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The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Donnie Yen (Actor, Action Director) | Jiang Wen (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Betty Sun (Actor)
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The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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"He was a wolf with the heart of a lamb. The world, however, is dominated by the wolves."

Arguably the most renowned warrior-general in ancient China, Guan Yu (a.k.a. Guan Yunchang, circa 160-220) is hailed for his unparalleled bravery and military might, and above all his supreme honor and loyalty, such that he is worshipped to this day as a folk deity among the Chinese people. In a film centering on this magnificent historical figure, there is hardly anyone more suitable to play the saintly Lord Guan than Donnie Yen (Ip Man), the hottest martial arts superstar in the world right now. Add to it Jiang Wen, the charismatic star-director of Chinese box-office megahit Let the Bullets Fly, in a powerful performance as the antagonistic warlord Cao Cao, and you've got the most anticipated historical action epic in recent memory.

Under the helm of Infernal Affairs writer-directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong, The Lost Bladesman is a riveting retelling of a chapter in the classical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms where Guan escorts his sworn brother's wives on a dangerous escape from enemy camp. By portraying Guan as a tragic hero, and reinventing Cao as the manipulative but visionary rival leader who, despite clashing ideologies, has the utmost respect and admiration for the noble warrior, the ambitious film offers rich character drama on top of the varied, spectacular fight scenes. Built around Donnie Yen who also serves as action director, the period blockbuster boasts a solid supporting cast that includes Betty Sun, Wang Bo Chieh, Alex Fong Chung Sun, Andy On, Shao Bing, Wang Xuebing, Nie Yuan, and Chin Siu Ho, besides the scene-stealing Jiang Wen.

In the final years of the Eastern Han dynasty, the Prime Minister Cao Cao (Jiang Wen) is so powerful that even the young Emperor (Wang Bo Chieh) is reduced to being his puppet. Still only a fledgling warlord, the Emperor's uncle and future Shu king Liu Bei (Alex Fong) is defeated in a battle by Cao's forces, leaving his sworn brother Guan Yu (Donnie Yen) with the duty to protect Liu's family who is held captive at Cao's camp. With his unwavering devotion to Liu, Guan resists Cao's every attempt at persuading him to join his cause, including a wicked plot exploiting Guan's secret crush on Liu's concubine-to-be Qilan (Betty Sun). Guan eventually sets out on a long and treacherous journey to be reunited with Liu, taking Qilan with him - but someone isn't about to let him walk away so easily! With wave after wave of killers ambushing him en route, Guan Yu is forced to unleash his deadly blade and slaughter his way out...

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Product Title: The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 關雲長 (DVD) (台灣版) 关云长 (DVD) (台湾版) 關雲長 (DVD) (台湾版) The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Jiang Wen (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Betty Sun (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Wang Xue Bing (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Chen Hong (Actor) | Nie Yuan (Actor) | Li Zong Han (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Felix Chong 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 姜文 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 孫儷 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 王 學兵 (Actor) | 錢小豪 (Actor) | 陳紅 (Actor) | 聶遠 (Actor) | 李宗翰 (Actor) | 王柏傑 (Actor) | 莊 文強 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 姜文 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 孙俪 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 王 学兵 (Actor) | 钱小豪 (Actor) | 陈红 (Actor) | 聂远 (Actor) | 李宗翰 (Actor) | 王柏杰 (Actor) | 庄 文强 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 姜文(チアン・ウェン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 孫儷(スン・リー) (Actor) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | 王学兵(ワン・シュエビン) (Actor) | 錢小豪(チン・シウホウ) (Actor) | 陳紅 (チェン・ホン) (Actor) | 聶遠(ニエ・ユエン) (Actor) | 李宗翰 (リー・ゾンハン) (Actor) | 王柏傑 (ワン・ポーチェ) (Actor) | 莊文強(フェリックス・チョン) 견자단 (Actor) | Jiang Wen (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Betty Sun (Actor) | 방중신 (Actor) | Wang Xue Bing (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Chen Hong (Actor) | 섭원 (Actor) | Li Zong Han (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Felix Chong
Director: Alan Mak 麥 兆輝 麦兆辉 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) Alan Mak
Action Director: Donnie Yen 甄 子丹 甄 子丹 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) 견자단
Release Date: 2011-09-15
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: De Bao (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024772200

