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The Warlords

  • 2008
  • Peter Ho-Sun Chan
  • 108 mins
  • 15

Summary

Period action drama starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro. A Chinese general who has lost all his men in a bloody battle persuades two bandits to join him in his fight against revolutionary forces. But their pact takes their lives in unexpected directions.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Jet Li proves there is more to him than martial arts prowess in this violent, epic tale of blood-brotherhood, ambition and conflicting loyalties, set against the backdrop of political turmoil in 19th-century China. Li is excellent as General Pang, an idealistic military leader who convinces a group of bandits led by Zhao and Jiang (Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) to fight alongside him to quash a rebellion. But as the conflict continues and worsens, he becomes corrupted by power, which strains his friendship with the other men. Matters are further complicated by Pang's relationship with Zhao's wife (Xu Jinglei). It's not always easy to work out which warlord is doing what to whom, or why, but the underlying theme of betrayal and the spectacular battle scenes more than compensate.

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Credits

Cast

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Pang Qing-yunJet Li
LianXu Jinglei
Zhao Er-huAndy Lau
Jiang Wu-yangTakeshi Kaneshiro

Crew

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DirectorPeter Ho-Sun Chan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2008-11-07
Languages
Chinese
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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