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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.

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Ping He

Writers:

Richard Epcar (dubbed version), Ping He | 1 more credit »
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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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 2003 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Warriors of Heaven and Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Heng Dian, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,545 (Hong Kong), 17 October 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,484, 5 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,382, 28 November 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,106,178, 2 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 The Making of 'Warriors of Heaven and Earth' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mirage (Warriors in Peace)
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Francis Lee
Performed by Jolin Tsai
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Entertaining yarn
30 January 2005 | by andrewhollingsworthSee all my reviews

I knew nothing of this movie before I watched it.

I wish people would stop comparing every single Asian film to CTHD. The film is not trying to be CTHD or better it. It is trying to be something different from the wire-fu extravaganzas that are coming out of China.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this film. Certainly one of the better Asian films to be released in recent years. It's not perfect but I found it to be entertaining and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates simple adventure yarns. The story is simple but why should stories be complex to be good? The best stories are often simple ones.

Go and see it but don't expect a wire-fu spectacle and you won't be disappointed.


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