The Rise of Phoenixes

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The Rise of Phoenixes
Tianshengchangge.jpg
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Also known as凰权·弈天下
Genre
Based onHuang Quan
by Tianxia Guiyuan
Written by
  • Lu Yi
  • Zou Yue
  • Lu Jing (Tianxia Guiyuan)
  • Wang Pei
  • Qiu Yongyi
Directed by
  • Shen Yan
  • Liu Haibo
Starring
ComposerDong Yingda
Country of originChina
Original languageMandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes70 (uncut), 56 (TV)
Production
Executive producers
  • Niu Jixin
  • Quan Haojin
Production locations
CinematographyLi Xi
EditorZhang Jia
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time40-45 minutes
Production companies
  • Croton Media (China Syndication)
  • K. Pictures
  • Hao Mai Culture
  • Chinese All Digital Publishing Group
  • New Film Association
DistributorChina Syndication
Release
Original networkHunan TV
Netflix (international)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
First shown inChina
Original releaseAugust 14 (2018-08-14) –
September 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)
The Rise of Phoenixes
Simplified Chinese天盛长歌

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, taking place in the fictional kingdom of Tiansheng. It stars Chen Kun and Ni Ni. The series premiered on Hunan Television starting August 14, 2018, and then on Netflix starting on September 14, 2018.[1][2] It became one of the highest rated shows of the year, was nominated for several awards including for Best Drama Series at the Asian Television Awards, and won for best cinematography at the 25th Shanghai Television Festival.

Synopsis[edit]

Ning Yi (Chen Kun) is the highly intelligent and calculating sixth prince of the Tiansheng kingdom. He has learned to hide his true personality behind a carefree facade after the corrupt and duplicitous court officials charged the third prince Ning Qiao, Ning Yi's older half-brother, with high treason. Over the next decade, he establishes a secret information network led by Qingming Academy's headmaster (equivalent to a modern day college chancellor) Xin Ziyan, and waits for the perfect chance to strike down his enemies and overturn the charges laid against his half-brother, whom he sees as a just ruler.

Feng Zhiwei (Ni Ni) is the niece of Colonel Qiu, who is supposed to take the place of Qiu's daughter in an arranged marriage to Ning Yi. After convincing him to call off the marriage, she is banished from her household after being falsely accused of a crime. With the help of Ning Yi and Headmaster Xin, she cross-dresses as a man and joins the prestigious Qingming Academy, to help them serve their purpose. She enters court as the Ultimate Scholar (Royal Designated Scholar) and becomes an official after stunning the world with her talent and knowledge.

Feng Zhiwei remains loyal and honest to the reigning Emperor as Wei Zhi, who values her candid, wise advice during the princes’ fight for the throne, but she is forced to reveal her true identity when the emperor wants to marry Wei Zhi to his daughter. After being arrested and sentenced to death, she is pardoned thanks to Ning Yi, Headmaster Xin, and the emperor's head eunuch, and sent on a diplomatic mission alongside the prince of Chu. While on the mission, her feelings for Ning Yi as well as his for her become evident to both. After Ning Yi contracts a contagious disease while trying to demolish the power of the Chang family and nearly dies, he confesses to her and she confesses back to him, and they plan to ask the emperor to allow them to marry when they get back to the capital.

Feng ultimately finds out she is surviving royalty from the previous empire. Manipulated into thinking that the current kingdom of Tiansheng was built upon the corpses of her loved ones, Zhiwei decides to take revenge against her enemies, including Ning Yi.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Actor Character Description
Chen Kun[4] Ning Yi (宁弈)

Sixth prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Prince of Chu.
Shrewd, calculating, and with a strong and exacting sense of justice, he seeks to avenge his loved ones who were framed and massacred by political opponents. He presents himself as a carefree prince who does not have the ambition to ascend the throne, while secretly building up his political network and connections from scratch in order to bring justice to those who framed and executed his half-brother for high treason eight years ago. He then sets his eyes on the ones responsible for his mother's death. He falls for Zhiwei's canny, untamed, and teasing personality, and will go to extreme lengths to keep her alive.

