Yah, I thought Han's military law at the time was way to strict and unreasonable too. I don't know if the law was created by Han Wu Di or was it has been Han's law since the the beginning of the Dynasty. My guess is that it was Han Wu Di who made that law for he was first extremely strict emperor. Pretty much a dictator and that's one of a few things I don't like about him.Originally Posted by charbydis
Yes, I also thouthgt that it wasn't correct to see Han Wu Di to come up with every war tactics while Wei Qing basically didn't really able to have any, not even advices. Han Wu Di might have been also well verse in military tactics but Wei Qing sure was also a military genius. He sure wasn't just Han Wu Di's fighting arms.I think the producers tried to glorify Wei Qing as much as possible after they dumbed him down by making Han Wu Di come out with all the war tactics.
Zhou Ya Fu's story was really a sad one. I really felt sorry for him. He was such a great man but he was simply being dishonor and discard once he wasn't needed anymore. I cried when he died.Han Wen Di went to Xi Liu Barracks for the exact same reasons, to find out the military progress of hsi armies and found Zhou Ya Fu. That's why he told Han Jing Di later on to find Zhou Ya Fu if he needed to do battle.
Haha, I would rather believe Shi Ji too.There were heaps of pseudo-princessses married off to the Xiongnu and Wu Sun tribes, but no real princesses ever got married. But producers of HWDD argued that they found a Song artefact which said that Princess Nan Gong did get married off to the Xiong Nu, but seriously, if you are pitting a Song artefact against Sima Qian's "Shi Ji", I'd rather believe the "Shi Ji "that she didn't get married off to the Xiong Nu.
By the way, even if she did get sent over, she didn't marry those particular Xiong Nu chiefs because they didn't reign until like a decade or two later. (I remember when this was pointed out, the manic supporters of Princess Nan Gong and Yizhixie went all sad at the Chinese forums and it was hilarious!)
These pseudo-princesses were either daughter of distant royals or maids taught to act like a princess (Qiu Xiang and Qian Er were good examples from the story).
Thanks for all the informations. How did you know so much about them? I didn't remember reading anything about them in the Shi Ji or maybe because my Shi Ji version was not fully translated therefore all those details about Xiong Nu weren't included?Well, HWDD got the relationships all wrong, for some weird reason.
In the series, it was simplified to Jun Chen (the dad, and the actor who played Jiu Mo Zhi in TLBB BTW, a real Mongolian) having three sons, Yizhixie, Yu Dan, and Jin Mi Di.
But according to history. Jun Chen was Yizhixie's elder brother. Yu Dan was the heir to the throne, but then when his dad died due to natural causes, his uncle battled him for the throne and Yu Dan's armies lost after a few months and he fled to China. Yu Dan surrendered to Han Wu Di, and was made a Marquis, but died several months later due to illness (and no one knows who his mum is, but it for sure isn't Princess Nan Gong). Yi Zhi Xie became the Xiong Nu Chief.
Mi Di (original name Mi Di, the surname Jin was later given on by Han Wu Di after he surrendered) was the son of a distant Xiong Nu royal, Lord Xiu Tu. Lord Xiu Tu was about to surrender to the Han when he suddenly changed his mind, and was killed by his colleages (as seen in the series) who wanted to.
Because he dad changed his mind, Mi Di was not given any marquis ranks after surrendering and became a stable boy, and later became a close adviser to Han Wu Di and given the surname 'Jin'. (He was rumoured to be Han Wu Di's boyfriend BTW!)
Then back on Yizhixie from the series. He had all this stuff pushed onto him that he didn't do. It was done instead by his ancestor Mao Dun (the one who wrote the marriage proposal to Empress Lui) who ruled around 100 years before.
Mao Dun was the eldest son, but his dad preferred his little brother and when coerced by his new wife, the dad sent Mao Dun off to the Da Yue Zhi (the Turkish-Iranish tribe in the series) and then started a war, hoping that his son would be killed. But Mao Dun found out and escaped and planned revenge and killed his dad while on a hunting trip (same as in series, but different character), after practising on his wife and horse (another point). He also killed his little brother and stepmother as well.
Then after becoming Xiong Nu chief, he waged war on the Da Yue Zhi tribe, and pushed into the Middle-East after beheading their ruler and making his skull into a wine goblet (see, another thing Yizhixie didn't do).
And in the seige of Ma Yi, it was Jun Chen who lead the troops, not Yizhixie. And he surely survived that last battle (escaped after the Li Guang thing) and died a few years later due to illness.
Stuff he did do was personally lead troops against the Han and defeated two of their armies, causing Zhao Xin to surrender with all the military secrets.
Seriously, I was horrified at the gigantic deviations from the Xiong Nu side, but then thinking about it, I think it makes the series more interesting and easier to understand. I just don't get why they made Yizhixie the son instead of the brother, there was nothing he could not do as the brother that he could of if he was the brother.
Ah yes, I remember it now. Han Yan was Han Wu Di's boyfriend. If my memory serves me correctly, I remember Ji An (suddenly became one of Han Wu Di's teacher in here) got pissed off at him and wanted Han Wu Di to kill him too. Ji An was also one of my favorites of Han Wu Di's reign. He was such a bold and straight forward man. So respectable.He was homosexual with Han Wu Di and that got Empress Dowager Wang pissed. Then he was riding Han Wu Di's carriage once, and this brother of Empress Dowager Wang (not Tian Fen, she had many more brothers) thought it was Han Wu Di and knelt. He felt humiliated when he saw it was Han Yan and complained to the Empress Dowager, who ordered his death.
Hehe, we are pretty much the same here. Dou Ying was also my favorite character in this series. The first time I ever know about Dou Ying was in Da Han Tian Zi and oh my, they reduced him to became a low pety and useless man. Then I came to respect him after found out how he really was from Shi Ji and Ma's portrayal of Dou Ying made me like and respect him even more.I like Ma Shao Hua a lot! I think he has this very warm and caring look on him. Dou Ying was my favourite character in the whole series!
Some deleted scenes are not so important. Doesn't matter much. But there are deleted scenes I think defenitely needed. For example, the scene where Han Wu Di's favorite teacher (what was his name?) returned and suggest Han Wu Di to read Lao Zi's books as well because they have military tactics. I think it was defintely needed in order to show why Han Wu Di finally decided to read Daoism books as well and became so well verse in military art. It showed how his character grown. Very important. That was also the first cut scene I realized.BTW, what did you think about the deleted scenes? Were they needed?