Netflix Asia unveiled a gorgeous new trailer on Thursday for Mandarin drama series, The Rise Of Phoenixes. Upcoming The Weary Poet actor Chen Kun and actress Ni Ni headline the new show, clocked in at 70 episodes all loosely based on Huang Quan, a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan.
This is a story of power, desire, lust and love amongst 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.
Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship) are on board as directors, with William Chang (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time) serving as artistic director and costume designer. The show marks Kun’s return to television in nearly a decade while Ni signals her own television debut.
“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,” said Rob Roy, Netflix Vice President of Content – Asia.
The Rise of Phoenixes is co-produced by Netflix along with Croton Media (China Syndication), K. Pictures, Hao Mai Culture, Iqiyi, COL Group and New Film Association. Netflix will premiere the first fifteen episodes on September 14, followed by a weekly rollout of new episodes every Friday.