Throwing around bodies in July
Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series is the progenitor of the many musou games that we’ve oddly come to love, from Zelda and Fire Emblem to Persona. When the movie was announced, it certainly looked like the game come to (cgi-infused) life, with humans and horses being thrown about in magnificent whirlwind spin glory. It opened to light success in China and Hong Kong, but the fans in the Western market have been itching to see it for themselves. Now they’ll have the opportunity, as Netflix has picked up the rights to stream the film starting July 1st in the US.
The film follows the Three Kingdoms period that is deep in the game’s lore, and the synopsis reads as follows:
Based on Koei Tecmo’s namesake game. The Yellow Turban Rebellion breaks out in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. With the help of his trusted right-hand men Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, militia leader Liu Pei successfully suppresses the revolt. The calculating warlord Dong Zhuo takes advantage of the situation and takes control of the court, stirring further unrest.