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Maintaining his Mandarin period blockbuster streak after A Battle of Wits and The Warlords, Andy Lau stars as legendary general Zhao Zilong (better known as Zhao Yun), immortalized in both Luo's novel and in popular culture as the paragon of courage, charisma, and strength. Starting off as a foot soldier, Zhao rises quickly in the ranks to become the top general under Liu Bei (Ngok Wah). He becomes a living legend in his time with his undefeated record and staggering feats, including single-handedly rescuing Liu's infant son from the grips of Wei King Cao Cao (Damian Lau). Through the many years of war, tides rise and ebb for the Kingdom of Shu and comrades fall one by one, leaving Zhao alone as the invincible general. With his legacy at stake, Zhao leads his final expedition against a Wei army now headed by Cao Cao's granddaughter Cao Ying (Maggie Q).
Other than leading man Andy Lau and pan-Asian beauty Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III), Resurrection of the Dragon features a stunning line-up of veteran actors including some of Hong Kong's greatest stars of yesteryear. Producer Sammo Hung serves as the narrator of the film in the role of Pingan, Zhao's ambitious friend of humble achievements. Damian Lau, Iron Monkey's Yu Rong Guang, and Shaw Brothers heroes Ngok Wah and Ti Lung light up the screen in welcome supporting appearances, while rising action stars Andy On and Vanness Wu lead the way for a new generation. Though it takes some liberal departures from history and the original novel, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon hits the mark with its epic story, sweeping images, and fierce characterization, gallantly capturing the life and times of Three Kingdoms hero Zhao Zilong.
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|Product Title:||Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 三國之見龍卸甲 (DVD) (香港版) 三国之见龙卸甲 (DVD) (香港版) 三国志 （三國之見龍卸甲） (香港版) Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Andy Lau (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Maggie Q (Actor) | Damian Lau | Ngok Wah | Ti Lung | Pu Cunxin | Vanness Wu | Andy On 劉 德華 (Actor) | 洪金寶 (Actor) | Maggie Q (Actor) | 劉松仁 | 岳華 | 狄龍 | 濮存昕 | 吳建豪 | 安 志杰 刘 德华 (Actor) | 洪金宝 (Actor) | Maggie Q (Actor) | 刘松仁 | 岳华 | 狄龙 | 濮存昕 | 吴建豪 | 安 志杰 劉徳華 （アンディ・ラウ） (Actor) | 洪金寶（サモ・ハン・キンポー） (Actor) | マギー・Ｑ (Actor) | 劉松仁（ダミアン・ラウ） | 岳華（ンゴッ・ワー） | 狄龍（ティ・ロン） | Pu Cunxin | 呉建豪（ヴァネス・ウー） | 安志杰（アンディ・オン） 유덕화 (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Maggie Q (Actor) | Damian Lau | Ngok Wah | Ti Lung | Pu Cunxin | Vanness Wu | Andy On|
|Director:||Daniel Lee 李仁港 李 仁港 李仁港 （ダニエル・リー） Lee Ren Gang|
|Action Director:||Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶（サモ・ハン・キンポー） Sammo Hung|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS-ES 6.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1010895941|
* Sound Mix: DTS ES 6.1, Dolby Digital EX 5.1
* DVD Type:
- Disc 1: DVD-9
- Disc 2: DVD-5
* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Behind The Scene Footage
- Trailers & TV Spots
Director: Daniel Lee
His country torn asunder by civil war, ZHAO, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an army charged with liberating the land from an evil warlord.
Inspiring by action, honor and a dream of unifying his divided nation, Zhao's heroism becomes legend, but as the years pass and the throne changes hands the war still rages on. When a newly enthroned king decides peace can only be achieved by defeating the warlords once and for all, the ageing Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.
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With John Woo's mighty Red Cliff having been in production for an age before finally storming into Chinese cinemas, it was always inevitable that a number of other films would attempt to steal a little of its thunder, or at least to cash in on its inevitable success. The highest profile and arguably the most promising of these is Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon from Hong Kong director Daniel Lee (who despite having recently slipped up with Dragon Squad, has a solid track record with the likes of A Fighter's Blues and Black Mask), which also draws upon the rich drama of the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history, and which actually beat its rival to screens by some time, quite nicely filling the gap following Peter Chan's excellent costume epic Warlords. The film boasts an impressive cast including megastar Andy Lau, continuing his run of Mandarin-language period pieces, the legendary Sammo Hung, and the internationally popular Maggie Q, with appearances from Shaw Brothers heroes Ngok Wah and Ti Lung thrown in for good measure.
