The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang) (2011)




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This epic is loosely based on the story of Guan Yu crossing five passes and slaying six generals in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Donnie Yen
as Guan Yu
Betty Sun
as Qi Lan
Chin Siu Ho
as Yan Liang
Jiang Wen
as Cao Cao
Li Sun
as Qi Lan
Shao Bing
as General Zhang Liao
Bo-Chieh Wang
as Emperor Liu Xie
Dong Yong
as Xuyou
Andy On
as General Kong Xiu
Yuan Nie
as Han Fu
Xuebing Wang
as Wang Zhi
Zonghan Li
as General Qin Qi
Yu Ailei
as General Bian Xi
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang)

All Critics (7)

An epic historical martial arts film with thin characters, a tepid love story and some excellent fight sequences with the long-handled crescent-moon blade.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011

There's something really robust about actually seeing a fight rather than the cutaways and the illusion of a fight rather than a real fight.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

The Lost Bladesman starts off big and rather cool and ends up an intimate epic hot and heavy with spent passions and an aura of sadness that's unexpectedly moving.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011

After a while it all becomes a bit predictable, especially as the political motivations are, to the uninitiated, more than slightly opaque.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

Problems of scale limit the film's clarity and its emotional power.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

While the action is impressive, the human drama and characterisation of the potentially fascinating warrior General Guan Yu is sadly one-dimensional.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang)

Apart from action sequences scene after scene, it's all dull, not to start with its re-defining certain intrinsical images of historical figures- Cao Cao, the most.


Hong Kong duo Felix Chong and Alan Mak take on the martial arts epic for the first time, adapting the story of Guan's (Donnie Yen) killing of six generals from historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Current martial arts heavyweight Yen weilds Guan's famed guan dao blade to slay legions also admirably flexing his best stoic acting muscles. Despite its aspirations (and predictably impressive fights), The Lost Bladesman never reaches the heights of Red Cliff or Hero, lacking the scale of the former and the emotional resonance of the latter.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


The Lost Bladesman, from directors Felix Chong and Alan Mak, showcases everything it needs to, to be a worthwhile picture.

Aside from an introductory soldier battle, the early going of this hour 40 minute production puts a lot of focus on laying out character relationships and story. In the grand scheme of things, this is needed; however, because there is a lot to unfold, things get a little smothering and also tiresome.

The martial arts' sequences don't kick into high gear until deeper into the film. Backed by some strong choreography and a variety of settings, watching Donnie Yen wield a long-handled blade is a delight.

Donnie Yen's portrayal of Guan Yu is a tad monotonous, at least for the dramatic pieces, but watching him in action tends to make up for that. Jiang Wen deserves praise for his performance as he handles a character that can be both perceived as a villain and a hero. Betty Sun is a sight for sore eyes as the only female with major minutes.

Despite a few blemishes, The Lost Bladesman ends up as a promising period piece film out of China.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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