Ni Ni[5] Feng Zhiwei (凤知微)
Wei Zhi (魏知)

The unfavored niece of the Qiu Family, who is actually the last princess of the fallen Dacheng Dynasty.
She is forced to take Colonel Qiu's daughter's place in an arranged marriage to Ning Yi, then finds a way to get Ning Yi himself to call off the marriage. Unaware of her own background history, she thinks the imperial guards have come to arrest her for killing someone, when they are actually ordered to kill General Gu Heng's (leader of the Bloody Pagoda, bodyguards of the previous emperor), entire family. In order to survive and save her family, she seeks the help of Ning Yi who asks Zhiwei to cross-dress as a man and attend the prestigious Qingming Academy. She joins the royal court as a respected official under the alias of Wei Zhi after being chosen by the Emperor as the Ultimate Scholar. She eventually falls for Ning Yi, but swore to her mother never to marry him.

Supporting[edit]

Tiansheng Kingdom Royal Family[edit]

Actor Character Description
Ni Dahong[6] Ning Shizheng (宁世征) The 60-year-old ruler of Tiansheng Kingdom.
A calculating and distrustful man skilled in balancing the different factions in his court. Though ruthless when it comes to the empire's safety, he can sometimes show something resembling affection towards his children. Yale, Consort Yan and Ning Yi's mother, has always been the woman he loved most.
Hai Yitian[7] Ning Chuan (宁川) First prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Crown Prince.
Though ambitious, ruthless, and cruel, he lacks judgement and insight, and 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. He uses the Bloody Pagoda to eliminate his political opponents for almost two decades and is the mastermind behind Ning Qiao's death.
Shi An[8] Ning Sheng (宁昇) Second prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Prince of Yan.
Ambitious and cruel, he is a top 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, posthumously Crown Prince Zhuangyi.
He was unjustly killed after being framed by his opponents for high treason. Prior to his death, he had a close relationship with Ning Yi.
Tong Shao Ning Yan (宁研) Fifth prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Prince of Zhao.
Brainless and greedy, he is a lackey of the Crown Prince, until he is tricked by Headmaster Xin into thinking he is the rightful Crown Prince and he should bring down Ning Chuan.
Qu Gaowei Ning Qi (宁齐) Seventh prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Prince of Wei.
He returns to the capital after ten years at the border. Ning Qi is a candid prince who loves his mother very dearly. He becomes ruthless and ambitious and ends up seeing Ning Yi as his biggest adversary. Ning Qi goes to extreme lengths to eliminate him from the competition for the empire.
Wang Kaiyi Ning Ji (宁霁) Tenth prince of Tiansheng Kingdom, the Prince of Duan. The emperor’s youngest son.
A kind boy at heart, he trusts and respects Ning Yi.
Xu Hao Ning Shao (宁韶) Princess Shaoning of Tiansheng Kingdom.
She is doted on by the Emperor and the Crown Prince.
Song Jiayang Ning Qing (宁清) Ning Yi's bodyguard. A subordinate to Ning Cheng.
Du Hongbin Ning Zhuo (宁濯) Ning Yi's bodyguard. A subordinate to Ning Cheng.
Mei Ting Yale (雅乐) Consort Yan. Princess of the Sunset tribe and Ning Yi's mother.
She was assumed to be killed on charges of witchcraft. She has actually been detained in a windowless room for the past twenty years and is finally released when Ning Yi discovers the truth and bargains with the emperor.
Yu Mingjia[9] Chang Yongmei Noble Consort Chang. Ning Sheng's birth mother and Ning Yi's step-mother. Member of the Chang clan, younger sister of the late empress (Ning Chuan's and Shao Ning's mother).
Zhu Rui Yueling (月泠) Consort Qing. Lover of Zhangsun Huong, Crown Prince of the Cheng Dynasty.
She pretends to collaborate with Ning Qi but actually is plotting to demise the emperor. Enters court as a female attendant, and tries to fracture the dynasty by sowing discord between the emperor and his sons. She is the daughter of Sanhu.
Wang Oulei Lady Wang (王才人) A kind yet unfavored concubine of the emperor.
Ning Qi's biological mother.
Chen Yingying Yijun Princess Consort of Wei.