Rather than attempting to cover the entire history of the complex saga, Three Kingdoms chooses instead to focus on one character, namely Zhao Zilong (also known as Zhao Yun, here played by Lau, following up on similar roles in Warlords and A Battle of Wits). The narrative follows Zhao's rise from humble foot soldier in Liu Bei's (Ngok Wah) army to legendary general, charting several of his most famous feats such as the rescue of his leader's infant son from the villainous Wei ruler Cao Cao (veteran actor Damian Lau, recently in The Tokyo Trial). Eventually, the film finds him as a seasoned veteran, locked into a final deadly struggle with Cao Cao's granddaughter Cao Ying (Maggie Q, last seen in Hollywood blockbuster Die Hard 4.
To get the obvious and inevitable comparisons out of the way first, Three Kingdoms falls some way short of Red Cliff lacking its epic scale, sense of heroism and indeed budget. Although based upon the same source material, taking even more liberties with the accepted facts, the film actually more resembles a lightweight version of Warlords thanks to the casting of Lau, its gritty, barren look and its preponderance for mock-philosophical diatribes about just how nasty and unfair war can be (including much discussion of how victory is meaningless, how there is no victory without defeat, and so on ad infinitum).
However, since few films were ever likely to be able to compete with Woo's juggernaut, this in itself is not necessarily a criticism, and thankfully Three Kingdoms is just about good enough to stand on its own merits. Although the plot plays hard and fast with history, and lacks any real kind of characterisation, it still makes for gripping viewing, with even a bowdlerised version of Zhao's tale proving interesting. The voice over narration helps, and ensures that the plot progression is never too chaotic, though a sudden leap forward in time towards the end is handled a little clumsily. The cast are all on good form, especially Lau, who essentially carries the film with his noble, stoic performance, and Hung, who makes the most of a periphery role as Pingan, an old comrade of Zhao's who grows jealous of his success.
Although not as opulent or resplendent as its peers, the film obviously still had a decent budget, and this shows itself through some impressive production values, with plenty of costumed extras and elaborate sets. There are a handful of large-scale battle scenes, all of which are reasonably thrilling, with enough blood and brutality to give the film a certain sense of down and dirty realism. For the most part Lee keeps the melodrama to a bare minimum, and, clocking in at just an hour and forty minutes, the film runs along at a brisk and exciting pace.
In fact, the film's only real problem comes in the form of Lee's direction, which sees him apparently desperate to out-do Woo in terms of packing in as many slow motion shots as possible. This proves to be very distracting, especially since he has a tendency to offset these by throwing in sudden bursts of speed. This is jarring for the viewer and gives some of the action and martial arts scenes an uncomfortably modern feel as if they would be more at home in a cop thriller.
Still, with a film obviously designed for designed for current commercial appeal this is not too severe a criticism, and Three Kingdoms basically manages to tick all the right boxes. Whilst not convincing or strong enough to offer a viable alternative to Red Cliff or indeed Warlords it nevertheless stands as a well-made piece of entertainment in its own right, above average by the standards of the genre and is recommended for fans of Chinese historical epics or the cast.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
Three Kingdoms, here we come. Chinese cinemas will be assaulted this summer by John Woo's Red Cliff, which adapts one of the most decisive battles from the legendary Three Kingdoms Era. Not to be outdone, director Daniel Lee (Dragon Squad) enlists go-to actor Andy Lau for his third ancient-costume adventure in less than eighteen months. Yet another Three Kingdoms tale, titled Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, the film arrives in cinemas a full 2-3 months before Red Cliff, which could be viewed as some sort of preemptive blow to Red Cliff's kneecaps.
Well, John Woo needn't worry too much. Not only does Three Kingdoms possess fewer stars than Woo's insanely star-packed epic, but it plays fast and loose with acknowledged history, which counts as strike one when the source material is as beloved as this. The film is also more of an MTV war epic than a gritty or stirring one, choosing manipulated image over actual content, and the film never surpasses its obvious commercial aspirations. Does this mean that Three Kingdoms is a bad film? Not really, but it could easily have been better.
