The Double-pearl Phoenix
- ScreenwriterTong Tik-sang
Scholar Wen Bizheng encountered Huo Dingjin, daughter of high official Minister Huo, at a nunnery. He found her double-pearl phoenix hairpin and pretended to be a fortune teller to meet her. Finally, he sold himself as a servant to the Huo family. Ding Hanchang, the Duke's adopted son, had no real talents but he wished to marry Dingjin. During the Duke's birthday banquet, Bizheng exposed his lack of abilities and embarrassed him. Bizheng brought flowers to Dingjin's chamber, and Qiuhua made Bizheng promised to adopt her as his sister before he could see his love. He then left for the civil examination. Upon learning the news of her marriage to Hanchang, Dingjin set a fire to the chamber and ran away. Dingjin and Qiuhua became homeless in the capital and luckily, the old Prime Minister Liu Jing adopted Dingjin as his own daughter. The emperor read the "Imperial Prayer to Heaven" written by Dingjin, and was so impressed he made her a princess. Bizheng won the champion scholar title but he refused to marry the princess. During the feast, he realized the princess was his lover, but Hanchang also tried to make his claim. To settle the matter, Bizheng married his adopted sister, Qiuhua, to Hanchang.