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Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)

Tian di ying xiong (original title)
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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.

Director:

Ping He
8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends - Eine Videothek stellt sich vor (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mirage (Warriors in Peace)
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Francis Lee
Performed by Jolin Tsai
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Cool epic.
7 March 2004 | by veganflimgeekSee all my reviews

Warriors of heaven and earth

This is an excellent film. While I do not personally think it is as good as Hero I can see why the film commission in China choose this film as it's official selection. This film is somewhere in between the magic and fantasy of Hero and brutal realism of MUSA. The Wire-fu is kept to a minimum only used to slightly punctuate certain scenes. There is a element of fantasy but it does not make it'self apparent in every frame of the film.

The acting was good, the battles were pretty good. Personally however if you had not seen either and were thinking about a film to buy I would suggest MUSA. The most major complaint I had with this film was the costumes some times looked a little corny.

One last thing…While the marketing department tried to sell the lead female role as a woman warrior empowered much like the characters of Crouching tiger or Hero don't buy it. She is window dressing and while her characters has awesome dramatic and story potential is mostly wasted.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 2003 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Heng Dian, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,721, 5 September 2004

Gross USA:

$82,936

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,106,178
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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