There was one serie that I would like to find again. I don't think it is too old, probably around 1997-2000 maybe. The cover image use had the main character in uniform with supporting actors surrounding him in chibi form.
The setting is around 1920s or so and it's about a guy named "Phuoc Sanh" meaning "born with luck" He has two brothers and a dad. Since his family was poor, his dad had sold his little brother (the smartest one) to a well-to-do family. Phuoc Sanh wasn't the brightest out of the three (a savant, maybe), but his life was fill with luck and wealth, beginning from the time he saved a rich boy from being slaughter from riots and grew up to be a general.
I think Kathy Chow Hoi Mee (周海媚 | Chau Hai My) was in this serie, taking on a role that look like a native indian? who love Phuoc Sanh's friend (the one he saved)
Phuoc Sanh's friend seem be to Eric Wan, but I might be wrong.
Also, sight memory of the ending was Phuoc Sanh meet his little brother again, but his brother is a fraud (it end up to be someone his real brother meet on the train and told him to send a message to Phuoc Sanh saying "he won't make it" and die due to heart problem)
Anyways, I hope I can get the title of this serie either English or Vietnamese thank you! The Viet title might be something "Thua Tuong" but I can't seem to find anything..