Chinese TV series extols unification legacy of first emperor

In today's context, its political message is that reunification of country is vital: China watcher

The 78-episode television series Da Qin Fu, or Qin Dynasty Epic, does not dwell on Qin Shi Huang's brutal reign, but underscores his achievements. The privately financed programme, first aired on primetime state television last December, cost an esti
The 78-episode television series Da Qin Fu, or Qin Dynasty Epic, does not dwell on Qin Shi Huang's brutal reign, but underscores his achievements. The privately financed programme, first aired on primetime state television last December, cost an estimated $123 million and took about 15 months to film.

Most Chinese historians regard Qin Shi Huang, who declared himself the first emperor of a unified China, as one of the country's most ruthless rulers.

Among other things, he oversaw the burning of books and burying alive of hundreds of outspoken Confucian scholars in order to unify written Chinese and silence dissent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 18, 2021, with the headline 'Chinese TV series extols unification legacy of first emperor'. Subscribe