About True Legend Studio
We are an independent North American company focused on high quality digital productions drawn from China’s rich history.
Through our 5000 Years of Heroes series, we bring you brilliant strategies, legendary feats and timeless wisdom. Our goal is to amaze and inspire you.
About 5000 Years of Heroes
The first season, Han Xin, follows the life of the legendary general who built the Han Dynasty. By the age of 25, he was commander-in-chief of the Han army. In just over 4 years, he had conquered all of China. Later generations called him the “god of war.” Yet Han Xin was not just a visionary leader. He was strong, generous, and loyal. These are some of the qualities that make him a legendary hero.
Future seasons of the 5000 Years of Heroes series will tell the stories of other great leaders, emperors, poets, Taoists, conquerors, and rebels who shaped China’s history.
What Makes 5000 Years of Heroes Different
Through our productions, we aim to present authentic Chinese history and the values that enriched it. We research multiple sources, study artifacts and strive to understand the historical period. Even more importantly, we look at the values that guided these characters and events.
Traditional Chinese culture was very spiritual and placed importance on the relationship between humanity, earth and heaven. We can see this in Chinese religions (Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism), in Chinese medicine, and in the traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Unfortunately, in the past 70 years, these were drastically distorted in mainland China by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the regime strove to eradicate the so-called “four-olds”: old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas. In other words, the CCP wanted to eradicate the traditional Chinese culture developed over 5000 years. Thugs destroyed countless historical buildings, monuments, books, and precious artifacts.
The CCP has also worked to ruin people’s beliefs and morals through countless persecutions over the past decades. This continues today with the persecution of spiritual groups, including Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, and Uighur Muslims in China.
There has never been a time in which the regime was so antithetical to people’s culture and values as the CCP is today in mainland China. That is why the Chinese historical films produced there for the past decades are full of a distorted sense of history, guided by communist party culture and values.
Like all civilizations, China has had its share of heroes and villains, yet what makes Chinese history especially rich, is the strong connection between humankind and Heaven. It is a culture of brilliant culture and strategies, profound wisdom, and divine inspiration. Much of this heritage has been lost. Join us on the journey to uncover it today! We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to your thoughts as you explore Chinese history. Join us in our 5000 Years of History Discussion Board today.
Meet the Team
We are a small, but passionate team dedicated to creating digital experiences that improve our understanding of the world and our role in it.
Leo Yu He is a leading cross-media producer in Canada with more than a decade of experience in television and digital media production. His projects include animated children’s series, animated dramas, historical TV series, digital comics, iOS kids educational app/games, and an iOS branching narrative game. One of his favourites is the preschool property “Miaomiao,” which includes an animated series, mobile apps and online media that teach children Chinese-language concepts. Another is “Shuyan the Kung Fu Princess,”an episodic action-adventure game for iOS that takes players on an action‐packed journey to discover the true essence of kung fu.
Director & Writer
“When I read ancient Chinese books, especially those historical biographical records, I’m amazed by those historical characters – emperors, generals, and civilians. They were respectful and humble no matter what they had to face. Just like Han Xin, as a youth, he had forbearance towards those people who humiliated him. As general in chief, he respected his rivals. As a vassal king, he knew how to be loyal to his lord. There is a kind of inner peace in Chinese culture because this culture is rooted in the respect of the divine.”
Faye Fei Li is a leading cross-media director & writer in Canada with 15 years in television and digital media production. Projects have included animated drama, animated kids series, iOS kids educational app/games, and interactive websites. Faye is the writer and director of the preschool property “Miaomiao.” Her latest project “Han Xin,” is the first season of the web series “5000 Years of Heroes.”