Tiansheng Kingdom Court Officials and Servants[edit]

Actor Character Description
Ministers
Zhao Lixin[10] Xin Ziyan (辛子砚) Headmaster 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[11] Hua Qiong (华琼) Daughter of a family who fell victim to Chang Yuan, the Duke of Min. She allies with Ning Yi and Wei Zhi to bring Chang Yuan to justice and later becomes Zhiwei's best friend.
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, and the 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. Feng Zhiwei's uncle through her mother, Mingying.
Wang Ce[12] 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.
Servants
Hou Yansong Zhao Yuan (赵渊) The emperor's trusted head eunuch. In charge of the Internal Affairs Department.
He Lei[13] 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 Yan's trusted aide.

People of Tiansheng Kingdom[edit]

Actor Character Description
Hu Ke Dahua (大花) Xin Ziyan's wife. A very jealous woman who also deeply loves her husband.
Xu Jian Yan Huaishi (燕怀石) Son of the prominent Yan clan of Minhai. Enters the Qingming Academy at the same time with Feng Zhiwei disguised as Wei Zhi and befriends her, knowing she is a woman. Hua Qiong’s betrothed, or, fiancé.
Liu Haoyan[14] Chunyu Meng (淳于猛) Son of a powerful warrior.
He is loyal to Ning Yi and aids him in his conquest.
Mao Yi[15] 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 a courtesan at Lanxiang court who collects intelligence for Ning Yi.
Qiu clan
Liu Mintao[16] Qiu Mingying (秋明缨) Sister of Qiu Shangqi. Wife of Gu Heng, previous commander of the Fire Wind army and leader of the Bloody Pagoda.
She takes in Zhiwei and raises her as her own. She is willing to die along with her son in order to protect her adopted daughter.
Yang Ziyan Madame Qiu (秋夫人) Qiu Shangqi's wife.
Deng Sha Yuhua (玉华) Qiu Shangqi's fifth concubine. She suspects something concerning the Feng children's identity and soon ends up being killed by Qiu Mingying for it.
Xu Ge Qiu Yuluo (秋玉落) Qiu Shangqi's daughter.
A spoiled and unruly girl who was chosen to be betrothed to Ning Yi by the Emperor. She often tries to humiliate Feng Zhiwei and her brother but always ends up being bullied by them instead.
Chang Long Feng Hao (凤皓) Qiu Mingying's biological son, who is used as a decoy for the Dacheng Remnant, Feng Zhiwei.
A cheeky manchild who loves his mother and sister dearly, and ultimately chooses to sacrifice himself to let them live.

Cheng Dynasty[edit]

Actor Character Description
Bai Jingting[17] Gu Nanyi (顾南衣) An assassin and member of the Bloody Pagoda.
He becomes Feng Zhiwei's bodyguard, and views her as the most important person in 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.

Jinshi Tribe[edit]

Actor Character Description
Zhang Xiaochen[18] Helian Zheng (赫连铮) Heir of Jinshi, a kingdom ruled by a nomadic tribe - North of Tiansheng.
He wants Zhiwei's hand in marriage, but his plans collide with Ning Yi's. He falls for Zhiwei's strong personality, and is willing to give anything to help her accomplish her dreams and aspirations.
Li Jingjing Liu Mudan (刘牡丹) Grand Royal Consort. Helian Zheng's stepmother, who raised him after his mother's death.
Qin Yong[19] 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, also self-proclaimed King Regent after the death of his twin.
Deng Hanyu Helian Tu (赫连图) Current King of Jinshi, the younger half-brother of Helian Zheng. Used by Helian Lie as a puppet king.

Kingdom of Yue[edit]

