The First Emperor of China

1989    39m
Qin Shihuang conquered six powerful warring states and, in 221 BC, declared himself emperor of all China. During his reign, he introduced sweeping reforms, built a vast network of roads and connected the Great Wall of China which to this day stretches over 2400 kilometers. The film includes the first documentary footage of Qin's life-sized terracotta army, constructed almost 2,200 years ago for his tomb. The imperial system he created has endured for thousands of years, proving to be the world's most durable political structure. From the inner sanctum of Emperor Qin's royal palace to fierce battles with feudal kings, this lavish historical drama re-creates the glory and the terror of the Qin Dynasty.
China Film Co-Production Corporation, ONF | NFB, Xi'an Film Studio

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Cast of The First Emperor of China
  • Christopher PlummerNarrator
  • Bo Guan JinEmperor Qin
  • Wang Guang Hui
  • Wang Guo RenPrime Minister
  • Ma Kun
  • Cui Luo WenFather
  • Qian Wen
  • Sun WeiPeasant Li Kai
  • Yang YazhouRebel Leader
  • Yang Zhi Ping
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