Synopsis: Sacrifice (Orphan of Zhao Family): To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose whole clan is massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son, and later becomes intent on seeking vengeance against the minister after the child grows up. For generations, the Zhao family has wielded power, even extending over the king. In a well-planned coup, their mortal enemy TU'AN GU (Wang Xue Qi) slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. However, a solitary Zhao baby survives the massacre, and is hidden and taken home by CHENG YING (Ge You), the doctor who delivered him, to live with his WIFE (Hai Qing) and their own newborn baby. Set on revenge, and raising the Zhao child as his own, Cheng Ying bides his time, enrolling himself and the Zhao orphan (whom he calls Cheng Bo) into the service of the Tu'an Gu household. Tu' an Gu grows very fond of Cheng Bo and makes Cheng Bo his godson, unaware that Cheng Ying has been plotting to use
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Kaige Chen
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

The army is off to war.

On the march again.

They're off to war again.

You know who's leading the troops?

Sir Tu'an Gu, Surely.

No. General Zhao Shuo has taken over.

I was taking his wife's

pulse when I heard the news.

She's pretty.

Very pretty.

You took the pulse of Lady Zhuangji?

No way.

It's true.

You saw she's pregnant?

They couldn't work out when

she's due. So they called me in.

She shouldn't be riding in a carriage.

It could hurt the baby.

I said I'd treat you

when I recovered.

Let's go for a drink.

My wife's due as well.

I should stay with her.

After the birth, drinks are on me.

Thank you.

Grand Councillor Zhao Dun!

General Zhao Shuo!

Lady Zhuangji!

What's my sister doing here?

A woman of the royal family...

is about to give birth to a Zhao.

Once he's born... I'll be his uncle.

Zhao Dun is Grand Councillor.

His son is off to war...

and will return a hero.

How enviable!

Even I'm envious!

If I'd known...

I'd have married her to you.

Then I'd be jealous of you.

Go to battle, fine.

Why put your heavily pregnant wife...

on show... for the whole town to see.

A woman about to give birth...

seeing her husband off to war...

who wouldn't be moved?

And she's the elder

sister of the king.

Isn't it really just

telling the world...

that the Zhaos are in charge?

Brother-in-law. I've come to

see you off.

Zhao Shuo, I can see...

Sister cares more about you

than she does about me.

The general is off to war,

and all you do is joke around.

Everyone's saying you

should be in command.

The king's sister,

should've been married to you.

You tease.

They forgot my contribution long ago.

When you return, we'll

drink to your victory.

I'll prepare the wine.

The Grand Councillor

will prepare the wine.

Sir Tu'an. Present.

When Zhao Shuo returns victorious,

what will you give him?

Felicitations on your imminent fatherhood.

You, m'Lady...

are the most fortunate of women.

Who'd have thought his very

first battle... would go so well?

Wasn't that your hope?

Why aren't they here yet?


When General Zhao rode into town,

the townspeople thronged to

welcome him. They'll be some time.

We've won! We've won!

Grand Councillor!

The Grand Councillor is Suggesting...

that M'Lord hurry over there as well.

I'm not going.

Tell Zhao Dun... We shall wait.

However late they are.

We have a gift for him.

M'Lord, they're here.

I'll go welcome them.


There's an assassin! Hurry,

protect the Grand Councillor!

Take this.

Bravo on your victory, General.

So this is how you reward my

son when he returns a victor?

Luckily it only hit my horse's eye.

This is Surely a misunderstanding.

We can testify that Sir Tu'an

didn't mean it.

Go on, apologize to the Grand Councillor.

I apologise.

That was nothing...

compared to leading the king astray.

It was only your horse.

Zhao Dun couldn't have done that.

This is my punishment.

The talismanic circle

painted on his skin...

contains cinnabar and oxblood.

These insects love that smell.

Is this the best method?

What could be better than

framing them for the crime?

How can I thank you?

There are 300 in the Zhao clan...

you tell me.

You're over forty.

How'd you manage to have a boy?

Don't you get it?

We'd have had one earlier if we could.

That it happened now...

is fate.

Is there some pill? I want one too.


Having a boy is just fate.

She was scared she wouldn't give me a boy.

I said don't worry...

And whoosh, out he came!

I wasn't wrong, was I?

The next will be a boy too.

Here's your medicine.

That'd be my wife. Take your time.

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