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The Warlords (2007)

Tau ming chong (original title)
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Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »

Directors:

Peter Ho-Sun Chan (as Peter Chan), Wai Man Yip (co-director)

Writers:

Tin Nam Chun (screenplay), Junli Guo (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
17 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... General Pang Qingyun (as Lianjie Li)
Andy Lau ... Zhao Erhu (as Dehua Liu)
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Jiang Wuyang (as Wu Jincheng)
Jinglei Xu ... Liansheng
Xiaodong Guo Xiaodong Guo ... Huang Wenjin
Jacky Heung ... Shi Jinbiao
Zongwan Wei Zongwan Wei ... Lord Chen
Pao-Ming Ku ... Lord Jiang
Kuirong Wang ... Lord Di
Bo Zhou Bo Zhou ... Lu Dashan
Zhaoqi Shi ... He Kui
Yachao Wang Yachao Wang ... Gouzi
Xiao Yun Wang Xiao Yun Wang ... Fu
Peng Guo Peng Guo ... Shun
Ailei Yu Ailei Yu ... Wang Xiaoshou
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Storyline

Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with anti-Qing rebels. He encounters a starving village, whose inhabitants engage in banditry to survive, where he is nursed back to health by the attractive Liansheng. With his strength regained, Qingyun impresses one of the village bandit leaders, Jiang Wuyang, with his fighting skills. Wuyang introduces him to his "big brother", who also happens to be Liansheng's husband, Zhao Erhu and Qingyun begins to assist them with their raids. Qingyun convinces his two new comrades to form a loyalist army unit to fight the rebels and feed their own people. The three men swear a blood oath. Their stunning military successes impress the governing powers, but as Qingyun's influence begins to grow, they soon fear him. The political and emotional stakes will be tested, leading to differences between the blood brothers. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 December 2007 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warlords See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,073, 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,978, 16 May 2010
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Up to 500 stunt horses were used. See more »

Goofs

25 minutes into the movie, the curse word "gou ri de" (literally: dog, Japanese, of) was used. The expression means "Japanese dog" which originates from the Japanese invasion during World War II. The movie takes places in the 19th century, so the expression had not come about yet. See more »

Quotes

General Pang Qingyun: Remember my face, so you can seek vengeance in the next life.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by 16 secs to remove shots of cruel horsefalls. See more »

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The epic movie worth all the awards it has won
21 December 2008 | by JaydoDreSee all my reviews

Perhaps the quality of this film becomes most apparent when compared to other productions of similar genre. My experience of watching Three Kingdoms has become a fading memory on a dusty shelf after I watched Warlords. It's the kind of movie that reminds you that there are websites where one can review movies, and doesn't let you rest until you tell others about it.

Essentially, Tau Ming Chong is a tragedy, making a steep turn into the dark closer towards the end. It may be a bit on the heavy side, but by the time you realize that, the movie has already sucked you in completely.

An excellent acting team led by Jet Li makes sure that everything else is just frosting around the cake of well developed characters. That's not to say that the frosting is inferior. This movie has everything going for it: choreography, special effects, sound and story. It has a something for everyone, although Warlords is definitely a boys' movie, full of hardcore violence, brotherhood issues and politics. The story is raw and keeps the mind occupied with some of its steeper turns.

If you liked movies like Troy, chances are you'll enjoy it's much darker Eastern family member Tau Ming Chong, possibly one of the best movies ever created.


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