The Rise of Phoenixes
|The Rise of Phoenixes|
|Also known as||凰权·弈天下|
by Tianxia Guiyuan
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||70 (uncut), 56 (TV)|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||40-45 minutes|
|Original network||Hunan TV|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|First shown in||China|
|Original release||August 14, 2018|
|The Rise of Phoenixes|
The Rise of Phoenixes (Chinese: 天盛长歌; pinyin: Tiānshèng Cháng Gē) is a 2018 Chinese television series that is loosely based on the novel Huang Quan (Chinese: 凰权) by Tianxia Guiyuan. It stars Chen Kun and Ni Ni. The series premiered on Hunan Television starting August 14, 2018.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Soundtrack
- 5 Reception
- 6 Ratings
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Ning Yi (Chen Kun) is the calculating and ambitious sixth prince of the ruling Tiansheng kingdom, yet has learnt to hide his true personality behind a carefree facade after corrupt and duplicitous court officials charge the third prince Ning Qiao with high treason. Over the next decade, he establishes a secret information network led by Qingming Academy's head tutor Xin Ziyan, and waits for the perfect chance to strike down his enemies and overturn the charges laid against his brother.
Feng Zhiwei (Ni Ni) is the illegitimate daughter of the Qiu clan, and is banished from her household after being falsely accused of a crime. In order to survive, she cross-dresses herself as a man and joins the prestigious Qingming Academy. She enters court as a general and politician after stunning the world with her talent and knowledge, and befriends Ning Yi.
She remains loyal and honest to the reigning Emperor during the princes’ fight for the throne, yet soon finds out she is the only surviving royalty of a fallen kingdom. Manipulated into thinking that the current kingdom was built upon the corpses of her loved ones, Zhiwei ultimately decides to take revenge against her enemies, including her lover Ning Yi. Will they be able to put their vengeance behind them and live a life without hatred?
|Chen Kun||Ning Yi (宁弈)||
Sixth prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Prince of Chu.
|Ni Ni||Feng Zhiwei (凤知微)
Wei Zhi (魏知)
The unfavored daughter of the Qiu Family, who is actually the last princess of the fallen Cheng Dynasty.
Tiansheng Kingdom Royal Family
|Ni Dahong||Ning Shizheng (宁世征)||Ruler of Tiansheng kingdom.|
A calculative and distrustful man; skilled in balancing the different factions in court.
|Hai Yitian||Ning Chuan (宁川)||Crown prince of Tiansheng Kingdom.|
Though ambitious, he is a useless and incapable man who relies heavily on Chang Hai and other advisors to strategize for him. He is part of the Chang bloodline and thus is backed by the Chang clan.
|Shi An||Ning Sheng (宁昇)||Second prince (Prince of Yan) of Tiansheng Kingdom.|
Ambitious and cruel, he is a key contender for the throne. Like the Crown Prince, he is also part of the Chang bloodline and is backed by the Chang clan.
|Liu Zhehui||Ning Qiao (宁乔)||Third prince of Tiansheng Kingdom.|
He was killed after being framed by his opponents for high treason. Prior to his death, he had a close relationship with Ning Yi.
|Xu Hao||Ning Shao (宁韶)||Princess Shaoning of Tiansheng Kingdom.|
She is doted on by the Emperor and the Crown prince.
|Li Tiannuo||Ning Yan (宁研)||Fifth prince (Prince of Zhao) of Tiansheng Kingdom.|
Brainless and greedy, he is a lackey of the crown prince.
|Qu Gaowei||Ning Qi (宁齐)||Seventh prince of Tiansheng Kingdom.|
He suffers from mistreatment due to his mother’s lowly status, and sees Ning Yi as his biggest adversary.
|Wang Kaiyi||Ning Ji (宁霁)||Tenth prince of Tiansheng Kingdom and the emperor’s youngest son. |
A kind boy at heart, he is closest to Ning Yi.
|Song Jiayang||Ning Qing (宁清)|
|Du Hongbin||Ning Zhuo (宁濯)|
|Mei Ting||Ya Le (雅乐)||Princess of the Sunset tribe and Ning Yi's mother.|
She was killed on charges of witchcraft.
