I’m beginning to suspect things always come in pairs around here. Yesterday I posted about the upcoming The Yang’s Clan movie about the 7 brothers, which is bound to drip in excess testosterone. The Yang’s Clan folktale actually does not end with the death/amnesia/be-a-monk endings which befell most of the Yangs’ brothers. The 7 wives, a mom, and 2 younger sisters the 7 brothers left behind not only went on living, their story actually bolsters and enhances the Yang’s Clan legend.
By a stroke of coincidence, the upcoming HK/C movie about the women of the Yang’s Clan, called The Ladies of the Yang’s Clan: Military Orders (杨门女将之军令如山), wrapped its principal filming yesterday. Headlined by Cecilia Cheung, the movie brings to the big screen the story of Yang Zhong Bao, the only son of Sixth Brother and his princess wife, who ended up marrying a warrior lady brigand, but then also died in battle due to the machinations of Minister Pan. His new wife, the infamous Mu Gui Ying, thereafter led all 12 of the remaining Yang’s ladies into battle against the Xi Xia tribe and emerged victorious for the Song Dynasty. Holla for girl power!
Cecelia plays Mu Gui Ying, who is famous in her own right as the only Yang’s clan granddaughter-in-law, since her husband was the only grandson left when she married into the family, and also the unifying force which led the Yang’s wives and sisters into battle to serve their nation when there were no more Yang men left to lead. Richie Ren is her husband Yang Zhong Bao.
Legendary Hong Kong screen actress and wuxia leading lady extraordinaire Zheng Pei Pei is returning to the screen as the matriarch of the Yang family – who famously outlived her husband, her sons, and her grandson.
We’ve got Kathy Chow as Fifth Wife, and old school screen diva Liu Xiao Qing as Sixth Wife/Princess Cai
Below is Second Wife and Fourth Wife, respectively
Third Wife on the left, and Eighth Sister on the right
Seventh Wife on the left, Ninth Sister on the right
Mu Gui Ying and Yang Zhong Bao
This movie is scheduled for an end of 2011 release. While I’m more excited about The Yang’s Clan movie with the guys, the girl power in me loves seeing the widows and girl orphans of the Yang’s clan take up the mantle of the family calling and kick some collective enemy behind. The ladies of the Yang’s Clan story has also been made into quite a few dramas over the years.