Actor Character Description
Yuan Hong[20] Jin Siyu (晋思羽) Third prince of Yue, the Prince of An.
Shen Xiaohai Zhanbi (占壁) A spy of the Kingdom of Yue, Yale's lover.
Extended cast
Actor Character Description
Chi Feng Aunt Ziying (凌英姑姑)
Chen Sisi Erhua (二花) Dahua's younger sister, sister-in-law of Xin Ziyan.
Dai Xu Chang Zhongxin (常忠信) The second son of Chang Yuan.
Lv Xia Liu Meiduo (刘梅朵) The younger sister of Liu Mudan. She is the former fiancé of Si Yinlun and the former lover of Helian Zheng.
Zhang Zhizhong Xu Qirui (徐启瑞) Minister of Rites.
Sun Ning Hu Shengshan (胡圣山)
Liu Jun Wu Yuanming (吴渊铭)
Yang Haoyu Zhou Xizhong (周希中)
Dang Haoyu San Hu (三虎)
Liu Haibo Zhangsun Hong (长孙弘) Fourth prince of the Cheng Dynasty, Feng Zhiwei's older brother.
Zhang Ruoxing Qian Yan (钱彦)
Wu You Ni Wenyu (倪文昱)
Zheng Yu Si Xian (司宪)
Luan Yuanhui Chen Shao (陈绍)
Dai Wenwen Si Yinle (司隐乐) The younger sister of Si Yinlun.
Sui Yumeng Yao Yangci (姚扬慈) Secretary Yao's daughter. She is very talented and clever.
Zhang Xinying Hua Gongmei (华宫眉)
He Miao Hu Jingshui (胡静水)
Cai Yatong Jiarong (佳荣) Ning Yi’s maternal cousin, and one of the few remaining members of the Sunset tribe.
Yue Xin Siling (四翎)
Zhao Yanmin Li Shiru (厉世和)
Chen Youwang Elder Sizhi (四知长老)
Yan Zhiping Liu Yuanzheng (刘院正)
Tang Xu Royal Physician Lu (卢御医)
Dong Zhao Royal Physician Zhang (张御医)
Zhang Shihong Royal Physician (御医)
Wu Yuanfang
Zhang Maolin Xu Shichang (许事昌)
Li Bin Royal Astronomer (灵台丞)
Xu Shaoying Guo Jun (郭俊) A general and subordinate of Jin Siyu.
Chi Wen Elder of Sunset Tribe (日落族族长)
Deng Mingjiang Officer guarding the cliff (守崖官)
Qu Guoxiang Old Horsekeeper (老马夫) Initially an assassin of the Bloody Pagoda who was taken in by the Crown Prince after the fall of the Cheng Dynasty.
Kang Fuzhen Young Horsekeeper (小马夫) Old Horsekeeper's son. A kind-hearted young man who saves Wei Zhi's life.
Chen Liwei Porter (担夫)
Jiang Zhongwei Physician of Pu Courtyard (浦园御医)
Wen Zheng Officer of the Seal (奉印大臣)
Teng Yi Sanhua (三花) Dahua's younger sister, sister-in-law of Xin Ziyan.
Zhang Yuxiao Sihua (四花) Dahua's younger sister, sister-in-law of Xin Ziyan.
Cheng Guodong Sir Hu (胡先生)
Zhang Ye Changji (长吉) A guard of Princess Shaoning.
Yang Kaicheng Chang Zhongli (常忠礼)
Tang Xiawa Chang Zhongli's wife (常忠礼夫人)
Jin Jing Hushi (扈室)
Ma Weifu Attendant Li (刘管事)
Cui Youbin Chang Zhongyi (常忠义) The first son of Chang Yuan.
Feng Jun Nursemaid Chen (陈嬷嬷)
Zhang Yixin Consort Chang's nursemaid (常贵妃嬷嬷)
Shi Min Palace maid of Hua Gongmei (华宫眉宫女)
Xie Guohua Consort Chang's attendant (常贵妃内侍)
Xu Li Ziyin (梓音) Lady Wang's maid.
Zhou Xin Zhuxin (烛心)
Zhang Ziting Duo'er (朵儿) A maid of Noble Consort Chang.