|Yu Mingjia||Noble Consort Chang (常贵妃)||Ning Sheng's birth mother and Ning Yi's foster mother. Member of the Chang clan, younger sister of the late empress.|
She was ordered to raise Ning Yi after his mother's death, but has a strained relationship with him.
|Zhu Rui||Yue Ling (月泠)||Consort Qing. Daughter of one of the founding members of the Bloody Pagoda.|
She enters court as the king’s woman, and tries to fracture the dynasty by sowing discord between the emperor and his sons.
|Chen Yingying||Consort Wei (魏王妃)|
|Wang Oulei||Lady Wang||A kind yet unfavored concubine of the emperor. |
Ning Qi's biological mother.
Tiansheng Kingdom Court Officials and Servants
|Zhao Lixin||Xin Ziyan (辛子砚)||Head Tutor of Qingming Academy. |
Appears to be an advisor in the Crown Prince's faction, yet is actually a trusted mentor and good friend of Ning Yi. He was close to the late Prince Ning Qiao
|Wang Ou||Hua Qiong (华琼)||Female general of Tiansheng Kingdom, known as the "Fire Wind Warrior". Yan Huaishi's childhood friend and wife.|
|Yin Zhusheng||Chang Yuan (常远)||Duke of Min and head of the Chang family. A powerful general who contributed greatly to the founding of the Tiansheng Kingdom and holds significant power in court. He is the older brother of Chang Hai and is the uncle of both the crown prince and the second prince. He is viewed as the biggest threat to the Emperor's authority.|
|Xu Wei||Chang Hai (常海)||Uncle of the crown prince and second prince, Duke of Min's younger brother. |
A loyal ally of the Crown Prince.
|Lu Yong||Qiu Shangqi (秋尚奇)||Commander-in-chief of the infantry and leader of the Flying Shadow guards.|
Appears to be an ally of the Crown prince, however, he prioritizes his own welfare above all else, and is a fence-sitter who always plays it safe in politics.
|Wang Ce||Gu Yan (顾衍)||Head of the Royal Guards.|
Originally the second-in-command of the Bloody Pagoda, he betrays his organisation and joins the Tiansheng Kingdom as head of the royal guards.
|Qin Yan||Yao Ying (姚英)||Grand Secretary of Internal Affairs.|
Ning Yi's ally.
|Chang Cheng||Peng Pei (彭沛)||Ministry of Penalty.|
Ning Sheng's ally.
|Ren Luomin||Ge Hongying (葛鸿英)||Assistant minister.|
Ning Yan's ally.
|Zhao Chengshun||Chunyu hong (淳于鸿)||Chunyu Meng's father.|
|Hou Yansong||Zhao Yuan (赵渊)||The emperor's trusted head eunuch. In charge of the Internal Affairs Department.|
|He Lei||Ning Cheng (宁澄)||Ning Yi's loyal bodyguard.|
|Liu Yun||Manchun (曼春)||Ning Yi's personal attendant.|
|Rong Fei||Wu Ying (吴英)||An eunuch who was sent to spy on Ning Yi by the emperor, but decided to remain faithful to the prince after hearing the truth behind his schemes.|
|Chen Liang||Ah Chou (阿丑)||Gu Yuan's trusted aide.|
People of Tiansheng Kingdom
|Hu Ke||Dahua (大花)||Xin Ziyan's wife.|
|Xu Jian||Yan Huaishi (燕怀石)||Hua Qiong’s husband and leader of the Yan clan.|
|Liu Haoyan||Chunyu Meng (淳于猛)||Son of a powerful warrior.|
He is loyal to Ning Yi and aids him in his conquest.
|Mao Yi||Yao Yangyu (姚扬宇)||Son of Yao Ying.|
He is the top student at Qingming Academy, but is unruly and arrogant.
|Wang Jiaqi||Zhuyin (珠茵)||Daughter of one of Ning Qiao's trusted generals. |
She is now a courtesan at Lanxiang court who collects intelligence for Ning Yi.
