Airdate: The Rise of Phoenixes

A whopping 70 episodes (who has free time?) of Mandarin historical drama The Rise of Phoenixes are coming to Netflix.

Loosely based on Huang Quan, a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan, and co-produced by Netflix, 15 episodes will drop on September 14 with new updates every Friday.

“We’re excited to offer a top quality title like The Rise of Phoenixes to our members around the world. We look forward to growing our Mandarin title catalog with more stories that bring to life the intriguing heritage of Chinese culture,” said Rob Roy, Netflix Vice President of Content – Asia.

This is a story of power, desire, lust and love amongst people from different kingdoms in ancient China, all with the desire of rising to become The Great Phoenix. Ning Yi (played by Chen Kun), is the sixth prince of kingdom who hides a dark past. Feng Zhiwei (played by Ni Ni) hides her true identity and has to cross-dress to survive in the male-dominated world. However, when a secret from the past rears its head, respected warrior Feng Zhiwei is forced to choose between revenge and her loyalty to ruling prince Ning Yi.

The series features iconic names in the Mandarin movie industry including Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship) as directors, William Chang (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time) as artistic director and costume designer, as well as Chen Kun and Ni Ni as the leading cast. This series not only marks the debut of Ni Ni’s first role on television, but also Chen Kun’s highly anticipated return to the small screen after a decade.

One Comment:

  1. Anyone who is familiar with this genre will know what to expect, but 70 episodes does sound like an overkill for any show unless it is a formulaic melodrama and has been around for some years. It would be interesting to know the budget as I’m hopeful that the attention to detail will be up to the China’s usual high standard for their better historical productions.

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