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The Warlords (2007)
"Tau ming chong" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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General Pang Qingyun (as Lianjie Li)
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Zhao Er-Hu (as Dehua Liu)
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Zhang Wen-Xiang (as Wu Jincheng)
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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. Written by anonymous

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Rated R for sequences of strong violence | See all certifications »

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12 December 2007 (China)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,073 (USA) (2 April 2010)

Gross:

$128,978 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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Trivia

The main character's name was supposed to be that of an actual historical figure called Ma Xinyi, but was changed to Pang Qingyun in order not to reflect badly on the estate of Ma's descendants, who believe that their ancestor was a good man. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

General Pang Qingyun: to Zhang Wen-Xiang: Let them eat. It's their last meal
Zhao Er-Hu: But I promised to spare their lives!
General Pang Qingyun: Winning is all that matters in war!
Zhao Er-Hu: A man who breaks his word is a beast!
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In Chinese, Jet Li can act.
20 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "The Warlords," another rendition of the classic Chinese tale of loyalty and betrayal of three brothers, we see evidence of something many may not realize: when not hampered by his horrible accent, Jet Li can act, in fact, for this role he received an Asian Film Award nomination for Best Actor. He may not be a Deniro or a Denzel, but he's at least got that certain intensity that makes Clint Eastwood. We do not, however, get to see what American audiences know Li for, his martial arts prowess. As winner of the Hong Kong Film Awards both for best film and best director, Peter Chan ("The Eye," 1 through infinity it seems), we see here an exemplary piece of cinema which demonstrates the high quality of movies coming from China today. The cinematography is well done, costumes are excellent, epic battle sequences are choreographed beautifully and the characters and complex character relationships are well developed, sincere and sympathetic. In addition to Li, we see moving performances by Andy Lau, a winner of numerous Asian film awards, and Takeshi Kaneshiro, both who Americans may know from "The House of Flying Daggers." If you are looking for a "Jet Li movie" you may likely find yourself bored. Despite the war background of this movie it is, at heart, a drama, and a very good one at that.

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