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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

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

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 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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Worth a watch, still fun...
14 December 2004 | by redrum_driewSee all my reviews

Warriors of Heaven and Earth is a decently made movie with some good plot developments.

The fighting scenes. All of the fighting scenes were done relatively well, being more towards the real side of battle, instead of the fighting scenes from the other big names (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). My only complaint with the action scenes, is that nobody is affected by the death of their comrades. I understand you cannot stop fighting unless you want to join your brother in heaven, but they all took their deaths as the grim reality. I suppose in a way, it is more realistic (we're all going to die anyway, maybe he was lucky to get to heaven sooner). The camera work and plot however did do an excellent job of making you feel sorrowful when a character died.

The romance. Wait, excuse me, romance? Vicky Zhou? What?

This point nearly ruined the movie for me until I got back into the mindset of hey, there are good fight scenes, let's enjoy them. Vicky Zhou's character is completely extraneous and was a waste. Although her voice is nice as the narrator of the story, and she still has a pretty face, she was utterly useless. Not only did she not fight (unless you call the one to two minute scene in the end "fighting"), she had about 10-15 minutes of full, on-camera footage - mostly devoted to questioning Li's criminal activities.

Overall. Lai Qi (Kiichi Nakai) and Li Zai (Wen Jiang) carry the entire movie. It's interesting that Jiang is not in the credited cast as he probably had the most screen time in the entire movie.

Should you see it? There are a couple things to take into account. 1) If you're not used to HK films, this isn't a good one to start with, unless you abhor the Chinese humor in older less epic films 2) It will probably make you depressed. Maybe it's just me... What else has made me depressed you might ask? Let's see: So Close, Hero, House of Flying Daggers...

I give it a 7 out of 10. I had hoped for something slightly better, but then again, it was realistic and the final battle scene reminded me of what the LOTR battle for Helm's Deep would have been if the good guys hadn't all survived -- Classic.


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