The Warlords

December 12th, 2007


The Warlords

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It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval...

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.0/10 (12,386 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Peter Chan

Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi. The story was filmed by Zhang Che in 1973 as The Blood Brothers.

Writers: Tin Nam Chun, Jianxin Huang

Jet Li - General Pang Qingyun (as Lianjie Li)
Andy Lau - Zhao Er-Hu (as Dehua Liu)
Takeshi Kaneshiro - Zhang Wen-Xiang (as Wu Jincheng)
Jinglei Xu - Lian
Xiaodong Guo - Huang Wen Jin
Jacky Heung - Shi Jin Biao
Zongwan Wei - Lord Chen
Bao-ming Gu - Lord Jiang
Kuirong Wang - Lord Di
Bo Zhou - Lu Da Shan
Yachao Wang - Gou Zi
Xiao Yun Wang - Xiao Fu
Peng Guo - Xiao Shun
Ailei Yu - Wang Xiao Shou
You Zhang - Liu Jin


Official Website: Official site | Official site [China] |

Release Date: 12 December 2007

Filming Locations: Beijing, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,073 (USA) (4 April 2010) (3 Screens)

Gross: $128,978 (USA) (16 May 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (cut version)

Did You Know?

The main battle sequence had a detailed script treatment of over 20 pages and a maximum of 8 cameras rolling simultaneously.

Anachronisms: 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.

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

User Review

War Is Hell

Rating: 9/10

Last night I had the opportunity to view one of the best films i've seen in a very long time. One that stays with you far after the closing credits. One that requires time after viewing to untie all the knots in your stomach.

Peter Chan's "The Warlords" is a period epic in every sense of the word. Chan covers a lot of ground here depicting war and the consequences thereof consisting of his anti-war sentiments. It tells the story of three "brothers" played brilliantly by Jet Li (Fearless), Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers) who make a pact of brotherhood to one another that consists of killing anyone who harms one of the brothers and killing any brother who harms another brother as they lead an army through war after war taking over city after city.

It's incredible to watch the thought process of making vital decisions during a battle or within their own army to defy humanity for the "greater good". It shows the internal and external struggle of these decisions by opposing points of view. The emotions felt by these men translate in any language and leave you emotionally drained after watching the film through to its tragic end.

The cinematography is outstanding, the budget is huge, the directing brilliant and the war scenes brutal as can be. We're talking decapitations, gushing blood, limbs sliced off and a man being blown up by a cannonball. Chan is delivering a truth in the brutality of war rather than dressing it up to keep (most of it) realistic.

War is hell.... and this film will take you there and back. Highest recommendation.


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