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Meng Yi was the younger brother of the general Meng Tian. During the later years of Qin Shi Huang's reign, he became the closest and most trusted of the emperor's advisors. He received the honour of riding with the emperor in the emperor's personal carriage and being allowed to stand in the emperor's presence.
In his early career, Meng Yi sentenced the eunuch Zhao Gao to death, but Zhao was pardoned by Qin Shi Huang later, and he harboured a grudge against the Mengs for that. After the death of Qin Shi Huang, Zhao Gao and the chancellor Li Si falsified the emperor's last edict, naming prince Huhai as the successor to the throne, instead of the crown prince Fusu.
Fusu and Meng Tian, who were away at the northern border at the time of Qin Shi Huang's death, committed suicide as ordered in the fake edict. Meng Yi was arrested and later executed on false charges.
Jackie Chan starred as the protagonist, Meng Yi, in the 2005 film The Myth. Meng is reincarnated in the present-day as an archaeologist, who embarks on a quest to find a mysterious element that can make objects hover in air, which leads him to Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.
The film is adapted into a television series of the same title in 2010, with Chan as producer for the series. Hu Ge starred as Yi Xiaochuan, a 21st-century young man who is accidentally transported back in time to the Qin Dynasty, where he takes on his new identity as "Meng Yi".
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