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The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang) Reviews

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November 18, 2016
I really like Donnie Yen, but this was a really bad movie. Having said that, I thought the Cao Cao character was interesting. Sadly, this is one of those horrible "martial arts" movies where the hero fends off half the known universe, then the other half, and then an extra half---all while he has been poisoned. It's just so absurd that it transcends symbolism into total ridiculousness. Wave upon wave upon wave---every able bodied young man in China---attack this guy. They can't even shoot him, at a distance, with arrows flying right and left. It's just boring. Get a life, Donnie.
½ September 28, 2015
The story of Guan Yu, a ridiculously skilled warrior who is being forced to fight his friend by a sinister villain. The plot is kind of straight forward and the theme of saving lives is heavy, but its made up for with spectacularly shot action scenes. Donnie Yen has star power as usual, but its worth seeing for some excellent fight scenes with the half crescent weapon he uses. The story is nothing special, but the choreography is sometimes breathtaking.
September 16, 2015
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.
March 28, 2014
I do wish the story itself is better
½ September 27, 2013
Weighed down by historical background and characters.
March 29, 2013
There are two issues that I have with this movie and most Chinese movies in general. First, the story flow is for the lack of better word, very 'choppy'. I don't know if it's a cultural thing or simply a result of bad editing skills, but sudden shifts in scenes without apparent connection is distracting. Second (and this is very apparent in this movie), it is hard for westerner without prior knowledge of the story to really take in this tale, simply because the movie assumes prior knowledge. There is very little effort to build up the premise and present the characters, viewer is dropped into the middle of ongoing story arc.
From cinematic perspective though, this is a gorgeous movie. Beautiful camera work, lavish battle scenes and astonishing scenery. For those reasons alone, it's worth to watch this one. It's a feast for the eye, but prepare to struggle with understanding the plot.
½ January 26, 2013
The action sequences are well handled, the sword fight scenes particularly stand out, the story part unrequited romance part revenge meander but on balance the movie meets its brief.
October 23, 2012
Well done, atmospheric kung fu action film, but too simple and one-dimensional story.
Pluses and minuses for this movie I purchased on DVD:
+ the fight scenes are very well done and there are five or six of them
- but the story unfolds in a manner which is a bit unclear
+ the characters have a history and the acting is all right
- but the story is one-dimensional
+ the Chinese atmosphere and the film's score is great
- but the fight scenes have hardly any unarmed combat and two of them are quite short
+ The images of the chinese countryside and sets in general are well done
- but very few of them are utilized to the full extent, it was possible even to produce more atmosphere
April 13, 2012
I have absolutely no idea how this fits in with Red Cliff......
April 8, 2012
Guan Yun por Donnie Yen, podia ser melhor, mas ficou bacana! Guan Yun PQP!
½ March 19, 2012
From the makers of the Infernal Affairs trilogy brings you war, martial arts and politics in the ancient times of China. One of the best elements in this film is the martial arts and stunts, but there is something in the story that doesn't add up. However the acting compensates the film with interesting characters with lots of great designs, cinematography and film editing.
February 10, 2012
A kinder, gentler (not to mention shorter and paler) Guang Yu? I dunno 'bout all that. Methinks China is learning all the wrong lessons from Hollywood. But at least the kung fu's good.
½ December 29, 2011
As always Donnie Yen does another great performance. The only things is that it looks like they used a lot of makeup to probably cover up his age. Nevertheless, the story was good and interesting. I really enjoyed it. Also, it was great seeing a Donnie Yen using the Horse Cutter as his primary weapon, which you don't see a lot now a days in the martial arts movies.
½ November 27, 2011
This has beautiful cinematography, lighting and color grading. The intriguing and philosophical dialog and amazing costumes are joyous to listen to and see. The wonderful musical score and great sound are atmospheric. Absolutely marvelous choreography, this is beautiful martial art. Bliss to anyone interested in the historical novel or computer strategy game Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
½ November 12, 2011
Pretty good movie with a lot of artistic merit. A movie about loyalty!
November 10, 2011
Underestimated this before. New review. Good film with exciting action pieces and some clever spear/swords play.
October 22, 2011
You'd never know who your friend is. Once your comrade in arms, now your enemy because of orders. Some do what they're told at the expense of someone your close to.
½ October 14, 2011
Typical hongkie movie. Can watch if you close 1 eye.
October 3, 2011
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September 28, 2011
I don't know enough Chinese Ancient History to appreciate this.
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