Hu Yilin Ying'er (莹儿)
Zhang Bo Chen Ming (陈明)
Sun Yiyang Xuanchen (宣辰)
Wu Bohang Lu Ming (陆明)
Wang Jiasui Qinyu (沁玉)
Zhang Luyao Lianmeng (怜梦)
Wang Ailin Bixia (碧霞)
Jiang Yunyun Xixue (惜雪)
Wang Yijie Xiwen (熙雯) A courtesan at the House of Lanxiang.
Tian Shuang Qianmo (千茉) A courtesan at the House of Lanxiang.
Cao Lei Prison Head (牢头)
Wang Hong Sun Xiang (孙祥)
Li Zhenyu Li Cai (李才) A guard of Ning Qi.
Chang Wei Huo Laosan (霍老三) Once a prison officer who guarded and befriended Ning Yi during his years of captivity.
Ma Zhenrong Song Laoer (宋老二)
Luo Siyu Madam (老鸨) Madam of the dance house.
Yunyun A courtesan at the House of Lanxiang.
Zhang Bo Chahu (茶壶)
Xu Zhifei Guest (客人)
Wu Youxi Physician 1 (郎中甲)
Song Dongxiao Physician 2 (郎中乙)
Shen Yang Xingyi (邢义)
Xing Xiaoyan Song Jie (宋杰) An Imperial Guard sent to Minhai.
Wang Chen Yu Xiu (余休)
Zheng Xiaozhong Lin Renqi (林任奇) Investigatory Officer.
Xiang Yu Commander of Ning Qi's troops (宁齐首领)
Wang Xi Captain Wei (卫队长)
Li Zhenyu Head Pirate (海盗头目)
Yao Weiping Monk (禅师)
Cao Yonggang Monk Wanjie (万劫禅师) Brother of Minister Xu. Author of Overview of Dacheng.
Li Du Coroner (仵作)
Fang Haowei Maid of Qiu Manor (秋府丫鬟)
Zhang Ya'nan Noble lady (贵女)
Jiang Dongmei Royal consort (贵妃)
Wang Yanjun Ning Sheng's subordinate (宁昇幕僚)
Lao Yuan Qingming Academy's attendant (青溟书院门房)
Lu Chenyang Dingsan (丁三) A servant of Minister Yao.
Wang Quan Shaoning's senior eunuch (韶宁大太监)
Gao Fengyang Shaoning's junior eunuch (韶宁小太监)
Yao Zhuoran Female commoner (民妇)
Zhang Zisheng Commoner's husband (民妇丈夫)
Liu Muyu Xin Ziyan's servant (辛子砚仆人)
Liu Hanyang Tie Nan (铁男)
Li Honglei Boss (店铺老板)
Zhao Shuai Waiter (店小二)
Zhu Feng Officer 1 (官兵甲)
Sun Letian Officer 2 (官兵乙)
Shi Yafeng Crippled man (瘸子)
Zhang Mengqiang Store owner (摊主)
Ma Shuo Jailer (狱卒甲)
Chang Li Prisoner (犯人甲)
Yang Feng Coroner 2 (仵作甲)
Yi Yajun Private adviser (师爷)
Chang Li Human trafficker (人牙子)
Song Qingchang Elder (长老)
Wang Junheng Medicine shop employee (药铺伙计)
Jiang Hongshi Physician (御医)
Chong Yunpeng
Li Zhencheng Officer (官员)
Gao Wei Liu Guang (刘光)
Huang Junchao Second in-command of White Head Cliff (白头崖副将)
Li Wenping Chen Shao's father (陈绍父亲)
Yu Ganglong Execution military officer (行邢武官)
Chen Zhuankai Execution civil officer (行邢文官)
Cui Jun Servant (仆役乙)
Shi Junxian General (将军甲)
Liu Songbin Cheng Dynasty elders (大成遗老)
Zhang Jianguo
Zhang Dunyou
Zhu Song
Chi Dan Jinshi Ambassadors (金狮使臣)
Yin Xiaoming
Tao Ci Jinshi Officials (金狮大臣)
Yang Minggang
Ding Hao
Yin Gang
Xu Zhengzhi
Han Meimei Matrons of Honor (喜娘)
Liu Fang
Yang Huilin
Xu Li Nanny (乳母) The wet nurse of Helian Tu.
Guo Yinyu Descendant of Chang (常氏子侄)
Jing Haifeng
Zhang Zhi
Lei Chao
Liu Bingchao

