Three Kingdoms

Three Kingdoms (2010)

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Three Kingdoms is a Chinese television series adapted from Luo Guanzhong's classical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Directed by Gao Xixi, the 95 episodes long series has a budget of over 100 million RMB and was released in May 2010.

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Apr 13, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
Story: This series is a legend by itself. There are many movies and dramas out there on this classic story of the 'Three Kingdoms' but none had truly captured the entire novel, page by page, as this 2010 version. With 95 episodes, it is one of the lengthiest series I'd followed but also the most satisfying to complete. Admittedly, I watched this in 2010 when it was airing and has recently re-watched read more it to remind myself parts of the Three Kingdoms' story. This drama is like reading the novel itself. Each character is depicted accurately - from their behavior, aspirations, thoughts, speech patterns to looks. The director certainly selected the perfect cast to act in this series. Many would say 95 episodes is plenty but in actual fact, there are little side stories in the novel that were excluded. Otherwise, this would turn into a 100+ episode series.

Acting/Cast: If you want to know what is professional, solid, honest-to-goodness acting, watch this. The actors and actresses will make you feel as if you are watching history unfold before your screen. They will put all those idol actors to complete shame! Everything was to the dot - from settings, costumes, etiquette to speech...they all accurately depicted the correct era in Chinese history.

Music: If you are expecting great OSTs, you will be disappointed. But if you are expecting music that accurately reflects the music of the era in the 'Three Kingdoms', you will be delighted. During those days, ppl compose music to be sung as a poem with accompaniments from traditional Chinese musical instruments. The words sung are very meaningful. Even the OST at the start of each episode adequately summed the entire novel in eloquent words. This is a story about war, the end of a dynasty, ambitious men, heroism, political plots and personal struggles set in an era known as one of the bloodiest in Chinese history.

Rewatch value: I set the re-watch value as low because of the 95 episodes. However, most ppl I know who had watched this series would usually re-watch the parts they like; eg: Diaochan's plot to bring down Dong Zhuo through Lu Bu, the appearance of Zhuge Liang (Kongming), the battle of the Red Cliff, Liu Bei's marriage to Sun XiaoMei and the ensuing struggle to establish his own hegemony at the south, Zhuge Liang vs. Zhou Yu, Zhuge Liang vs. Sima Yi etc. It also helps that wikipedia breaks down the series' episode based on the book chapters it covers - making selective re-watching easier.

Overall: A perfect series with perfect actors and actresses. A must watch for lovers of chinese history and literature. The only complain I have is the length but then again, it cannot be helped considering how this series follows the novel closely.
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Both Involve political battles, strategy, intelligent men.

Both are epic dramas.

Three Kingdoms has grand realistic battle scenes.
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both representing the same era...... three kingdom is detailed and started from the beginning of all the strife... however in the movie there is focus on the battle of red cliff.
red cliff is one of the best historical asian movies...three kingdoms is also pretty good.
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    namopanik May 2, 2017

    woah, that operatic opening sequence. I didn't see that coming.

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    guccigall Mar 29, 2017 - edited

    Epic!! If you want strategy, battles in grand scale then this is the one for you.

    Episode 36 fight scene on re-watch. So good!!

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    Tamago Aug 25, 2016

    I just started watching Three Kingdoms. I've been meaning to for a while. I've watched 3 episodes so far, but darn, I already like it! It seems to be an amazing war drama.

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    silvermcv Jul 16, 2016 - edited

    Where can I watch online with eng subs?

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    Michael Jo Jul 6, 2016

    oh ya ths drama deserve to be rank1. best war drama ever. i enjoyed this more than vikings or spartacus but coz of so many episodes i became tired, still finished in just a few weeks lol

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    TheMaster100 Jun 15, 2016

    Simply a masterpiece, one of the best drama series I've ever seen and easily among my top 2 along with The Sopranos.

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    dariken Apr 12, 2016

    I watched this show really slowly, took me over a year to finish, and it was worth it. It's truly one of the kind. Heavy, yes, far from light easily digestable binge series at all. I tried that too, but had to rewatch because I hadn't noticed subtler plot developments. Take it easy with this one!

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    Ukkraynes Jan 5, 2016 - edited

    Really good historical drama, I must admit I was already very interested in this time period prior to it. Younger, I had been playing a video game about the three kingdoms, and it's just a pleasure to get to see all these epic characters on screen and with so many episodes.

    Btw you mostly watch it for the plot and the characters... battle scenes aren't incredible at all, most of the action scenes are just cut into small frames of action. Definitely not the strongest point of the drama, but, the spirit is there.

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      Tamago Aug 25, 2016

      I've only watched 5 episodes so far and I must agree on the fact that the action/fighting scenes are not excellent per se. However, they do come out as rather exciting especially because of the plot and the characters (which, in my opinion -so far- have been drawn quite nicely).

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    DragonAlien Oct 18, 2015 - edited

    What a glorious drama, if you're a Chinese history lover like me, this drama will give you a great insight in the whole story.
    Zhuge Liang. ♥♥♥

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    Dounie Oct 16, 2015 - edited

    I'm not the biggest fan of the "Three Kingdoms' " Ost (songs and instrumentales), but I have to admit that it was well appropriate for war/tragic scenes! So yes for this drama the pieces of music were just perfect and made the scenes even more memorable ;D

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    witlily Oct 15, 2013

    war scenes is amazing and translate classic ROTK in other perspective. this film is masterpiece :D

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    Junolyn Apr 23, 2012

    It was the most boring drama ever. The camera/film work looked cheap, not expensive.

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    Yeona Aug 14, 2011

    Liu Bei: Doesn't Cao Cao have that famous saying?
    Liu Bei: He said, "I'd rather betray the world than let the world betray me."
    Liu Bei: I have a saying too.
    Liu Bei: "I'd rather the world betray me, but I won't betray the world."

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    Yeona Jul 27, 2011


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    May 1, 2010 to Jun 18, 2010
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