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|Asia Focus: Year of the Fukuoka Film Festival||1991|
|Cast||Jian Wen / Liu Xiao-qing / Zhu Xu|
|Other Information||1990 / Color / 35 mm / WIDE / 107 minutes|
The eunuch Li Lianying served Empress Dowager Cixi for over 52 years from his childhood. As the right-hand man and favorite eunuch of the notorious Empress Dowager, who is said to have delayed modernization, the eunuch was given access to the inner palace, the seat of political power. The film depicts Li Lianying's unhappy life of obeying the Empress Dowager blindly to protect himself.