In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century Mongolia.


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Series cast summary:
Lorenzo Richelmy ...  Marco Polo 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Benedict Wong ...  Kublai Khan 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Joan Chen ...  Empress Chabi 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Remy Hii ...  Prince Jingim 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Zhu Zhu ...  Kokachin 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Mahesh Jadu ...  Ahmad 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Uli Latukefu ...  Byamba 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Olivia Cheng ...  Mei Lin 19 episodes, 2014-2016
Tom Wu ...  Hundred Eyes 18 episodes, 2014-2016
Claudia Kim ...  Khutulun 16 episodes, 2014-2016
Rick Yune ...  Kaidu 15 episodes, 2014-2016
Chin Han ...  Jia Sidao 11 episodes, 2014-2016
Stanislav Satko Stanislav Satko ...  Armed Escort #2 10 episodes, 2014
Amr Waked ...  Yusuf 9 episodes, 2014
Pierfrancesco Favino ...  Niccolò Polo 9 episodes, 2014-2016


In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century Mongolia.

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Olivia Cheng worked out extensively to prepare for her physically demanding role as Mei Lin in the series. She even performed her own stunts. According to Olivia, the scene where she fights three soldiers while she was nude took two full days to shoot and she was exhausted by the end of the scene. But it was rewarding as it looked magnificent as no stunt doubles were used. See more »


There were no Rome Catholics among Mongolian Christians, only Eastern Christians (Nestorians). See more »


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Massively underrated by critics.
14 December 2014 | by moussamanSee all my reviews

Marco Polo has most of the components of a great show: An intriguing plot, great cinematography combined with astounding and exotic settings, and complemented by above average choreography and costumes.

I say most, only because of a few bland acting performances scattered scarcely across the show, mostly by the main actor playing Marco Polo. This however, did not affect my enjoyment of the show, since it excels in so many other respects. The show does a good job of not focusing solely on Marco Polo, but also on Kublai Khan, his empire, as well as a very strong antagonist.

Marco Polo is being unjustly panned by critics. It is being unfairly compared to Game of Thrones, which has very little in common with it, which leads me to suspect that these critics haven't watched anything past the trailer. Even if it is not on the same level of Game of Thrones, it should not be completely dismissed, as is being done by critics.

I say give Marco Polo a chance, regardless of what the critics say. Completely dismissing a show because it is not on par with one one of the greatest shows on TV, especially one that demonstrates this high level of film-making, is really unfair.

Marco Polo: 9/10.

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