Three Kingdoms (TV series)

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Three Kingdoms
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Traditional 三國
Simplified 三国
Mandarin Sān Guó
GenreHistorical drama
Based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms
by Luo Guanzhong
Screenplay by Zhu Sujin
Directed by Gao Xixi
Starring Chen Jianbin
Yu Hewei
Lu Yi
Peter Ho
Ni Dahong
Yu Rongguang
Zhang Bo
Nie Yuan
Chen Hao
Ruby Lin
Victor Huang
Yu Bin
Theme music composer Zhao Jiping
Opening themeGive Me Back A World At Peace by Liao Changyong
Ending theme1. A Blurry World by Tang Can
2. Heroes Cross Heaven And Earth by Tan Jing
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of episodes95
Producer(s)Yang Xiaoming
Li Shu
Zhang Shenyan
Production location(s)China
Running time45 minutes per episode
Production company(s)1. Communication University of China Television Production Centre
2. Beijing Galloping Horse Film
3. Anhui Five Star Oriental Television Investment
4. Tianjin Television
5. Beijing Dongfang Henghe Film Culture
6. Beijing Baimeng Film Planning
7. Beijing Lin Gao Flyule Film Media
8. Jilin Province Film Production Corporation
DistributorBeijing Dongfang Hongfei Television Culture and Arts
Original network Jiangsu TV
Anhui TV
Chongqing TV
Tianjin TV
Original release2 May (2010-05-02) 
15 June 2010 (2010-06-15)

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) [1] [2] and took five years of pre-production work. [3] Shooting of the series commenced in October 2008, and it was released in China in May 2010. [4]


Three Kingdoms set a record as the most expensive small screen series in China's television history at the time, having been sold to four regional TV broadcasters at the price of 160 million yuan. [5] 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 and real history. [1] 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. [1] [2]

