Romance of the Three Kingdoms is based on the book of the same title written by Lo Guan Zhong. It is one of the most favourite historical books ever written. (It is said that Romance of the Three Kingdoms (San Guo Yan Yi) is a very popular book that even top politicians all around the world read and learn from it).
Romance of Three Kingdoms is Lo Kuan-chung's retelling of the events attending the fall of the Han Dynasty in 220 AD, one of the most tumultuous and fascinating periods in Chinese history. It is an epic saga of brotherhood and rivalry, loyalty and treachery, victory and death. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this fourteenth-century masterpiece is still loved and read throughout Asia.
The series consisted of 84 long episodes and in the beginning, the story might be a little boring for those who do not like history. Nevertheless, this series offers something to those who do not like history as it contains a lot of things other than just history. The film making was colossal (I heard that it took 3 years to make the film): breathtaking outdoor vistas, great casting, and also; the indoor setting, costumes, house models, etc. were made according to the period.
The story itself is about the fall of the Eastern Han dynasty, the foundation of the three kingdoms, and the unification of the three kingdoms. Since this series is based on historical records, one may find one's favourite hero dying in a battle in a tragic way, or even an unhappy ending at the end of story. The accuracy of its storyline makes it a good guide to Chinese History. Also, with thousands of actors and horses involved in the making of this film, the battle scenes looked very realistic. Somehow, the one-to-one battle scenes were very short. I recalled that there was only one long battle scene (the battle between Lu Bu against the three sworn brothers, Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei).
The song lyrics are representative of the story. Those who understand Chinese will appreciate these poetic songs and series even more.
The casting was also well done. The portrayal of Guan Yu was very close to what people usually thought of. The smart, kind and intellectual Zhuge Liang, the dumb hero Lu Bu, the wicked yet smart Zhao Zhao, the kind but indecisive Liu Bei, and other characters were all well played by the actors.
This gift box set contains Episodes 1-84
1. Swear brothers 2. A political turmoil by the eunuchs 3. Dong Zhou seizes the capital 4. Cao Cao Presents a sword 5. Three heroes fighting with Lu Bu 6. A set of interlocking strategies 7. The Fengyi pavilion 8. Liu Bei declining to take Xuzhou Thrice 9. Sun Ce building his career in Jiangdong 10. Settling disputes by shooting 11. Battle of Wancheng 12. Baimen Tower (part 1) 13. Baimen Tower (part 2) 14. Discussing the heroes of the country when drinking 15. Yuan Shao and Cao Cao Fighting against each other 16. Guan Yu plighting three conditions with Cao Cao 17. Hanging up seal and sealing up the treasures 18. A long solitary journey 19. Meeting at Gucheng 20. Seize of Jiangdong 21. Battle of Guandu (part 1) 22. Battle of Guandu (part 2) 23. Waterloo for Yuan Shao 24. Leaping across the Tan River 25. Looking for the talented person 26. Recommending Zhuge Liang 27. Visiting the Thatched Cottage Thrice 28. Burning Bowangpo 29. Crossing across the Yangtze River with people 30. Arguing against East Wu's scholars 31. Irritating Zhou Yu by wisdom 32. A failed scheme by Zhou Yu 33. The meeting of heroes 34. Borrowing arrows from Cao Cao 35. The self-tortured ruse 36. Pang Tong presenting scheme of Chaining ships 37. Composing a poem when wielding spear 38. Zhuge Liang sacrificing for procuring a wind 39.The burning of Chibi 40. Taking Nanjun by strategy 41. Battle of Nanjun 42. Beauty trap 43. Ganlu Temple 44. Return to Jingzhou 45. Anger Zhou Yu thrice 46. Zhuge Liang mourns for the dead 47. Cao Cao took to his heels 48. Zhang Song presents a map 49. Liu Bei enters west shu 50. Slope of fallen phoenix 51. Releasing Yan Yan righteously 52. The capture of West Shu 53. Guan Yu goes to a feast alone but armed 54. Battle of Hefei 55. Contending for Succession 56. The battle fo Dingjun Mountain 57. Capturing Hanzhong by clever scheme 58. Drowned seven armies 59. Guan Yu Being defeated in Maicheng 60. Death of Cao Cao 61. Cao Pi usurping state power of Han Dynasty 62. Expedition to Dongwu 63. Burning of Shu's camps 64. Settling attacks from five directions 65. Crossing the Lu River 66. Asking the way in desperate situation 67. Capturing and releasing Meng Huo seven times 68. The expedition of North 69. Reducing Jiang Wei to submission 70. Sima Yi being restored to command 71. Zhuge Liang holding the enemy back by putting on a bold front 72. Sima Yi seizing the seal of commander 73. Zhuge Liang setting his wits to Sima Yi at Qishan 74. Zhuge Liang juggling on the beach 75. The sixth north expedition at Qishan Mountain 76. Extinguishing the rain in Shangfang Valley 77. Zhuge Liang died in Wuzhang Plain 78. Sima Yi seizing military power from Cao Shuang by false illness 79. Coups happening in the Wu Palace 80. Sima Zhao being besieged in Tielong Mountain 81. Sima Zhao murdering the Emperor of Wei 82. The ninth North Expedition to Central Plains 83. Deng Ai making surprise advance by sideway to Yinping 84. Jin uniting the Three Kingdoms eventually.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, Chinese, Japanese
Aspect Ratio: Color, 4:3
Number of Discs: 14
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