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Review: The Lost Bladesman (Anchor Bay)

The Lost Bladesman
4 stars
Starring: Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Sun Li

Directed: Alan Mak, Felix Chong

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Format: DVD .Color: Color

Audio: Mandarin .Subtitles: English

Distributor: Anchor Bay


During the warring period of the Three Kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country, General Cao Cao (Wen Jiang), the real power behind the emperor, enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land Guan Yu (Donnie Yen). However, Guan Yu is a loyal friend of Cao Cao’s enemy Liu Bei (Alex Fong). 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 Yu 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.




Audio Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is good with no distortion and decent low-end at times.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: DVD

The Picture Quality is Good For DVD but still has room for improvement. Its sharp but also softer on distant shots of faces. Colors are good but not eye candy like HD.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Theatrical release Date: April 28, 2011 (China)
Disc release Date: November 1, 2016 (USA)




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The Lost Bladesman is an Epic Bio Period film that focuses on Story but don’t worry we do get action and its great. The story opens and ends on a Warlord telling a tale of a Friend whom he once enslaved while burying the head of this great warrior. Donnie yen playing the great warrior who wants piece was granted freedom after completing his task. But those in the kingdom felt it was a mistake has he might pose a threat later on. So are lead Donnie will face resistance while on his journey to find out why and who want him dead. He face friends and foe.

The story was a good viewing and the movie does focuses on the story more than action. Action is plentiful though with great weapon action that kicks in heavier half way in. But with in that half we do get big breaks of action to focus on story which is good. Some may find it slow as the action is great and viewers may want to see more of it.

Overall the film was a good viewing with a good story and great action . Acting also was great and Donnie does great on both acting and action.

With that said I give The Lost Bladesman a 4 out of 5 due to story and its good-looking action that does make you want more of the weapon slinging choreography. The film gets medium reviews but for me its better. Give it a Pick up. Donnie is great.


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