List of episodes

#English titleOriginal title
1To eliminate a traitor, Cao Cao presents a precious sword除国贼曹公献宝刀
2Chen Gong releases Cao Cao in righteousness陈宫申正义释曹操
3Cao Cao kills Lü Boshe by mistake曹操疑错杀吕伯奢
4Guan Yu slays Hua Xiong while the wine is still warm关云长温酒斩华雄
5Battle of Hulao - The three heroes fight Lü Bu破虎牢三英战吕布
6Sun Jian gains the Imperial Jade Seal孙坚得传国玉玺
7Sun Jian's death at Sanjin Ford三津渡孙文台殒命
8Wang Yun plans the Chain-Linked Strategy王司徒巧设连环计
9Father and son turn hostile at Fengyi Pavilion凤仪亭父子挑兵戈
10Lü Bu kills Dong Zhuo反间计吕布诛董卓
11Tao Qian offers Xu Province thrice陶恭祖三让徐州城
12Lü Bu is defeated in battle and seeks shelter under Liu Bei吕奉先战败投刘备
13Cao Cao saves the emperor and controls the warlords曹孟德救驾令诸侯
14Lü Bu stages a night raid on Xu Province吕奉先趁夜袭徐郡
15Lü Bu shoots an arrow through a halberd吕奉先辕门射画戟
16Cao Cao defeats Yuan Shu in battle曹孟德举兵败袁术
17Lü Bu falls for Cao Cao's trick and loses Xu Province中曹计吕布失徐州
18Lü Bu meets his end at White Gate Tower白门楼奉先赴黄泉
19Liu Bei receives an imperial decree and swears to destroy Cao Cao刘皇叔奉旨誓灭曹
20Cao Cao discusses about heroes over drinks曹孟德煮酒论英雄
21Yuan Shao and Cao Cao mobilise their armies袁曹各起马步三军
22Liu Bei is defeated and seeks shelter under Yuan Shao刘玄德战败投袁绍
23Guan Yu surrenders to Cao Cao on three conditions关云长降曹约三事
24Yuan Shao loses troops and commanders袁本初败兵又折将
25Guan Yu's lone journey over a thousand li美髯公千里走单骑
26Reunion at Gucheng会古城主臣聚大义
27Yuan Shao suffers defeats at Guandu战官渡袁本初败绩
28Xu You betrays his lord and joins Cao Cao许子远叛主投曹操
29Cao Cao burns the supply depot at Wuchao曹孟德劫粮烧乌巢
30Liu Bei garrisons an army at Xinye刘备屯兵新野
31Liu Bei's horse leaps across the Tan Stream刘皇叔跃马过檀溪
32Xu Shu turns back to recommend Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei徐元直走马荐诸葛
33Liu Bei visits Zhuge Liang thrice刘玄德三顾请诸葛
34Sun Ce passes on his legacy to Sun Quan孙策传位孙权
35Zhuge Liang deploys troops at an early stage诸葛亮初用兵
36Zhao Yun fights at Changban赵子龙血战长坂坡
37Zhuge Liang argues with the scholars诸葛孔明舌战群儒
38Zhuge Liang instigates Zhou Yu to resist Cao Cao抗曹操孔明激周瑜
39Jiang Gan steals a letter after a ceremony群英会蒋子翼盗书
40Zhuge Liang borrows arrows with straw boats诸葛孔明草船借箭
41Zhou Yu defeats Cao Cao at Red Cliff周公瑾赤壁破曹操
42Guan Yu spares Cao Cao at Huarong Trail关云长华容放曹操
43Sima Yi serves Cao Cao司马懿出山助曹操
44Cao Cao scares away Ma Teng of Western Liang曹操吓退西凉马腾
45Cao Cao loses his beloved son Cao Chong曹操痛失爱子曹冲
46Zhou Yu prepares to attack Jing Province夺荆州周公瑾发兵
47The forces of Cao, Sun and Liu battle for Nan Commandery曹孙刘三军战南郡
48Zhou Yu returns to Chaisang in unhappiness周公瑾赌气归柴桑
49Zhao Yun captures Guiyang赵子龙计取桂阳城
50Guan Yu fights at Changsha and recruits Huang Zhong and Wei Yan战长沙关羽收黄魏
51Lu Su comes twice to ask for Jing Province鲁子敬二度索荆州
52Liu Bei travels to Wu for a marriage刘备赴吴娶亲
53Sun Quan is angered by Zhou Yu孙权被周瑜激怒
54Lady Sun and Liu Bei are wed孙小妹刘备成亲
55Liu Bei returns to Jing Province刘备智返荆州
56Zhuge Liang infuriates Zhou Yu thrice诸葛亮三气周瑜
57Zhou Yu is defeated and dies with regret周瑜兵败抱憾而亡
58Zhuge Liang mourns Zhou Yu诸葛亮痛哭祭周瑜
59Cao Cao hosts a banquet at the Bronze Sparrow Platform曹操大宴铜雀台
60Ma Teng enters the capital西凉统领马腾进京
61Ma Teng is killed after falling into an ambush马腾中埋伏被杀
62Xu Chu fights Ma Chao许褚斗马超
63Zhang Song is humiliated but is later well received by Liu Bei张松受辱刘备相迎
64Zhang Song presents a map; Liu Bei enters southwest China张松献图玄德入川
65Wei Yan performs a sword dance, his target is Liu Zhang魏延舞剑意在刘璋
66Pang Tong's demise at Fallen Phoenix Slope庞统身死落凤坡
67Ma Chao pledges allegiance to Liu Bei马超誓效刘皇叔
68Guan Yu attends a feast alone and armed with only a blade关云长单刀赴会
69Huang Zhong conquers Hanzhong黄忠攻破汉中
70Cao Cao executes Yang Xiu at Mount Dingjun定军山曹操杀杨修
71Guan Yu's poison arrow wound is cured关羽刮骨疗毒
72Guan Yu commits suicide at Maicheng关羽麦城悲壮自刎
73Cao Cao's final wish and death传遗命曹操气数终
74Cao Pi forces Cao Zhi to compose the Seven Steps Poem兄逼弟曹植七步诗
75Emperor Xian receives two imperial edicts and abdicates in Cao Pi's favour汉献帝两诏禅曹丕
76Emperor Xian commits suicide; Liu Bei establishes Shu献帝自杀刘备建蜀
77Zhang Fei dies in his eagerness to avenge his brother急兄仇张翼德殒命
78Liu Bei launches a campaign against Eastern Wu刘玄德兴兵征东吴
79Sun Quan submits to Wei孙权降魏
80Huang Zhong is killed in battle黄忠战死
81Lu Xun sets aflame Liu Bei's linked camps over 700 li陆伯言营烧七百里
82Liu Bei entrusts his son at Baidicheng刘先主白帝城托孤
83Zhuge Liang calmly holds off five enemy forces诸葛亮安居平五路
84Zhuge Liang writes the Chu Shi Biao诸葛拟出师表
85Zhuge Liang prepares for the Northern Campaigns诸葛亮北伐大兴师
86Ma Su refuses to accept advice and loses Jieting马幼常拒谏失街亭
87Zhuge Liang's Empty Fort Strategy backs off Sima Yi's troops诸葛孔明空城退敌
88Zhao Yun bids the world farewell赵云辞世
89Zhuge Liang defeats Sima Yi诸葛亮大破司马懿
90Zhuge Liang eliminates Cao Zhen with a wise plan诸葛亮妙计除曹真
91Zhuge Liang takes Chencang by strategy诸葛亮计破陈仓城
92Zhuge Liang sends a letter to ridicule Sima Yi诸葛孔明下书辱司马
93Sima Yi is saved by a downpour at Shangfang Valley上方谷大雨救司马
94The chancellor's death at Wuzhang Plains五丈原汉丞相归天
95Sima Yi fakes illness and takes control of Wei司马懿诈病掌朝政




