Three Kingdoms (2010 tv series) Ep 1-10

This is by far the best Historical Drama I’ve seen come out of China.  Actually I’d go as far and say this is the best Historical Drama that has been made in the last ten years. I’ve got no complaints about the production of this massive series.  95 episodes, 45 minutes each.  This series is one of the most dedicated retelling of the Three Kingdoms I’ve ever come across. The amount of characters in this series is staggering. I suggest using Wikipedia’s entry on the show in case you forget who some of the secondary characters are.

Even the most minor character can cause such a calamity in the series.  I’ve been hunting down for ‘mug shots’ of all the characters but have yet to find them, the show is six years old now so I shouldn’t be surprised at the scarcity of fan sites now. Below are the first ten episodes with a brief overview of what happened.  More to remind myself of what has happened than anything else.

 

Episode 1: To eliminate a traitor, Cao Cao presents a precious sword

  • Prime Minister Wang Yun’s 60th anniversary party Cao Cao swears to kill Dong Zhuo, he receives the seven star dagger from Wang Yun
  • Next day Cao Cao goes to Dong Zhuo to assassinate him, he meets Lu Bu
  • While just about ready to stab Dong Zhuo wakes up and Cao Cao presents him with the dagger as a gift
  • As he flees Dong Zhuo’s residence Lu Bu presents Cao Cao with a horse ‘Shadow Runner’ a gift from Dong Zhuo
  • Lu Bu meets with Dong Zhuo and the figure out Cao Cao was actually attempting to kill him.  Lu Bu is ordered to take 5,000 Calvary and bring back his head.
  • Lu Bu murders everyone in Cao Cao’s residence.

Main Characters

Cao Cao (played by Chen Jianbin)

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe)

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho)

Other Cast

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong)

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Chen Jianben as Cao Cao

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Cao Cao holding the seven star dagger

Episode 2: Chen Gong releases Cao Cao in righteousness

  • Dong Zhuo shows his anger in front of the ministers for the attempt on his life
  • Lu Bu searches Wang Yun’s residence and meets Diao Chan for the first time
  • Liu Bei and his sworn brother, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu begin to start their promise as a brother with a drink of wines together
  • Cao Cao is captured and brought before the imperial Judge Chen Gong,
  • After talking to Cao Cao, Chen Gong quits his position and releases Cao Cao from custudy making them both fugitives
  • Cao Cao and Chen Gong go to Cao Cao’s Uncle Lu Boshe’s village to hide
  • After a misunderstanding Cao Cao and Chen Gong slaughter everyone in the village

Main Characters

Cao Cao (played by Chen Jianbin)

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) –

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Liu Bei (played by Yu Hewei)

Zhang Fei (played by Kang Kai)

Guan Yu (played by Yu Rongguang)

Other Cast

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister

Chen Gong (played by Sun Hongtao) – former judge, now advisor

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Dong Zhuo played by Lu Xiaohe

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left to right: Zhang Fei, Lui Bei, and Guan Yu

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Lu Bu and Diao Chan

Episode 3: Cao Cao kills Lü Boshe by mistake

So many characters introduced in this episode!

  • Cao Cao kills Lu Boshe then returns to the village to rest
  • Cao Cao says his most famous line “I’d rather betray the world, then the world betray me”.
  • Chen Gong leaves in the middle of the night deciding that Cao Cao is evil.
  • Cao Cao goes to visit his father Cao Song
  • Cao Cao meets up with Xiahou Yuan, Yu Jin
  • A letter arrives from Yuan Shao’s forces and Cao Cao decides to join
  • Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu are refused entry to join Yuan Shao as they have no soldiers.  Cao Cao arrives and gets them entry as well as giving introductions to Yuan Shao
  • General Hua Xiong brings his army to bring Cao Cao’s head to Dong Zhuo and to kill the rebellious Generals and Governors.
  • General Hua Xiong kills Yuan Shu’s best general Yu She.

Main Characters

Cao Cao (played by Chen Jianbin)

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) –

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Liu Bei (played by Yu Hewei)

Zhang Fei (played by Kang Kai)

Guan Yu (played by Yu Rongguang)

Other Cast

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister

Chen Gong (played by Sun Hongtao) – former judge, now advisor

Cao Song (played by Guo Jiyun) – Cao Cao’s father

Cao Hong (played by Li Daiqing) –  Military general of the state of Cao Wei, cousin to Cao Cao

Xiahou Yuan (played by Li Qilong) – A general who will serve under Cao Cao

Xiahou Dun (played by Li Mengcheng) – One of Cao Cao’s most trusted generals

Yu Jin (played by Wu Kegang) –  A general who will serve under Cao Cao

Li Dian (played by Cao Guoxin) – A general who will serve under Cao Cao

Yuan Shao (played by Xu Wenguang) – Northern Territory Warlord

Yuan Shu (played by Yan Pei) –  Younger cousin of Yuan Shao, General allied to Yuan Shao

Sun Jian (played by Fan Yulin) – General and Warlord allied to Yuan Shao

Ma Teng (played by Ning Sheng) – Warlord, controls Liang Province.

