Netflix has picked up Mandarin series The Rise of Phoenixes to stream in over a dozen languages to members around the world starting on September 14. The first 15 episodes will become available on that day, with new updates every Friday.
The series features iconic names in the Mandarin movie industry, including Shen Yan and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship) as directors, William Chang (The Grandmaster, In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time) as artistic director and costume designer, as well as Chen Kun and Ni Ni as the leading cast. This series not only marks the debut of Ni Ni’s first role on television, but also Chen Kun’s 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,” said Rob Roy, Netflix Vice President of Content – Asia.
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 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.