‘Phoenix Quartet’ A Costume To Modern Drama

Synopsis:
Women’s perspective has sympathy
Men’s perspective is clear after soberness
A hundred years of relationships between two sexes face observation

One family’s business passes through four generations of women and their destinies, reflecting the marital relationships of different eras; women face all kinds of pressure.

World 1: At the end of the Qing dynasty, Ngai Ju Fung’s (Charmaine Sheh) family fortune is on the decline. She has no choice but to marry Wong Yuk Lun (Sammul Chan). However, he ruins his family’s business. Fung is forced to sell the gift that her first love, Yue Chi (Joe Ma), gave her in order to open The Phoenix (“Fung Wong Lau”). Her story reflects the pain and sorrow of arranged marriages and shows how women can firmly face and resolve great oppositions.

World 2: During the May 4th (1919) event, Fung’s daughter, Wong Jee Gwan (Charmaine) falls for her teacher, Li Gat Cheung (Joe) and they plan to elope in Tianjin. However, the two end up parting. Gwan returns to Beijing to bring up The Phoenix. Her story reflects the strives that women make for marital freedom, ending up fending for themselves.

World 3: In the 1960’s, Fung’s great-granddaughter, Bak Wai Jan (Charmaine) works in secret, unbeknownst to her husband, Dai Lap Yan (Joe). Out of retaliation, Yan has an affair. Their marriage comes to an end. However, this brings the two to work hand-in-hand for the better of The Phoenix. Her story reflects how women’s fight for equality ends up with an interesting outcome.

World 4: In the twenty-first century, Fung’s great-great-granddaughter, Dai Sze Ga (Charmaine) and Fong Ga On (Joe) end their cohabitation because they don’t want to be restrained. After the separation, Ga takes hold of her family’s long-time business and adds a new branch to it, extending its longevity. Her story reflects the freedom that women have gained at the expense of losing life’s focus.

Translation credit to MetalAZNWarrior.

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Translations Here:
1. Blind Marriage
In Qing dynasty, marriage law was very strict and traditional. While men can have many wives, women have to uphold their honor, chastity and submissive. They can do nothing but forced to accept their fate.

Ngai Yu Fung (Charmaine) was born in a rich merchant family and was raised as an educated and gentle girl. She grew up with Yu Chi (Joe) and they have feelings for each other. However, because Yu Fung’s father business has gone into trouble, as a result Yu Fung was forced to marry Wong Yuk Lun (Sammul). To save her family business, Yu Fung have to let go of her feelings for Yu Chi.

After marrying into Wong family, Yu Fung realize that her husband was useless playboy who loves to gamble. Afterward, Yuk Lun also squandered his family fortune after being cheated by his uncle. His father also died because of this. At this time, Yu Chi returned from his apprenticeship with Royal Chef Eunuch Tsao and wanted to take Yu Fung away. However, Yu Fung could not bear to see Wong family in ruins…

2. Teacher – Student Love
During the May 4th era, due to political movement and western education, people’s perception of marriage began to change. The younger generation wanted to have freedom in love and deciding their own marriage. However, teacher student relationship is still a taboo. In addition, women have to pay a high price to have freedom in love…

Yu Fung’s daughter Wong Zhi Guan (Charmaine) is a mischievous and lively high school student. She fell in love with her teacher Lee Gut Yeung (Joe), an aspiring national revolutionist. However, Gut Yeung already have a blind marriage contract with fianc

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