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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)
Jinglei Xu ...
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Zongwan Wei ...
Bao-ming Gu ...
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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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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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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 »

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During battles, the horses fall down without being hit. Clearly they were tripped by wire. See more »

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General Pang Qingyun: Remember my face, so you can seek vengeance in the next life.
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Not bad, actually, not bad...
10 January 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

..for a movie that's a bit difficult for Western audiences to enjoy. I mean, let's face it, we're not exactly suckers for blood oaths as the main plot device, which is the case here, and the story may feel hard to follow at times.

Two things made be enjoy this one. For one thing, the Chinese did a pretty good job as far as giving the movie the proper epic side it needed. There's only a fine line between epic cinematography and drollery and these guys managed not to cross it, unlike, say, Gladiator or '300'.

Then, there's the acting. Having only seen Jet Li in Hollywood movies before I thought he was something of a Jackie Chan without the funny face. I stand corrected, he gives a great performance in Tau Ming Chong, he is truly believable as his character, general Pang, gradually turns into a ruthless backstabbing freak for power. Finally, kudos to the actor playing Er Hu, Andy Lau. I hope I'll get to see more of him.

Having seen the abominable blockbuster that 'The Last Samurai' really is the other night, it definitely enhanced my appreciation for this title.


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