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Battle of the Warriors (2006)

Mo gong (original title)
Story centers on a battle during China's Warring States Period, a series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Ge Li - the Mohist
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Zhao Commander Xiang Yan-zhong (as Sungki Ahn)
Zhiwen Wang ... King of Liang
Bingbing Fan ... Liang Cavalry Chief Yi Yue
Si Won Choi ... Prince Liang Shi (as Siwon Choi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu-Ho Chin ... Liang General Niu Zi Zhang (as Siu Ho Chin)
Tin Chiu Hung ... Zhao General Gao He-yong
Yongjian Lin ... Cai Qiu
Xinyi Liu Xinyi Liu ... Colonel
Li Peng Li Peng ... Cai Qiu's wife
Shaan Price Shaan Price ... Yuan Yu
Pengfei Qin Pengfei Qin
Wu Ma ... Royal Tutor of Liang
Nicky Wu ... Liang Archer Zi Tuan (as Qi-long Wu)
Lixiao Yang Lixiao Yang ... Girl spy
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Storyline

In 370 B.C, China was separated as seven nations and several other small tribes, one of these being the city state of Liang. The nation of Zhao is led by the terrifying prime commander Xiang Yangzhong who orders his troops to launch an attack on Liang in a bid to conquer the small city. Leaping to the defense of the cowed people of Liang is a warrior who goes by the name of 'Ge Li' from the Mo-Tsu school of thought, renowned for its defensive skills, respect for simplicity and peace, and belief in universal love. He is their last hope as the terrors of Yangzhong's troops are unleashed. The future of Liang now hangs in the balance, with all their hopes pinned on the mysterious Mo-Tsu warrior Ge Li... Written by Ben

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Japan | South Korea | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

23 November 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the scene where the two scouts escape from the enemy camp after the soldiers spot them, the surrounding light changes from pitch black to broad daylight. (Obviously someone forgot to put the filter on the camera lens.) See more »

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Gripping war epic
14 April 2007 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

"Battle of Wits" seems to be based on a comic that is based on a famous period in the history of China! Everything in the movie looks authentic! The action is done as realistic possible! So no wire fu or any kung fu for that matter! This is not a martial arts movie! People who expect this will be disappointed! There is just enough action to make a point! The movie is indeed about strategy and tactics as the title suggests! Even when the pace of the movie is slow at times there are some surprises that will keep matters interesting! The love angle is beautifully done and not distracting at all! We have Andy Lau to thank for that because he really is superb as Ge Li! At first he is distant and passive like a monk! When he is explaining his philosophy to a slave he rescued, he realizes that he should show his love for Yi Yu (Bingbing Fan)! Also his prayer for peace is convincing! He is trying to avoid bloodshed as much as possible! When he is forced to kill a large number of enemy soldiers he begins to doubt whether he has taken the right action! This doubt makes him very human and very likable! He even makes an impact on the commander of the enemy troops! "Battle of Wits" is not without flaws! The battles are not that intense and massive as you would expect from a movie like this! And the pace is too slow at times! But in the end the result is that of a war epic with a very powerful message!


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