Those Famous Women in Chinese History

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Those Famous Women in Chinese History
Genre Historical drama
Country of originHong Kong
Original languageCantonese
No. of episodes20 [1]
Production
Producer Amy Wong
Production locationHong Kong
Running time1 hour [1]
Release
Original network ATV

Those famous women in Chinese history (歷代奇女子) is a 1988 ATV drama series produced in Hong Kong by Amy Wong. [2]

Contents

Summary

The series is based on the life of four ancient historical female figure.

Cast

CastRole
Nora Miao (苗可秀)Empress Lu Zhi
Bonnie Ngai (魏秋樺)Yu Xuanji
Kingdom Yuen Lv Qiao
Tong Ban-cheong (唐品昌)
Pat Poon (潘志文)Liu Bang / Li Yi
Lo Chun-shun (魯振順)Chen Tong

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References

  1. 1 2 HKATV.com. "HKATV.com." Page 2. Retrieved on 2010-12-29.
  2. Patpoon.net. "Patpoon.net." Those famous women in Chinese history. Retrieved on 2010-12-29.