Dynasty Warriors, a period war film based on the video game and novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, is out on Netflix. Directed by Roy Hin Yeung Chow, Chi-long To has written the screenplay. The film stars Louis Koo, Kai Wang, Ray Lui, Justin Cheung, Tony Yo-ning Yang, Geng Han, Suet Lam, Coulee Nazha and Philip Keung.
Netflix has described the film’s plot as: “Warlords, warriors and statesmen wage a battle for supremacy in this fantasy tale based on the hit video games and the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”
Dynasty Warriors film opening is a massive war breaking between two troops. One of them belongs to Zhang Jiao (played by Philip Keung), and the other army belongs to Dong Zhuo (Suet Lam). Both of them want to rule the Han Dynasty. Three warriors, namely Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu (Tony Yo-ning Yang, Justin Cheung and Geng Han), join the fight and defeat Zhang Jiao and his men.
Dong Zhuo’s commander expresses his gratitude to these three men and asks them about their names and rank. The men tell him that they carry no rank and want to bring peace to Han Dynasty. In the background, Zhuo smirks and walks away without thanking these three warriors. The men realise that the Han empire is still in trouble till Zhuo is the ruler.
But this is not the only plot of Netflix’s Dynasty Warriors. We see Dong Zhuo’s ruthless behaviour towards the people of his kingdom; there’s another plot for Lu Bu (Louis Koo), Cao Cao (Kai Wang) and several others. There are many text messages in between the film to give an idea about the Han Dynasty and every important twist and character.
When one thinks Dynasty Warriors video game is made into a film, they might expect spectacular VFX and precise and impactful storytelling. But the Netflix film is too much to grasp and doesn’t tick the boxes enough to keep watching till the end. Due to the addition of so many characters in 2 hours, you end up getting a bit confused. Also, many people watch films because they don’t enjoy reading. So adding those texts to give us an idea of the plot isn’t helpful if someone doesn’t want to pay attention.
Dynasty Warriors star cast has done a good job. But at one point, you meet so many characters you forget whose arc you’re following. I can safely say that it would’ve been better if it was left for people to enjoy video games.
Dynasty Warriors Review: Is it worth watching?
Overall, the Netflix film is a tiring war that you wish to skip. It has a few wow moments, but you’ll witness them only if you manage to watch it till the end. If you love the video game and want to give it a watch, keep your expectations low.
Dynasty Warriors is currently streaming on Netflix.