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Extraordinary in every respect. You can't miss the 76 episode show. Avoid the abridged 6-chapters Netflix version!
The plot, the acting, the sets and landscapes, the direction-- A truly wonderful experience.
Unlike a previous subscriber who considered the Emperor a poor actor, I think he is perfectly cast, and he portrays so greatly the poise, economy of emotions and regal stillness of the Son of Heavens. He shows his bliss through two short burst of austere laughter, through small gestures of his lips, through his impassive majesty.
The female actors offer lessons of artistry and talent chapter after chapter. They are rich characters, with a complex mastery of the subtle whims of human heart, at times queens of manipulation and cunning, then goddess of deep philosophy and reflective thought.
I strongly recommend this show. It is as beautiful as interesting and rich.
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