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Film / Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon

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Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon is a 2008 war drama and action film based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms, co-incidentally coming out the same year as John Woo's Red Cliff.

Unlike the John Woo film, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon focused solely on the Han Dynasty general Zhao Zi-long (played by Andy Lau), chronicling Zi-long's life starting from a peasant, soldier, sergeant and before eventually becoming one of the dreaded Five Tiger Generals of Liu Bei. Yu Rong-guang stars as Han De, the main rival general antagonizing Zi-long.


The film provides the following tropes:

  • Badass and Baby: The iconic scene of Zi-long fending off hordes of enemy soldiers while carrying Liu Bei's son on his back is once again recreated in this movie.
  • Battle in the Rain: Zi-long’s first action scene involves him raiding an enemy camp in the middle of heavy rain, where upon being discovered he had to fight his way past several enemies while braving the downpour.
  • Blade on a Stick:
    • Zi-long’s Weapon of Choice is a heavy spear with an absolutely massive blade.
    • Also, one of the supporting characters is Guan Yu (played by Ti Lung as The Cameo), and sure enough he uses his classic Green Dragon Sabre.
    • Heck, practically every important character who are generals uses halberds or giant spears. Including Cao Cao, Cao Cao’s sons and also Cao Ying.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: Happens in the rain fight, when slain soldiers fall over into muddle puddles with clear red liquid in the water they landed on.
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  • Chase Fight: The baby rescue/evacuation scene plays out pretty much like Red Cliff, but this time Zi-long also had to flee on horseback while being pursued by enemy riders and carriages.
  • Fade to Black: The movie ends with the elderly Zi-long about to face Cao Ying, before the screen went black. Cue credits.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The above poster. Several scenes in the movie, especially the night battle, uses this shot as well.
  • How We Got Here: The Framing Device of the movie begins with Zi-long, now an elderly man, prepared to face Cao Ying, before remembering his past when he was a young warrior.
  • Jitter Cam: Used in A LOT of the action scenes, especially the night raid and Zi-long’s baby rescue scene.
  • Lady of War: Cao Ying, the female general serving Cao Cao’s army, a deadly warrior and skilled general in her own right.
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: Zi-long, in his younger days before enlisting, with his long hair flowing all over the place untied.
    • Guan Xing, Guan Yu’s son who served in the army after the time montage scene, also had long, thick black hair. And he’s definitely a pretty boy (played by Taiwanese singer and heartthrob Vanness Wu).
  • Malevolent Masked Men: During the night raid, Zi-long, Ping-an, and several soldiers infiltrates Cao Cao’s enemy camp while wearing bronze masks that resembles demons.
  • One-Man Army: Zi-long against legions and legions of enemy soldiers, while carrying Liu Bei’s baby son on his back.
  • Red Baron: Zi-long’s name on the battlefield is "Invincible General" and he is known as one of the Five Tiger Generals.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Zi-long had this response when he fights Cao Ying and knocks her helmet (which hides her Compressed Hair) off.
  • Time Passes Montage: Zi-long’s promotion into army general is followed by a montage of seasons going past where Zi-long serves Liu Bei in the war for years, and by the time the montage ends Zi-long is now an elderly man with graying hair and beard.