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The Lost Bladesman (2011)

Guan yun chang (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 28 April 2011 (China)
The story of legendary Guan Yu crossing five passes & slaying six generals. He played a major role in the civil war that led to the collapse of Han Dynasty & the establishment of Shu Han of the 3 Kingdoms, making Liu Bei its first emperor.

Directors:

Felix Chong, Alan Mak

Writers:

Felix Chong, Alan Mak
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Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Guan Yu
Wen Jiang ... Cao Cao
Li Sun ... Qi Lan (as Betty Sun)
Bing Shao Bing Shao ... General Zhang Liao
Edison Wang ... Emperor Liu Xie (as Bo-Chieh Wang)
Yong Dong Yong Dong ... Xuyou
Andy On ... General Kong Xiu
Yuan Nie ... Han Fu
Xuebing Wang ... Wang Zhi
Zonghan Li ... General Qin Qi
Ailei Yu Ailei Yu ... General Bian Xi
Alex Fong ... Liu Bei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hong Chen ... Lady Gan / Liu Bei's first wife
Siu-Ho Chin ... Yan Liang
Xiang Gao Xiang Gao
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This historical martial arts film adapted from the story of Guan Yu crossing five passes and slaying six generals in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. In AD 200 during the late Eastern Han Dynasty, Cao Cao eliminates his political opponents Dong Cheng and others, before turning his attention towards rival warlords Liu Bei and Yuan Shao. To avoid fighting a war on two fronts, Cao Cao decides to attack Liu Bei first. Liu Bei flees north to join Yuan Shao, while his family is captured by the enemy. Liu Bei's sworn brother Guan Yu (Donnie Yen), surrenders to Cao Cao to uphold his oath of brotherhood and preserve his honor. Cao Cao knows he's a great warrior & hopes that Guan Yu will continue serving him. Meanwhile, Guan Yu is secretly in love with his sworn brother's concubine Qilan, but is afraid to express his feelings to her. Qilan reproaches Guan Yu for serving Cao Cao. By then, Guan Yu has also received news of Liu Bei's whereabouts, so he prepares to ... Written by BronzeKeilani26

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American view, I deeply enjoyed this exceptionally well acted, engaging, thrilling, wonderful title
2 May 2012 | by Smiling_slinkySee all my reviews

I really cannot praise it enough. It is probably the best Chinese film I have seen in years, and easily one of the best period films I have seen. Of Donnie's recent films, I really cannot find a comparison, this is truly stellar. Wen Jiang is so amazingly charismatic as Cao Cao. I couldn't help but be engaged whenever he was on screen, he is probably my current favorite actor, including Hollywood. He may be the best actor in the World currently. Betty Sun is very enjoyable in her role, and added another level of depth to the story.

From the opening, I knew I was in for something special. The soundtrack, the cinematography, the acting, just excellent.

In short, if you enjoy Asian Cinema to any degree, this film will be nothing but a delight.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

28 April 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,398,324
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX (Dolby Surround 7.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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