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|The Legend of Guan Gong |
Six Disc Set
Actors: Tian Hairong, Li Wenshuai
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
The legendary life of Chinese hero Guan Gong explodes onto the screen in this lavish epic! From the late years of Dong Han Dynasty to the early days of Three Kingdoms, the story follows three close friends crusading to rec... more »
Excellent ... if you are NOT looking for Crouching Tiger - H
Ancient Battle Ax Of The East | 10/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of Chinese culture and literature (think Outlaws Of The Marsh, etc...) you will like this.
This is not a Kung Fu epic. The fight scenes are more like what you would see in a Saturady Night Live skit than a Bruce Lee movie.
This gives a good glimpse into late Han dynasty China."
Romance of the Three Kingdoms on Screen
David K. Jordan | La Jolla, CA USA | 01/18/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Guan Gong, the "god of war," had more temples across China in 1900 than any other divinity, and he remains an object of popular veneration today. (His home town of Yuncheng is once again becoming a major pilgrimage center.) The novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (available in the English translation of Moss Roberts), one of the best loved of China's great pre-modern novels, did much to popularize him, as did story tellers and theatrical companies for centuries. This video series is a modern contribution to that tradition. Celebrated as a brilliant warrior but more importantly as the personification of rectitude, Guan Gong remained loyal to his two sometimes frustrating sworn brothers against all odds, and despite the efforts of the brilliant but vicious lord Cao Cao to recruit him to what was in the end the winning side. It's been a long time since I read the novel, but this video series strikes me as remarkably true to it, and certainly to the tradition. The battles celebrated by Chinese story tellers are here. And so are the characters, big and small, that figure in Guan Gong's life. Don't look for silly kung-fu special effects here, but for a solid effort to represent the mortal life of the famous god of war with fair psychological depth. One cautionary note: There is unfortunately no dramatis personae list; however, with dozens of significant characters, you may need to pause and make some lists as you go along in order to keep track of exactly what's going on. I had fun with it, but it'll be a while before I go through all 22 hours a second time."
D. Loo | Michigan | 01/17/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Beware if you do not speak Mandarin...Although this serial was released by Image Entertainment, in the set that I received, the English subtitles are present only up to the third disc . The last three discs do not have any subtitles whatsoever... The pacing is also very slow; and the plot is drawn out and confusing."