[Drama Review] Three Kingdom 2010

Oh lala! This TV series have been so well done that it makes the watching of Three Kingdom, a heavy content where 90% of the scenes are performed by old men with beard, quite enjoyable!

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  • Number of Episode: 95 (WORTH IT! especially the first half)
  • Genre: Historical
  • My review: 9/10 Extremely good through not very addictive plot wise
  • Synopsis (from wikipedia):

The story – part historical, part legend, and part mythical – romanticises and dramatises the lives of feudal lords and their retainers, who tried to replace the dwindling Han dynasty or restore it. While the novel follows hundreds of characters, the focus is mainly on the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han dynasty, and would eventually form the three states of Cao Wei,Shu Han, and Eastern Wu. The novel deals with the plots, personal and military battles, intrigues, and struggles of these states to achieve dominance for almost 100 years.

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Main Cast:

  • Chen Jianbin as Cao Cao (Chief of Cao Wei)
  • Yu Hewei as Liu Bei (Chief of Shu Han)
  • Zhang Bo as Sun Quan (Chief of Eastern Wu)
  • Lu Yi as Zhuge Liang
  • Peter Ho as Lu Bu
  • Chen Hao as Diao Chan
  • Ruby Lin as Lady Sun
  • Ni Dahong as Simayi

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Liu Bei and his oath brothers: Guan Yu and Zhang Fei. They started the adventure together and ZF is considered as a strong fighter while Guan Yu is known for his moral qualities. Liu Bei is known as a man of justice who knows how to govern.

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Lu Bu is the adoptive son of Dong Zhuo, the tyrannic Emperor at the beginning of the series. He is a strong general and plays an important character at the beginning.

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Lu Bu will fall in love with Diao Chan, the most beautiful woman supposedly of Ancient China. She will convince him to kill Dong Zhuo in order to help her own adoptive father, Wang Yun, but both will ultimately die. They fall in love with each other.

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Zhuge Liang is an important adviser of Liu Bei who will come up with all the strategies for him. He is an eccentric character that all rivals fear.

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Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang sharing a drink

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Sima Yi is another famous stratege, who worked partially under Cao Cao (CC is a very careful chief and by fear of been betrayed, rarely share his decisions and thoughts). He is more of a schemer as he would often think in advance for his own best interest before any taken action.

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Ruby Lin plays Lady Sun. The extremely young and fierce Consort of Liu Bei. She supposedly died three days after Liu Bei.

Review:

The TV series Three Kingdom was released in 2012 and is a must watch if you are a fan of the Three Kingdom saga or anything related to Chinese history. It also helps that the series is extremely accurate and considered the best historical drama of recent years in China. It was also a commercial hit (grossing 133M US $). The director, Gao Xixi, is one of my favorite and have produced great movies and TV shows with excellent story line and smooth transaction between scenes.

In the first half (before the Red Cliff), the story mainly centered around Cao Cao and his rise. He is seen fleeing after a failed attempt to kill Dong Zhuo and escape to the next city. I will not go into too much details (there is twist from the very start :x) but the character seems to be someone who lack empathy and extremely cruel. He will slowly rise a group of follows and reign on a small city. The story then shift to the introduction of Liu Bei and his subordinates, the plot for the killing of Dong Zhuo and the battle for Xiangyang. (…) The acting of Jianbin is best and despite fearing him, I also rooted for his win. Indeed, he is charasmatic, fast thinker and get things done when necessary. His rivals, all great, does not have his capacities when compared one by one.  Diao Chan (by Chen Hao) was also perfect. I know she got a lot of hate on internet for not been stunning enough to play the legendary Diao Chan, but I felt like she executed the character perfectly: sly yet gracious, strong willing yet fragile maiden.

The Second half of the story develops more on Liu Bei and his momentary period of wins and domination. Overall, all the actors did a great job and it would be hard for me to pick one I particularly hate (even though the character of Peter Ho was at moment stupid and annoying). Zhuge Liang (played by Lu Yi) is my second favorite character. Why second? Even though he epic awesome, I felt like everything he does is an automatic win, so there was no real trill to watch him grow. Ruby Lin plays one scene as Lady Sun in the second half: the one of the marriage. In 20 episodes of only males, she was definitely a fresh change! Lin’s acting was fun and her wuxia scene with Liu Bei was really memorable as both fun and thrilling ^^. Lady Sun have been given by Sun Quan to make a pact with Liu Bei. Did it work? Maybe, but politics remain politics.

As someone who is not familiar with most of the main cast, I was surprised to get myself hooked up to a drama not for its actor/actress, but solely for the story line. It seriously has no flaw and despite been a heavy content, still remained extremely enjoyable. Also, you need this kind of knowledge if you are into wuxia/ ancient series, so may as well learn it through a thrilling series. The decor and the costume were also perfect, not over the top but exactly like how you would visualize the characters.

Definitely a series worth watching, especially since there is an English subtitled version on youtube ^^

2 thoughts on “[Drama Review] Three Kingdom 2010

  1. Miss Attache says:

    The comment is probably way, way late, but I just finished watching the series, and am still in awe with its marvellousness. It may feel a little slow in the beginning, it’s 95 episodes with tons of characters, yet we can’t help but get sucked in the layers of stories.

    The characters are well written, nobody is 2 dimensional. In most of the other versions, Cao Cao is portrayed as evil incarnate. (Luckily they usually picked very good actors, who managed to bring about nuanced Cao Cao regardless of how he’s written). But here we can see that Cao Cao is a great statesman, ruthless maybe, but still great. Zhuge Liang is more human, and he’s not the only brilliant strategist — Sima Yi and Lu Su are pretty much his equal. Lu Su has become my personal favorite in the drama.

    I couldn’t care less about the romance arcs and fast forwarded most episodes about Lu Bu and Diao Chan :))). Though I must say I kinda like the scenes between Liu Bei and Lady Sun. They’re definitely better written than those of Lu Bu-Diao Chan.

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    • intellectualkitten says:

      It is never too late to start this drama ^^ Glad you liked it. When I watch Bu Bu Jin Xin or some of Tang Yan’s dramas, I feel like 40 episodes is too much to present the story. Not with Three Kingdoms! I even feel like they have enough material to go for 20 more episodes… there is so much layers and characters to explore! I watched the drama when I was a lot younger so LB+DC’s love story helped me to stay hooked to the story :”D, but yes, they are not as interesting than the rest of the cast

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