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Tian di ying xiong (2003)

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A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bagen Hasi ...
Cao Jin
Tao Ho ...
Ma Gun
Linian Lu ...
Wu Lao'Er
Deshun Wang ...
Old Diehard
Haibin Li ...
Zao Zimo
Yeerjiang Mahepushen ...
Master An's Servant
Chuangao Hou ...
Yun Zhou ...
Jue Hui (The Monk)
Wei Li ...
Di Hu
Yuming Du ...
Rider A
Handong Wang ...
Rider B


North of the vast 8th century Tang dynasty Chinese empire, the commercially and culturally priceless silk route is controlled by 36 friendly Buddhist kingdoms. Their are threatened by Turkic nomad tribes, the caravans also by brigand bands. Japanese scholar Lai Qimay not return home until the emperor is satisfied with his missions to retrieve refugees from the barren border lands. The last is competent imperial lieutenant Li, who was proscribed for refusing to execute Turkic prisoners. He now lives among fellow warriors for hire as caravan escorts. Lai Qi and Li reach a gentleman's agreement to postpone their lethal duel till after the safe arrival of a caravan including a young Buddhist monk and his mysterious freight. When Turkic warlord Khan's daughter's hand seals an alliance with brigand sword master An, the only way out is trough the grimly dry Gobi desert. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2003 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Warriors of Heaven and Earth  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,545 (Hong Kong), 17 October 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,484, 5 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,382, 28 November 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,106,178, 2 December 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rockets are used in the final battle at the fort. They did not exist in Tang times: gunpowder weapons were developed by the later Sung Dynasty. See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'Warriors of Heaven and Earth' (2003) See more »


Mirage (Warriors in Peace)
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Francis Lee
Performed by Jolin Tsai
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Great movie
11 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film was a really great surprise.

The characters were a lot of fun without being goofy or two-dimensional, and the story was complicated enough to be interesting without being overwrought and confusing. The locations were beautiful, and the costuming was great, too. The action was practically non-stop -- lots of chases and sword fights. It didn't have any of the hokey mysticism that so often appears in films like this (although there was a lot of acrobatic swordplay), opting instead for a grittier approach (with a notable exception or two).

Definitely worth seeing.

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