Product: Beijing Opera Premier Liu Luoguo (Part 1-3)
Performed by Beijing Chinese Opera Theater
Published by Peninsula Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2004
Media: 3 DVD-5 discs
Region Code: All
Prime Minister Liu Luoguo is one of great plays of Chinese Beijing Opera theaters, a representative work of Beijing Opera reform experiment, gathering numerous famous players of Beijing opera schools and presenting extraordinary splendour of genres.
Playwright: Chen Jianqiu
Director: Lin Zhaohua
Liu Yong – Chen Shaoyun (Special appearance)
Emperor Qianlong – Li Yan (Special appearance)
Princess – Dong Yuanyuan
He Shen – Luo Zhangde
Part 1: Imperial Official Examination
Emperor Qianlong is planning to take princess as another concubine from Sixth Royal Family. Princess makes her first move to propose a chess competition to find her consort, because she is a chess expert and prefers following the fate. Liu Yong is on the way to capital for the annual imperial official examination. During the trip, Liu Yong beats and wins the chess competition unintentionally when passing by the chess competition. The result makes him become Emperor’s rival in love by accident. Emperor Qianlong proposes another contest to challenge Liu Yong when he sees the result. This makes Liu Yong hesitative. He Shen wants Liu Yong to fail in the exam for pleasuring his boss Emperor and makes some tricks. Liu Yong exposes the trick with intelligence at a critical moment. Liu Yong succeeds in the exam and also becomes the consort of princess finally. In the mean time, He Shen makes another plan to doom Liu Yong to death as revenge. What is Liu Yong's future?
Part 2: Interrogation at Night
Jiangsu superintendent Ye Guotai is a corrupt official. When Emperor Qianlong makes a tour of inspection in South China, both Ye Guotai and He Shen work together to cover up the embezzlement issue. Liu Yong serves as the magistrate of Jiangning at that time, but he can’t expose the issue at his position. One day, Emperor Qianlong meets a beauty Yin Hong by casual when performing the inspection. Emperor Qianlong goes after her right away, but is hindered from a bully Shi Jinghu. Shi Jinghu is killed by Emperor in quarrel by accident. Emperor Qianlong and He Shen are put into jail immediately. Ye Guotai orders Liu Yong to examine and settle the case. At the critical moment, Liu Yong uses his intelligence to expose the embezzlement of Ye Guotai and free emperor from jail in the interrogation at night.
Part 3: Plum Intoning
In the end of an abundant year, Emperor Qianlong casually intones a poem. Liu Yong helps to complete an excellent poem when emperor suddenly has less idea. He Shen is very jealous of the talent of Liu Yong. Princess collects this excellent poem into Liu Yong’s writing later. He Shen catches a chance to put Liu Yong into jail under the accusation of plagiary emperor’s copyright, and intents to doom Liu Yong to death through emperor’s hand. Emperor doesn’t truly mean to offer Liu Yong a sward to suicide himself, but bluffs for fun to less his over confidence. Couple Liu Yong and Princess use their intelligence to free themselves away from the catastrophes. At a critical moment, they win back the attention from the emperor again, and make He Shen in an embarrass position in the end.