L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties

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L.O.R.D.:
Legend of Ravaging Dynasties
L.O.R.D Legend of Ravaging Dynasties poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Traditional 爵跡
Simplified 爵迹
Mandarin Jue ji
Directed by Guo Jingming
Written by Guo Jingming
Starring
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Cinematography Randy Che
Production
companies
Distributed by Le Vision Pictures (Beijing)[1]
Release date
  • 30 September 2016 (2016-09-30)
Running time
117 minutes[2]
Country China
Language Mandarin
Box office $58 million[3]

L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties is a 2016 Chinese computer animated motion capture action fantasy adventure film written and directed by Guo Jingming. It was released in China by Le Vision Pictures on 30 September 2016 in 3D and IMAX 3D.[1][4][5][6] Part 2 has been slated to be released in China on 6 July 2018.[7]

Plot[edit]

The Odin Mainland is separated into four countries, in each lives a group of soul masters protecting their county with their soul powers. The most powerful seven of them are known as Noble Lords. The story begins in the water origin, the Aslan Empire.

Qi Ling (Cheney Chen) has been a busboy in an inn since young and subconsciously tamed a legendary soul beast, Ice Fang in a battle between soul masters. Yin Chen (Kris Wu) came on orders of the Silver Priest (Roy Wang) to take him in as his disciple. With his help, Qi Ling heads to the Grave of the Souls to seek his soul weapon, yet as he couldn’t sit still like how his lord instructed him; he enters the Grave of the Souls with Tianshu You Hua (Lin Yun) and Guishan Lian Quan (Fan Bingbing). Qi Ling thus become embroiled in the upcoming storm; a battle of soul powers between the lords.

At the very same time, another conspiracy that has long been in the works within the Aslan Empire is gradually revealing itself. While searching for Qi Ling, Yin Chen found out that his master, the former 1st lord Gilgamesh may still be living, and thus risked his everything to began the search of his previous master. At the same time, the killing lords You Ming (William Chan) and Thalia (Amber Kuo) received the silver priest's orders to kill Guishan Lian Quan and her brother, Guishen Feng Hun (Yan Yikuan). A battle between the lords and disciples, in a fight for truth and honor, thus ensues.

Cast[edit]

The Righteous[edit]

  • Fan Bingbing as Guishan Lian Quan (Chinese: 鬼山莲泉), Disciple to the 5th degree (later Lord to the 5th and 6th degree)
  • Kris Wu as Yin Chen (Chinese: 银尘), Lord to the 7th degree and former disciple to the 1st degree, Gilgamesh
  • Cheney Chen as Qi Ling (Chinese: 麒零), Disciple to the 7th degree Yin Chen.
  • Lin Yun as Tianshu You Hua (Chinese: 天束幽花), Disciple to the 6th degree and daughter of the 6th lord; likes Qi Ling
  • Yan Yikuan as Guishan Feng Hun (Chinese: 鬼山縫魂), Lord to the 5th degree; Guishan Lian Quan's elder brother
  • Roy Wang as one of the Silver Priests (Chinese: 白銀祭司)

The Corroders[edit]

  • William Chan as You Ming (Chinese: 幽冥), Lord to the 2nd degree; Thalia's lover
  • Amber Kuo as Thalia (Chinese: 特蕾婭), Lord to the 4th degree; You Ming's lover
  • Yang Mi as Shen Yin (Chinese: 神音), Disciple to the 2nd degree; has an ambiguous relationship with Ni Hong
  • Aarif Rahman as Ni Hong (Chinese: 霓虹), Disciple to the 4th degree; has an ambiguous relationship with Shen Yin
  • Wang Duo as Qi La (Chinese: 漆拉), Lord to the 3rd degree

Soul Beasts[edit]

  • Guo Jingming as Scorpion (Chinese: 雪刺), Yin Chen's soul beast
  • Hu Hanchi as Ice Fang (Chinese: 苍雪之牙), Qi Ling's soul beast

Original soundtrack[edit]

Song Category Song Name Singer Lyricists Composer Notes
Theme song 灵犀一动 Han Hong Guo Jingming, Luo Luo Yuki Kajiura
Ending theme song 人间沙 Cheney Chen

Release[edit]

The film was released in China on September 30, 2016[4] and on the same day in international markets like the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States and Canada by Lionsgate.[8] Regarding the film's global release, a representative from Le Vision Pictures, the movie's producer, which is handling distribution in Greater China said, "Lionsgate appreciated the film's potential for YA audiences around the world. They felt it fit in well with their track record of success with films in this genre, such as The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises."[8]

Reception[edit]

L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties opened in four markets – China, UK, Australia and New Zealand – in its opening weekend and grossed a total of $29.2 million, debuting in second place at the Chinese box office chart, behind I Belonged to You and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on the international box office chart.[9] In China alone, the film made $1.28 million in previews[10] and booked 35% of all available screens and grossed $29 million (of the $29.2 million weekend total). In 325 IMAX theaters, it earned $2.3 million. The film benefitted hugely from the National Day holiday.[9] The film's earnings fell significantly after its opening day due to poor word of mouth and competition from Operation Mekong.[11] It has grossed $53.8 million in four markets of which China's contribution is $53.6 million. It next opened in Singapore.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "爵迹(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties [2D] (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&country=SG&wk=2016W42&id=_fLORDLEGENDOFR01
  4. ^ a b "爵迹 (2016)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ "郭敬明《爵迹》连放三招"绝技" 范冰冰吴亦凡加盟--传媒--人民网". media.people.com.cn. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  6. ^ "爵迹 的海报". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "看《爵迹》前你需要了解的事". Mtime (in Chinese). September 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Patrick Brzeski (September 26, 2016). "Lionsgate to Release Chinese CGI Fantasy Film 'L.O.R.D.' in North America (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione (October 2, 2016). "'Miss Peregrine' Books $36.5M; 'Finding Dory', 'Bridget Jones' Reach Milestones; Big Frame For Local Pics – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ Patrick Frater (October 2, 2016). "China Box Office: National Day Holiday Won by 'Belonged'". Variety. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Papish (October 7, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Operation Mekong' Storms Holiday Box Office". China Film Insider. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (October 9, 2016). "'Miss Peregrine' Nears $100M Overseas; 'Girl On The Train' Chugs $16.5M; 'A Monster Calls' In Spain – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 

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