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The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (UK Version) DVD Region 2

Donnie Yen (Action Director, Actor) | Jiang Wen (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Andy On (Actor)
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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) (UK Version) 關雲長 (DVD) (英國版) 关云长 (DVD) (英国版) 關雲長 (DVD) (UK版) The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (UK Version)
Also known as: Guan Yun Chang Guan Yun Chang Guan Yun Chang Guan Yun Chang Guan Yun Chang
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Jiang Wen (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Wang Xue Bing (Actor) | Betty Sun (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) | 方中信 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 王 學兵 (Actor) | 孫儷 (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) | 方中信 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 王 学兵 (Actor) | 孙俪 (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) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 王学兵(ワン・シュエビン) (Actor) | 孫儷(スン・リー) (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) | 방중신 (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Wang Xue Bing (Actor) | Betty Sun (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: 2011-08-08
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Icon Home Entertainment
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024570466

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* DVD Extras:
- The Making of Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer

Director: Donnie Yen

During the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. The legendary warrior Guan Yun Ching (Donnie Yen), sword brother of great warlord Lui Bei, become separated from his friend and is taken prisoner by and agrees to fight temporarily alongside Liu Bei's enemy and rival warlord, Cao Cao (Jiang Wen). Afrter leading the army to victory Cao Cao deems Guan Yun Chang too great a threat to live, so he must now face all the forces at the emperor's command sent to destroy him.
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Professional Review of "The Lost Bladesman (DVD) (UK Version)"

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) (UK 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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