Mo dai yu yi

末代御醫 [videorecording] = The last healer in Forbidden City - Mo dai yu yi

The last healer in Forbidden City

DVD - 2016 | Chinese
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Publisher: South San Francisco, CA : U Media Group, c2016
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 黃國輝
管國偉
張乾文
郭晉安
楊怡
羅蘭
敖嘉年
賈曉晨
朱晨麗
林子善
Alternative Title: Last healer in Forbidden City

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jimg2000
May 06, 2018

Interesting period piece with thoughtful Chinese idioms and poems written in as dialogues (see "Quotes.") Unfortunately, the English subtitles did not do justice to its original language. On location filming in Guangzhou廣州with convincing Forbidden City ambience, primarily in Bao-mo-Garden 宝墨园 and Nan-yue-yuan南粤苑. Started off with a series of odd scenes that set up the main characters as the final chapter of Qing dynasty unfolded. Among the ruins of unrest, the pair of main characters To-Chung 杜仲 (Roger Kwok Chun-on郭晉安) and Fuk-Ling伏苓 (Yang Yi 楊怡), entertained the audience, a joy to watch their body language and listening to their bantering. Story ended after Pu-Yi溥仪 was enacted as the 12th and last Qing Emperor of China.

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Story takes time period in between 1898 (24th year of Guangxu 光緒) and 1908 (34th year of Guangxu), the late reign of the Qing 清dynasty. Skillful physician To Chung is named the new Imperial Palace Physician 御醫 when he successfully heals Empress Dowager Chee-Hei 慈禧 (Helena Law) from her illness. To Chung eventually grows close to the Gwong-seoi Emperor 恪順皇 (Pierre Ngo) who is under house arrest at the Forbidden City and stripped of his powers after angering Dowager Chee-hei due to losing the First Sino-Japanese War and rebelling against her authority…

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Annieoywong
Jul 11, 2016

I like this movie.
In the movie Kwok Chun On was a smart & professional physician with exceptional medical skill. He was summoned by Empress Cixi to cure her sickness. Without taking any medication she was recovered, so she gave Kwok the title of Imperial Doctor. Kwok not only discovered the cure for the rare deceases, he also solved the unsolved mysteries in the palace.
There are two other famous actresses-: Yang Yi & Luo Lan.

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jimg2000
May 06, 2018

Too many to post and that most of the film's English captions missed much of the nuances of the phrases in Chinese:

天意弄人
Cruel twist of fate ... God laughs at man’s plan ...
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妻不如妾,妾不如偷,偷又不如偷不着 (妻不如妾,妾不如婢,婢不如妓,妓不如偷,偷得着不如偷不着)
Men’s desire in illicit affairs, not for love but the excitements in the pursuit.
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国家有病,则未必能对症下药
There may be no cure for the sickness of this country.

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jimg2000
May 06, 2018

再好的皇帝也只是一个霸主
The best emperor is still a hegemon.
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我过桥多过你走路 (我吃盐多过你吃米)
I crossed more bridges than you walked the roads.
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要吃咸鱼就要忍得住口渴
One will have to put up with thirst if you want to eat salty fish
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金银财帛有用尽之日,佳肴美酒亦有散席之时,唯有亲情方可长留心中
Assets of gold, silver, silk will all be spent up some day. Feast of delicious food and fine wine will end in time. Only the love of a family will last in our hearts.

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