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Warriors of Heaven & Earth [Blu-ray] (2004)

Wen Jiang , Kiichi Nakai , Ping He  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao, Bagen Hasi
  • Directors: Ping He
  • Writers: Ping He, Rui Zhang
  • Producers: Huaiqiang Zhang, Jia Fu, Kuo-fu Chen, Shirley Kao, Song Bai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Warriors of Heaven & Earth [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In the tradition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Warriors of Heaven and Earth weaves a thread of battle, comradeship and honor. Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows Lieutenant Li (Jiang Wen) and Japanese emissary Lai Xi (Nakai Kiichi), both first-class warriors and master swordsmen. After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Xi longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the west to chase wanted criminals. His only passport back to Japan is to capture and execute Lieutenant Li, a renegade soldier wanted for leading a violent mutiny when he refused orders to kill female and child prisoners. Li and Lai Xi battle, but finally agree to delay their final personal fight until the caravan carrying a Buddhist monk is brought to safety. The monk, however, is carrying a sacred and powerful pagoda that attracts the attention of the region's ruthless overlord, Master An (Wang Xueqi). Lai Xi and Lt. Li, accompanied by Li's former posse of soldiers, wh

Anybody hungering for a good old-fashioned Western needs to check out Warriors of Heaven and Earth, which--although it's set in 7th-century China--has all the valor and spectacle of a John Ford picture. It also has a goofy supernatural streak, for the chopsocky crowd. The opening 10 minutes or so offer an alarmingly convoluted plot, but it swiftly settles down. What's going on is that a long-exiled Japanese hit man (Kiichi Nakai), hired to kill a renegade Chinese warrior (Jiang Wen), temporarily teams up with his quarry in order to escort a camel caravan along the Spice Road. Of course, they are menaced by a brutal warlord, and beautiful Zhao Wei (So Close) is mixed in there too. Director He Ping (Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker) captures some magnificent vistas in the Gobi Desert, but more importantly he sketches the codes or honor and behavior essential to any such tale. --Robert Horton

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away..... March 31, 2005
I am a HUGE fan of martial arts films, and passed over this movie a million times at BEST BUY. I wasn't particulary impressed with the cover art and the story line involving the "supernatural" seemed uninspired as well ( I was scared it was going to be horribly cheesy). Boy, was I wrong. One night while mooning over when the House of Flying Daggers would be out on DVD I decided to order this movie through entertainment on demand. My only regret is that I didn't just buy it in the first place because it was definately worth it.

The best thing to me about the film was that it truly attained the status of being an epic adventure. You become attached to the characters, you forget that this is an alternate reality of 7th century china. The bad guys are SCARY, the good guys just don't seem to measure up to to them. China itself is at stake. The swordplay is masterful. What more can a girl ask for?

Sort of like Lord of the Rings (of course nothing compares to LOTR but you know what I'm talking about), the final battle left me breathless, I was sooo nervous that the good guys just weren't going to be able to pull it off. Now, logically I know that the good guys almost ALWAYS win, but in this movie I was able to forget that, suspend my disbelief and just go on the journey with them!

Anyway if you're looking for a Crouching Tiger that's not what it is. It's not you're not going to get all the flashy special effects. (Which to my mind isn't too bad as the flying through the trees bit in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a little too much for me). What you will get is a compelling story line, characters that you admire and care about, good action, and a stellar ending.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Epic in the Chinese Genre January 28, 2005
WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH sets out to be exactly what it is - a simple story about vengeance and action with enough narrative to justify some mighty fighting scenes. The one aspect that keeps this particular entry in the choreographed flashy swordsmanship category is the rather weak acting of most of the players. Whether it is the scripted development of the storyline or the editing or the fact that director Ping He is trying to make both an intimate and a grandiose historical epic, the flow is just so disjointed that the viewer eventually gives up on trying to figure out who is who and settles back for the visuals.

And the visuals are lovely - the Gobi Desert has rarely been captured on film with such grace, the fighting scenes are brutal without unnecessary focus on bloodletting, and the musical scoring by one A.R. Rahman is more than additive.