|Liu Mintao||Qiu Mingying (秋明缨)||Young mistress of Qiu clan. Wife of Gu Heng. Previous commander of the Fire Wind army.|
She takes in Feng Zhiwei and raises her as her own.
|Yang Ziyan||Madame Qiu (秋夫人)||Qiu Shangqi's wife.|
|Deng Sha||Yuhua (玉华)||Qiu Shangqi's fifth concubine.|
|Xu Ge||Qiu Yuluo (秋玉落)||Third young mistress of Qiu manor.|
A spoilt and unruly girl who was betrothed to Ning Yi by the Emperor.
|Chang Long||Feng Hao (凤皓)||Qiu Mingying's biological son.|
A cheeky man child, yet loves his mother and sister dearly.
|Bai Jingting||Gu Nanyi (顾南衣)||An assassin of Bloody Pagoda. Son of Gu Yan.|
He becomes Feng Zhiwei's bodyguard, and views her as the most important person of his life.
|Xiu Qing||Zong Chen (宗宸)||One of the leaders of the Bloody Pagoda, and Gu Nanyi's mentor. |
He masquerades as a teacher of a private school, yet is extremely skilled in martial arts and an expert of medicine.
|Hei Zi||Gu Heng (顾衡)||Previous leader of the Bloody Pagoda.|
Feng Zhiwei's foster father; Qiu Mingying's husband.
|Tan Kai||Emperor of Da Cheng (大成皇帝)||Feng Zhiwei's father.|
|Zhang Dinghan||Empress of Da Cheng (大成皇后)||Feng Zhiwei's mother.|
|Zhang Xiaochen||Helian Zheng (赫连铮)||Heir of Jinshi, a nomadic tribe. |
He was given Zhiwei's hand of marriage by the Emperor, to ensure his loyalty to the Tiansheng Kingdom. He loves Zhiwei, and is willing to give anything to help her accomplish her dreams of restoring the Dacheng Dynasty.
|Li Jingjing||Liu Mudan (刘牡丹)||Grand Royal Consort. Helian Zheng's mother.|
|Qin Yong||San Sun (三隼)||General of Jinshi.|
|Zhou Kui||Helian Lie (赫连烈)||Helian Zheng's Uncle, and the previous Jinshi King's twin brother.|
|Deng Hanyu||Helian Tu (赫连图)|
Kingdom of Yue
|Yuan Hong||Jin Siyu (晋思羽)||Third prince of Yue, the Prince of An.|
He is determined to take revenge for his father and older brother, who died at the hands of Ning Yi and Helian Zheng’s troops. He falls in love with Feng Zhiwei after witnessing her talent.
|Shen Xiaohai||Zhanbi (占壁)||A spy of the Kingdom of Yue, Ya Le's lover.|
Principal photography commenced on 27 May 2017, and the entire filming wrapped up on 12 December 2017. It was revealed that the series also uses "real-time" voice recording during filming.
The series is directed by Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship), and written by internet novel writers Lu Jing (original author), Lu Yi, Zou Yue, Wang Pei and Qiu Yongyi. Costume designer and artistic director William Chang (The Flowers of War, The Grandmaster) was in charge of costumes designing along with Lu Fengshan and Fang Sizhe. Other notable crew members include stunt choreographer Yuan Bin (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), stills photographer Bao Xiangyu (Coming Home, Mojin: The Lost Legend), composer Dong Yingda (Sweet Sixteen, All Quiet in Peking), cinematographer Li Xi (Love is Not Blind), artistic director Kun Xiaotong, editor Zhang Jia (Go Lala Go!). and etiquette consultant Li Bin (Nirvana in Fire, The Legend of Mi Yue).
On 20 October 2016, Chen Kun was announced as the male lead. On 7 March 2017, Ni Ni was announced as the female lead; this also marks Ni Ni's first television series. The extended cast was revealed on 27 April 2017.
