Marco Polo (2014–2016)
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A young Venetian, Marco is abandoned by his father for the merchant Silk Road in the hands of the Mongolian emperor, Kublai Khan, who is at war with China. Kublai recognizes Marco's observation skills, and teaches him the Mongolian culture.

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John Fusco (created by), John Fusco | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Richelmy ... Marco Polo
Benedict Wong ... Kublai Khan
Joan Chen ... Empress Chabi
Rick Yune ... Kaidu
Amr Waked ... Yusuf
Remy Hii ... Prince Jingim
Zhu Zhu ... Kokachin
Tom Wu ... Hundred Eyes
Mahesh Jadu ... Ahmad
Olivia Cheng ... Mei Lin
Uli Latukefu ... Byamba
Chin Han ... Jia Sidao
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Niccolò Polo
Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam ... Ariq Böke
Corrado Invernizzi ... Maffeo Polo
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A young Venetian, Marco is abandoned by his father for the merchant Silk Road in the hands of the Mongolian emperor, Kublai Khan, who is at war with China. Kublai recognizes Marco's observation skills, and teaches him the Mongolian culture.

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English

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12 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Goofs

The governor of Suzhou, while in bed, is shown with a close-cropped haircut that would've been blasphemous for a man of his station to have in feudal China. Hair was considered a gift from one's sovereign parents and would never be removed without renouncing family ties. See more »

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[first lines]
Village Woman: [woman crying out in Mandarin]
Niccolò Polo: [translating] She says it is the work of the barbarian devil king.
Village Woman: [continuing in Mandarin]
Niccolò Polo: [translating] Her village was loyal to the rebel Song dynasty. If one does not submit to the rule of the Khan this is what happens.
[indicating cruel carnage]
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Feels a bit rushed, but otherwise a very nice start!
12 December 2014 | by KaDaWeSee all my reviews

To be honest, I was really scared that the series is a huge disappointment after I read numerous reviews this morning of people saying that it's ludicrous and dull. Thankfully, it seems like these "experts" watch something completely different than I do.

"Marco Polo" looks great in its pilot, mostly by the great editing, cinematography and music. But the relatively unknown (I didn't know anyone) actors show their talent off as well. The plot is like I expected it to be (and as you've been able to see in teasers): Marco Polo and his dad are travelling to Mongolia and are meeting Kublai Khan there. He's keeping Marco, so that the dad can travel on the silk road. In the meantime, they want to conquer the south of China where the Song dynasty still prevails.

From what I know, the pilot is mostly true to the stories of Polo and of the Asian world. This semester, I attend a lecture at university about China and we did the history there, too. I haven't noticed a really big mistake yet - though we only did it superficially in the course, so I'm not a total expert either.

The only bad thing was the pace, everything, especially in the first 20-something minutes, felt rushed. I would have loved to see Marco's journey to Asia a bit more detailed (maybe over 2-3 episodes, it'd have been really interesting for sure) and not over a length of just roughly 15 minutes. However, I understand that the producers wanted to concentrate on the relationship between Polo and Khan.

So, overall a very nice start by the new epic series of Netflix, which is maybe the best series maker behind HBO already. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the first season. It'll most likely be a great time.

GRADE: B+ (Score: 82/100)


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