Genghis Khan (by CCTV)
For The Sake of Republic (走向共和)
are the BEST Chinese drama I have ever seen.
The historical realism and the production details are amazing. :icon15:
Great productions they are, they are not particularly "realistic" by my standard.
Genghis' and Yesugey's moral character got painted over lots. In reality, Yesugey did seize his wife Hoelun from the Merkits, and Genghis did slaughter the Tatar males taller than wheels. Making Genghis "larger than life" isn't particularly wise, in my opinion. But I understand why CCTV did that. (also, CCTV's Genghis Khan outshines most historical dramas set in ancient times. However, it is not half as good as the 1988 movie Genghis Khan, or the recent Mongolian cinematic production by the same name)
"Republic" is an excellent series. However, in the middle of the movie (I think at the episode talking about the ousting of Qu Hongji by Yuan Shikai), the director was switched and serious flaws started to come, including disorganization and the insertion of two fictional characters, Luo Wen and Tian Mo.
The Political problem of the series, however, is not as claimed by senior members of the Communist party, namely, the "revisionary apologetic sympathy toward Li Hongzhang".
Because the series precisely reflects the political needs of the political establishment that sponsored "The Making of a Republic": to discourage revolutionary and radical aspirations in the current political climate.
You can clearly draw parallels between today's political establishment and the late Qing factions:
1) Hu Jintao and the old revolutionaries--- the Aisingiolo family
2) Zhu Rongji and Wen Jiabao --- Li Hongzhang
3) The provincial reformers --- Zhang Zhidong
4) The PLA and Dengist opportunists like Jiang Zemin --- Yuan Shikai and his later Beiyang regime
5) Radical democrats and liberals --- Kang Youwei and Sun Yat-Sen
The smoothness of the "Republic" in shaping these groups of characters precisely demonstrates the wisdom of the directors. However, it is heavily laiden with political values relevant to today's political climate.
CCTV will never air a TV series unless it is of important political relevance. It will never air a Sponge Bob type no-brainer during prime time.