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Netflix is preparing to stream Mandarin series The Rise of Phoenixes across all its markets from 14 September, while Hunan TV and digital platform iQIYI are carrying the period drama in China.
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The 70-episode series is directed by Shen Yean and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationships), and stars Chen Kun (The Story of a Noble Family, C’est La Vie) and Ni Ni (Bride Wars, The Flowers of War).

Netflix is making the first 15 episodes available in a dozen languages from 14 September and will then launch new episodes every Friday.

“We’re excited to offer a top quality title like The Rise of Phoenixes to our members around the world. We look forward to growing our Mandarin title catalogue with more stories that bring to life the intriguing heritage of Chinese culture,” said Rob Roy, Netflix vice president of content - Asia.

The Rise of Phoenixes is loosely based on the Tianxia Guiyuan novel Huang Quan, which Netflix calls “a story of power, desire, lust and love amongst people from different kingdoms in ancient China, all with the desire of rising to become The Great Phoenix”.

Ning Yi (played by Chen Kun), is the sixth prince of the kingdom and hides a dark past. Feng Zhiwei (played by Ni Ni) hides her true identity and has to cross-dress to survive in the male-dominated world. However, when a secret from the past rears its head, respected warrior Feng Zhiwei is forced to choose between revenge and her loyalty to ruling prince Ning Yi.

The series will mark Ni Ni’s television acting debut and also Chen Kun’s return to the small screen after a decade. William Chang (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time) is artistic director and costume designer.

The Great Phoenix is co-produced by Netflix with Croton Media (China Syndication), K. Pictures, Hao Mai Culture, iQIYI, COL Group and New Film Association.