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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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23 September 2003 (China) See more »
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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  (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
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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Rated R for violence
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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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Well-crafted blend of depth & "heroic" realism, 19 May 2005
Author: Jim Corveddu (PulpVideo) from United States

Though this is a "heroic epic" telling of the Golden Age of China, director Ping He does an outstanding job of blending depth of character with period- and action-realism within only 115 minutes.

The springboard/wire-fighting is kept to a minimum and is subtly crafted. These are heroes who have skills far beyond the ordinary, and the fighting effects merely convey that without rubbing it in or going over the-top.

Every major character is developed in this story except for the young monk, and you'll understand why at the end. We even spend a little time with Lai Qi's 3 loyal soldiers and their families, getting to understand what they've been doing and what is important to them.

The plot does involve a magical object, but there are only two scenes with associated special-effects, which were as nicely done as any Hollywood CGI. The first time, it is essential to developing the story and our understanding of why these men will fight so hard to protect it. The second time, only to establish its proper role in the epilogue.

There is a hint of a love-story, which I find unnecessary in films like these, but I didn't moan or groan here because it is kept deep in a minor subplot and used primarily to demonstrate that the protagonist is not truly a criminal or a bad man. Not that Ping He doesn't know how to tell a good love story, as he did brilliantly in 1994's "Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker" (Pao Da Shuang Deng). I think he was forced to add it, and simply relegated it to the lowest priority.

I don't understand how someone could like "Jet Li: Hero" or "Crouching Tiger..." better than this film, unless they have little taste for dramatic, action-adventure epics, and must have a perfectly happy-ending every time. I thank thee, Buddha, that Hollywood hasn't taken over the Chinese film-making industry!

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