Hua Xiong (played by Ding Xiaonan) – Military general under the warlord Dong Zhuo

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left to right Yuan Shu & Yuan Shao

Episode 4: Guan Yu slays Hua Xiong while the wine is still warm

  • General Hua Xiong kills Yuan Shu’s best general Yu She.(replay from Ep 3)
  • General Pan challenges Hau Xiong and is killed
  • Guan Yu challenges Hau Xiong, takes his head, then throws it at the feet of Yuan Shao
  • Yuan Shao makes a 19th section of the army and names Liu Bei as its leader
  • Rebel forces route Dong Zhuo’s army
  • Dong Zhuo marshals his forces and leads them himself.
  • Yuan Kui is captured and him and his entire family are executed as traitors
  • Huang Gai meets with Yuan Shao to get needed supplies. Yuan Shao denies them until it is signed off by Yuan Shu.

Main Characters

Cao Cao (played by Chen Jianbin)

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) –

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Liu Bei (played by Yu Hewei)

Zhang Fei (played by Kang Kai)

Guan Yu (played by Yu Rongguang)

Other Cast

Yuan Shao (played by Xu Wenguang) – Northern Territory Warlord

Yuan Shu (played by Yan Pei) –  Younger cousin of Yuan Shao, General allied to Yuan Shao

Yuan Kui – I could find no information about this minister.  Possibly a subtitle error.

Sun Jian (played by Fan Yulin) – General and Warlord allied to Yuan Shao

Ma Teng (played by Ning Sheng) – Warlord, controls Liang Province.

Hua Xiong (played by Ding Xiaonan) – Military general under the warlord Dong Zhuo

Li Ru (played by Song Chongdong) – Scholar and adviser to Dong Zhuo

Guo Si (played by Gong Zhixi) –  general serving under the warlord Dong Zhuo

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

Cao Ren (played by Yang Guang) – A military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao, also his younger cousin

Sun Se (played by Sha Yi) – Son of Sun Jian

Sun Jian (played by Fan Yulin) – General and Warlord allied to Yuan Shao

Sun Quan (played by Zheng Wei [child]) – Youngest child of Sun Jian

Han Dang (played by Liu Jun) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

Huang Gai (played by Liu Kui) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

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Sun Quan with his father Sun Jian

Episode 5: Battle of Hulao – The three heroes fight Lü Bu

This is an episode with a lot going on.  It sets the stage for many things to come in the story.

  • Sun Jian looses to Lu Bu
  • Yuan Shu denies Sun Jian food supplies
  • Yuan Shao does not attempt to help Sun Jian and covers for Yuan Shu’s mistakes
  • Cao Cao tells the Yuan Shao not to inform anyone of the Wu Army (Sun Jian) defeat in case it causes desertion, instead they celebrate a false victory
  • During disagreements with the alliance Liu Bei offers to leave, Cao Cao says how could you leave!  We would all be disheartened,  In which Liu Bei replies, “As vast as the world is, it is not big enough for all of you to stand together.”
  • Dong Zhuo besieges the city with the 18 Generals, Lu Bu slays three heroes
  • The 18 lords bicker and argue among themselves, Cao Cao departs their company
  • Cao Cao attempts to get Liu Bei to join him, he politely refuses but says he will take Lu Bu’s head as a parting gift.
  • Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu ride out together to face Lu Bu and Dong Zhuo’s army.
  • Zhang Fei fights an epic battle against Lu Bu.  Lu Bu wins, Guan Yu interrupts the fight to save Zhang Fei. It takes all three brothers to fight Lu Bu to a draw.
  • Dong Zhou announces moving the capital from Luoyang to Chang’an, then orders the Luoyang Capital burned down.
  • Cao Cao takes 10,000 men and is the only one to reinforce Sun Jian

Main Characters

Cao Cao (played by Chen Jianbin)

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) –

Liu Bei (played by Yu Hewei)

Zhang Fei (played by Kang Kai)

Guan Yu (played by Yu Rongguang)

Liu Xie, Emperor Xian of Han (played by Xiao Dingdong child actor)

Other Cast

Yuan Shao (played by Xu Wenguang) – Northern Territory Warlord

Yuan Shu (played by Yan Pei) –  Younger cousin of Yuan Shao, General allied to Yuan Shao

Sun Jian (played by Fan Yulin) – General and Warlord allied to Yuan Shao

Gongsun Zan (played by Wang Baogang) –  Studied under Lu Zhi with Liu Bei, sometimes allied with Yuan Shu

Liu Dai (played by Xu Xiao) – Palace Attendant and Inspector of Yan Province

Ma Teng (played by Ning Sheng) – Warlord, controls Liang Province.

