War and Beauty

War and Beauty (2004)

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Fifteen years after Qing Emperor Ka Hing was crowned, the country appears to be in harmony. However, fights between the imperial concubines escalate. Beauty never lasts. All the imperial concubines, including the emperor's beloved Yu Fei (Sheren Tang), understand this and become nervous when the triennial imperial concubine election approaches. Yu Fei's position is threatened by an imperial descendant Yuk Ying (Gigi Lai), a powerful eunuch's adopted daughter Yi Sun (Charmaine Sheh) read moreand an experienced imperial servant maid On Sin (Maggie Cheung Ho Yee). They are friends and enemies in the war for the emperor's love. Yi Sun later falls for imperial physician, Bak Yeung (Bowie Lam) who also stole the hearts of courtesan, Heung Fou (Patricia Liu), Lady Fuk (Jade Leung) as well as his lonely wife (Irene Wong) but Bak Yeung only has eyes for Yuk Ying, the woman who loved him the least. When she is still a palace maid, On Sin falls for imperial guard, Hung Mou (Moses Chan) but the later keeps his distance from her when she becomes a Lady, the emperor's woman.

  • Native title:

    金枝慾孽

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May 11, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
This was such an intense drama honestly.
Story: 8.5/10 ok this story was really good. There's a lot of rivalry in this and Gigi Lai's character is so desperate tbh. So basically to sum this story up, it's about concubines in the palace just battling each other to be the king's favorite. And then everything fails and falls apart lol
Acting/Cast: 9.5/10 ok, gigi's character is so annoying. And Bowie Lam's character read more just pissed me off. Gigi basically used Bowie's love for her to promote herself and then in the end he still loves her and wants to die with her when she could careless about him like man really. But I guess lool it's just a no no for me
Music: 9.5/10 they were goooood
Rewatch value: 9.5/10 sure
overall: I recommend this drama to people who like historicals and want to watch these concubines pull evil tricks on each other looool.
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    loversandlies Feb 1, 2014

    Absolute masterpiece; story is fast paced and unpredictable, full of psychological twists and turns, intelligent script, 3D characters that undergo plenty of change. acting is impeccable, there is a reason why these actors/actresses became so famous overnight. directing: beautiful, they actually shot in the forbidden palace, everything looks real, gorgeous sets and costumes.

    if tvb can make shows as complete and timeless as war and beauty; they'd be set for life. it's shows like this that makes me realize that yes, despite tvb's recent flaws, they are able to produce such a high quality production.

Details

  • Country:

    Hong Kong
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    30
  • Aired:

    Aug 23, 2004 to Oct 2, 2004
  • Network:

    TVB
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 138 users)
  • Ranked:

    #6844
  • Popularity:

    #4275

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