Review of Marco Polo

60 minutes

In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, “Marco Polo” is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China. The show stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as 'Marco.' Best known for her role in The Wachowski’s "Cloud Atlas," the Beijing-born Zhu Zhu plays Marco’s love interest ‘Kokachin.’ Joan Chen ("Twin Peaks") and Benedict Wong ("Prometheus") also star in the show’s eclectic global cast as Empress Chabi and Kublai Khan.
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Jul 31, 2015 6:44PM EDT
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Netflix always takes its time to build suspense in their shows. exactly as they did with this one. but at some point towards the middle of season 1 it became so gripping I could not stop watching.
the twisted ways of both courts, the martial arts and the young italian who tries to find his way and survive life at the khan's court.
it is amazing. all the actors play their parts extremely well. they are all a great fit.
we see how marco polo grows with his challenges and how the khan starts loosing grip while alliances change and shift. it is great.
it is also shot in a great way. the fighting scenes, no matter whether one on one martial arts or huge battle scenes with the mongols and chinese, are a feaast to watch.

cannot wait for series 2

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