This is a very good TV serial giving a very accurate account of life for Chinese people from the Boxer Rebellion to the Sino Japanese War.
Tremendous changes and evolutions took place in this turbulent period and they are are well reflected in the lives of all the people in the story. To me this is not really entertainment but lessons on how China and the Chinese people managed to adapt themselves to changes. Unlike most Chinese films and books making good people happy victors at the end, this story has a lot of sad outcomes and emotional people may shed tears. I would highly recommend to all Chinese people and others who want to understand and appreciate Chinese culture.
The only disappointment is Vicki Zhao. She plays a good-natured and honest woman with high morals but there is nothing spectacular or impressive about her. The actress Hu Ke who plays Niu Suyun was really great with her attractive eyes and expressions. She is not very well known and I bet she has a great future
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