This is the second of five films about people who were connected with Dunhuang, and their roles in its history. The films are largely elaborations based on legends surrounding the outpost on the western edge of China.
This episode looks at the life of Cang Ci, an old official called on by the Emperor to bring order back to Dunhuang after it had fallen into lawlessness with the rise of a local oligarchy, who oppress the poor and enrich themselves.
Cang Ci is appointed Governor, but seems to have little power, but he is working to find out who is behind the troubles that plague the city, and when he finds out he acts decisively, and brings order back to the outpost, becoming its most famous and well-loved Governor.
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