Donnie Yen Chi Tan in THE LOST BLADESMAN (GUAN WON CHEUNG) played Guan Yu, which recently has become one of the focus character of online attention. A slogan even spread online, "With Love With Honor Watch Lord Guan, Without Love Without Honor 'Thunder' Struck". Chi Tan thought it was good and said that the slogan had momentum. In the past many actors have played Lord Guan, each with his own uniqueness. He also wanted everyone to see how he interpreted a different Lord Guan under the cameras of directors Alan Mak Siu Fai and Felix Chong Man Keung.
Chi Tan pointed out, Guan Yunchang was one of the most difficult characters that he has ever played. With Sun Wukong he got his inspiration from his son, but with Guan Yunchang he had nowhere to start. With the difficulty, he had to work extra hard to study this character. However the biggest challenge was Chi Tan felt a lot of pressure with his limited Putonghua in front of the fluent in Putonghua Jiang Wen.
Chi Tan said that working with Jiang Wen was a pleasure, but he did not understand Cantonese and his own Putonghua was lacking. Thus when they rehearsed with Putonghua they had certain difficulties. He had to concentrate even more. During the shoot, Chi Tan spent his free time on the vehicle that the team provided for him and drove around the hills to reduce stress. The crew joked that they were enlighten to the fact that Lord Guan actually loved to drive fast too.
In addition, the famous North American distributor Weintstein earlier already bought the right to THE LOST BLADESMAN, which will be released in North America. Actually Weinstein's boss was a top Chi Tan fan. Chi Tan was excited about the North American purchase and hoped to perform in the North American market with this film.