Mankind has been reduced to a small population of 1000, now living on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. There has been no sign of life beyond the Island, that is until a ship appears on the horizon.
The Red Flag Fleet under Ching Shih’s rule went undefeated, despite attempts by Qing dynasty officials, the Portuguese navy, and the East India Company to vanquish it. After three years of notoriety on the high seas, Ching Shih finally retired in 1810 by accepting an offer of amnesty from the Chinese government. Ching Shih died in 1844, at the ripe old age of 69.At the dawn of the 1800s, a former prostitute from a floating brothel in the city of Canton was wed to Cheng I, a fearsome pirate who operated in the South China Sea in the Qing dynasty. Though the name under which we now know her, Ching Shih, simply means “Cheng’s widow,” the legacy she left behind far exceeded that of her husband’s. Following his death, she succeeded him and commanded over 1,800 pirate ships, and an estimated 80,000 men.
Her husband, Ching I, was the formidable commander of the Red Flag Fleet of pirate ships. He married a 26-year-old Ching Shih in 1801. She quickly took to the pirate life and when Ching I died six years later, Ching Shih wasn’t going to let Ching I’s adopted son, Cheung Po Tsai take over. Cheung Po Tsai, however, was more than just Ching Shih’s adopted son –- the young man had also been Ching I’s lover.
i just realized how much i need a lesbian pirate movie. like, female captain and a woman disguised as a man stow away. slowly the men figure out and try and protect the stow away from being found out because the captain is ruthless, but the captain has known since day one and thinks that scrappy girl hiding on her ship is adorable. the captain gets injured and the stow away takes care of her and the captain lets it slip that she knows that the girl is a girl. once the captain gets better, the ship is run by these pirate wives who act all gruff but are seriously just sappy sapphic dorks. give it to me.