Andy Lau stars as Zhao Zhilong (a.k.a. Zhao Yun a.k.a. the guy who's on the cover of all those pesky Dynasty Warriors video games from Koei), a legendary warrior in the employ of general Liu Bei (Yueh Hua), beloved leader of the Shu Kingdom. Zhilong joins up as a regular soldier in Liu Bei's army, but soon rises in the ranks. When defending bumbling pal Pingan (Sammo Hung), Zilong impresses Liu Bei's lieutenants Guan Yu (Ti Lung) and Zhang Fei (Chen Zhihui) with his fighting skills, leading to praise from Liu Bei himself.
Zhilong's renown grows even further when he rescues Liu Bei's infant son from the clutches of opposing general Cao Cao (Damian Lau). Zhilong not only makes off with the kid, but also gets to rub his victory in Cao Cao's face, laughing maniacally at Cao Cao from across a canyon gorge after escaping with the tyke. On that day, Zhilong sets the stage for his later life, not only becoming insanely popular with the people, but also earning the ire of Cao Cao's granddaughter Cao Ying, who one day becomes a beautiful, deadly, and stoic warrior embodied by Maggie Q. By then, Zhao Zhilong is on top of the world, and is billed as an "unbeatable" warrior.
Obviously, someone is ripe for a fall, and that's just what happens. Sort of. Zhilong's fame results in a big fat target on his back; besides earning the enmity of Cao Ying, Zhilong engenders the ire of some comrades, who may be willing to backstab him for a chance at military glory. In a departure from the usual Three Kingdoms lore, there's court (or battlefield) intrigue afoot. A betrayer exists in Zhilong's ranks, which the film reveals in a clumsily telegraphed plot twist. What's more important, however, is how this detail changes this war epic into some sort of minor critique on warmongering. Zhilong has long been attempting to encircle the land under Liu Bei's protection, but the analogy arises that this may be much the same as simply going around in circles aimlessly. There are some interesting themes and ideas in Daniel Lee's war epic, and one hopes that two hours is enough time to cover them all.
Surprisingly, two hours isn't enough at all, though one could wonder why not, especially since not that much really happens in Three Kingdoms. Zhao Zhilong starts as a neophyte warrior, but progresses up the ranks rather quickly in the first half - which is by far the most exciting and interesting portion of the film. Zhilong also rescues Liu Bei's son during the first half of the film in an exciting set piece marred only by the manipulated action, which achieves excitement through editing rather than choreography. The action is further manipulated by a combination of undercranking and step printing, creating smudgy action orgies rather than straight-on wartime action.
The result of all this post-production massaging is action that sometimes resembles Sammo Hung's contemplative action sequences from the Wong Kar-Wai film Ashes of Time (or Daniel Lee's earlier work What Price Survival?) - which would be great if Three Kingdoms were a contemplative movie. However, it seems to be more of a commercial action drama than a meditation on war and casualties, though the film does dabble in that arena during its second half. That's great because the smudged action returns full force - but even then the film requires a greater sense of continuity and drama than flying blood, falling horses, and flailing smudged limbs. Multiple characters meet their fates in these battles, and Daniel Lee does only an average job of combining action and emotion. The action in Three Kingdoms is exceptionally montage-heavy, reducing its ability to excite in a visceral fashion.
Also problematic is the film's cursory nature, plus its third-party narrator. The film covers over thirty years, as we witness Zhilong grow from a young soldier to an old general, and the audience witnesses his achievements mostly through the voiceover from Sammo Hung's Pingan. This puts some distance between the audience and Zhilong, and it's hard for Hung to carry the film as his character is neither heroic nor true to the Three Kingdoms Era lore. The film can still get by, as Zhilong's importance and legend can easily be assumed. Zhao Zhilong is well known as one of Shu's supreme badasses, and Andy Lau is one of the few Hong Kong superstars who can tackle such an honorable, righteous role without being miscast. Lau is solid and iconic as Zhilong, but the film makes him too distant to flesh out his character's larger-than-life personality.