Cao Ren (played by Yang Guang) – A military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao, also his younger cousin

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

Sun Ce (played by Sha Yi) – Son of Sun Jian

Huang Gai (played by Liu Kui) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

Cheng Pu (played by Zhong Minghe) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

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Episode 6: Sun Jian gains the Imperial Jade Seal

  • Cao Cao and Cao Ren advance on Dong Zhuo and the Emperor with Sun Jian’s calvary
  • Dong Zhuo shares a chariot with the Emperor as the entire court moves to Chang’an
  • The imperial court is ambushed on the road.  Lu Bu goes out of his way to protect Diao Chan
  • Sun Jian arrives in Luoyang
  • Cheng Pu finds the Imperial Seal of the House Han and presents it to Sun Jian
  • Cao Cao yells at Yuan Shao for not supporting him in his fight to retrieve the Emperor.  He blames him for his defeat at Xingyang by the hands of Lu Bu. Cao Cao quits the alliance
  • Sun Jian tells Yuan Shao that he to is quitting the alliance
  • Yuan Shu tells Sun Jian he is only quitting because he possesses the Imperial Seal.  Sun Jian denies having it.
  • In the Jing Provence  Liu Biao recieves a secret message from Yuan Shao to intercept Sun Jian at Sanjin crossing and take the Imperial seal.
  • Liu Biao tells Sun Jian that he wants no trouble and he may have safe passage through Jing Provence.

Main Characters

Cao Cao (played by Chen Jianbin)

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe)

Liu Xie, Emperor Xian of Han (played by Xiao Dingdong child actor)

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Other Cast

Cao Ren (played by Yang Guang) – A military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao, also his younger cousin

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

Sun Jian (played by Fan Yulin) – General and Warlord allied to Yuan Shao

Sun Ce (played by Sha Yi) – Son of Sun Jian

Sun Quan (played by Zheng Wei [child]) – Youngest child of Sun Jian

Huang Gai (played by Liu Kui) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

Cheng Pu (played by Zhong Minghe) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

Yuan Shao (played by Xu Wenguang) – Northern Territory Warlord

Yuan Shu (played by Yan Pei) –  Younger cousin of Yuan Shao, General allied to Yuan Shao

Liu Biao (played by Ji Chenggong) – warlord and the governor of Jing Province,  member of the extended family of the Han emperors

Cai Mao (played by Liu Dan) – from an influential clan in Nan Commandery in Jing Province, serves under Liu Biao.

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Episode 7: Sun Jian’s death at Sanjin Ford

  • The Wu Army get ambushed on their boats, Sun Jian is mortally wounded
  • Wu Troops and Jing Troops engage in battle
  • Sun Ce sends Sun Quan to sue for peace with Liu Biao
  • Dong Zhuo promotes Li Ru to Ministry of Works.  One of the three highest ranks in the nation
  • Dong Zhuo has Zhang Wen executed for allegedly working with the Yuan brothers. He then makes all the ministers drink Zhang Wen’s blood
  • Lu Bu brings birthday gifts to Diao Chan, Wang Yun starts to plot on how to exploit is intrest in his God Daughter.

Main Characters

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) – Lord Chancellor & “Imperial Father”

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Other Cast

Sun Jian (played by Fan Yulin) – General and Warlord allied to Yuan Shao

Sun Ce (played by Sha Yi) – Son of Sun Jian

Sun Quan (played by Zheng Wei [child]) – Youngest child of Sun Jian

Huang Gai (played by Liu Kui) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

Cheng Pu (played by Zhong Minghe) – military general serving under the warlord Sun Jian

Liu Biao (played by Ji Chenggong) – warlord and the governor of Jing Province,  member of the extended family of the Han emperors

Cai Mao (played by Liu Dan) – from an influential clan in Nan Commandery in Jing Province, serves under Liu Biao.

