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An Empress and the Warriors


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After the death of its warrior king, an empire in crisis turns to new leadership to try to ward off an invading horde. A beautiful princess and a sword-wielding general must join forces to unite their people to fight an epic battle.

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  • Actors: Leon Lai, Kelly Chen, Donnie Yen, Guo Xiaodong, Kou Zhenhai
  • Directors: Ching Siu Tung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MEJY9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Empress and the Warriors" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

I really enjoy the movie as well, nice story and lots of action.
NX2 user
I could not say is a martial arts movie, it not neither a raw war one, it has one big dose of love and gives a message away... so, I recommend it!
Jose Zavala
So, it's very hard for us to completely understand the movie because we know only a little bit of Cantonese.
Cestmoi

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By D. Boeger on January 24, 2010
Format: DVD
If you're just looking for an Asian beat-em-up with shallow story and little to no character development, then watch Ong-Bak or something along those lines. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love those action-oriented movies as well. But this is not that. I feel as though most of the negative reviews are coming from people who expected something entirely different out of this movie.

That being said, this was an excellent movie. Not the greatest Chinese epic (I think Hero might be my favorite), but still a rather good one. The point of this type of movie is not to spill blood and guts all over the camera (although that is often a guilty pleasure of the viewer); it is instead to provide some sort of insight into what makes us human through a setting of violent despair. This movie does it well.

After watching the entire movie, I must say the title says it all: "An Empress and the Warriors." I did not realize the significance going into it, but the movie is really the story of two different groups of people personified by the characters in the story. The plight of the ruler sacrificing for the prosperity of her people is told through the empress. The values of a brave, strong warrior are exemplified by the general, Donnie Yen's character. The empress learns what it truly means to be responsible for the lives of an entire kingdom. The general gives his life so that he may end the war and bring peace and happiness to his family and nation.

So to tell these two different stories, naturally there had to be quite different subplots. People keep complaining that the love story in the movie took up way too much time, yet how could you have this beautiful work of art without it?
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By The Last Gunslinger on October 21, 2009
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This movie is the exact reason I've stopped watching most everything out of Hollywood. This movie makes all of the so called "blockbusters" or "epics" look like high school class projects made by slackers and stoners. If you've never seen Hong Kong cinema, or think that all Chinese movies are just Kung Fu flicks with bad dubbing, you are in for an amazing surprise. This is better than Crouching Tiger, House of Flying Daggers, or even Hero. Watch this movie, then buy it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on July 27, 2009
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2008 seems to be the year for Chinese epic dramas. "An Empress and the Warriors" was released before the "Romance of Three Kingdoms" related films by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms) and John Woo (Red Cliff). The film is helmed by Tony Ching Siu Tang (Naked Weapon) and if you are familiar with this director's past works, you'll know that he is a good action director. However, I do believe the skill of good storytelling eludes him--"An Empress and the Warriors" is pure brainless fun, with decent production values and may well be a good "date" movie.

After the kingdom of Yan is mortally wounded after a battle with the Zhao army, the king chooses to leave command to an orphan, named Muyong Xuehu (Donnie Yen) who is not related to the royal family. This bold decision raises the ire of Hu Ban (Guo Xiao-Dong), the king's nephew who is ready and willing to lead. Yan Feier (Kelly Chen) is the king's daughter and was bestowed the sacred "Swallow sword" (I know!) as her father's dying wish, to give to Muyong. However, when the time came to announce Muyong's promotion, Hu Ban and Diao Erbao renounces the claim saying that the king should not be one with no royal blood in his veins. To keep the peace and avoid mutiny, Feier seizes power with Muyong's support--and undergoes military training to prove her worthiness to lead. Hu Ban plots to discredit the princess before she is crowned as the empress, assassination is even an option --a power struggle threatens to weaken the foundations of the Yan Kingdom.

I'm not sure how to begin, the film's plot is so flimsy and uninspired. It abandons the potentials of a conspiracy during a period when leadership is important in favor of a budding romance between Feier and Duan (played by Leon Lai) which makes rather fun but definitely predictable and boring.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enduringdreamer on October 12, 2009
Format: DVD
I recently bought this on a whim and I must say that it's a really great movie. Though curious as I was as to what dynasty and timeline this movie took place in, I loved it anyway. Donnie Yen was as good in this movie as he was in Ying Xiong (Hero with Jet Li) and Iron Monkey, in fact I would go out on limb as to say this was his best performance yet. For anyone who's interested in Ancient China or martial arts. This movie would be great for your collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andreas M. Alvine on May 11, 2008
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All I can say about this movie is that it was very well done even though the English in the subtitles were not grammatically correct for English. This was a movie and story that Willy S would have loved. I find movies like this trying to capture the essence of times in our history refreshing when the anachronisms are kept to a minimum. The Lantern of Heaven is a metaphor but adds a nice romantic touch to the movie. It had a moment of comedy here and there, a good dose of romance, action galore, and a feel for realism I have not seen in a long time in any new (at least to me) movie release, but this is a classic tragedy with a sort of happy (ironically) ending.
A king dies in battle but he dies from treachery among his own court. Although the king chose another to rule his sword was handed to his daughter who by blood line and possession of the sword becomes the queen. Then the treachery runs really deep. The Princess steps down from the throne only to cause a coup de tat among her ranks. She winds up returning to try to stop the chaos that now consumes her court.
Now I am very draconian and am pretty unsympathetic to a lot and the sight of blood does not rattle me any more. I actually could feel for the princess at the end of the movie which says a lot at least for me. She lost everything in her personal life that mattered to her and still became the empress when really she didn't want to. I could feel how hollow she felt trying to see the bright side of things as ruler. I have found a lot of movies being intentionally made these days to be senselessly violent. This movie had a point and it was about how senseless and tragic the quest for power can be.
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