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#16 General_Zhaoyun

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 12:41 AM

Recently, PRC just produced two extra outstanding historical TV series:

Hanwu Dadi (the Wu Emperor of Han - Han Wudi)
- this tells the story of Han Wudi, also includes Han Jindi, and their battle against XiongNu.

Qianlong Dynasty
- this tells of the story of Qianlong emperor of Qing, at a time when Qing was at the peak of its power.

I'm currently watching them now..
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Posted 24 March 2005 - 10:53 AM

Recently, PRC just produced two extra outstanding historical TV series:

Hanwu Dadi (the Wu Emperor of Han - Han Wudi)
- this tells the story of Han Wudi, also includes Han Jindi, and their battle against XiongNu.

Qianlong Dynasty
- this tells of the story of Qianlong emperor of Qing, at a time when Qing was at the peak of its power.

I'm currently watching them now..

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Yes Han Wu Da Di is really cool, especially the dress and armor :)

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 04:32 PM

i have Hanwu Dadi and Genghis Khan at home now. just need some time to watch them.... ahhhhhhhhhhh......
灭六国者, 六国也, 非秦国也。族秦者,秦也,非天下也。

roughtly translated...

the six states destroyed the six states, not qin.
qin ruled qin, not the whole country.

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 05:26 PM

The Wu San-Gui drama has bad costumes.

Han Wu Dadi's costumes are not impressive. The palace ladies' costumes are actually replicas of those from Japanese samurai movies set in Ashikaga and Kamakura periods. Which is very very strange. (They cuold at least change the colour so that it might resemble less costumes of the Bakufu period)

And, if you speak Chinese, the dialogs of Han Wu Dadi are very lousy, ridden with amateurisms and anachronisms.

Certain Manchu Qing themes are of good qualities, especially the ones centered around one Manchu emperor. But some Manchu themes are cheaply done, especially the ones influenced by Qiongyao and Huanzhu Gege.

Tang themes are lacking. Song-Liao-Jin themes are absent (except for Jinyong's Wuxia themes) and Ming themes are scarce. Although these would make the BEST historical drama series.

The Genghis Khan series are excellent. It breaks the mold of stereotypical Chinese historical dramas.

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 05:28 PM

i have Hanwu Dadi  and Genghis Khan at home now. just need some time to watch them.... ahhhhhhhhhhh......

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Genghis Khan by CCTV? It sucks. Boring boring boring. :no:

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 06:39 PM

well.. the genghis Khan Drama produced by CCTV was cool.. esp. the battle scene against Jin, Kwarezhm etc.
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Posted 24 March 2005 - 07:10 PM

But the story is horrible boring. :unsure:

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 08:54 AM

Is ''For the sake of republic'' also produced by CCTV?

Qianlong's dynasty?cool......is there are some pictures for that?This is because...I just know there's a drama about him...!!!


Tang themes?
Yeah.....I also find them lacking.....
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 10:59 AM

If they make a Tang series I wish they use today's measurements for women though. :D :D :D

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 04:42 AM

If they make a Tang series I wish they use today's measurements for women though.  :D  :D  :D

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Not sure if it's today's measurements, not it's not too bad.
pictured here yang gui fei 杨贵妃

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 01:59 AM

I just finished watching Han Wu Da Di, and personally I think it was the best historical series I've watched to date. It's actually adopted from Shi Ji (Si Ma Qian's historical records) instead of a current-day novel. The costumes were historically accurate, incredible music, engaging plot-line, but what really did it for me was the fantastic acting.

Kudos to Cheng Bao Guo for his excellent portray of Liu Che (Han Wu Di). I really did think that I was seeing this legendary ruler live! But of course, the best part of the series was that it totally recreated military legends such as Wei Qing and Huo Qubing. :P

Well, I'm guessing you can tell who's my favorite judging from the pics I've posted ;)

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The only thing that I can think of to complain about is that there should be way more battle scenes. And more screen time for Huo Qubing. :wub:

All of the series mentioned by General ZhaoYun are extremely well done, but I'd also recommend "Tang Ming Huang" (唐明皇). I believe it was produced in the early nineties by Mainland, and it details the life and reign of Li Long Ji. "Da Min Gong Ci" (大明宫词) was also memorable, as it narrates the life of Princess Tai Ping, daughter of Wu Ze Tian. An interesting take on an often misunderstood character.

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:39 AM

What kind of script is this: "见敌就杀, 记住!" ?

In "Laurence of Arabia" it was "TAKE NOOOO PRISONERRRRR!"

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 03:06 AM

What kind of script is this: "见敌就杀, 记住!" ?

In "Laurence of Arabia" it was "TAKE NOOOO PRISONERRRRR!"

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Pretty much, or even more literally, "Kill any enemies that you see!"

Hah, General Huo commanding his troops a la "Laurence of Arabia" style is too good :lol:

The prelude scene up until this one line is actually pretty hilarious, as it involves Huo Qubing's second asking him where exactly they are, and then him retorting back that all they need to concern themselves with is riding into battle with him and killing as many enemies as they can. Apparently they're lost, but he's trying to make the best of a grey situation :g: ...

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 07:03 PM

i watched the first half of han wu da di last month. i think they took a few artistic liberties so as to make it more entertaining. but overall they stayed close to shi ji and han shu. quite enjoyable series, looking forward to the 2nd part when i have more time on my hands.


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heh, awesome dude! :)


i heard <kang xi di guo> is equally good. any views?

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 11:04 AM

For some more recent history, check out the Long March. Inspiring series with actors who bear uncanny physical resemblance to their characters :D




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