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The First Emperor of China (1990)

Qin Shihuang conquered six powerful warring states and, in 221 BC, declared himself emperor of all China. During his reign, he introduced sweeping reforms, built a vast network of roads and... See full summary »

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Wong Ji Cheng (script writer), Liu Yun Hui (script writer) | 1 more credit »
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Christopher Plummer ... Narrated by (voice)
Michel Garneau ... Narration (voice)
Bo Guan Jun Bo Guan Jun ... Emperor Qin
Wang Guo Ren Wang Guo Ren ... Prime Minister
Yang Ya Zhou Yang Ya Zhou ... Rebel Leader
Wen Qian Wen Qian ... Minister Li Si
Ma Gang Ma Gang ... Eunuch Zhao Gao
Sun Wei Sun Wei ... Peasant Li Kai
Cui Luo Wen Cui Luo Wen ... Father
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Qin Shihuang conquered six powerful warring states and, in 221 BC, declared himself emperor of all China. During his reign, he introduced sweeping reforms, built a vast network of roads and connected the Great Wall of China which to this day stretches over 2400 kilometers. The film includes the first documentary footage of Qin's life-sized terracotta army, constructed almost 2,200 years ago for his tomb. The imperial system he created has endured for thousands of years, proving to be the world's most durable political structure. From the inner sanctum of Emperor Qin's royal palace to fierce battles with feudal kings, this lavish historical drama re-creates the glory and the terror of the Qin Dynasty.

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Country:

Canada | China

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El primer emperador de China See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.44 : 1
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short simple straight forward history lesson
11 March 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's a Canadian and Chinese co-production. It's a recitation of the life and death of the First Emperor of China who reigned from 247BC to 220BC. The filming has hundreds of Chinese extras. The production is pretty unspectacular. There is no real acting going on. It's more like a silent movie or a TV reenactment. It's an old fashion documentary. The narration is supposed to be Christopher Plummer although I couldn't really tell. It's rather stiff. It's an enlightening documentary for beginners. I think it's a good starting point for any English speaking students. It's nothing that is compelling narratively but has a good listing of the facts.


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