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The Empress of China 

Wu Mei Niang chuan qi (original title)
Harem inner life and female rivalry story based on events of life of Wu Zetian; the only female Emperor in the Chinese history.
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Bingbing Fan ...  Wu Mei Niang 82 episodes, 2014-2015
Baoping Shen ...  Wang De 69 episodes, 2014-2015
Huichun Wang Huichun Wang ...  Zhangsun Wuji 61 episodes, 2014-2015
Yuan Gao Yuan Gao ...  Rui An 56 episodes, 2014-2015
Aarif Rahman ...  Emperor Gaozong of Tang / ... 52 episodes, 2015
Fengyi Zhang ...  Emperor Taizong of Tang / ... 50 episodes, 2014-2015
Janine Chun-Ning Chang ...  Consort Xian / ... 43 episodes, 2014-2015
Jie Li ...  Li Ke / ... 36 episodes, 2014-2015
Ting Chang ...  Consort Wei Gui Fei 33 episodes, 2014-2015
Kathy Chow ...  Consort Yang Shu Fei 33 episodes, 2014-2015
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Harem inner life and female rivalry story based on events of life of Wu Zetian; the only female Emperor in the Chinese history.

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The most expensive Chinese television drama ever made. See more »

Soundtracks

A thousand autumns
Composed by Dongdong Dong
Lyrics by Tracy Chen
Performed by Nan Sun
[Opening Theme]
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large budget yields uneven effort
12 February 2019 | by a666333See all my reviews

Let me start with what is good. The large budget can be seen in dazzling. colourful, costumes and sets. The slow pacing, in principle, allows the story to proceed unhurried and in detail. The acting is good, the actors seem committed to their characters. With this good foundation, you could be hopeful for a good presentation of the life of Wu Zeitan/ Wu Mei Niang. Unfortunately, it doesn't turn out that way.

The problem starts with the main character. Her life was interesting, dramatic, scandalous and unique as it was. There is little need to expand and fictionalize it. But that is what we get. Events are altered or simply invented which have her literally all over the place and in an overly sympathetic light. The life of characters around her are also twisted around to the point that history and pure fiction are ruthlessly mixed to an absurd point. Given the reliance on fiction, it is small wonder that the story becomes disjointed, almost incoherent at times.

They could have stayed closer to history, placing more time and emphasis on her later life and produced a far more satisfying and true story. As I said earlier. her real life is a great story. There is no need to mess around with it to get a marketable and dramatic story.

Credulity is further strained in the inevitable combat scenes. These are poorly done in terms of realism and contain the inevitable skilled-warrior-as-super-hero scenes that plague so many Chinese productions. Things get quite RIDICULOUS in this area and one is thankful when the combat scenes end and the intrigue starts up again. Insult is added to injury here when, despite the huge budget, the military costumes used cheap plastic. In comparison to the other, excellent costumes, the contrast is glaring. One would have hoped that with the large budget some credible looking armour, helmets, etc could have been used for the close-ups.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

21 December 2014 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Empress of China See more »

Filming Locations:

Wuxi, Jiangsu, China See more »

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(director's cut)

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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