The Tragic Killing of Loyalists
"The Tragic Killing of
Loyalists" is the story of the dethroned Emperor
Jianwen of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Jianwen's uncle,
the King of Yen, usurped the throne and ordered to kill
Jianwen and his men. Jianwen disguised himself as a monk
and escaped. For a while, he took refuge in the
Du (Witness the Tragic Sight)
While Emperor Jianwen and his escort Cheng Ji run
along the countryside they witness the
decapitation of his old subjects and the arrest
of their families. He also mistakes the sound of
a country temple bell to be that of the imperial
palace bell and thinks he is back at the palace.
After coming back to reality Jianwen sorrowfully
takes off with Cheng Ji.
Shan (Searching the Mountain)
Emperor Jianwen and Cheng Ji have been hiding
on Mount Hoching for sixteen years. One day Ji
accompanies a friend down the mountain. At the
same time Yan Zhenzhe, an old subject of Emperor
Jianwen, leads a search party to Mount Hoching
for the emperor. They capture the emperor, put
him in a prison cart, and leave the mountain.
Che (Breaking the Prison Cart)
Cheng Ji discovers the capture of Emperor
Jianwen upon returning. He catches up with Yan
Zhenzhe's troops and scolds them severely. The
soldiers are touched by his speech and disperse.
Yan Zhenzhe, ashamed and regretful, kills
himself. Cheng Ji then breaks the prison cart and
rescues Emperor Jianwen. Together they make good