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導演:莊文強、麥兆輝

  東漢末年,群雄割據,皇室地位飄搖,眾多軍閥妄圖獨霸天下。曹操為漢室宰相,勢力較大,挾漢獻帝作傀儡。皇室宗親劉備亦胸懷天下,曹操一心想除之。曹操攻打徐州,劉備兵敗僥倖逃脫,劉備結拜兄弟關羽護送劉備的兩位妻子和未過門的小妾綺蘭等二十多口家眷突圍,危急中只能暫時投降曹操。曹操敬重關羽以禮待之,關羽卻“身在曹營心在漢”,對曹操禮遇均婉辭。而劉備此時則投靠袁紹,並挑起袁曹兩軍會戰,曹操大將兵敗,秦琪被困白馬城。曹操請關羽出征解圍,關羽為儘快結束戰爭無奈出征,一招宰殺顏良救下秦琪。曹操更加器重關羽,為籠絡關羽青梅煮酒設宴款待,並趁機想說服關羽,關羽卻猶豫不決。曹操查知關羽一直心儀劉備未過門的新妾綺蘭,先是送走劉備二位夫人,又暗施催情毒酒,想留住關羽。當晚,關羽中毒回房,發現綺蘭被捆於床頭,恍惚中險些釀成大錯,但最終理智戰勝情感。而此時劉備突然派人來聯絡關羽,關羽終於下定決心帶綺蘭殺出曹營。曹操愛才心切,傳令手下絕不為難關羽,但曹操手下卻怕放虎歸山,千方百計想除掉他。

  關羽攜綺蘭險闖東嶺關,綺蘭卻被意外劫走,關羽被困窄巷,拼死才救出綺蘭突圍。倆人喬妝來到洛陽城,關羽又被偶遇的故友韓福毒針暗算,無奈只得大開殺戒,但終因身中毒針暈倒,綺蘭冒死將他送到鎮國寺治傷,關羽康復後為了綺蘭安全離開,想引開曹軍一人獨闖沂水關府衙,卻反中曹軍埋伏,在圍困中他一路宰殺,勇不可擋,沂水關血流成河。此時曹操已得知關羽身陷困境,決定親自護送他出關。

  關羽行至滎陽城,城中卻空無一人。原來百姓聽說關羽殺人如麻恐慌躲藏,唯獨太守王植攔住他,關羽被逼再行殺戮,王植卻劫綺蘭威脅,面對無辜百姓,關羽左右為難。正猶豫,曹操派大將張遼助關羽救回綺蘭。曹操護送關羽,趁機勸說他留下,並保證安全護送綺蘭,關羽為了綺蘭安全終於答應輔佐曹操。綺蘭擔心關羽和曹操聯手成劉備勁敵,只得假裝向關羽表白想勸他放棄,關羽知她並非真心一口回絕。綺蘭無奈以自殺威脅,情急中關羽救綺蘭,綺蘭為了阻止關羽投靠曹操無奈刺傷他。此時埋伏的曹軍放暗箭想殺關羽,卻意外誤殺了綺蘭。曹操欲讓關羽平安離開,漢獻帝卻突然出現,原來劫殺計畫是他一手安排,關羽生死全掌握在他手中!

  前路遙遠,殺機四伏,關羽是否能全身而退?曹操的誠心感動關羽,他雖想稱霸天下,卻胸懷百姓,使其安樂。這樣的人,關羽真要捨棄他?關羽一生信奉忠義,過五關斬六將,都為回到劉備身邊,但這樣戰爭就會繼續,忠義與天下太平哪個更重要?關羽面對兩難抉擇。
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June 13, 2011

This professional review refers to The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
With so many Chinese historical epics continuing to clutter up the box office, films are having to offer something increasingly special in order to stand out from the stampeding herd. The Lost Bladesman does just that, being based on the legendary historical Romance of the Three Kingdoms figure Guan Yu and starring the one and only Donnie Yen, a combination which has translated into massive success at the domestic box office. With Yen unsurprisingly handling the action choreography as well as taking the lead role, the film was directed by duo Alan Mak (Infernal Affairs) and Felix Chong (Once a Gangster), who also worked together on the popular thriller Overheard and has an illustrious supporting cast, including acclaimed Mainland actor and director Jiang Wen (who recently helmed the excellent Let the Bullets Fly and the powerful The Sun Also Rises), Betty Sun (Just Another Pandora's Box), Andy On (True Legend) and Chin Siu Ho (Revenge: A Love Story).

