I personally have been waiting for this series for more than a year. I love the Qin Empire series, and I collect and read the books also (have not finished. it's more than 5 millions Chinese characters)
This last installment of Qin Empire is done pretty nicely. The setting and properties, visual effects, everything is perfect. The costumes are also very nice. They used consultants from the Terracotta museum in Xi'an as the setting and properties consultants. Therefore the soldiers' armors, weapons, chariots, etc. are all very similar to those stuffs in museums. Even the mustaches, hairstyles, and uniforms are so similar.
Therefore when watching this series', especially the war scenes, it seems that you are seeing the terracotta warriors in the museum coming alive. This is the best part!
But I guess..for someone who read many many books about Qin, Qin Shihuang, and the book Qin Empire itself, I'm pretty much disappointed since I see the influence and touch of 'pop' culture in this series.
Yes, I know that the lives of Qin Shihuang's mother and father was not easy because of the weak Lord An'guo (Qin Shihuang's grandfather) and the domineering Lady Huayang (Lord An'guo's wife). But I guess there's no necessity to make a 'harem' plot to describe their relationship.
Also, Ying Zheng was supposed to be only around ten years old when he returned to Xianyang. But they use around seventeen years old tall actor to portray him. Sigh!!!
And also, Ying Zheng was supposed to have a hard life in Handan Zhao State before he returned to Xianyang. Therefore, he even probably illiterate. But the series depicts him as a boy who already had a great teacher who taught him many things (swordsmanship, literature, philosophy, etc), including horse-riding. Therefore his first encounter with Lv Buwei, and then Lv Buwei took him for horseriding. Sigh...
Also, his half-brother Chengjiao, was only around 3-4 years younger than him. But the series portrayed them as if a high school student and a kindergarten student.
Alright..that's my rant. But I have to say the sceneries are magnificent. They director of photography and cinematography did a very good job. They shot the scenes in Xinjiang, Mongolia, etc. To get the beautiful views of mountains and deserts. Very beautiful!
I just hope that Zhang Luyi will do a great a job as Qin Shihuang. He's a good actor, and I don't expect to see a weak Qin Shihuang. The historical record didn't mention clearly his look, but it's implied that Qin Shihuang was : tall, high nose, very charismatic look with an overbearing aura. At least Zhang Luyi is tall and high nose. LOL.
So...let's see how this series going to be. The previous Qin Empire series, the first one (2009) received 9.3 ratings, the second one 9.2, and the third one 8.5 Those rankings show the quality of the series. They're not an easy to watch series (some may say it's BORING), and also the actors/actresses are not the good looking popular actors/actresses. It's very not easy for this kind of genre to get a rating above 8.5
I have finished the series. Good series, but it's less than my expectation. I want to see more wars, but of course, war scenes are very expensive. But the costumes and properties, sceneries, etc are very awesome though.
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