Replaced cast


#Track titleCreditsNotes
(pinyin :Huán Wŏ Yī Gè Tài Píng Tiān Xià)
(translation: Give Me Back A World At Peace)
Composed by Zhao Jiping; lyrics by Yi Ming; performed by Liao ChangyongOpening theme song
(pinyin :Tiān Dì Măng Cāng Cāng)
(translation: A Blurry World)
Composed by Zhao Jiping; lyrics by Yi Ming; performed by Tang Can Ending theme song
(pinyin :Yīng Xióng Wăng Lái Tiān Dì Jiān)
(translation: Heroes Cross Heaven And Earth)
Composed by Zhao Jiping; lyrics by Yi Ming; performed by Tan Jing Ending theme song
(pinyin :Diāo Chán Gē)
(translation: Diaochan's Song)
Composed by Zhao Jiping; lyrics by Luo Guanzhong; performed by Chen Hao
(pinyin :Ài Wú Hén)
(translation: Love Without A Trace)
Composed by Hu Li; lyrics by Shi Donghui and Hu Li; performed by Deng Tianqing
(pinyin :Bù Wǎng)
(translation: Not in Vain)
Composed by Tang Chi-wai; lyrics by Sandy Chang; performed by Super 4Opening theme song (Hong Kong version)


2010 Shanghai Television Festival Best Television Series (Silver Award)Three Kingdoms [6]
China TV Drama Awards Best Television Series
Most Popular Television Series
Best DirectorGao Xixi
Best ScreenwriterZhu Sujin
Television Figure of the YearChen Jianbin
2011 Seoul International Drama Awards Grand PrizeThree Kingdoms
Best Actor Chen Jianbin
International Drama Festival in Tokyo Special Award for Foreign DramaThree Kingdoms [7]
45th Houston International Film FestivalGrand Remi Award [8]

International broadcast

Mainland China Anhui TV 2 May 2010 - 14 June 201019:35 daily
Mainland China Jiangsu TV 2 May 2010 - 14 June 201019:30 daily
Mainland China Chongqing TV 2 May 2010 - 14 June 201019:36 daily
Mainland China Tianjin TV 2 May 2010 - 14 June 201019:35 daily
Hong Kong TVB Select11 October 2010 - 4 March 201122:30-23:30 from Monday-Thursday;
Monday-Friday from 13 December onwards
Japan BS Fuji 26 October 2010 - 2011Weekly on Mondays from 21:00 to 23:00
MalaysiaAstro Zhi Zun HD10 November 2010 - 201118:00-19:00 on weekdays
Hong Kong HD Jade 15 March 2012 - 11 July 201223:45-00:45 on weekdays
Taiwan China Television 2 July 2012 - 4 September 2012
South Korea KBS 2TV 27 February 2012 - 12 February 201300:35-01:25 from Monday-Tuesday
RomaniaOn national television channels:

TVR2 &

TVR HD (simultaneously);


first broadcast, on TVR 2 and TVR HD: 16 May 2011

second broadcast, on TVR 3: 2012

third broadcast, on TVR 2 and TVR HD: August 2013 - 12 December 2013

20:00 and 00:50 (R), from Monday to Thursday

23:00 and 04:30 (R), from Monday to Saturday

23:50-01:20 (may vary) and 4:00-4:50 (R) from Wednesday to Friday (may vary)

Thailand 3 HD, 3 Family30 January 2017 (Originally broadcast: 25 October 2016)18:20-19:05 from Monday-Thursday; 18:00-18:45 on Friday [9] (since 1 May 2017, it moved to broadcast on 3 Family at 21:00)
Middle East & North Africa MBC Action 24 April 2016 - 15 November 201617:00 on weekdays

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