Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Lost Bladesman 关云长

In AD 200 during the late Eastern Han Dynasty, Cao Cao eliminates his political opponents Dong Cheng and others, before turning his attention towards rival warlords Liu Bei and Yuan Shao. To avoid fighting a war on two fronts, Cao Cao decides to attack Liu Bei first, and swiftly defeats Liu in Xu Province. Liu Bei flees north to join Yuan Shao, while his family is captured by the enemy. Liu Bei's sworn brother Guan Yu conditionally surrenders to Cao Cao to uphold his oath of brotherhood and preserve his honour.
Months later, Yuan Shao leads a large army south to attack Cao Cao and both sides clash at the Battle of Boma. In that battle, Guan Yu slays Yuan Shao's general Yan Liang and receives an honorary title of "Marquis of Hanshou" from Cao Cao for his effort. Cao Cao hopes that Guan Yu will continue serving him and showers him with gifts and rewards, but is rejected by the latter. Guan Yu is secretly in love with his sworn brother's concubine Qilan, but is afraid to express his feelings to her. Qilan reproaches Guan Yu for serving Cao Cao. By then, Guan Yu has also received news of Liu Bei's whereabouts, so he prepares to leave Cao Cao.
Cao Cao is reluctant to let Guan Yu go, so he tricks Guan into consuming wine spiked with aphrodisiac, in hope that Guan will show his love to Qilan. However, Guan Yu manages to remain rational and did not take his sworn brother's concubine for himself. Eventually, Guan Yu escorts Liu Bei's spouses out of Cao Cao's territory to rejoin his sworn brother. Cao Cao is unable to stop Guan Yu and gives orders for the defending generals at the various passes to let Guan Yu through. Despite so, Cao Cao's followers feel that Guan Yu will become a threat to them if he succeeds in escaping, so they plot to have Guan killed. Guan Yu then embarks on a dangerous long journey through the passes to reunite with Liu Bei.

It is a good movie for people who read the story before. if not, I guess you are going to be confused or blur the whole time. so, do some homework before go in the cinema! Donnie Yen's movie will always let people down, just that I dont like this movie. Pretty boring for me. 

His acting is real good. The way he portrait this character, made Guan Yu more like a human. Guan Yu is almost like a God in my impression. 

Anyway,I feel only one thing throughout the movie.. that is..

Hou gay arrrr!!!! I can't stand the gayness throughout the movie. but well, i shall call it brotherhood?
3 out of 5



  1. brotherhood ! lol... Isaac is into brotherhood too! :P

    I followed your way in my latest post!, put camwhore pic at the end of post. But it turned out pretty funny >< Check it out wilee.

  2. haha is a good movie? My friend tell me that The main character characteristic is dam ham sup! LOL!

    Guan Wan Jiong must be fierce and not too horny go like his brothers future wife 1 =P

    oh my too much crap

  3. isaac: hahaha brotherhood ewwww

    kianfai: it is not a bad movie la. but i dont like the movie lo. no la he like that girl before the girl married to his brother. not future wife btw. is the 3rd wife

  4. the actor portraying cao cao was amazing. i thought donnie yen is a very poor choice to play guan yu. the man had to wear platform shoes (hilariously obvious) but yet, still shorter than a lot of other characters. guan yu was always described in the story as being a huge man.

    however, i did like some elements of the script. the idea of a decent person in time of bad men. i've rarely seen liu bei and zhuge liang being portrayed as scheming weasels, but they had always struck me as such. i like cao cao more than liu bei anyway from last time.

  5. LoL at Kian Fai! ham sup main character! @_@