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Warriors of Heaven and Earth -- In the tradition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Warriors of Heaven and Earth weaves a thread of battle, comradeship and honor. Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows Lieutenant Li (Jiang Wen) and Japanese emissary Lai Xi (Nakai Kiichi), both first-class warriors and master swordsmen. After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Xi longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the west to chase wanted criminals. His only passport back to Japan is to capture and execute Lieutenant Li, a renegade soldier wanted for leading a violent mutiny when he refused orders to kill female and child prisoners. Li and Lai Xi battle, but finally agree to delay their final personal fight until the caravan carrying a Buddhist monk is brought to safety. The monk, however, is carrying a sacred and powerful pagoda that attracts the attention of the region's ruthless overlord, Master An (Wang Xueqi). Lai Xi and Lt. Li, accompanied by Li's former posse of soldiers, who have forsaken their peaceful new lives to return to his side, must face the cruelty of the desert, the region's barbaric bandits and the brutality of the overlord's men before they can finally faceone another.
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Richard Epcar (dubbed version)
Ping He (written by)
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23 September 2003 (China) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Wen Jiang ... Lieutenant Li

Kiichi Nakai ... Lai Qi

Xueqi Wang ... Master An

Wei Zhao ... Wen Zhu
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 ... Guard
Yun Zhou ... Jue Hui (The Monk)
Wei Li ... Di Hu
Yuming Du ... Rider A
Handong Wang ... Rider B
Haiquan Yang ... Baldy
Tuerxunjiang Zunong ... Innkeeper
He Huang ... The Emperor
Baozhong Sang ... General Wen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tao He ... Ma Gun'er

Directed by
Ping He 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Epcar  dubbed version
Ping He  written by
Rui Zhang  written by

Produced by
Song Bai .... executive producer
Kuo-fu Chen .... executive producer
Jia Fu .... co-producer
Shirley Kao .... assistant producer
Yan Sun .... associate producer
Yi Wang .... co-producer
Zhongjun Wang .... producer
Zhonglei Wang .... executive producer
Zhongliang Wang .... co-producer
Yiyun Yan .... producer
Huaiqiang Zhang .... line producer
 
Original Music by
A.R. Rahman 
 
Cinematography by
Fei Zhao 
 
Film Editing by
Jinlei Kong  (as Jing Lei Kong)
 
Production Design by
Jie Teng 
Gang Yang 
 
Costume Design by
Xiaohong Yao 
 
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... sound editor
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound re-recording mixer: English re-mix
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Vic Kaspar .... sound editor
Francis Ward Lindsay .... sound editor
Andrew Neil .... sound editor
Andrew Neil .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Andrea Parkes .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Schwarze .... visual effects producer
Kerri Schwarze .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Wei Tung .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Saeed Adyani .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Chris Goodes .... music editor
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
 
Other crew
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Richard Epcar .... voice director: English version
Peggy Lee .... production controller
 

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Also Known As:
"Tian di ying xiong" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence
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120 min
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Anachronisms: 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 »
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
exceptional, 12 December 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Before reviewing the film, I must point out that although I love Asian films, I generally dislike films like CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and THE EMPEROR AND THE ASSASSIN. That's because special effects take center stage and they are, in my opinion, completely ridiculous and over-the-top. They are so unbelievable that it ruins the pictures for me. Now I know MANY like these films, so I know this statement isn't going to be too popular. But, to me there is a big difference between "suspension of belief" and "suspension of common sense and the laws of physics".

That is why I really liked this film so much. While it does use some of the amazing stunt-work like the other two films, it does not use stunt-work to replace the plot AND the stunts are much more sedate in manner. Yes, they are a little far-fetched but not nearly to the same level.

Instead, the true stars of the movie are the locations, camera work, acting and script. And, the overall package is great. How the movie has achieved a ranking of about 6.5 on IMDb is beyond me, as it is perhaps the best Chinese epic film I have ever seen.

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