Introduction to Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon is an ancient Chinese war movie released based loosely on characters and events of romance of the three kingdoms. The movie was released in 2008 and achieved a box office of US$21.2 millions. The budget of the movie was estimated to be US$20 millions.
- The movie depicts the soldering career of Zhao Zi Long (Zhao Yun), one of the most popular character from the romance of the three kingdoms in modern days.
- Zhao Yun was played by Andy Lau, an acclaimed hong kong actors who has filmed more than 100 movies in his career.
- The movie was nominated for several awards in the 28th Hong Kong film awards and won best production design in the 3rd Asian film awards.
Availability in English
The English version of Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon is available in DVD. It is dubbed in English with English Subtitles available as well.
While not entirely an un-watchable film, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon may be a disappointment for serious three kingdoms’ fan.
- One of the few movies on Three Kingdoms
- Battle scenes especially horse fights provide some spectacular visual treats
- Andy Lau’s convincing acting
- Mediocre plot
- Fictitious characters taking up heavy screen time
- Glaring inconsistencies in characters and plots with original work
The movie starts with the potrayal of an aging ZhaoYun surrounded by enemies (Wei Forces) at a mountain named Phoenix Heights. While waiting for his final battle, he begins to see flash back of his career as a Shu Solider and General.
Luo Ping An(fictitious character), a recruitment officer of Liu Bei’s forces met young Zhao Yun who seek enlistment. The two soon became friends in their soldiering career and reveal their ambitions to each other. Zhao Yun first victory begins with the invasion of Cao Cao’s forces onto their defence parameter. With the aid of Zhu Ge Liang’s strategy, Zhao Yun killed enemy commander and saved Luo Ping An in the process.
Despite the victory, Liu Bei’s forces was overwhelmed by Cao Cao’s troops and began their retreat to the mountain, Phoenix Heights. Luo Ping An, who was given the duty to escort Liu Bei’s family members, lost both Liu Bei’s wives and son. An infuriated Zhang Fei then attacked Luo Ping An but was stopped by Zhao Yun. Guan Yu joined Zhang Fei to fight Zhao Yun but was unable to defeat him. Zhao Yun then volunteered to retreive Liu Bei’s family members and succeed in saving Liu Bei’s son, Ah Dou. In the process, he fended off numerous Cao Cao’s troops alone and left an impression on Cao Cao’s granddaughter, Cao Yin (fictitious character). After the battle, Zhao Yun rose rapidly to fame and started an relationship with a woman in his hometown.
Zhao Yun continues his soldiering path and won himself the title “invincible general” with his undefeated streaks in battles. He was then named as one of the 5 tiger generals of Shu after Liu Bei crowned himself as an emperor. Luo Ping An, on the other hand, remained as a low ranking solider and have his ambition unfulfilled.
Many years went by as war between the three kingdoms continues. The remaining 4 tiger generals have all died in battle and Zhao Yun became the sole tiger general in the Shu’s forces. As Zhu Ge Liang announced the next campaign against the Wei’s kingdom, an aged Zhao Yun volunteered and insisted to take part in the campaign.
With Luo Ping An and several other officers, Zhao Yun led Shu’s troops towards Wei’s territory. They soon encountered Wei’s troop led by Han De, a Wei’s officers. Han De’s son then challenged Zhao Yun to a duel but were all slayed by Zhao Yun. As the Shu’s troops pursue Han De’s troops, they soon realised that they are lure to a trap by Cao Ying and were surrounded by Wei’s troops. The Shu Officers contemplated that there might be a spy and have no choice but to lead the troops to Phoenix Heights.
After exchanging of several psychological tactics to demoralise enemy troops, Zhao Yun faced Cao Yin in a duel and defeated her. Zhao Yun spared Cao Yin’s life but was wounded in the duel. Wei’s forces then advanced towards Phoenix Heights and clashed with the remaining Shu’s officers and troops. While watching the battle from Phoenix Heights, a remorseful Luo Ping An revealed to Zhao Yun then he was the spy and he has been jealous of Zhao Yun’s accomplishment. Zhao Yun forgave Luo Ping An and requested Luo Ping An to beat the battle drum for him. After all of Shu’f troops was defeated, Zhao Yun charged alone towards the enemy.
Inconsistencies with Original Work – Romance of the Three Kingdoms
- Zhao Yun did not joined Liu Bei’s forces as a low ranking soldiers. In fact, he was an officer under Gong Sun Zan before joining Liu Bei.
- The scene where Zhao Yun rescue Ah Dou happened at “Chang Ban” instead of Phoenix Heights.
- Zhao Yun would not be able to go back to his home town as “Chang San” in deep within Wei’s territory.
- Zhang Bao and Guan Suo were never known to be in bad blood.
- The overall in charge of Wei Forces during Shu first northern campaign is Cao Zhen and not Cao Yin (fictitious character).
- Deng Zhi was a scholar type officer instead of a combat type officer.
- Zhao Yun died of illness instead in battle.
Screenshot from the Movie – Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the the Dragon