The film begins with Guan Yu, then a general in Liu Bei's army, having been taken prisoner by prime minister and power behind the throne Cao Cao (Jiang Wen), who urges him to switch sides. Desperate to bring an end to the fighting, and with Cao Cao holding his beloved Qilan (Betty Sun) hostage, Guan Yu agrees to lend his enemy his mighty skills during a key battle. With this done, Cao Cao apparently grants him leave to return to Liu Bei with Qilan, and Guan Yu sets off on the long journey home, hoping to put the fighting behind him. Unfortunately, Cao Cao's generals believe that in doing so they are unleashing a tiger, and make plans to have him killed.

Attempting any film about a figure like Guan Yu, or indeed Romance of the Three Kingdoms in general, is always an ambitious undertaking given the sheer density and complexity of the material involved. As such, it's not too much of a surprise that The Lost Bladesman doesn't really try to be a proper biopic or origin story, and instead settles for summarising one of the key periods of the great man's life. It does this fairly well, and although it skims tantalisingly over important events, in particular by starting with his funeral and later only referring to his actual death in parting, it benefits from some solid storytelling and pacing. The film certainly doesn't skimp on the historical detail, and while viewers unfamiliar with Chinese history, or who haven't at least seen Red Cliff (both parts) or played a Dynasty Warriors videogame, may well get a little lost at times with all the names of characters and different warring factions, this does give the proceedings a pleasingly substantial feel.

The plot itself holds the interest, and by starting out in the middle of Guan Yu's life it avoids most of the cliche of the usual warrior's journey style character arc. In fact, if anything, Guan Yu comes across as being merely a player in the bigger scheme of things, which seems to be the intent of the film, with him spending most of the running time being manipulated into taking action and essentially struggling against the various forces and loyalties vying for his might. Donnie Yen is on good form in the lead, managing to portray Guan Yu as a righteous though conflicted figure, and the film gives him the chance to stretch his acting muscles a little beyond his usual charisma. However, fittingly enough, the film arguably belongs to Jiang Wen and his Cao Cao, who steals pretty much every shot he appears in, achieving a compelling and persuasive balance between humanity, humour, and cold hearted ruthlessness. Providing the plot with most of its Machiavellian scheming and moral ambiguity, he again shows himself one of China's most talented actors, and his scenes with Yen, whether revolving around banter or veiled threats are undoubtedly the highlights of the film.

Of course, most audiences will be expecting action, and the film certainly delivers, with an exciting mix of epic battle scenes and furious duels. Yen's choreography is as stunning as ever, never relying too much on slow motion and showing a creative use of light and shadow during many of the set pieces. There are several stand-out scenes, with Guan Yu frequently taking on hordes of opponents, with a thrillingly claustrophobic spear battle in a tight alleyway being particularly memorable. Things do get bloody and violent at times, and the film as a whole has a grounded look, whilst still managing some impressive vistas and gorgeous scenery, making good use of its obviously high production values.

All of this suggests that real effort went into making The Lost Bladesman and to doing justice to Guan Yu, both from Donnie Yen and from directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong. The result is one of the better Chinese historical epics of recent years, and one of Yen's more substantial outings, a film which provides plenty of martial arts thrills without dumbing down the story too much or simply relying on his trademark skills and winning smile.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (2)

Adrian
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July 30, 2011

This customer review refers to The Lost Bladesman (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

donnie back with a blade Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Another swordplay movie. I think there have been way too many swordplay movies lately. There is nothing wrong with this movie and it delivers plenty of action, but its all too familiar. Picture quality is very good on this blu ray. I found the dolby true soundtrack to be a bit over the top at times and so i swapped to the pcm 7.1 track which had a much better balance to it. Give the mainland chinese movies a rest donnie and lets have a few modern day hong kong movies for a change.
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July 5, 2011

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Just another kung fu movie Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
If you are a Donnie Yen fan, you should like it. But it's just another commercial kung fu movie just like Red Cliff. There is no story at all.
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