Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 literally wows with just a minute-long trailer. I stared in awe at the cinematography and craftsmanship that can rival that of any high calibre film but wait for it... Tribe and Empires is a 50-episode Chinese drama, not a movie.
The series is a TV adaptation of a novel by the same name written by Jin He Zai 今何在, one of the seven authors that conceptualized Novoland, a fictional reality that has inspired works such as City of Devastating Love and Novoland: Castle in the Sky.
The cast is huge, which is fitting for a story of this magnitude and it stars Huang Xuan (Imperial Doctress), Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei, Xu Lu, Janice Man (Legend of Zu) and more.
It has been foretold that 6th Prince Mu Yun Sheng (Huang Xuan) is a half human and half demon who will bring chaos and he is kept inside the palace where he meets a spirit (Janice Man) sealed within a painting.
Mu Ru Han Jiang (Shawn Dou) is the abandoned son of a family of generals due to another prophecy that he is fated to usurp the throne and become emperor.
Shuo Feng He Ye (Zhou Yiwei) is the brave and capable successor of a tribe in the North who suffers terrible losses from battles with the Mu Ru clan.
Three compelling stories in a complex world and I'm sure there is more than meets the eye. I'm not complaining about the overwhelming amount of stills but can't the show just premiere already.
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