Immerse yourself in the lives of extraordinary characters that stand a
few inches tall. From chipmunks to mice, be entertained and spellbound
by the creatures that call the Hidden Kingdoms home.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Hidden Kingdoms - Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Netflix
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a 14th-century historical novel
attributed to Luo Guanzhong. It is set in the turbulent years towards
the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese
history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the
land in 280. The story – part historical, part legend, and part mythical
– romanticises and dramatises the lives of feudal lords and their
retainers, who tried to replace the dwindling Han dynasty or restore it.
While the novel follows hundreds of characters, the focus is mainly on
the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han dynasty,
and would eventually form the three states of Cao Wei, Shu Han, and
Eastern Wu. The novel deals with the plots, personal and military
battles, intrigues, and struggles of these states to achieve dominance
for almost 100 years. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is acclaimed as one
of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature; it has a total
of 800,000 words and nearly a thousand dramatic characters (mostly
historical) in 120 chapters. The novel is among the most beloved works
of literature in East Asia, and its literary influence in the region has
been compared to that of the works of Shakespeare on English literature.
It is arguably the most widely read historical novel in late imperial
and modern China.
Hidden Kingdoms - Literary analysis - Netflix
In the introduction to the 1959 reprint of the Brewitt-Taylor
translation, Roy Andrew Miller argues that the novel's chief theme is
“the nature of human ambition.” to which Moody adds the relationship
between politics and morality, specifically the conflict between the
idealism of Confucian political thought and the harsh realism of
Legalism, as a related theme. Other dominant themes of the novel
include: the rise and fall of the ideal liege (Liu Bei); finding the
ideal minister (Zhuge Liang); the conflict between the ideal liege (Liu
Bei) and the consummate villain (Cao Cao); and the cruelties and
injustice of feudal or dynastic government. The opening lines of the
novel, “The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide.
Thus it has ever been”, added by Mao Lun and Mao Zonggang in their
recension, epitomise the tragic theme of the novel. One recent critic
notes that the novel takes political and moral stands and lets the
reader know which of the characters are heroes and which villains, yet
the heroes are forced to make a tragic choice between equal values, not
merely between good and evil. The heroes know that the end of the empire
is ordained by this cosmic cycle of division and unity, yet their
choices are moral, based on loyalty, not political.
Hidden Kingdoms - References - Netflix