Loosely based on the hyper-stylized, historical epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong, directors Felix Chong and Alan Mak’s movie The Lost Bladesman is an alternate retelling of General Guan Yu’s (Donnie Yen) journey to rejoin with his friend and warlord Liu Bei. The story is also partly narrated by chancellor and rival warlord Cao Cao (Jiang Wen) during his attendance and sponsorship of the general’s funeral, reminiscing on how Guan Yu was a truly righteous man possessing the body of a wolf and the soul of a sheep. Cao Cao then flashbacks to 20 years prior, when Guan Yu is among his VIP prisoners as China collapses into civil war during the closing years of the 2nd Century CE.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ninja Boy was a Wildstorm imprint that first debuted back in late 2001 and later reprinted in 2003 as a trade paperback. Created by Alejandro Garza and Allen Warren, the six-issue miniseries stars teenaged Nakio, youngest of the Mugen Ninja Clan, sent forth on his first solo mission: to kill the rich, corrupt merchant Mikaboshi. But after accomplishing a less than spectacular success, Nakio’s story becomes one of vengeance that suddenly morphs into a vaguely defined quest.