DYNASTY WARRIORS (2021) Reviews and overview of video game adaptation

 

Dynasty Warriors is a 2021 Hong Kong action fantasy film based on the Japanese hack-and-slash video game franchise of the same name.

Directed by Roy Chow Hin-Yeung from a screenplay written by Chi-long To, the movie stars Louis Koo, Carina Lau, Wang Kai, Tony Yang, Han Geng and Ray Lui.

Background:

Developed by Omega Force and published by Koei Tecmo, the Dynasty Warriors video games are loosely based on the 14th-century Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which is based on the 3rd-century historical text Record of the Three Kingdoms.

The story, set in 2nd and 3rd-century China during the final years of the Han Dynasty, focuses on the various wars between feudal lords at the time…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Oscillating between brazenly cheesy and beautifully ornate, Dynasty Warriors is an entertaining mess, with its heart in the right place but narratively compromised by rushed storytelling and jarring tonal shifts, and marred by poor CGI and some odd casting choices.” Asian Film Strike

” …the CG in Dynasty Warriors <真·三國無雙> isn’t exactly among the best ones out there […] Yusuke Hanato’s energetic score, which blends soaring orchestra and a catchy guitar-rock combo complement the movie well. Both Liu Jingping’s majestic production design and Bobo Ng Po-Ling and William Chang’s detailed costume design deserve equal mention as well.” Screen HK

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“Admirably, Chow’s film – again scripted by his wife Christine To Chi-long – turns out to be less a mindless special effects extravaganza based solely around the silly game than it is an ambitious recap of early sections of Luo’s tome, offering an abridged take on key events leading up to the fall of the Han dynasty…” South China Morning Post

Release date:

Released in China on April 30, 2021. Netflix has apparently acquired the worldwide streaming rights for Dynasty Warriors

Original title:

真·三国无双

Fun facts:

The film reportedly cost over HK$300 million to produce.

Trailer: