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The Empress of China (Hunan Television, 2014)

This Chinese television drama is based on events of the 7th and 8th century Tang dynasty. Producer Fan Bingbing stars as the title character Wu Zetian — the only female emperor in Chinese history. The Empress of China has a budget of 300 million Yen (roughly just under $50 million U.S.). It is believed to be the most expensive TV series in Chinese history. (That record had been held by Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties in 2013 with a budget of 280 million Yen.) The cast is rounded out with Zhang Fengyi, Aarif Rahman and Janine Chang. There have been 96 episodes that have aired in mainland China. The Empress of China also airs in Taiwan, though they are slightly behind with only 86 having aired.

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