Recommended for escapist evenings and for the beauty of the photography. And that is enough. Grady Harp, January 2005
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noodle Western! October 17, 2004
By Hizon
In the western frontier, a lawman is tasked to look for an outlaw before he is discharged of his duties and eventually go home to his family. The outlaw in question is a former soldier who became a fugitive when he and soldiers loyal to him refused an order to massacre the enemy's women and children. Wanted for mutiny, he is on the run. But rather than make his living being a bandit, he supports himself as a mercenary. The two cross roads again when the outlaw and the lawman join forces to protect a caravan against a more vicious enemy. Sounds like a plot from a typical Western? Of course, but the West in question is Western China during the Tang Dynasty. Grabbing familiar elements from Spaghetti Westerns, director Ping He managed to make an exciting and immensely enjoyable tale of honor using a slice of Chinese history framed by the beautifully-photographed vast expanse of the Chinese Wild West. Commendable performances by the actors (notably Wen Jiang in his best Toshiro Mifune impression and of course, the graceful presence of the luscious Zhao Wei) are expected but the most memorable is the deliciously over-the-top performance by Wang Xuegi as the sinister warlord. Although the ending is somewhat marred by a literal deus-ex-machina device, it is still a must-watch for all Chinese, epic and Western movie fan.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I ran across the DVD of Warriors of Heaven and Earth and as the price was right I decided to give it a shot. Having already fallen in love with Japanese films I though I could give a Chinese film a try - and I am definitely glad that I did.

Warriors of Heaven and Earth is NOT just a swordfighting action movie, nor is it a martial arts, "Wire-Fu," movie. What Warriors IS is a dramatic story with well rounded characters that has some fantastic action/fight sequences. Actually, I'd say that this movie, in some respects, reminded me of a more dramatic Indiana Jones movie. All the visual splendor is there, all the adventure and excitement and peril is there as in an Indiana Jones movie, and there's even a bit of the supernatural like an Indiana Jones movie. Where it departs from Indiana Jones is in the drama department.

The script for Warriors of Heavan and Earth is very, very good. Many characters are fleshed out and well rounded, the plot makes sense, and the pacing is excellent throughout. This is a touching movie, as the two main characters who are supposed to fight to the death learn to respect and even like each other - but it's not done in a forced or unnatural way. It's done slowly, with their actions providing the foundation for the respect and admiration they develop for each other.

The review mentions Warriors being a bit of a Western, showing more than a little John Ford (particularly The Searchers), and that is absolutely true. Director He Ping (or Ping, He, if you prefer) definitely channeled both John Ford and Akira Kurosawa while he was making this movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great
From some rave reviews I was looking forward to this movie. After watching it, I felt it was OK with some great locations and interesting characters, especially the old warrior. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adam J. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Excellent plot and storyline. Enjoyed the fight scenes, the historical concept and the sword play. The movie is worth the buy - enjoyed this movie totally.
Published 8 months ago by Constance Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
We are so glad we bought this film, we love foreign films and this Is a favorite.
After ordering the movie it was just a matter of a few days when it arrived. Read more
Published 8 months ago by nlb3kids
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
"This movie is off the chain!!" A must, must see! Wang Xueqi is definatly a force to be recond with. "He kicks mad but! Read more
Published 18 months ago by T. Nicety
3.0 out of 5 stars Warriors of Heaven and Earth
I enjoyed this movie still it didn't give me that kick an punch I thought would come. The Fight scenes were ok well can't like them all the same.
Published 22 months ago by Konata50
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Bunch of Fighting
The costumes are great. The photography is outstanding. The locations are very scenic. The story is mediocre. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by N. Stone
Tired of the same old fare. I bought this movie after being thrilled by the purchase of several animated features, offered by Amazon. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by 0FAME
1.0 out of 5 stars The product does not match the advertised on Amazon
I was very disappointed when I received the product and available subtitles do not match the advertised. Also the deadline for returning now turns. Failure of Amazon or Sony?
Published on April 13, 2011 by Marco Flores Ferrao
3.0 out of 5 stars Not thinking clearly when buying this DVD
Did I even pause to think about this being a foreign film when I purchased it? No, I did not. It is my own fault, so I cannot blame anyone else. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Lori J S
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth It
Great mix and representation of a samurai atatched to the Imperial Court of China.
It was a great storry line, though sad and unprictable.

Great buy.
Published on January 19, 2011 by Jeffrey A. Monk
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