The Rise of Phoenixes, a new Mandarin drama series, flies onto Netflix this September.
The Rise of Phoenixes is a 70-episode series loosely based on Huang Quan, a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan, and co-produced by Netflix along with Croton Media (China Syndication), K. Pictures, Hao Mai Culture, Iqiyi, COL Group and New Film Association. The series charts a story of power, desire, lust and love among 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 kingdom who 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 drama features iconic names in the Mandarin movie industry, including Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship) as directors and William Chang (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love) as artistic director and costume designer. This series not only marks Ni Ni’s first role on television, but also Chen Kun’s highly anticipated return to the small screen after a decade.
“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 catalog with more stories that bring to life the intriguing heritage of Chinese culture,” says Rob Roy, Netflix Vice President of Content – Asia.
The Rise of Phoenixes will stream on Netflix, starting with the first 15 episodes on 14th September, and new updates then following every Friday.
The Rise of Phoenixes is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.