The Advisors Alliance

The Advisors Alliance (2017)

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The story of Sima Yi, a great politician and strategist who lived during the Three Kingdoms era. By his side, Sima Yi has his politically-astute distaff members of his household, and pitted against them are the formidable Cao Cao and his heirs. After defending the Kingdom of Wei from Kongming (Zhuge Liege’s) formidable talents, who will end up with the ultimate power?
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Both dramas center around brilliant strategists who use their tactical skills to navigate the political game. The poster image of Si Ma Yi walking the tightrope above the upturned swords is a testament for both dramas. Both have excellent cast members including actress Liu Tao (Ode to Joy's Andy) who actually has main parts in both dramas!
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    ahsaaful 17 hours ago

    Is these drama has a full English sub or not?

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    MauritsvanUffelen 22 hours ago

    Fun fact: The dude who plays Cao Cao played Liu Bei in the 2010 version

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    etcetera 11 days ago - edited

    this drama is amazing! though it would've been better if they had just focused on cao pi's reign or at least extend the episode. because a lot of events were happening during cao cao's reign that the characters/plot were underdeveloped. some scenes and deaths were unjustified. during cao pi's reign we get to see the relationship between the characters develop and the flow is clearer.

    ive never seen this side of an emperor before. usually it is always the paranoid-kill-everyone kind of emperor or the wise kind. in here zi huan will say one thing but act another. the phrase "u don't know what is in his majesty's mind" really applies here coz he's like having pms all the time I swear.

    love the relationship between father and son (cao cao & cao pi, sima yi & sima fang), subordinates and emperor (cao cao & xun yu, cao pi & sima yi), husband and wife (sima yi & chun hua, cao pi & zhen fu & guo zhao). episode 40 is by far my fav episode from the drama!

    everyone did stellar in this. from the young ones to older ones. from the mains to extras. I love all of the characters. sima yi, bai ling yun, chun hua are loveee <3

    one thing, certain scenes from the trailer are not in the drama or it is just my country? hm coz I was looking forward to see old sima yi.

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      Igemona 11 days ago

      There will be Part 2.

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      etcetera 8 days ago

      ahh i see. no wonder the ending feels a little rushed

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      etcetera 7 days ago

      omg thank youuu. super stoked for the 2nd part!

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    Igemona 15 days ago
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    Igemona 15 days ago - edited

    Excellent drama, though on the surface not very emotional one, but a human relationship here is complicated and sometimes twisted. Poor, lonely Zhen Fu.
    I can't understand why Cao Cao neglect Cao Pi so much, while Cao Zhi was obviously not of the ruler material.That scene in ep 6 shows that clearly. While Cao Pi stops soldiers from marodiuring, Cao Zhen playing music for woman. While sometimes I pity him, he has been just a weak man manipulated by Yang Xiu.

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    melmeimoi Aug 18, 2017 - edited

    It's so hard to root for Cao Pi !!!!!!!!!!!!! but this show has certainly proven how wu xia bo is an amazing and charismatic actor

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    etcetera Aug 11, 2017 - edited

    XY: 'Master', 20 years ago when I started working for you I firmly believed that you would support Han and save the people. 20 years have passed. I juggled my obligations and retained our friendship. I hoped that my dream and your ambition could coexist. but today I know. I can only answer you with the word 'disappointment' .

    CC: you called me 'master' but it sounds so close yet so far. it's close because when we first met you called me 'master'. it's far because 20 years later you called me 'master' with a disappointed voice.

    why is it that when ive grown attached to Xun Yu they took him away :( he's my fav character so far. he's very composed and upright. I really love that conversation he had with cao cao. why oh why

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      pinkmilk Aug 19, 2017

      That sounds so BL... *just messing with you* XD

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      etcetera 11 days ago

      there Ive edited it :p

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    etcetera Aug 8, 2017 - edited

    i have to say tho this drama is too heavy in politics that I'm having trouble understanding the situation. Chinese drama usually takes time to develop the plot and characters that's what I like the most about it but everything is moving too quickly in this drama lol. and why is it that the people just die without any apparent reason? as of episode 13 the pace is just right and I finally get a hold of what is going on. oh and when sima yi and chun hua bicker is the funniest XD

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    etcetera Jul 28, 2017 - edited

    ive only seen episode 2 and i have to say that im pretty impressed. the plot, script, directing. NIF might have to be my 2nd fav after this xD one thing though, the background music sounds like 90's thriller movie lol just like in three kingdom. i always wonder if this drama is a continuation of it or something or maybe from the same production team.

