
Myolie Wu
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 27 (Hong Kong)
30 (Overseas)
Running time 45 minutes (approx.)
Original network TVB
Original release March 12 – April 14, 2007
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War and Destiny (Traditional Chinese: 亂世佳人) is a TVB period drama series released overseas in July 2006 and broadcast on TVB Jade Channel in March 2007.

Production note[edit]

The background of the plot is set in the Nanjing during World War II, and the characters live through the infamous Rape of Nanjing. The Chinese title for this series shares the same Chinese name with the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. To fit the general ratings on TVB, the series toned down much of the violence and bloodshed.


The Ku family are living in the Republic of China era (1930s) as a prestigious household in a wealthy part of Nanjing. Soon, words spread that the city is being taken over by Imperial Japanese forces. The Ku family, which had all daughters and a father and mother of weakening health, are soon forced to pack their belongings to leave the war torn area. One of their servants recommends they move to the rural areas. To their dismay, life is incredibly difficult and they live in poverty. The family is in pieces as each daughter struggles with numerous difficulties in the countryside. However, all members of the family eventually grow closer together as they work in the rural area.

Eventually, Nanjing falls to Japan. One of the daughters, Ping-On, was shocked to find out that Hao-Yee, a childhood friend, is actually the son of Japanese military officer Chung Tin-Ngai (Shek Sau). She also discovers that Hao-Yee, whom she considers to be her fiancé, is actually in love with Cheng Yuet-Fung (Leila Tong), the 4th wife of her father. Meanwhile, he is also treated as a spy and traitor by all the Chinese villagers he grew up with. In the end Ping-On unexpectedly falls in love with Poon Sai-Cheung (Sunny Chan) whom she had first hated with a passion and believed to be a traitor…


Cast Role Relations Description
Ron Ng Tin Hao-Yee
Chung Tin Hao-Yee

Matsuda Takayoshi
Friend of Ku Ping-On

Son of Chung Tin-Ngai
Lover of Cheng Yuet-Fung
He began his childhood as a poor Chinese villager in Nanking. He once had many Chinese friends and even risked his life to free a rice supply from the imperial Japanese troops to feed the villagers. Eventually he turned out to be genetically Japanese and lost credibility with the Chinese people. He was also in love with Ku Man-Chai's fourth wife, Cheng Yuet Fung, even though he knew he wasn't allowed. At the end of the series, Cheng Yuet-Fung marries him.
Myolie Wu Ku Ping-On
Friend of Tin Hao-Yee

Daughter of Ku Man-Chai

Daughter of Yeung Sau-Lin
She is the hardest working member of the Ku family. But was mostly an illiterate and naive farm girl.
Sunny Chan Poon Sai-Cheung
Lover of Ku Ping-On He began as a wealthy merchant and appeared as a businessman who sold anything to the Japanese and betrayed China. He turned out to be a Chinese republican spy.
Lau Dan Ku Man-Chai
Husband of Yeung Sau-Lin

Husband of Luk Yin-Chun

Husband of Cheng Yuet-Fung

Father of Ku Ping-On

Father of Ku Dak-Yee

Father of Ku Chiu-Yee

Father of Ku Oi-Yee
Rice Merchant and head of the Ku household. He tried hard to keep the family together, though he was obsessed with old traditions and the preserving of family surnames via a male child.
Leila Tong Cheng Yuet-Fung
Ku Man-Chai's 4th wife

Lover of Tin Hao-Yee
She was forced to be married into the Ku family by her brother. Her original purpose in the Ku family was to have a male child to prolong the Ku family name. Ku Man-Chai was old enough to be her father. She was actually in love with the much younger Tin Hao-Yee.
Halina Tam Luk Yin-Chun
Ku Man-Chai's 3rd wife She was supposed to father a male child for the Ku family. But her son was born mentally ill and was constantly looked down upon in the family.
Angelina Lo (盧宛茵) Yung Yuk-Wah
Ku Man-Chai's 1st wife She was the oldest and main wife of the family. Though she was accustomed to the high lifestyle in Nanking and had difficulties adjusting to the war time poverty life.
Bill Chan Chung Tin-Ngai

Matsuda Takeshi
Tin Hao-Yee's father He started as a Japanese merchant, but had significant influence on Japanese troops, commanders and Nanking politics.
Mandy Cho Shum Yi-Ping
She was a shidaiqu nightclub singer who also played a major role as a spy.
Anita Kwan
Ku Dak-Yee
Daughter of Ku Man-Chai

Daughter of Yung Yuk-Wah
She was the most educated member of the family, but struggled in the farm life where education and literacy was often useless.
Charmaine Li Ku Chiu-Yee
Daughter of Ku Man-Chai She wanted to be a Hong Kong movie star. But later ended up making Japanese propaganda films.
Casper Chan
Ku Oi-Yee
Daughter of Ku Man-Chai

Daughter of Yung Yuk-Wah
She was a bookworm, who had asthma and numerous health problems.
Mary Hon
Yeung Sau-Lin
Lover and servant of Ku Man-Chai

Mother of Ku Ping-On
Samuel Kwok
Lit Wun Shan
He was a Japanese businessman and film director who tried to install Japanese culture into China. He had constant political conflict.

Comparison with reality[edit]

  • The Japanese troops did not commit much atrocities in the series. The killing was portrayed in a manner that was often quick and very clean. Especially during the grave scene where the hundreds of innocent citizens were buried, the bodies were all intact.
  • In the story Ku Man-Chai had 4 wives, each trying to give birth to a male son. Up until the 1930s Republic of China era, this was common practice in the culture. And was a major problem in China up until it was fixed by the more extreme One Child Policy.
  • The earlier Ku family owned a private truck, while Poon Sai-Cheung owned a Rolls Royce. Both attempted to escape war-torn Nanking by car, while the other 99% of the population escaped on foot. This demonstrates the huge wealth gap between the rich and poor.

Viewership ratings[edit]

Week Episode Average Points Peaking Points References
March 12–16, 2007 1 — 5
March 19–23, 2007 6 — 10
March 26–30, 2007 11 — 15
April 2–6, 2007 16 — 20
April 9–13, 2007 21 — 25
April 14, 2007 26 — 27

Awards and nominations[edit]

40th TVB Anniversary Awards (2007)

  • "Best Drama"
  • "Best Actress in a Leading Role" (Myolie Wu - Ku Ping-On)
  • "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" (Lau Dan - Ku Man-Chai)
  • "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" (Bill Chan - Chung Tin-Ngai)
  • "Most Improved Actress" (Leila Tong - Cheng Yuet-Fung)
  • "My Favourite Female Character Role" (Myolie Wu - Ku Ping-On)


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