The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang) Reviews

  • Feb 24, 2020

    The fight sequences are very good. And, as long as you have the ability to fast forward, the movie is watchable. Unless you have some knowledge of Chinese history, r have seen other historical epics, the plot makes very little sense. Even with such knowledge, they plot only loosely follows relevant historical people and events, and edits it together in a very disorienting and jumbled manner.

    The fight sequences are very good. And, as long as you have the ability to fast forward, the movie is watchable. Unless you have some knowledge of Chinese history, r have seen other historical epics, the plot makes very little sense. Even with such knowledge, they plot only loosely follows relevant historical people and events, and edits it together in a very disorienting and jumbled manner.

  • Nov 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.

    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.

  • Sep 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.

    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.

  • Mar 28, 2014

    I do wish the story itself is better

    I do wish the story itself is better

  • Sep 27, 2013

    Weighed down by historical background and characters.

    Weighed down by historical background and characters.

  • Mar 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.

    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.

  • Jan 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.

    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.

  • Jun 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

    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

  • Apr 08, 2012

    Guan Yun por Donnie Yen, podia ser melhor, mas ficou bacana! Guan Yun PQP!

    Guan Yun por Donnie Yen, podia ser melhor, mas ficou bacana! Guan Yun PQP!

  • Mar 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.

    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.