Product: 34-episode TV Play Series CAO CAO
Starring: Yao Lu, Cao Ying, Yu Hewei
Director: Tong Zheng
Published by Peninsula Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2002
Media: 5 DVD-9
DVD region code setting: All regions
Picture Format: NTSC, MPEG-2, Color
Subtitles: Chinese and English
ISBN 7883502077 / 9787883502074
When the Eastern Han Dynasty was in its last years, the emperor was unable to control the nation, with the power falling into the hands of eunuchs and his relatives of his wife, the warlords fighting each other frequently, and the people being forced to leave home and wander about. During this period, Cao Cao assumed control of government and punished many corrupt officials. Although he experienced several ups and downs in his political career, Cao Cao gradually became a powerful statesman, a wise strategist, and finally managed wipe out the warlords and unified the northern part of China.
Politically, Cao Cao carried out a policy of appointing people according to their political integrity and ability, set out a series of rules for the army and adopted some active measures for the nation, thus the production being greatly promoted. His Explanations of art of War by Sun Wu and The Outlines of Art of war were two books occupied an important position in the military history in the world.
In literature, Cao Cao wrote many ever lasting poems, expressing his ideals and ambitions, His style laid the foundation of the famous school of Jian'an literature. Cao Cao had many talents, such as music, handwriting, and Wei Qi. He did not believe in destiny. He advocated practicing economy, and paid great attention to education and social welfare, and set the nation many good examples for officials and civilians to follow.
This TV series is a biography about historical figure. Its materials come not only from history books but also from many anecdotes seldom known by the common people, which gives a complete picture of Cao Cao from 22 to 66 years of age. The series tries to reveal how Cao Cao, a remarkable and ambitious politician and militarist in Chinese history, contributed to the consolidation of northern China, appointment of talents, development of productive forces, harmony among various nationalities and prosperity of literature by putting an end to the separatist warlord domains, punishing tyrants and doing away with corruption. Meanwhile, the series also fathom the making of Cao Cao’s nature and his twofold character by focusing on the vicissitudes of his military career, family, marriage and love story, etc.