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Three Kingdoms (2008)

San guo zhi jian long xie jia (original title)
His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

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Daniel Lee
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Zhao Zilong
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Luo Ping-An
Maggie Q ... Cao Ying
Cunxin Pu Cunxin Pu ... Zhuge Liang
Andy On ... Deng Zhi
Rongguang Yu ... Han De
Hua Yueh ... Liu Bei
Lung Ti ... Guan Yu
Zhi-Hui Chen Zhi-Hui Chen ... Zhang Fei
Vanness Wu ... Guan Xing
Damian Lau ... Cao Cao
Haifeng Ding Haifeng Ding ... Zhang Bao
Hongbo Jiang ... Ruan
Hongtao Wang Hongtao Wang ... Huang Zhong
Menghe Wu Liji Menghe Wu Liji ... Ma Chao
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Storyline

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an army charged with liberating the land from an evil warlord. Inspiring by action, honor and a dream of unifying his divided nation, Zhao Zilong's heroism becomes legend, but as the years pass and the throne changes hands the war still rages on. When a newly enthroned king decides peace can only be achieved by defeating the warlords once and for all, the aging Zhao Zilong embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time. Written by Anonymous

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The journey to unify the Three Kingdoms begins! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody battle sequences | See all certifications »

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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by 3 secs to remove shots of cruel horsefalls. See more »

Connections

Version of Diao chan (1953) See more »

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A short review
3 April 2008 | by FilmazerSee all my reviews

To be brief, this movie was a disappointment.

The reasons are simple - it lacks any characterization, the whole story feels like a synopsis, not a full story. Scenes and images flashed by as if we are scanning (selected) pages of a novel, with no real details given.

I thought Andy Lau was good for the role and I didn't even mind Maggie Q's role; the samurai-like armor; the Wei forces' helmets resembling Stahlhelms (Nazi helmets) and the Shu's are like British soldiers being so obvious. These are cosmetic and artistic choices and didn't pose as a serious distraction. (The brief appearances of some other main ROTK characters were done just right and did provide a nice glimpse into what might have been part of a more romantic epic.) But still, give more meat to the story and characters, make it a real movie, not a hundred minutes long trailer.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | South Korea | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

3 April 2008 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,159,916
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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