The WarlordsDecember 12, 2007
It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval…
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 7.0/10 (12,386 voted)
Critic's Score: 70/100
Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi. The story was filmed by Zhang Che in 1973 as The Blood Brothers.
Writers: Tin Nam Chun, Jianxin Huang
General Pang Qingyun
(as Lianjie Li)
(as Dehua Liu)
(as Wu Jincheng)
Huang Wen Jin
Shi Jin Biao
Lu Da Shan
Xiao Yun Wang
Wang Xiao Shou
Release Date: 12 December 2007
Filming Locations: Beijing, China
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $10,073
(4 April 2010)
(16 May 2010)
Did You Know?
The main battle sequence had a detailed script treatment of over 20 pages and a maximum of 8 cameras rolling simultaneously.
25 minutes into the movie, the curse word "gou ri de" (literally: dog, Japanese, of) was used. The expression means "Japanese dog" which originates from the Japanese invasion during World War II. The movie takes places in the 19th century, so the expression had not come about yet.
General Pang Qingyun:
Remember my face, so you can seek vengeance in the next life.
War Is Hell
Last night I had the opportunity to view one of the best films i've
seen in a very long time. One that stays with you far after the closing
credits. One that requires time after viewing to untie all the knots in
Peter Chan's "The Warlords" is a period epic in every sense of the
word. Chan covers a lot of ground here depicting war and the
consequences thereof consisting of his anti-war sentiments. It tells
the story of three "brothers" played brilliantly by Jet Li (Fearless),
Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying
Daggers) who make a pact of brotherhood to one another that consists of
killing anyone who harms one of the brothers and killing any brother
who harms another brother as they lead an army through war after war
taking over city after city.
It's incredible to watch the thought process of making vital decisions
during a battle or within their own army to defy humanity for the
"greater good". It shows the internal and external struggle of these
decisions by opposing points of view. The emotions felt by these men
translate in any language and leave you emotionally drained after
watching the film through to its tragic end.
The cinematography is outstanding, the budget is huge, the directing
brilliant and the war scenes brutal as can be. We're talking
decapitations, gushing blood, limbs sliced off and a man being blown up
by a cannonball. Chan is delivering a truth in the brutality of war
rather than dressing it up to keep (most of it) realistic.
War is hell…. and this film will take you there and back. Highest