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The Warlords ()

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 anti-Qing... See more »

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General Pang Qingyun (as Lianjie Li)
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Zhao Erhu (as Dehua Liu)
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Jiang Wuyang (as Wu Jincheng)
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Liansheng
Xiaodong Guo ...
Huang Wenjin
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Shi Jinbiao
Zongwan Wei ...
Lord Chen
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Lord Jiang
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Lord Di
Bo Zhou ...
Lu Dashan
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He Kui
Yachao Wang ...
Gouzi
Xiao Yun Wang ...
Fu
Peng Guo ...
Shun
Ailei Yu ...
Wang Xiaoshou
Aaron C. Shang ...
Duan Feng (as Aaron Shang)
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Wu
Hai Tao ...
Gong Jiang
Kai Ding ...
Zhu Guan
Chung Xiao Li ...
Tai Ping General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xu Bing ...
(as Bing Xu)
Liang Chen ...
Villager
Zhen Wei Cheng
Tian Dei ...
Villager
Tao Du ...
Villager
Dong Han ...
Villager
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Villager
Qang Hao ...
Villager
Li He ...
Villager
Dong Bafu Hong ...
Villager
Yan Shun Hu
Hong Jiang ...
Villager
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Villager
Yan Ming Li ...
Villager
Xiao Le Liu ...
Villager
Li Na Lu
Qiang Luo ...
Villager
Yun Jie Qiu ...
Villager
Xiu Ru Ri ...
Villager
Jia Shi
Zhen Sun ...
Villager
Hui Na Tao
Jian Jun Tong
Dong Dong Wang ...
Zhang Shan
Li Li Wang
Peng Wang ...
Villager
Qian Hang Wang ...
Villager
Xiao Liang Wang
Yan Mei Wang ...
Villager
You Wu ...
Villager
Ying Xin
Fu Sheng Ya ...
Villager
Xiao Ye Yang
Sheng Tao Zhang ...
Villager
Weidong Zhang ...
Villager
Xiaoming Zhang ...
Villager
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Villager
You Zhang ...
Liu Jin
Shi Shao Qi ...
General Ho (uncredited)

Directed by

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

Written by

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Tin Nam Chun ... (screenplay)
 
Junli Guo ... (screenplay)
 
Jiping He ... (screenplay)
 
Jianxin Huang ... (screenplay)
 
Yuet-Jan Hui ... (screenplay)
 
Oi Wah Lam ... (screenplay)
 
Lan Xu ... (screenplay)
 
James Yuen ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Peter Ho-Sun Chan ... producer (as Peter Chan)
Zoe Chen ... co-producer
Rita Fung ... line producer
Sanping Han ... executive producer
Lorraine Ho ... line producer
Jianxin Huang ... producer
Yuet-Jan Hui ... co-producer
Peter Lam ... executive producer
Andre Morgan ... executive producer / producer
D. Daniel Vujic ... associate producer
Wai Man Yip ... associate producer

Music by

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Kwong Wing Chan
Peter Kam
Leon Ko
Chatchai Pongprapaphan

Cinematography by

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Arthur Wong ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Chris Blunden
Wenders Li

Production Design by

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Chung Man Yee

Art Direction by

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Pater Wong
Zhen Wu
Zhenzhou Yi

Costume Design by

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Pik Kwan Lee

Makeup Department

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Crist Ballas ... special makeup effects artist
Patrick Baxter ... special makeup effects lab technician
Yu Lai Cheng ... makeup artist
Mark Garbarino ... special makeup effects designer / special makeup effects supervisor
Rufus Hearn ... special makeup effects: hair
James Kagel ... special makeup effects sculptor
Eddie Liu ... makeup artist / special makeup effects artist
Mark Shostrom ... special makeup effects sculptor

Production Management

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Ji-Chun Chan ... unit production manager (as David Chan)
Kim Hung Fan ... production manager (as Kenny Fan)
Kong-Wai Lam ... unit production manager
Chak Lam Liu ... assistant production manager
Ka-Man Liu ... unit production manager
Julia Lo ... assistant production manager
Felicia Tang ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kim Wah Lou ... first assistant director
Gary Wing-Lun Mak ... assistant director
Eddy Yeung ... first assistant director (as Kwok Wai Yeung)
Wai Man Yip ... collaborating director

Art Department

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Kim-Wai Chung ... special props

Sound Department

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Sunij Asavinikul ... sound mixer
Ting Chen ... sound
Nakorn Kositpaisain ... sound designer

Visual Effects by

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Chas Chi-Shing Chau ... visual effects
Tracy Kok ... visual effects
Yuen Fai Ng ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Siu-Tung Ching ... action coordinator
Huen Chiu Ku ... martial arts and stunt double: Jet Li (as Huan-Chiu Ku)
Chi Wah Ling ... martial arts stunts
Yuk-Sing Ma ... martial arts stunts
Peter Wong ... martial arts stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chor Keung Chan ... focus puller
Yiu Ming Chan ... focus puller
Lam Chau ... gaffer
Kin Kwong Ho ... focus puller
Yiu-Fai Lai ... camera operator
Tin Wah Lau ... key grip
Chi Wai Lee ... assistant gaffer
Chi-Wai Lee ... assistant gaffer
Ching-Hung Leung ... focus puller
Qiang Li ... steadicam operator: B unit
Changmu Liu ... camera operator: B unit
Kwok-Keung Mak ... gaffer
Tony Miu ... camera operator
Sing Muk ... still photographer
Peter Ngor ... camera operator
Chi Fan Siu ... key grip
Baoyin Tang ... assistant gaffer: B unit
Jimmy Wong ... second director of photography
Hua Zhong ... assistant gaffer: B unit

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ivy Chan ... assistant costume designer
Man Kit Chow ... assistant costume designer / costume assistant
Jessie Dai ... co-costume designer
Pik Kwan Lee ... co-costume designer

Other crew

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Chris Besseling ... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Jason C. Lin ... assistant: Jet Li

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Warlords (Hong Kong, English title)
  • Ci ma (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
  • Tou ming zhuang (China, Mandarin title)
  • The Warlords (World-wide, English title)
  • The Warlords (United States)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Budget $40,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The main battle sequence had a detailed script treatment of over 20 pages and a maximum of 8 cameras rolling simultaneously. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011). See more »
Quotes General Pang Qingyun: Remember my face, so you can seek vengeance in the next life.
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