The Smithsonian Channel and EBS Korea are going back 2,000 years to the Qin dynasty, in China’s Dragon Emperor.
Bowing on May 21, the two-part special uses 4K 3D CGI, re-creations, interviews with leading scholars, and ongoing excavations to examine the truth behind Qin Shi Huang’s methods of governance and secrets within his massive burial ground.
The first ruler of a unified China was viewed as a tyrant, but he was integral to the creation of a single Great Wall of China, a national road system, and the mausoleum guarded by the Terracotta Army, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The project is part of a commitment by the Smithsonian Channel to build a greater presence in Asia.
“We have collaborated on epic films about Angkor Wat and Myanmar’s Buddhist temples, and are constantly wowed by the way EBS brings history and awe-inspiring civilizations back to life,” said David Royle, EVP and chief programming officer for the Smithsonian Channel, in a statement.
China’s Dragon Emperor is produced by EBS, a public broadcaster in Korea, in association with Smithsonian Channel. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are Joy Galane and David Royle.