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Empress & The Warriors [Blu-ray]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Import
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ais
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KJ8N0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding October 21, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Action But a Very Uninspired Script February 5, 2009
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money if you're looking for an action film.
Awful! The action choreography is non-existent and what remains is a laughable, beyond corny love story. I spent less than $4 and it still was a waste of money.
Published 22 days ago by Bob
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD language is MANDARIN, not CANTONESE, as advertised!
Trying to improve my Cantonese by watching movies. Ordered this DVD only because Amazon states the language on the DVD is CANTONESE. Not so. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Haigh
5.0 out of 5 stars This was different
Not sure if I liked this movie or not. There were a lot of strong themes running through it and a lot of the traditional clichés. "My successor will get revenge! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
One pf the best Asian pics that was underrated and never got the viewing it should of had....
action, romance, duty all come together here... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RCMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
The movie is very well made. The actors are well chosen, the costumes look amazing, the landscapes are beautiful and the plot is captivating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Ionescu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie was Excellent, Excellent . It was action pact from the beginning to the end plus I previously saw it maybe 2 years ago and while watching it again felt as if I was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dallas#1
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Excellent movie plot, story, and fight scene. Very dramatic but awesome. Some parts historical. Enjoy this movie to the fullest.
Published 2 months ago by Constance Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
I am amazed at how good this film really is...better than expected. Fantastic photography and action sequences combined with a lovely romance that is kind, shy and meaningful.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Asian film!
This is a really good movie..This isn't typical Asian action movie although their are really well done battle scenes and nice effects.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Carrino
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected more...
For the length of the movie it was a let down. I was expecting much more from Donnie Yen,through he does have a great fight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CrossFit 88
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