The Princess in Distress
- ScreenwriterChui Tsz Long
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Having lived as a hostage in Jin since childhood, Princess Hung-luen gives Yealuet Kwan-hung her pledge to be his wife. However, her ship is sunk by pirates on the way back to Song(China’s territory). In the water, Hung-luen is mistaken as Ngai Sau-tin, who tries to drown herself to avoid the marriage arranged by her father Ngai Sze-on. Hung-luen is saved by Ngai Sze-on, but has lost her memory. Later, Sze-on marries her to Sheung Chuen-hau in his daughter’s place. Madame Sheung despises Hung-luen, but Chuen-hau, out of pity, accommodates her.
Kwan-hung, being the champion in the imperial examination for military officers, bumps into Hung-luen at Minister Sheung’s mansion. However, he is wrongly regarded as a flirtatious man and expelled by Minister Sheung. One night, Duke Dik, brother of Hung-luen, comes to order Sze-on to translate a letter from Jin. Trying to fudge on it but in vain, Sze-on has Princess Hung-luen disguised as a man and read the letter. Duke Dik is impressed and decides to marry his sister (Sau-tin) to Hung-luen.
On the wedding night, the two girls each give birth to a baby. Madame Sheung has no choice but to say that she is the mother of the newborns. That night, under the order from Duke Dik, Kwan-hung tries to investigate the strange case, but his true identity is revealed. Facing punishment from Duke Dik, the desperate Kwan-hung sings “The Barbarian's Song” which revives Hung-luen's memory and unexpectedly leads to the reunion of the Ngai’s family. Finally, happiness befalls the two pairs of lovers after so much distress.