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  1. Apparently this just dropped on [uS] Netflix: Wikipedia has a page on the original run. I'm told by a friend that the series was incredibly popular in China. The Netflix version is made up of six 90-minute episodes, which means that what we get a truncated version of the original show. I'm watching it anyway; first episode last night. It's disjointed; you can easily see that lots of material has been cut, and the narrative in the first episode doesn't move as smoothly as it could. It only picks up steam in the last half-hour, but when it does it gets pretty entertaining. And, for all that it takes place in a different era, the show makes interesting counter-programming to Netflix's own Marco Polo (or, perhaps, supplemental programming). I'm going to stick with it, at any rate; it's certainly watchable enough to spend 90 minutes with at a time, but it's not binge-worthy.
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