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Battle of the Warriors (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (2006)

Andy Lau , Zhiwen Wang , Jacob Cheung  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Zhiwen Wang
  • Directors: Jacob Cheung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G9UXCQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With an enormous army looming at the gates to their kingdom, the people of Liang turn to a mysterious stranger to rescue them from siege and conquest. Ferocious battles and gripping suspense highlight this epic tale of swords, strategy, and heroism.

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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant surprise January 9, 2010
Format:DVD
I started watching this one expecting a historical military drama. 'Battle of the Warriors' delivered that beautifully. It centers on the mysterious stranger who arrives just as the city is about to be over-run, and rallies a defense against a marauding army tens of times their size - a trope that works as well in classical China as in the American Wild West. Starting there, it offers exciting battles, humble heroism, intrigue, and all the rest that makes for quality entertainment of this kind. All of that comes through in sets and costuming with historical credibility, even though I can't vouch for literal accuracy. This isn't in the "flying swordsmen" genre, but a brilliant one of its kind.

This movie's pleasant surprise comes its major premise, an actual bit of Chinese history that many Westerners might not know. The mysterious stranger is a Mozi - a follower of Mo Di, an actual philosopher and leader from the Warring States period. His school centered their beliefs on universal brotherly love, something subversive in a Confucian society with rigid hierarchies of loyalty and affiliation. Rather than simply preach this doctrine, Moists fought for it. Their armies defended weaker city-states against unjust invasions by others in a policy of militant pacifism that might be unique in history. I know of no other movie that mentions Mo at all, so this one performs the worthwhile service of bringing this sage to Western attention.

If you want costume drama with plains darkened by swarming armies, with dramatic sieges and flaming attacks, with effete rulers undermining the commanders in the trenches, and with a near-subliminal hint of romantic interest, give this one a shot. But, while you're at it, remember that Mo was real even if this story's events weren't, and is well worth knowing.

-- wiredweird
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story and Good Cinematography!! December 30, 2009
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Format:DVD
I like some of the more recent warfare/martial arts foreign movies as much for the cinematography as I do for a good storyline. After all, it's nice to experience the imagery and action of a beautiful film to go along with processing the information of the story from the English subtitles. (Note: As a rule, I don't watch foreign movies with the English overdub turned on. I prefer to read the subtitles.) Movies that come to mind are Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Hero and The Warrior. This movie, Battle of the Warriors looked really good from the stills that I had seen and the story concept of countering a siege with wits and savvy appealed to me. In it's basic essence, thats what this movie is about, a kind of thinking-man's warfare from the point of view of both the beseiged and the invaders. Additionally, there are a few subplots involving 1) choosing to love, 2) the high human cost of war and 3) the ignorance/arrogance of the ruling class.

And at the end of the movie, I was very pleased with the story, probably even more than the cinematography. Don't expect non-stop action as there are several interludes that deal with setting up the armies/defenses and the strategies involved. Also, this movie isn't over-the-top in it's brutality, despite the eventual battle scenes. Overall, my opinion is that this is pretty solid movie and I would recommend it to intelligent audiences.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Kurosawa! December 20, 2009
Format:DVD
If you're into Oriental art flicks, I would recommend a DVD called "Battle of the Warriers"
"Battle" certainly ranks, in my opinion, right up there with "Ran" or any of Kurosawa's or Ichikawa's films. Although lacking Kurosawa's camera work, I would have mistaken it for his if it had been in black & white. It's made in Hong Kong but much more western in style (more Japanese??) than most of the stuff coming out of Hong Kong or Beijing.
The movie is in Chinese but subtitled in English.
The story takes place in China 2300 years ago & is about a city that is the way of a large advancing army. The Army must take the city in order to proceed. The city hasn't much in defense & asks a clan of defense specialists, the Mozi, for help. They send one little guy. This guy, Ge Li, puts a whole new spin on being an army of one. Not because he's a killer but because he's a professional, knows what he's doing, & understands all of the consequences. If we had this guy in Afganistan, the war would have been over long ago.
The story is taken from a video game. Probably the only good conversion of a video game to full blown movie I've ever seen. The first half is battle and the preparations for them. The 2nd half has as much action but gets pretty heavy into the philosophy of war as well. One of those "Gotcha" movies that makes ya stop & think later about what was said.
This movie is excellent at all levels and would be enjoyable for just about every one although the violence might be a bit much for the younger kids. But not overboard with the blood & guts as so many movies are these days.
I recommend this movie enough I'm gonna buy a copy & add it to my collect. Well worth a watch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacifism with an edge December 10, 2010
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A martial arts movie that is more battle epic than hand-to-hand combat, Battle of the Warriors takes place in China almost 2500 years ago. My Chinese history is a bit - er - dusty, but the movie does a great job of laying out the background. This is a wartorn time, and the city of Liang is about to be besieged by an army that has to steamroll through it to get to their real military target. Raw deal.

Enter Ge Li (the amazing Andy Lau), a Mozi that the slimy king of Liang has begged to come protect the city. How can one man defend a city against an army? With brains, strategy, and cunning psychology. While there are plenty of battles in this movie, the real core of Battle of the Warriors is the planning - the game of chess - that takes place between the invaders and Li as each side plots their next move or parries that of the opponent. I've never seen a war movie that is so much about the tactical planning of war, and it was fascinating. Of course this focus means the movie is a little slow at times, but I was never not interested. The battle scenes are really creative and the tactics devised by each side to attain their objectives are amazing. I even recognized tenets I remember reading in The Art of War surface in Ge Li and his adversaries' thinking, which was awesome!

In addition to masterful battle scenes, Battle of the Warriors also has tremendous cinematography, wonderful acting, and great costumes and sets. There's even a tragic love story thrown in. As affecting as the love story was, I'm glad they kept it at the subplot level. I generally find it a weakness when a martial arts film lets a love story get too front and center; this one is kept on the backburner where it belongs and it adds spice rather than getting in the way of what the movie is really about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was different
1 disk with a couple of special features. Audio Commentary with Bey Logan and the Making of...

This was different, technically it was done very well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars I love karate movies
I love Karate Movies. Its what I grew up on. Thats what i do on the weekends. Nothing like it. Building my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Rochelle Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking man's war.
Demonstrates how although out numbered, a small city state outfought and out thought the strategy of a larger state. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RCMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Very well written and acted. Wonderful story. Great action. Deeply moving. One of the best movies I have ever seen. I wish it never ended. I wish more movies like this were made. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars good must try
GOOD. ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!
Published 5 months ago by Fidel Montalvan
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story.
This is a good story from China's turbulent history. The acting is excellent and the cinematography first-rate. Not a martial arts film, more of a historical drama.
Published 7 months ago by Bill W
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with two different blu-ray players
Unable to play on stand alone Blu-ray player. I was able to watch using computer software, but unable to play on big screen tv.
Published 7 months ago by Joseph J Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Times Strategy Warfare
This is a war film that tends to focus on the strategy side of things rather than big battles. It's based on a Japanese manga series. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fire_Flicker
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Movie
This is easily the worst titled movie of any I have seen. I bought it in order to be mildly entertained by a silly plot and some action scenes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hilel B. Salomon
2.0 out of 5 stars I should not have ordered!
Andy Lau is great in House of Flying....... but not so great in THIS! I shouldn't have ordered, anyway! Don't like
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