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      etcetera Aug 8, 2017

      exactly!!! had they focused more on the characters and emotional aspect then it would definitely be better. but I'm still too early into this drama to tell. one thing I really like about this drama is the script its very poetic and the conversations between the characters are really good

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      pinkmilk Aug 9, 2017

      haha Yea, their covos are poetic AF. Almost too poetic. XD Totally agree!

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      namopanik Aug 18, 2017 - edited

      could you elaborate on execution and realism? I'm trying to decide whether to watch it when it fully airs or just bite the bullet and read the book instead, because over 80 episodes in total is a huge time commitment, so the cinametography better be worth it.. But if it's annoying or distracting I'd rather pass.

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      pinkmilk Aug 19, 2017

      Difficult to say. Some people like the show, others hate it. It's been 10 days now; I've dropped it. Not looking back.

      Great story, but... sometimes the sets look like taken out of a children's movie (Disney Channel anyone?)...know what I mean? Like, the clothing is high quality (like, really... Nirvana in Fire can't compare) but the sets just look weird. I just can't take the story seriously... seeing how they always seem to be trapped in a playground-like sandbox scenery. Imagine beautiful panorama.... and now add a barrel here, a tent there, dress the actors up (HQ clothing) and baaang, Disney Chanel-style storytelling. A box, a barrel, a lake and voila! Oh, and everything's just so sterile! Because... Disney Chanel. It's hard to dive in and experience immersion if you know the culture - knowing China's society and culture history, I can't take this show seriously.

      Shoot... I had no idea I had these feelings. I had thought of replying in a serious manner but... it didn't work out. haha Not sorry for that! You got your answer. You should still give it a try; 3-4 episodes.

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      namopanik Aug 19, 2017

      Oh, I see. That's the problem I have with cdramas, frankly. Despite huge money pumped into making it they usually end up looking off.

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    dhaliahn Jul 25, 2017

    Politics and strategy. Love dramas like this!

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    SUNNY Jul 22, 2017 - edited

    Prime Minister Can Cao just became my new bias after watching episodes 7 and 8! The man is brilliant!

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      YanFaisal Jul 24, 2017

      He is really the most brilliant leader of his time. The 7-8-9 episodes demonstrates that.

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    rumtumcat Jul 20, 2017 - edited

    i need eng sub for this.

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      rumtumcat Jul 22, 2017

      Thanks sml and sno. Youtube cant play in my country =/

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    Aza Jul 19, 2017 - edited

    can see its worthy to watch as good as Nirvana In Fire.

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    sagark Jul 17, 2017 - edited

    happy ending or sad ending.. sad ending is not my cup of tea.

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      moonicon8 Jul 18, 2017

      There's actually two seasons/parts, so really 40 more episodes after this. But based on history, while it will likely cover Sima Yi's death (which was peaceful), the legacy that his descendants left will likely emphasized, meaning it won't be a sad ending.

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      3ngin33r Jul 18, 2017
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      sagark Jul 18, 2017

      Thq @moonicon8 @3ngin33r . added to my list.

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    Xiaoshu Jul 15, 2017 - edited

    Finally, good after Nirvana in Fire.

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      boby yang Jul 16, 2017

      I agree, this drama may have some historical inaccuracy, but still a great drama to watch!


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    Jun 22, 2017 to Jul 13, 2017
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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    Anhui TV
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    45 min.


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    8.9 (scored by 49 users)
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