Ultimately, the film may stray too far from the meat and potatoes of its Three Kingdoms source material. Having a made-up narrator is one problem, as Pingan has little identification for the audience besides the fact that he's being played by Sammo Hung. The reason that many audiences may want to see this film is because it features legendary heroes whose fame goes far beyond a two-hour Andy Lau film. The actors that embody the really iconic roles (i.e., Andy Lau, Ti Lung ,Chen Zhihui, and Yueh Hua) are thrilling to see onscreen, but besides Lau, those actors are gone midway through the film, and are instead replaced by lesser known, if not invented figures played by Vanness Wu, Andy On, and finally Maggie Q, in a dour and rather remote performance. The shift does affect the film; after the entertaining and rousing first half, the proceedings begin to sag noticeably.
Unfortunately, the film never truly recovers, going for predictable drama and even more montages rather than serve up something new or unexpected. Three Kingdoms never gets into wartime strategy that much, instead dealing with themes like destiny, honor, and betrayal - all the while providing numerous shots of heroes going to meet their doom with grim, determined nods. It's all rather solid and respectable, but not stirring or truly compelling. This is a very commercial motion picture, and the elements are at least handled with more appropriate gravitas than the recent An Empress and the Warriors. However, both films barely scratch the surface of their subject matter, with Three Kingdoms winning the head-to-head matchup on quality only because it's competent and commercially solid, and not a mystifying and unintentionally entertaining misfire like Empress. Three Kingdoms is entertaining, if not really outstanding, and does manage genuine cinema coolness when the iconic Three Kingdoms heroes take the screen. But all things considered, Red Cliff still looks like it'll win this war.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
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April 14, 2010
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While chinese epic movies are welcomed by the western audience with open arms, they should really live up to expectation (at least for me). This effort by Director Daniel Lee ( though I've never heard of him) could have been better if he had exploited and expanded on the main characters (Shilong and his generals) rather than bust the screen with endless special effects. I find it quite tiresome.
Why Andy Lau was cast as Shilong is a mystery to me (just as he was in War Lords with Jet Li) - presumably to put bums on seats. Veteran Ti Lung would have made a better candidate and he's trained in Wing Chun too. Sammo was the Action Director and that showed through in only some of the face-to-face combats. However, without casting real martial artists, I find they certainly lack the glorious actions of yesteryears !!
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August 20, 2008
Me personnally have not been a fan of Daniel Lee's efforts; Star Runner was a mess that used a ridiculous amount of cuts during its fight scenes and Dragon Squad failed to delivered anything else apart from a standard action picture that you would associate with a hollywood production even with all the talents attached.
Expectations of this delivering, were low for me but to my surprise i actually found it rather entertaining not because it does anything new but because it actually does everthing you expect from a commecial war epic; heroic figure - check, brotherly love - check, over the top war scenes - check. And this is where it succeeds everything happens so fast that it does not pretend to be anything else - its not a work of art.
Action wise they are well choreographed by the legendary Sammo hung who puts a well performance in the acting department but for the action he does not get to let loose. Instead it is reserved for Andy Lau's character to deliver and he does it well. Again the audience is given the quick cuts and hand held cameras but that has become expected from Daniel Lee.
Another plus is the fact that the picture contains brief cameos from a number of familiar faces that are fun to spot; Damien Lau, Ti Lung, Vaness Wu, Andy On Yu Ruang Guang and more.
(This review comes from some one who has never played Dynasty Warriors so i do not know if it is faithful to the sourse material or not)
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July 10, 2008
|I have to first concur with the person who said this movie was better than War Lords, yes it is. Pretty much the movie is about an ordinary man who moved up the ranks to General. He risked everything he had for a cause he believed in. If you enjoy movies that evoke passion and fearlessness in times of despair then watch this movie.|
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June 25, 2008
Not for fans of ROTK
Speaking as a fan of the ROTK novels and Dynasty Warrior games I was looking forward to see an Andy Lau movie with Zhao Yun as the main character. Sadly the film throws any semblance of accuracy to history or the novel straight out the window. Down playing Zilong's connection with Liu Bei and ignoring his history as a general in Gongsun Zan's army the film makes it's own history. All of this could be forgiven had the action set-pieces been any good, but they weren't. Fights often used the Ridley Scott style low frame-rate approach and a camera shot hardly ever captured delivery and contact of the moves.
Hopefully John Woo's Red Cliff will do the Sangoku period more justice.
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May 25, 2008
|I had actually watched this movie before it is released on disc and I find this movie okay. Much better compared to The Warlords. Although these movies are set in China, the subtitle and language is based in Mandarin. The story is very straightforward and it could have been longer. I would describe this as fine.|