Title: 風塵三俠之紅拂女 / Feng Chen San Xia Hong Fu Nu
Also known as: Romance of Red Dust / The Three Musketeers / The Lady in Red
Genre: Wuxia, romance
Episodes: 30 Production date: April 3, 2005
Opening theme song: Hong Chen (红尘) by Li Yi Chun (李翊君)
Ending theme song: Zhen De (真的) Really by Angela Zhang
Producer: Lin Qiang (林强)
Directors: Cui Bao Zhu (崔宝珠)、Hou Ji Yuan (侯继元)、Ren Hai Tao (任海滔)
At the end of the Sui Dynasty in ancient China in early 600AD, the country is ruled by the inept Emperor Yang Di whose excessive indulgences included women and a luxurious ship where he spends his time in merriment. The entire running of the court is thus passed on Yang Di’s right-hand man Yang Su (Kent Cheng).
To consolidate and strengthen his power, the vicious Yang Su builds an underground fortress where he harbours numerous assassins at his disposal, one of the most prominent ones being Hong Fu (Shu Qi). Rescued by Yang Su’s adopted son Du Gu Cheng (Kong Wah) at a young age from a band of thugs who also killed her parents, the beautiful, intelligent and highly-skilled Hong Fu eventually becomes Yang Su’s favourite.
Indignant at the country’s deplorable state, a young man Li Jing (Wallace Huo) arrives at the capital hoping to reverse the country’s downward spiral. Hailing from a family which places patriotism and national welfare before personal safety, Li Jing’s enthusiasm and prolific knowledge of martial arts and warfare places him in disfavour with Yang Su who views Li Jing a potential threat to himself. Yang Su promptly sends Hong Fu off to eliminate Li Jing.
Alas, Li Jing’s hot-blooded patriotism and passion for the commoners has struck a chord with Hong Fu’s own hidden desire to elevate the people’s wretched misery. She warns Li Jing to leave town immediately, only to be caught on the spot by Yang Su’s other assassins. To protect him, Hong Fu is forced to fight against them and to flee from the life she has known.
Even with Du Gu Cheng hot on the chase after them, Hong Fu and Li Jing manage to evade capture, with love blossoming between them. Along the way, they meet pugilist Qiu Ranke (Yu Rongguang), who joins them to become the third musketeer in the fight against the mutinous Yang Su and his cronies…
Source: Asianfanatics forum
Shu Qi (舒淇) as Hong Fu Nu (红拂女)
Wallace Huo (霍建华) as Li Jing (李靖)
Kent Cheng (郑则士) as Yang Su (杨素)
Kwong Wa (江华) as Du Gu Cheng (独孤城)
Yu Rong Guang (于荣光) as Qiu Ran Ke (虬髯客)
Yvonne Yao (姚采颖) as Princess Ping Yang (平阳公主)
Pang Yong Zhi (阿庞) as Chen Yao Jin (程咬金)
Liu Yun (刘芸) as Chi Su (尺素)
Hou Yong (侯勇) as Li Yuan (李渊)
Jia Nai Liang (贾乃亮) as Yang Xuan Gan (杨玄感)
Li Jun Feng (李俊锋) as Li Shi Min (李世民)
Si Guang Min (司光敏) as Madam Hua (花夫人)
Luo Xiang Jin (罗湘晋) as Bao Qin (抱 琴)
Dong Zhi Hua (董志华) as Li Ke (李可)