The Conqueror (1995)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - China  |  
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This Chinese drama, based on the novel Exile, tells the tale of the 18th-century rebel group, the White Lotus Society. The story is set in 1804 during the Qing Dynasty and begins as a Buddhist caste rises up against the tyrannical Manchu ruler. The leader of the society, Kang, and the rest of an oppressed village are executed for demonstrating their defiance by praying in the central square for nine years. Only 56 elderly people, the women, and the children survived the slaughter. Of the children, all boys between the ages of 8 and 15 were castrated. The story then refocuses on Kang's wife, Xiumei. She butts heads with the commander of the Quing regiment that quelled the insurrection, Liu Jiesan. Over the years, Liu came to have an abiding respect for the gentle rebel Kang (he was also attracted to Xiumei) and carries out his grim orders with reluctance. Xiumei is pregnant, and she must endure many trials and hardships before she can bear her child.

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government, against-the-system, atrocity, career, castration, execution, oppression, pregnancy, revolution, slaughter, survivor, war