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Three Kingdoms - Three Kingdoms (TV series) - Netflix
Three Kingdoms is a 2010 Chinese television series based on the events in the late Eastern Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period. The plot is adapted from the 14th century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and other stories about the Three Kingdoms period. Directed by Gao Xixi, the series had a budget of over 160 million RMB (30 million USD) and took five years of pre-production work. Shooting of the series commenced in October 2008, and it was released in China in May 2010. Three Kingdoms set a record as the most expensive small screen series so far in China's television history, having been sold to four regional TV broadcasters at the price of 160 million yuan. The series was a commercial success in China and dominated ratings, but has caused controversy among fans with many commenting that the TV series has veered too far from the classic novel. It has also been sold to over 20 countries, earning an estimated 800 million RMB (133.3 million USD) in total as of May 2012.
Three Kingdoms - Replaced cast - Netflix
Jiang Wen was originally cast as Cao Cao, but decided to abandon the role after two directors quit the project. Soon afterwards, Tang Guoqiang, who played Zhuge Liang in Romance of the Three Kingdoms (1994), asked for the role, but it had already been reassigned to Chen Jianbin. Ken Watanabe asked director Gao Xixi for the role of Guan Yu. Gao reportedly was unable to meet Watanabe's request for a salary of 30-40 million yuan, and was forced to turn him away. The role eventually went to Yu Rongguang (who previously appeared as Han De in the 2008 film Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon).
Three Kingdoms - References - Netflix