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:: The Lost Bladesman

The team behind Infernal Affairs join with Asian superstars Doniie Yen and Jiang Wen for this epic historical adventure set during the turmoil of the time of the Three Kingdoms. The Lost Bladesman tells the story of Guan Yun Chang, the greatest warrior in the land and also of Cao Cao - who in his quest for power will try to enlist Guan Yun Chang into his forces… or destroy him so that nothing stands in his way.

During the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country general Cao Cao, the real power behind the emperor, enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land Guan Yun Chang (Donnie Yen). However, Guan Yun Chang is a loyal friend of Cao Cao's enemy Liu Bei. To persuade the peerless warrior to fight, Cao Cao takes his beloved Qi Lan (Sun Li) hostage. After leading Cao Cao's forces to victory Guan Yun Chang sets out with Qi Lan to rejoin Liu Bei. But now Cao Cao has deemed him too great a threat to live, and on the journey he must face all the forces at the emperor's command sent to destroy him.

This combination of talents makes the film one of the big attractions of the Chinese film year, but it's only a partial success. It's hugely ambitious, but problems of scale limit the film's clarity and its emotional power. The fights are stunning, though, little works of art in themselves. But, overall, the film falls short.

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Theatrical trailer