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The Warlords (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (2010)

Jet Li , Andy Lau , Peter Chan  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Directors: Peter Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DVB7EQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Set in the midst of the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s, THE WARLORDS stars Jet Li as General Pang, who barely survives a brutal massacre of his fellow soldiers by playing dead, and then joins a band of bandits led by Er Hu (Andy Lau) and Wu Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro). After fighting back attackers for a defenseless village, the three men take an oath to become "blood brothers," pledging loyalty to one another until death. However, their lives quickly derail as they become embroiled in a web of political deceit and a love triangle between Pang, Er Hu and a beautiful courtesan (Xu Jinglei).

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Remake of Chang Cheh's Classic Is a Rousing Epic! June 15, 2010
Format:DVD
THE WARLORDS (2007) is an ambitious film directed by Peter Chan, one of Hong Kong's known filmmakers. This film has a very impressive cast in Jet Li (Fearless), Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (Returner). This period epic is loosely based on Chang Cheh's classic; BLOOD BROTHERS. I've seen a lot of Chinese epics and thankfully "The Warlords" is not a part of the colorful, overindulgent film geared towards U.S. audiences. Truly, this film is darker and grittier than most Chinese epics, but still has massive commercial appeal and will no doubt be popular to international audiences.

The Taiping Rebellion has plunged the country in chaos. General Quing-yun Pang (Jet Li) is the lone survivor of a massive battle between the Christian Taiping and the Qing dynasty under command. That evening, he finds comfort in the arms of comely Lian (Xu Jinglei) but she disappears the following day. Pang encounters a group of bandits led by Er-hu Zhao (Andy Lau) and Jiang (Kaneshiro) who are having difficulty in survival. As fate would have it, the three takes a blood oath to join the Qing army to quell the rebellion.

The Taiping rebellion is among the bloodiest civil war ever recorded in history. The body count rivals the ones during World War II. The Taiping rebellion has a lot to do with religion and cultural ideology, and those powerful issues have been downplayed in favor of the theme of brotherhood, love and war. The film fails to take advantage of its historical context. Quite disappointing really, apparently, the producers presume that the usual theme of brotherhood and loyalty are more universal and more appealing to international audiences.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding in every respect May 22, 2010
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Jet Li as a villain is quite a remarkable piece of casting, and everyone really holds their own in this action epic set in 1860s China. The title in English is Warlords but in Chinese it was Blood Brothers, and features three men who are doing their best to survive in a wartorn land.
Jet Li, a great general in the Imperial army, is betrayed and the only man in his army to survive. His resurrection from the dead is both fascinating and appalling to watch as his desire for power obliterates all before him. Andy Lau gives the performance of a lifetime as the head of a band of brigands, who first follows Jet Li but later becomes disaffected by what he sees and tries to turn back from the collision course the ambitious general has set them all on.
Takeshi Kaneshiro as the youngest of the three strong male leads is remarkable in terms of both his battle prowess and how loyal he is to both men, until he is forced to choose sides. Complicating matters still further is the fact that Li's character unintentionally fell in love with a woman on the road, who turns out to be the wife of Lau's character. The inevitable ending is anything but as each man meets his fate.
The action and battle sequences, music, costume, and above all, the depiction of warfare at the time, including trench warfare, makes this an Asian All Quiet on the Western Front, where there is no glory for anyone, only more bloodshed for the sake of ruthless territorial ambitions. I have watched it several times now, with a variety of friends, and everyone LOVED it, even as they were completely shocked by it. If you like action films, there is plenty to recommend Warlords, but the sheer depth of this epic is remarkable. This is a GREAT film in the true sense of the word.
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84 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gonna get the Megastar import version instead. June 30, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Great film. Great actors. Great directing. Ho-Sun Chan is in top form here. But, once again, just like with "Iron Monkey" and "Suriyothai" we get these "American" cut versions. WHICH SUCKS!!! I am a film school student and have studied films for over 20 years and I despise it when a foreign film is cut "supposedly" to our western liking. Who asked Magnolia to cut 13-14 minutes of the film anyway? Surely fans of foreign films did not ask for this. Read the dvdbeaver comparison to find out what is missing in the "American" cut. Magnolia, you dropped the ball on this one. I bought your versions of "Haeundae" (interestingly renamed "Tidal Wave". Haeundae does not mean Tidal Wave. It is the town in South Korea where the tsunami hits), "Chocolate", "Ong Bak 2", "Let The Right One In" (except for the subtitle complaints) and others and I am pleased with them. But, remember this, true film fans want the "director's vision" of a film, not the version that you "think we would want"!!! I am importing the Region A Megastar version with no "cuts" to the film. MAGNOLIA PLEASE DO NOT MAKE "CUTS" TO THE SOUTH KOREAN FILM "MOTHER" THAT YOU ARE RELEASING ON BLU-RAY JULY 20TH. I saw "Mother" and it is amazing just the way it is. No need to cut ANYTHING from that film. Stay true to your fans and supporters and we will always buy your releases.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and no reason to cut it for the US December 22, 2010
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Like Red Cliff, The Warlords is a martial arts movie in a different sense of the word. While there are a couple scenes with Jet Li dishing out some wushu, the bulk of the action consists of large scale battles, sieges, and raids.

That said, there is definitely a rock hard moral core at the heart of this movie that fits with what I like about more typical martial arts movies: the sense of honor and the importance of male bonding over personal gain. What gives this movie its heart is that the brotherhood created by the characters played by the three male leads spins apart and leads to tragic consequences.

A little background on the Taiping rebellion, even a blurb from Wikipedia or the like, would be a good thing to read as the movie clearly assumes we know a bit about it. By and large though, this information would make the film richer but not knowing it does not impair your ability to follow the story. The position of each male protagonist is a little vague at the start of the film, but this again is a minor issue.

The battle scenes in this movie are astounding. Some really shocking shots with limbs being severed, etc. It's graphic, but not gratuitous. Despite all the effects and costumes and such, the film never loses its emotional core. I was surprised how much I came to care about the brotherhood of these three men in under two hours. That said, there were a few scenes that did drag a little, and this would be another slight flaw with the movie.

Of course, the length of the movie brings me to the major problem with the US release. From what I understand, 15 minutes has been cut from this film for the US release. why? Why? WHY???
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Warlords Defend the Dynasty...
Loosely based on incidents of the Tai Ping Rebellion, it's the usual Chinese "blood and thunder" exaggerated action movie that the Chinese seem to enjoy to transport them... Read more
Published 3 days ago by S. I. Rubin
1.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li's worst movie, I think
I fell asleep on this one, Jet Li's worst movie, I think.
Published 4 days ago by Ding_Penaranda
4.0 out of 5 stars The Warlords review
decent. great cast. typical Asian "life is about suffering" theme.
Published 10 days ago by Amfyr
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A bit disappointed. Not a new story and not excited performance.
Published 18 days ago by Zhigang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this movie
Published 23 days ago by Gregory Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting movie with subtitles that provides a historical fiction account of the time in history.
Published 28 days ago by Deborah Copher
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I hate movies that I have to read.
Published 28 days ago by Jim, Melbourne FL
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li is great, there is plenty of action and this covers ...
Jet Li is great, there is plenty of action and this covers a time slot in history. What move do you wan? View the movie, you will like it.
Published 28 days ago by A. Lauper
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well put together film
Very good story of a brotherhood and the corruption in politics. This is a subtitled movie so if that's not your thing don't watch this. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Enlightner
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Jet Li and because he was in it I ...
I like Jet Li and because he was in it I watched it. It is difficult trying to read the subtitles when they are flashed on the screen too fast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PATRICK C. MOONEY
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