Xie Yaohuan is said to be the member of the Imperial
Politburo of the Tang Dynasty when China's only woman emperor
Wu Zetian reigned the Middle Kingdom. One day the emperor
received a report saying the peasants in Chongqing (or Suzhou?)
congregated along the Yangtze River (or around the Lake Tai?
-- Sorry, forgive us for our bad memory) and engaged in armed
uprising against the government, so Xie Yaohuan was sent
to resolve the conflict.
It is due to this fateful assignment that China is believed
to have lost an excellent official along with her faithful
soul mate, but gained an inspirational legend about courage
When arriving at the troubled spot, Xie Yaohuan and her
aid Su donned men's clothes and disguised as tourists to
find out the causes for the revolt. It turned out that the
peasants were driven to rebel by the royal family members,
the corrupted officials and their
relatives, who ganged up with criminal organizations to
demolish people's homes by force and to
take villagers' farmlands as their own. With the help
of her assistant Su and her boyfriend Yuan, Xie Yaohuan put
the head of the criminal gang - the son of a high official
- to death and severely punished the royal felon.
What Xie Yaohuan did won the heart of the peasants who gradually
walked out of the Lake Tai and laid down their weapons -
peace and prosperity once again graced the land.
But the disgraced royal family members and the corrupted
officials were not going to let Xie Yaohuan get away with
Strike" (打黑) campaign
lightly. They forged documents against Xie, accusing her
of harbouring a high political ambition (“政治野心很大”)
and of having a special link to a 007 from the alien tribes
with a plan to usurp the throne （谋反）.
Xie Yaohuan was arrested. The royal member and the corrupted
official persuaded and pressed her to admit the crimes that
she did not commit. She refused.
Hence the gang conspired to get an imposter to appear in
the court and confess the sins in her name, yet they failed
to find someone who looked as pretty and as intelligent and
as courageous as their political enemy, so they gave up.
As for the consequence of their failed attempt to find the
imposter, there are two different versions. One claims Xie
Yaohuan was tortured to death, and the another says she survived
the ordeal and returned to Imperial Politburo and eventually
became a prime minister, which, according to this version,
contributed greatly to the rise and rise of the China empire
during the Heyday of the Tang Dynasty. But whatever the truth
about her fate, the destinies for the sinister royal member
and the corrupted high official are the same: one was executed
and the another was banished to the wilderness.
Allegedly the disconsolate souls of the guilty ones vowed
that when the drama replayed again next time, they would
get imposters to help convict the innocent regardless if
they look alike.
So here we are.
Ding Xiaojun as