The celebrity power couple first met on the set of 2014 Chinese TV series "The Empress of China," in which Fan, 37, played the Chinese Empress Wu Zetian
and Li, 40, played a general named Li Mu.
Some of the women highlighted include Sonita Alizadeh (1996--), a rapper from Afghanistan; Wu Zetian
(624 A.D.--705 A.D.), an empress from China who ended corruption in China; Temple Grandin, (1947--), an animal whisperer who has autism; and Christine Jorgensen (1926--1989), the first transgender person to become widely known for having sex reassignment surgery in the 1950s.
The life and personality of Wu Zetian
, China's first and only female emperor, are the subject of passionate debate.
| I was looking forward to seeing China's Forgotten Emperor (Sunday, Channel 4) about Wu Zetian
, the only woman in Chinese history to dare to take the title "Emperor" and, as a result, probably the most controversial woman in Chinese history.
CHINA'S FORGOTTEN EMPEROR Channel 4, 8pm Documentary about Wu Zetian
, the only woman to become emperor of China.
FACTUAL This docu shows how archaeologists have uncovered a different side to Wu Zetian
, who, since her death 1,300 years ago, has been remembered as a tyrant.
Born in 624 AD, Wu Zetian
was a concubine, then rose to take the title of Emperor.
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'wei mao shuo' zai tan: Jian lun Tangdai mao de xingxiang", Tangshi lun cong 15 (2012): 96-109.
The Empress of China also known as the Saga of Wu Zetian
dramatizes the life of China's only female emperor who ruled during the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907).
The fair assessment of traditionally vilified figures also applies to Emperor Yang of the Sui dynasty, Empress Wu Zetian
of the Tang dynasty, and even the Empress Dowager of the late Qing dynasty.