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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?



Come In Nighthawk24 Nov 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

Since the title says "movies," but includes one 40+ episode mini-series, and reviews a number of films about the Qin founding a "unified" China, I am surprised the (what I'll call) multi-mini-series "Qin Empire" is not included. The first season ran to 40+ 45-minute episodes, and IIRC there have been four seasons aired. The series actually seems to begin in ~500BC w/ the struggle between the southern states of Wu & Yue (which in some circles then, if not today, were considered "barbarians," not really Chinese!). I have only seen the first four episodes of Season 1, and the subtitles are tedious (but necessary, as I neither speak nor read Mandarin!). However on the slim evidence of the four episodes, I like it… so far.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2018 11:26 a.m. PST



Come In Nighthawk08 Dec 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

A little STUNNED that no one has corrected my ERROR! I will do so myself, then.

Got "turned around" by the Youtube search engine doing what IT wanted ---- not what I ASKED it to provide me!! The series that begins in ~500BC w/ the struggle between the southern states of Wu & Yue, which I have been watching and think is actually pretty damn kewl, is actually "The Great Revival!"

The story is about how Prince, later King Gaojian of Yue, after being defeated and imprisoned for several years by Wu, spends 20 years after being released rebuilding the state of Yue (now a Wu vassal), and in the "Jack Sparrow School of Strategy," at the "opportune moment" attacks WU, defeats his rival, once Duke, now King Fuchai, and annexes Wu!!

I am only on episode 7 of something like 40-plus, so while I know how it is supposed to end historically, I am slowly wading through the 45-minute episodes to see how they did it on TV in China! The English subtitles are USUALLY left on the screen long enough to both read to comprehend, and enjoy the sumptuous costumes and the interesting (and clearly NOT "southern China") terrain.

I finally got Youtube to show me "Episode 1" of SEASON 1 of "The Qin Empire." Opens w/ a great battle scene, but I have NO idea what is happening as, unlike the producers of "The Great Revival," the producers of "The Qin…" seemingly could not or would not pay anyone from Hong Kong to create the needful English subtitles!!!! frown

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