Li Ru (played by Song Chongdong) – Scholar, adviser to Dong Zhuo, Minster of Works

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

Zhang Wen (played by Chen Bing) – served as Minister of Works during the Eastern Han Dynasty

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Episode 8: Wang Yun plans the Chain-Linked Strategy

  • Lu Bu Visits Diao Chan, then asks Wang Yun for her hand in marriage.  Wang Yun agrees
  • Wang Yun informs Diao Chan that he will present her to Dong Zhuo as to drive a wedge between Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu.
  • Wang Yun invites Dong Zhuo to his residence under the pretence of wine and peach blossoms.
  • Dong Zhuo is smitten by Diao Chan’s beauty and tells Wang Yun that she should be an Imperial Concubine.
  • Wang Yun tells Lu Bu that Dong Zhuo forced him to send Diao Chan to the Emperor but he knows Dong Zhuo will take her for himself
  • Dong Zhuo intends to bring Diao Chan to his residence and not the Emperors.  He refuses to give Diao Chan to Lu Bu
  • A rift begins to form between Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu

Main Characters

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) – Lord Chancellor & “Imperial Father”

Liu Xie, Emperor Xian of Han (played by Xiao Dingdong child actor)

Other Cast

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

Li Ru (played by Song Chongdong) – Scholar, adviser to Dong Zhuo, Minster of Works

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Episode 9: Father and son turn hostile at Fengyi Pavilion

  • Diao Chan is officially collected as an Imperial Concubine but brought to Dong Zhuo’s residence instead of the Emperors
  • Next day Wang Yun confirms to Lu Bu that Diao Chan is not in the Impireal Palace but with Dong Zhuo.
  • Lu Bu sees for himself that it is true.  He leaves and runs into Li Ru and tells him his troubles
  • Lu Ru tries to convice Dong Zhuo to give Diao Chan to Lu Bu.
  • The situation goes back and forth with Diao Chan helping her Godfathers scheme to split Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu despite the fact that she loves Lu Bu.
  • Dong Zhuo appoints Lu Bu commander in chief to try and appease him.
  • We learn from Wang Yun that Cao Cao has beaten a horde of Yellow Turbans and they now fight for him.  Cao Cao now has a considerable army.
  • Lu Bu leaves in the middle of court to see Diao Chan, Diao Chan tells Lu Bu that she wants to be with him forever once Dong Zhuo finds out he chases after him.
  • While that is going on Diao Chan rips her dress smacks her head into a beam then tells Dong Zhuo that Lu Bu got physical with her.

Main Characters

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) – Lord Chancellor & “Imperial Father”

Liu Xie, Emperor Xian of Han (played by Xiao Dingdong child actor)

Other Cast

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

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Episode 10: Lü Bu kills Dong Zhuo

  • Chen Gong visits Wang Yun
  • Lu Bu seeks Wang Yun’s counsil.  Wang Yun introduces him to Chen Gong.
  • Between the pair they convince Lu Bu to kill Dong Zhuo
  • Wang Yun creates a plot where Dong Zhuo thinks the Empress has agreed to declare him Emperor.
  • While a ascending to what he thinks is his coronation Dong Zhuo runs into Wang Yun who has a decree from the Emperor that the traitor Dong Zhuo be executed.
  • Soldiers storm towards Dong Zhuo and he cries for Lu Bu.
  • Lu Bu rides in on his horse and kilss Dong Zhuo
  • Diao Chan and Lu Bu are married
  • Li Jue and Guo Si are asking permission to surrender now that Dong Zhuo is dead. Wang Yun refuses to spare them despite Chen Gong’s council.
  • Angered that their surrender was rejected they attack the capital and breach the city
  • Wang Yun commits suicide to protect the Emperor.
  • Chen Gong pledges to help Lu Bu.  They are to retreat to Jing Provence.
  • Meanwhile in Xuzhou, Cao Song (Cao Cao’s father) visits Tao Qian
  • Zhang Kai a soldier of Tao Qian murders Cao Song for his belongings then flees to become a bandit.
  • Cao Cao is in mourning for his father

Main Characters

Dong Zhuo (played by Lü Xiaohe) – Lord Chancellor & “Imperial Father”

Diao Chan (played by Chen Hao) – Goddaughter to Wang Yun

Lu Bu (played by Peter Ho) – General, beholden to Dong Zhuo

Other Cast

Wang Yun (played by Zheng Tianyong) – Minister of the Interior

Chen Gong (played by Sun Hongtao) – former judge, friends of Wang Yun

Li Ru (played by Song Chongdong) – Scholar, adviser to Dong Zhuo, Minster of Works

Li Jue (played by Sen Zhixue) – a military general serving under the autocratic warlord, Dong Zhuo

Guo Si (played by Gong Zhixi) – general serving under the warlord Dong Zhuo

Tao Qian (played by Tong Han) – warlord and the governor of Xu Province

Zhang Kai (played by ____) – Former Yellow Turban working for Tao Qian

Xun Yu (played by Li Jianxin) – strategist and statesman who served as an advisor to the warlord Cao Cao

Cao Ren (played by Yang Guang) – A military general serving under the warlord Cao Cao, also his younger cousin

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