The series is the first television drama to be filmed in Tang City Film Studios, Xiangyang, which was built especially for Chen Kaige's fantasy film The Legend of the Cat Demon. Reportedly, the location was picked not only because it fits the time period of the story setting, but also because the location is not featured in dramas frequently, as most historical/ancient Chinese dramas are filmed at Hengdian World Studios. The series was also filmed in other places like Wuxi and Duyun.
In September 2017, cast members Zhao Lixin and Zhang Xiaochen attended the Weibo Awards Ceremony, where The Rise of Phoenixes was awarded the "Most Anticipated Television Series" award.
In May 2018, it was revealed that the Chinese name for the series was changed from "凰权•弈天下 (Huang Quan Yi Tian Xia)" to "天盛长歌 (Tiansheng Chang Ge)" and the episode count officially confirmed to be 70 episodes.
|1.||"To No Avail (奈何)" (Insert song)||Dong Yingda||Dong Yingda||Sam Lee|
|2.||"If Like Yesterday (如昨)" (Concept song)||Zhang Pengpeng, Lin Qiao||Wu Shuting||Liu Xijun|
|3.||"Schemes of the Heart (心·机)" (Insert song)||Cui Shu||Dong Yingda||Tracy Wang|
|4.||"Schemes; Love Comes Along (心机·爱相随)" (Insert song)||Dong Yingda||Dong Yingda||Xu Hongbin|
|5.||"Like Dust (轻尘)" (Insert song)||Zhang Ying||Chen Xueran||Tang Hanxiao|
|6.||"Why to No Avail (何·奈何)" (Ending theme song)||Dong Yingda||Dong Yingda||Ni Ni|
Due to its slow pacing and heavy plot, the series received low viewership ratings, and the original 70 episodes were cut down to 56 episodes on television. However, Douban gave it a score of 8.2/10 with over 105,000 votes, making it the highest rated show out of all the dramas that aired over the summer holidays and one of the highest rated TV dramas of the year so far.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share (CSM52)||Ranking||Average audience share (National Average)||Ranking|
|Ratings||Audience share||Ratings||Audience share|
|1-2||August 14, 2018||0.558||2.092||7||0.73||2.89||5|
|3-4||August 15, 2018||0.539||2.053||9||0.69||2.76||5|
|5-6||August 16, 2018||0.486||1.84||10||0.73||2.82||5|
|7||August 18, 2018||0.233||0.918||12||0.48||1.96||5|
|8-9||August 19, 2018||0.425||1.562||8||0.58||2.32||3|
|10-11||August 20, 2018||0.474||1.752||9||0.63||2.45||5|
|12-13||August 21, 2018||0.416||1.58||10||0.5||1.92||5|
|14-15||August 22, 2018||0.379||1.386||11||0.53||2.03||6|
|16-17||August 23, 2018||0.453||1.699||12||0.65||2.51||5|
|18||August 24, 2018||0.154||0.609||24||0.16||0.69||17|
|19||August 25, 2018||0.262||0.966||10||0.34||1.36||5|
|20-21||August 26, 2018||0.350||1.303||7||0.46||1.77||3|
|22-23||August 27, 2018||0.367||1.352||10||0.46||1.78||5|
|24-25||August 28, 2018||0.382||1.428||11||0.52||1.96||5|
|26-27||August 29, 2018||0.434||1.619||11||0.46||1.75||6|
|28-29||August 30, 2018||0.396||1.478||9||0.48||1.85||14|
|30||September 1, 2018||0.303||1.036||8||0.33||1.12||8|
|31-32||September 2, 2018||0.466||1.780||6||0.38||1.51||6|
|33-34||September 3, 2018||0.44||1.685||9||0.44||1.685||9|
|35-36||September 4, 2018||0.533||2.113||9||0.41||1.65||7|
|37-38||September 5, 2018||0.536||2.163||8|
|39-40||September 6, 2018||0.525||2.138||8|
|41||September 7, 2018|
|42||September 8, 2018|
|43-44||September 9, 2018|
|45-46||September 10, 2018|
|47-48||September 11, 2018|
|49-50||September 12, 2018|
|51-52||September 13, 2018|
|53||September 14, 2018|
|54||September 15, 2018|
|55-56||September 16, 2018|
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