From the Pool of the Maidens...Long-Ago Cathay...A Serving Girl Too Beautiful to be True...Step Into History...In a Story Too Be
Writers: Ching Doe (screenplay), Matsutarô Kawaguchi (screenplay), Yoshikata Yoda (screenplay), Masashige Narusawa (screenplay)
Story: In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over the court. General An Lushan finds a distant relative working in their kitchen whom they groom to present to the Emperor. The Emperor falls in love with her and she becomes the Princess Yang Kwei-fei. The Yangs are then appointed important ministers, though An Lushan is not given the court position he covets. The ministers misuse their power so much that there is a popular revolt against all the Yangs, fueled by An Lushan.
Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Did you know: This was the first Japan-Hong Kong co-production.
Studios: Daiei Studios, Shaw Brothers