Production[edit]

Principal photography commenced on 27 May 2017,[21] and filming wrapped up on 12 December 2017.[22] It was revealed that the series also uses "real-time" voice recording during filming.[23]

Crew[edit]

The series is directed by Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship),[24] 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!).[25] and etiquette consultant Li Bin (Nirvana in Fire, The Legend of Mi Yue).[26]

Casting[edit]

On 20 October 2016, Chen Kun was announced as the male lead.[4] On 7 March 2017, Ni Ni was announced as the female lead; this also marks Ni Ni's first television series.[5] The extended cast was revealed on 27 April 2017.[25]

Location[edit]

The series is the first television drama to be filmed in Tang City Film Studios, Xiangyang, which was built specifically 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.[27] The series was also filmed in other places including Wuxi and Duyun.[28]

Post-production[edit]

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.[23]

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 was officially confirmed to be 70 episodes.[29]

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."To No Avail (奈何)" (Insert song)Dong YingdaDong YingdaSam Lee3:40
2."If Like Yesterday (如昨)" (Concept song)Zhang Pengpeng, Lin QiaoWu ShutingLiu Xijun5:06
3."Schemes of the Heart (心·机)" (Insert song)Cui ShuDong YingdaTracy Wang3:02
4."Schemes; Love Comes Along (心机·爱相随)" (Insert song)Dong YingdaDong YingdaXu Hongbin3:02
5."Like Dust (轻尘)" (Insert song)Zhang YingChen XueranTang Hanxiao3:07
6."Why to No Avail (何·奈何)" (Ending theme song)Dong YingdaDong YingdaNi Ni2:58

Reception[edit]

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.[30] However, Douban gave it a score of 8.3/10 with over 113,000 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.[31]

Ratings[edit]

Hunan Satellite TV first broadcast ratings[32]
Air date Episode CSM52 city network ratings National Internet ratings
Ratings (%) Audience share (%) Rank Ratings (%) Audience share (%) Rank
2018-08-14 1-2 0.558 2.09 3 0.73 2.89 4
2018-08-15 3-4 0.539 2.05 5 0.69 2.76 5
2018-08-16 5-6 0.486 1.84 5 0.73 2.82 5
2018-08-17 Due to the broadcast of the Tanabata Love Song, it was suspended for one day.
2018-08-18 7 0.233 0.92 10 0.48 1.96 5
2018-08-19 8-9 0.425 1.56 6 0.58 2.32 3
2018-08-20 10-11 0.474 1.75 6 0.63 2.45 9
2018-08-21 12-13 0.416 1.58 7 0.5 1.92 4
2018-08-22 14-15 0.379 1.39 7 0.53 2.03 4
2018-08-23 16-17 0.453 1.7 9 0.65 2.51 3
2018-08-24 18 0.154 0.61 16 0.16 0.69 10
2018-08-25 19 0.262 0.97 8 0.34 1.36 3
2018-08-26 20-21 0.35 1.3 6 0.46 1.78 2
2018-08-27 22-23 0.367 1.35 7 0.46 1.78 4
2018-08-28 24-25 0.382 1.43 6 0.52 1.96 3
2018-08-29 26-27 0.434 1.62 6 0.46 1.75 4
2018-08-30 28-29 0.396 1.48 6 0.48 1.85 3
2018-09-01 30 0.303 1.04 7 0.33 1.12 4
2018-09-02 31-32 0.466 1.78 6 0.38 1.51 5
2018-09-03 33-34 0.44 1.69 6 0.36 1.48 6
2018-09-04 35-36 0.533 2.11 5 0.41 1.65 4
2018-09-05 37-38 0.536 2.16 5 0.42 1.82 3
2018-09-06 39-40 0.525 2.14 6 0.39 1.64 4
2018-09-07 41 0.331 1.29 8 0.25 0.98 8
2018-09-08 42 0.34 1.35 7 0.35 1.39 7
2018-09-09 43-44 0.498 1.98 6 0.37 1.5 6
2018-09-10 45-46 0.625 2.51 5 0.40 1.64 7
2018-09-11 47-48 0.532 2.15 5 0.39 1.62 7
2018-09-12 49-50 0.507 2.02 5 0.38 1.57 8
2018-09-13 51-52 0.493 2.01 7 0.41 1.70 6
2018-09-14 53 0.3 1.15 10 0.24 0.93 13
2018-09-15 54 0.437 1.65 5 0.45 1.69 7
2018-09-16 55-56 0.569 2.17 5 0.46 1.87 7

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
24th Huading Awards Best Actor Chen Kun Nominated [33]
Best Actress (Ancient Drama) Ni Ni Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Zhao Lixin Nominated
25th Shanghai Television Festival Best Television Series Nominated [34]
Best Director Shen Yan, Liu Haibo Nominated
Best Actor Chen Kun Nominated
Best Cinematography Li Xi Won
Best Art Direction Nominated
24th Asian Television Awards Best Drama Series The Rise of Phoenixes Nominated [35]

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