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The Warring States

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Sun Bin (Sun Hong-Lei, Mongol), purported descendant of the Art of War author Sun Tzu, is a brilliant military strategist steadily advancing in the ranks of war during China’s Warring States Period (fifth to third centuries BC). He’s believed to have the knowledge to defeat any opponent in battle. Not to be outdone, Sun’s brother, Pang Juan (Francis Ng, Exiled), secures a powerful military general position for himself and, in a jealous twist, frames Sun for treason. Sun begins a long journey to prison and back, and again up the ranks of war, finally ending as a top strategist and peer with his brother. THE WARRING STATES follows the rivalry of these two brothers to the end, where both meet again on the battlefield, leading armies against each other in a fight to the death. Bonus Features: In Mandarin with English subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Zige Fang, Enhe Feng, Degang Guo
  • Directors: Chen Jin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: China Lion
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BJ7XIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was super excited to check out the Chinese epic "The Warring States" as it tells an incredible and fascinating historical tale. I love this genre of film and there have been some truly masterful examples to come from Chinese filmmakers. However, despite having a rich and complicated tale to tell, director Jin Chen seems unsure of just what movie he wanted to make. After a terrifically staged opening battle sequence, I settled in for a dynamic and dramatic movie--but the tone of "The Warring States" shifts all over the place and undermines the power inherent in this true life legend. There are elements of slapstick comedy, special effects laden adventure, political intrigue drama, frothy romance, and tragedy interwoven into the film's screenplay. And quite frankly, some of these many factions seem at war with one another. I never could take this picture very seriously despite its sometimes harrowing subject matter, and that was a real disappointment. Instead of a sweeping and memorable epic, it ends up being a jumble of conflicting styles and ideas.

The film chronicles the brotherhood and rivalry between two notable military strategists during China's Warring States Period. Through the course of the film, you know that the two will eventually meet on the battlefield as betrayal and political machinations divide the land. The film's lead is Sun Hong-Lei (portraying Sun Bin) who is painted throughout the film's first half as a wise buffoon. This was perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of the film as it struggled for a strangely comic tone. Sun Bin meets an indestructible female general (literally she battles dozens of men on her own and emerges victorious every time) and the two forge a working relationship and an ill-conceived romance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward L Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2011
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THE WARRING STATES is a curious film, at times capturing the `bigness' and `boldness' that only the best period pictures can muster. It feels rich, epic and lush - precisely the way a film embracing key moments in a nation history should be - and it loudly cries out to say something definitive about `The Warring States Period' of Chinese history ... but, for the life of me, I have absolutely no idea what that statement may have been because so much of the rest of STATES feels muddled, confused, and unfinished. At times, it's a war picture. At times, it's a picture about peace. At times, it's a romance. At times, it's a family drama. At times, it's a bit of a comedy, and, still at other times, it's quietly meditative. It's all over the map - figuratively and literally - and I'm not completely certain that anyone involved knew precisely what STATES wanted to be.

STATES is essentially the story of would-be brothers, Sun Bin (played winningly by Sun Hong-Lei) and Pang Juan (underplayed by Francis Ng). Sun Bin is a descendant of Sun Tzu, the famous military strategist, and it's believed that Sun possesses the tactics to defeat any enemy on the field of battle. By a curious twist of fate, these two `adopted' brothers end up as military advisors for warring nations. Pang eventually captures and tortures Sun, hoping to uncover the secrets of military strategy; but, before Sun will confess, he's rescued by his people (the nation of Qi), and the two men are put on a dangerous collision course leading their respective armies in a battle whose outcome will shape centuries and civilization to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By art_lover on January 26, 2012
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This is one of those movies that I prefer to Hollywood cookie cutter movies.
Another good part is that there are no flying warriors on the top of the trees.

It's a very good mix of the history, the legend, and the art.

Do not expect Bruce Lee like action scenes, or Jackie Chan's humour.

Sun Hunglei's performance as Sun Bin is outstading.

To me the only downside was the ending.
But overall, this movie is really one of the best movies that I've seen in recent years.
It definetely tops almost ALL the recent Hollywood movies.

Sun bin suffered a lot. You expect him to become a tough guy, a very tough guy after all he survived. And he is a tough guy. But in the movie he commits suicide in the end (which also contradicts with the legend). I'd still had no objection IF he had been portrayed a little prone to suicide during the movie, in some other scenes. It was all of a sudden, out of nowhere.
I don't know, maybe it's how they (those who commit suicide) do that.
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By Norvell J. Maher on February 12, 2013
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What I find so fascinating about this film, is not its length, but period of time in the past. This was a very turbulent time with unceasing warfare for a long period of time. This film takes this and weaves web of intrigues and love for a little over two(2) hours of fascinating entertainment. LOVE CAN HAVE GAINS AND LOSSES. NJMJr.
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