The Qin Empire (TV series)

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The Qin Empire
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Traditional 大秦帝國之裂變
Simplified 大秦帝国之裂变
Mandarin Dà Qín Dìguó zhī Lièbiàn
Genre Historical drama
Developed by Qin Zhengui
Zhang Jie
Wang Hao
Screenplay by Sun Haohui
Story by Sun Haohui
Directed by Huang Jianzhong
Yan Yi
Creative director(s) Jin Xiwu
Ma Yingbo
Presented by Peng Jianming
Wang Guangqun
Duan Xiannian
Li Ruigang
Liu Bin
Wang Yaxing
Qu Xiangjun
Jiao Yang
Starring Hou Yong
Wang Zhifei
Gao Yuanyuan
Du Yulu
Lü Zhong
Sun Feihu
Xu Huanshan
You Yong
Ending theme Dafeng Qi Xi Yun Feiyang (大风起兮云飞扬) performed by Liao Changyong and Tan Jing
Composer(s) Zhao Jiping
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 51 (original version)
48 (China version)
Production
Executive producer(s) He Xiaoli
Wang Heng
Lü Hongqiang
Lin Feng
Lu Shuchao
Cai Sanqiang
Guo Ziqiang
Producer(s) Zhang Ziyang
Gu Lingyang
Li Yuan
Chen Liang
Li Xiubao
Location(s) China
Cinematography Yuan Xiaoman
Editor(s) Li Zimeng
Kang Zhenhai
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s)
  • Shaanxi Broadcast and TV Network
  • Shaanxi TV
  • Shanghai Media Group
  • Fujian Media Group
  • Beijing Military Region Political Department Ally Television Arts Centre
  • Shaanxi Guofeng Pictures Investment
  • Beijing Changhe Lüzhou Cultural Development
Distributor Guangdong Mengtong Culture Development
Release
First shown in December 2009
Chronology
Followed by The Qin Empire II (2012)

The Qin Empire is a 2009 Chinese television series based on Sun Haohui's novel of the same Chinese title, which romanticises the rise of the Qin state in the Warring States period under the leadership of Duke Xiao of Qin. It was produced in 2006 and first aired on television channels in China in December 2009. It was followed by two sequels: The Qin Empire II (2012) and The Qin Empire III (2017), which were also based on Sun Haohui's novels.

Plot[edit]

The series is set in the mid fourth century BC during the Warring States period of China. The Qin state in western China has been weakened by years of poverty and internal conflict. It is now in peril of being conquered by the other six major states in the east. Duke Xiao, the new ruler of Qin, seeks to restore his state to its former glory (during Duke Mu's time) and retake the Qin territories lost to the Wei state in earlier battles.

In his quest to recruit talents to assist him, Duke Xiao promises to share Qin with anyone – including foreigners – who could help him realise his grand ambitions. He attracts the attention of Wei Yang, a Legalist searching for opportunities to test his ideas. After discussing for three days and three nights on end, the two men develop a close relationship and work together over the next two decades to push forth a series of groundbreaking sociopolitical reforms in Qin. The reforms transform Qin into a powerful state and helped to lay the foundation for Qin's eventual unification of China under the Qin dynasty nearly 200 years later.

Cast[edit]

  • Hou Yong as Ying Quliang (Duke Xiao of Qin)
  • Wang Zhifei as Wei Yang (Shang Yang)
  • Gao Yuanyuan as Bai Xue
  • Du Yulu as Gongshu Cuo
  • Lü Zhong as the Duchess Dowager of Qin
  • Sun Feihu as Gan Long
  • Xu Huanshan as Ying Shixi (Duke Xian of Qin)
  • You Yong as Pang Juan
  • Li Li-chun as King Hui of Wei
  • Lu Yong as Ying Qian
  • Qi Fang as Yingyu
  • Yu Yang as Jing Jian
  • Hou Xiangling as Che Ying
  • Jiang Hualin as Heibo
  • Lu Ying as Du Zhi
  • Qiu Yongli as Gongsun Gu
  • Liu Naiyi as Ying Si
    • Feng Pengfei as Ying Si (young)
  • Guo Changhui as Zi'an
  • Chen Zhihui as Hou Ying
  • Wang Hui as Prince Ang of Wei
  • Yuan Ran as Xuanqi
  • Ren Wei as Wang Shi
  • Zhao Yang as Meigu
  • Jiao Changdao as Meng Che
  • Ren Xihong as Xiqi Hu
  • Li Zhuo as Bai Jin
  • Sun Jiaolong as Jing Nan
  • Wu Ma as Baili Yao
  • Li Haige as Linghu
  • Liu Bingfeng as Gan Cheng
  • Liu Mu as Crown Prince Shen of Wei
  • Lu Chaofan as Jin Bi
  • Jiang Hua as Long Gu
  • Zhao Dongbo as Shen Buhai
  • Feng Zheng as Shanjia
  • Xia Lu as Heya
  • Mao Yue as Ying Ji (Chuli Ji)
  • Xu Yuting as Bai Tuo
  • Li Shide as Shen Dao
  • Zhou Yuhua as Qin Guxi
  • Wang Yingqi as Denglingzi
  • Qian Weidong as Kuhuo
  • Jin Ming as Zhao Kang
  • Zhang Bingqi as Zhao Liang
  • Ji Chen as King Wei of Qi
  • Dong Qiming as Sun Bin
  • Mei Shengxiang as Bian Que

List of featured songs[edit]

  • Dafeng Qi Xi Yun Feiyang (大风起兮云飞扬; A Great Wind Comes Forth and the Clouds Rise High) performed by Liao Changyong and Tan Jing.
  • Jiujiu Laoqin (赳赳老秦; Grand Old Qin) performed by the China Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Xiang'ai Gengzhi (相爱耕织; Sowing Mutual Love) performed by Lei Jia.
  • Fenghua Juedai (风华绝代; Magnificent and Peerless) performed by Tan Jing.

Awards[edit]

The series won the Flying Goddess Award and the Golden Eagle Prize for the Best TV Drama.[citation needed]

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