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The First Emperor [DVD]


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  • Actors: Hi Ching, James Pax, Tony Tang, Ji Wang, Richard Woo
  • Directors: Nic Young
  • Producers: Lamy Li, Lucy Van Beek
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Dazzler
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Docu-drama profiling Ying Sheng, the first Emperor of China. Charting the life of the man who unified China, this documentary begins with the future Emperor's rise to power after the death of his father, becoming King of Qin at the age of thirteen. Mostly told through the use of re-enactments, the story continues to the present day and the discovery of the Emperor's tomb and terracotta army in 1974.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
This is a straightforward, no-nonsense dramatised documentary of the life of the extraordinary Emperor Q'in, the man who united China over 2,200 years ago - the man for whom the terracotta warriors were made and who ordered the linking and completion of the defensive walls which came to make up the Great Wall of China. It is very well done indeed and tells its story in an interesting and involving manner throughout. We see some of the excavations on the site around the Emperor's tomb, which itself has never been excavated and the story of his life is told by distinguished academics from American universities and the University of Cambridge. Several episodes - battles, an assassination attempt, the death of the sinister Marquis and his two children by the Queen Mother, the final disintegration of the Emperor's physique and personality - are tellingly dramatised, but this is in no way a sensational film ; we see also earnest (but not dull! - actually very interesting) discussion about the meaning of some of the artifacts at the pits around the tomb, glimpses of the modern China, the text from which what is known about the Emperor's reign mainly comes, and so on. In particular the informed speculation about what is actually in the tomb is very well brought to life. I've visited the warriors and seen the tomb, but this I did not know about. In this way it is both informative and dramatic, and both aspects contribute to the narrative. I enjoyed it very much.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sep 2007
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Qin Shi Huangdi was the first man to unite the whole of China into one land and ruled as the First Divine Emperor of China. This drama-documentary follows the Emperors life from when he became King of Chin (one of six Chinese states), through his conquests, his autocratic reign and charts his decline into madness and death. Spaced with the dramatic reconstructions are interviews with scholars and archaeologists who detail the discoveries that shed light on the life of one of the most powerful men to have ever lived. The drama is beautifully reconstructed and is generally historically accurate, if a little brief in places. This is a must see documentary for anyone interested in China and its history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KTK9 on 15 May 2012
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Another really excellent production, draws the viewer into the historical dramas of the time. Costumes, scripts and locations very informative. well worth buying and watching again and again. Packaging appropriate.price fair
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JJ Diamond on 13 Jun 2011
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I originally watched this on TV and, as I enjoyed it so much, bought the DVD and watched it again. What makes this documentary special is that the team have got right under and into the character of the China's first emperor making him a personality you will be thinking about long after you have switched off the TV.
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By MRS GILLIAN VALLANCE on 13 July 2014
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Excellent back-up to having visited the Terracotta Army
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By Anthony on 1 Jun 2014
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Having just returned from visiting China and having seen The Forbidden City and The Summer Palace this film filled in a lot of the gaps left by the tour guides.

It's a brilliant reenactment of the last years of Imperial China. And I'm not a big historian you have to watch every moment of the film.
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Gives you a good background when going to China and then good to look at again once you have been.
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