|Gong Li||Ju Dou|
|Li Baotian||Yang Tian-qing|
|Wei Li||Yang Jin-shan|
|Zhang Yi||Tianbai as child|
|Zhen Ji-an||Yang Tian-bai as a Youth|
Ju Dou, the young bride of Yang Jin-shan, who is the tyrannical owner of a silk-dyeing business, is forced to endure her husband's violent tendencies and condescending nature. Although Ju Dou finds temporary solace in the arms of her husband's nephew, Tian-qing, problems arise when Ju Dou gets pregnant. The couple then desperately tries to hide their passionate romance while convincing the merciless Jin-shan that the child is his.