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Director  Wu Ziniu
Country  China
5.8/10 IMDb

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Language  Mandarin
The Sino Dutch War 1661 movie poster

Release date  2000 (2000)
Writer  Zhiping Zhang (novel), Zhiping Zhang (screenplay)

The Sino-Dutch War 1661 (Chinese: 鄭成功1661), also known as Hero Zheng Chenggong, is a 2000 Chinese historical drama film directed by Wu Ziniu, starring Vincent Zhao, Jiang Qinqin, Du Zhiguo, Shimada Yôko, Xu Min and Zhang Shan. The film is loosely based on the life of Koxinga (Zheng Chenggong) and focuses on his battle with the Dutch East India Company for control of Taiwan at the Siege of Fort Zeelandia. The film was released in 2002 in Japan under the title Kokusenya Kassen (Chinese: 國姓爺合戰).

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Plot

The movie is set in the mid-17th century, when most of China is conquered by the Manchu-led Qing dynasty after the collapse of the Ming dynasty. Ming remnants have fled south and established a Southern Ming regime based in Fujian, with the Longwu Emperor as their figurehead monarch. The Qing armies are closing in on Fujian and the southern areas independent of their control.

Zheng Sen is the son of Zheng Zhilong, a former pirate who became a Southern Ming general. The Longwu Emperor has heard of Zheng Sen's strong sense of loyalty and is so impressed with him that he grants him the imperial family's surname, Zhu, and a new personal name, "Chenggong" (literally "success"). Zheng Sen is known as the "Imperial Name-keeper" (transliterated "Koxinga") or "Zheng Chenggong" from then on. Around the time, Taiwan has been colonised by the Dutch East India Company for over three decades and many people have signed a petition requesting Zheng Chenggong to help them claim back Taiwan from the Dutch.

Zheng Zhilong defects to the Qing dynasty after seeing that he has no future in Southern Ming. Despite his father's betrayal, Zheng Chenggong remains loyal to the Longwu Emperor and continues to resist the Qing invaders even after the fall of Southern Ming. He plans to retreat to Taiwan and establish a new base of operations there in preparation for retaking the mainland from the Manchus. In 1661, Zheng Chenggong's fleet sets sail from Xiamen to attack the Dutch on Taiwan. Nine months later, he defeats the Dutch at the Siege of Fort Zeelandia and forces them to surrender and relinquish their control of Taiwan to him.

Cast

  • Vincent Zhao as Zheng Chenggong
  • Jiang Qinqin as Xue Liang
  • Du Zhiguo as Zheng Zhilong
  • Shimada Yôko as Tagawa Matsu
  • Xu Min as Longwu Emperor
  • Zhang Shan as Li Wei
  • Jiang Guoyin
  • Wang Ling
  • Xu Yuanqi
  • Casting

    Director Wu Ziniu originally had Tony Leung in mind for the role of Zheng Chenggong before Vincent Zhao took over.

    References

    The Sino-Dutch War 1661 Wikipedia
    The Sino-Dutch War 1661 IMDb The Sino Dutch War 1661 themoviedb.org