The First Emperor (DVD)
Fascinating docu-drama profiling Ying Sheng, the first Emperor of China. Narrated by Samuel West.
Charting the life of the man who unified China, this documentary begins with the future Emperor's rise to power after the death of his father, becoming King of Qin at the age of thirteen, 2,300 years ago.
Mostly told through the use of re-enactments, the story continues to the present day and the discovery of the Emperor's tomb and terracotta army in 1974.
He has been compared to Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar for commanding millions, credited with building the Great Wall and uniting China, but how much do we really know about China's first emperor, Chin Shi Huang Di?
For the first time, through unprecedented access to Emperor Chin's legendary underground burial complex, this documentary reveals his legendary rise, reign and fall, using cutting-edge science to unlock the secrets of his tomb.
Though revered in the East, most westerners have had little knowledge of the great warrior, until now. Two millennia after his death, state-of-the-art technology and CGI will illustrate the shape, layout and design of the largest unopened tomb in the world. Revealing over 8,000 figures inside, including the famed terracotta army of soldiers; how the Emperor designed it to celebrate his political and military power and to achieve continued glory in the afterlife are also explored.
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