The Lost Bladesman

Synopsis: This historical martial arts film adapted from the story of Guan Yu crossing five passes and slaying six generals in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. 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. Liu Bei flees north to join Yuan Shao, while his family is captured by the enemy. Liu Bei's sworn brother Guan Yu (Donnie Yen), surrenders to Cao Cao to uphold his oath of brotherhood and preserve his honor. Cao Cao knows he's a great warrior & hopes that Guan Yu will continue serving him. Meanwhile, 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 lea
Director(s): Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Production: Icon
  4 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

"As transient as dreams and shadows,"

"as erratic as dew and

lightning, such is life."

If Guan Yunchang,

righteous as heaven itself,

can come to such an end,

who's left to guard the Way?

'Righteousness' : written

'lamb' atop 'oneself'.

A self with the goodness of a lamb.

The righteousness of General Guan...

was six parts compassion.

It's tragic.

He was essentially a wolf...

with the soul of a lamb.

Yet this world is ruled by wolves.

Ruled by wolves.

Twenty years ago...

the Han reigned over a war-torn land.

Commanding a small force, I, Cao Cao

managed at last to stabilize the empire.

Then Yuan Shao rebelled, attacking my army.

His commander, Yan Liang,

stormed Baima with his mighty army.

We'd always prevailed over stronger armies.

With this defeat, the city in ruins

my generals couldn't

contain their distress.

Territory, I can lose.

The morale of my men, never.

Guan Yunchang was my prisoner then.

He had such ability.

They called him The Undefeatable.

I knew...

if I could make him my chess piece,

I could make my next move.

One that'd spell victory or defeat.

But this chess piece...

belonged to Liu Bei.

How to play another man's piece?

Brother Guan, come, have a bite with me.

You can eat at a time like this?

- What's up?

- I'd like your help.

Are you willing to help me?

I'm a prisoner. My will's irrelevant.

Good. Could you kill someone for me?

Would it end the fighting?



No rush. Eat first.

No rush?

I'll eat afterwards.

They'll ram the gates. Hold 'em back!

Yes, sir!

M'Lord, Guan Yunchang is an enemy general.

Why would he fight for us?

Who here wasn't once an enemy general?

Free the tiger and he'll

return to his lair.

Brother Guan, of the 5000 men here,

could any hold you back?

I need 30 cavalry. Who's in?

We once served different masters.

We've never been brothers.

But for today's battle...

Forget the past. Fight with me.

You are truly my brothers.

If no one objects...

I'll be so bold as to call you that.

Brothers, please accept my respects.

I, Zhang Liao, will ride with you.

Who else?

- Brothers, attack!

- Attack!

- Attack!

- Attack!

Are these your men?

They're his.

His Majesty, the Emperor!

Guan Yunchang is hereby...

a Marquis of Han...

and a commanding general.

I don't deserve this. I'm unworthy.

Brother Yunchang,

you're loyal, righteous;

The honor is yours alone.

His Majesty is in peril, yet I do nothing.

Is that loyal or righteous?

You don't think...

His Majesty's in peril here?

It's taboo to bear arms in the palace.

But all the officials are doing it.

Rebellion is clearly brewing.

We're at war; it's to protect the throne.

How can you imply an intent to rebel?

Why doesn't Cao Cao kneel

before the throne?

If it bothers you, don't kneel either.

I wouldn't violate protocol.

No ceremony today, no need for protocol.

So, all relax, no need for kneeling.

Rise, c'mon.

Rise. Up up up.

On your feet.

Marquis, His Majesty has spoken.

Brother Yunchang, please rise.

Your Excellency.

Please, rise. No need for formality.

Your Excellency, you saved my life.

I must honor you.

You saved yourself. Remember that.

Sir Guan... you're a great hero.

That you saved my life honors me.

Even more so now you're a marquis.

That's just a wee...

misunderstanding with Cao Cao.

Marquis Guan...

true, we've had a wee misunderstanding.

I'll get back to work.


And how should we resolve it, Lord Cao?

Have some water,

Marquis Guan.

This was once barren wilderness.

We came, tilled and sowed the land.

We brought over many people from Luoyang.

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Felix Chong

Felix Chong Man-Keung (simplified Chinese: 庄文强; traditional Chinese: 莊文強; pinyin: Zhuāng Wénqiáng) (born January 1, 1968, in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong screenwriter, film director and actor.He is one of the most celebrated screenwriters in Hong Kong and has won several prestigious awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Chong is known for frequently working alongside cinematographer/director Andrew Lau, and writer/director Alan Mak. Chong's best known film as a screenwriter is Infernal Affairs, which he co-wrote alongside Alan Mak. Other films written by Chong include Infernal Affairs 2, Infernal Affairs 3, Initial D, Dance of a Dream, and Confession of Pain. As of May 2017 filming of “Project Gutenberg", a big-budget Chinese-language action film, started. The picture is written and being directed by Chong. more…

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