The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang)
The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang) (2011)

This epic is loosely based on the story of Guan Yu crossing five passes and slaying six generals in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: November 1, 2016
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Simon Weaving

An epic historical martial arts film with thin characters, a tepid love story and some excellent fight sequences with the long-handled crescent-moon blade.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

After a while it all becomes a bit predictable, especially as the political motivations are, to the uninitiated, more than slightly opaque.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

I found the storytelling a little confusing, mostly due to the plethora of characters who are mentioned in the context of the wars that are taking place or about to. But aside from that, the film works as a well made genre piece

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

There's something really robust about actually seeing a fight rather than the cutaways and the illusion of a fight rather than a real fight.

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Problems of scale limit the film's clarity and its emotional power.

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Peter Galvin

The Lost Bladesman starts off big and rather cool and ends up an intimate epic hot and heavy with spent passions and an aura of sadness that's unexpectedly moving.

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Jarrod Walker
FILMINK (Australia)

While the action is impressive, the human drama and characterisation of the potentially fascinating warrior General Guan Yu is sadly one-dimensional.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Hong Kong duo Felix Chong and Alan Mak take on the martial arts epic for the first time, adapting the story of Guan's (Donnie Yen) killing of six generals… More
JY Skacto
<i>The Lost Bladesman</i>, from directors Felix Chong and Alan Mak, showcases everything it needs to, to be a worthwhile picture.<p>Aside from… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The script has it's ups and downs, Yen's acting is still on a limited range, but there has been some improvements. Good fight sequences, one in a… More