There is likely a documentary or two coming up that will piggy back on the success of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. When well done, combining dazzling effects with studious knowledge, these programs complement the films tremendously.
And, following in the footsteps of The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, we offer a few interesting factoids about the real life emperor on which the Dragon Emperor is based, Qin Shi Huang, taken straight from the Wikipedia article on the subject:
- when he became ruler, Qin Shi Huang abolished the feudalism that was prevalent throughout China at the time
- of particular interest to *impulse, Qin Shi Huang sought the The Elixir of Life in his elder years
- his building projects include the precursor to the Great Wall of China, a national road system [sure to be a History Channel favorite], and the unbelievably awe inspiring example of funerary art, The Terracotta Army
- he outlawed Confucianism in the most brutal fashion
Photo is from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor website gallery.