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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.
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.
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.
I do wish the story itself is better
Weighed down by historical background and characters.
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.
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.
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
Guan Yun por Donnie Yen, podia ser melhor, mas ficou bacana! Guan Yun PQP!
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.