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The First Emperor of China

bigImage THE FIRST EMPEROR OF CHINA tells the story of Ying Zheng, ruler of Qin, who conquered neighboring states and declared himself "Qin Shihuang", First Emperor of China. To consolidate the new kingdom's unity, Qin ordered standardized systems of currency, writing, weights and measures, the completion of the Great Wall and the construction of a network of roads and canals. Though these reforms were positive, order was maintained by a harsh and intolerant system of justice. Qin's battles, achievements and tyranny are recounted with a cast of thousands in epic style, with historically accurate costumes and meticulous attention to detail. Footage of Qin's tomb, the most significant archaeological site in China, is also featured.

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Co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Zi'an Film Studio and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Co-directed by Tony Ianzelo and Liu Hao Xue. Producers: Barry Howells, Pan Han Ci. Script by Wang Ji Cheng and Liu Yun Hui. Narration written by Robert Duncan. Narrated by Christopher Plummer. Director of Photography: Ernest McNabb. Distributed by Big Films Inc.

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"The First Emperor of China " By Doug Pratt, DVDLaser.com

"First Emperor Of China, The" By David Chou, SMR

"Imax Docudrama has unreal feeling" By John Hartl, Film.com

"Burning Books and Burying Scholars Alive" By Caryn James, The New York Times (registration req'd)

"Snyopsis" By Rotten Tomatoes

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