War and Beauty

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War and Beauty


  • Title: 金枝慾孽 / 金枝欲孽
  • Cantonese/Mandarin title: Gam Ji Yuk Yip / Jin Zhi Yu Nie
  • English title: War and Beauty
  • Genre: Ancient
  • Episodes: 30
  • Broadcast network: TVB
  • Broadcast year: 2004
  • Opening theme song: Children (兒女) by Bowie Lam
  • Related drama: Beauty at War


Fifteen years after Qing Emperor Ka Hing (Qian Long) was crowned, the country appears to be in harmony. However, fights between the imperial concubines escalates. Beauty never lasts. All the imperial concubines, including the emperor's beloved Yu Fei (Sheren Tang), understands this and becomes nervous when the triennial imperial concubine election approaches. Yu Fei's position is threatened by an imperial descendant Yuk Ying (Gigi Lai), a powerful eunuch's adopted daughter Yi Sun (Charmaine Sheh) and an experienced imperial servant maid On Sin (Maggie Cheung Ho Yee). They are friends and enemies in the war for the emperor's love. Yi Sun later falls for imperial physician, Bak Yeung (Bowie Lam) who also stole the hearts of courtesan, Heung Fou (Patricia Liu), Lady Fuk (Jade Leung) as well as his lonely wife (Irene Wong) but Bak Yeung only has eyes for Yuk Ying, the woman who loved him the least. When she is still a palace maid, On Sin falls for imperial guard, Hung Mo (Moses Chan) but the latter keeps his distance from her when she becomes a Lady, the emperor's woman. Hung Mo then finds companionship with the lonely Yu Fei, who has fallen out of power.


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A Sequel was made in 2012 titled Beauty at War which has only one recurred main character, Yu Yuet (Yu Fei) who is in a different portrayal.