Animation fans rejoice! On September 26, 2017, Lions Gate released L.O.R.D: Lord of Ravaging Dynasties on DVD and On Demand, starring Kris Wu (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) and a Cheney Chen (The Great Wall). L.O.R.D is based on the epic fantasy novels by Guo Jinming. Guo’s work is surreal and enchanting. He is most assuredly fantastic. L.O.R.D doesn’t just focus on mystical people with supernatural powers. It’s deep with relatable and passionate characters. It could easily be the basis of a popular eSports franchise. It’s just that addictive.
Silver (Kris Wu) is the seventh of seven Dukes who are able to wield amazingly strong supernatural powers. Each of them possesses a unique trait that is the source of their strength, which their disciples also receive. Essentially, Silver takes Asbat (Cheney Chen) on as his disciple. Before he can really begin to learn anything, they become embroiled in a hunt for a traitor. Although Asbat has yet to fully discover his true strength, his undying devotion makes him useful during battle. They join five other dukes and disciples to chase down the ones that have betrayed the covenant. As they clash with forces of unimaginable power, Silver discovers that things aren’t quite what they seem. His response has Asbat and another disciple wondering what’s next.
I really cannot get enough of this story. Overall it is about a war against dark forces of evil, but it doesn’t forget the humor. In contrast to Silver’s stoic reservation, Asbat is carefree and funny. He has subtly amusing lines and outright hilarious moments that spark an automatic love for his character. It doesn’t take long to become invested in him.
L.O.R.D is as awe-inspiring as it is exciting and electrifying. The visual effects do not disappoint. It’s not the least bit surprising considering this was also the team behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Warcraft. Like their other work, L.O.R.D is visually breathtaking. The accuracy of each character is astonishing. Not to mention the vivid background. As for the cast, Fan Bingbing is even more gorgeous animated. Kris Wu and Cheney Chen are so realistic. It’s easy to forget it is completely computer-generated. Kris’ character even walks just like him. Freeeaaaakyyyy. L.O.R.D’s storyline is well-written, and the animations and graphics are stunning.
This story has me so enamored. So I can’t wait to see more. Check out the trailer for L.O.R.D: Lord of Ravaging Dynasties, then watch the full movie On Demand. If you’re not a fan of subtitles, the DVD offers English. Let me know what you thought of Guo’s writing and the graphics in the comments.