China, 1860s: Having his army slaughtered, General Qingyun joins 2 bandit leaders in raids on rebels and in blood oath. They form a Qing loyal army with eyes on rebel held Suzhou and Nanjing.

Directors:

Peter Ho-Sun Chan (as Peter Chan), Wai-Man Yip (co-director)

Writers:

Tin Nam Chun (screenplay), Junli Guo (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... General Pang Qingyun (as Lianjie Li)
Andy Lau ... Zhao Erhu (as Dehua Liu)
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Jiang Wuyang (as Wu Jincheng)
Jinglei Xu ... Liansheng
Xiaodong Guo ... Huang Wenjin
Jacky Heung ... Shi Jinbiao
Zongwan Wei Zongwan Wei ... Lord Chen
Pao-Ming Ku ... Lord Jiang
Kuirong Wang ... Lord Di
Bo Zhou Bo Zhou ... Lu Dashan
Zhaoqi Shi ... He Kui
Yachao Wang Yachao Wang ... Gouzi
Xiao Yun Wang Xiao Yun Wang ... Fu
Peng Guo Peng Guo ... Shun
Ailei Yu Ailei Yu ... Wang Xiaoshou
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Storyline

Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with anti-Qing rebels. He encounters a starving village, whose inhabitants engage in banditry to survive, where he is nursed back to health by the attractive Liansheng. With his strength regained, Qingyun impresses one of the village bandit leaders, Jiang Wuyang, with his fighting skills. Wuyang introduces him to his "big brother", who also happens to be Liansheng's husband, Zhao Erhu and Qingyun begins to assist them with their raids. Qingyun convinces his two new comrades to form a loyalist army unit to fight the rebels and feed their own people. The three men swear a blood oath. Their stunning military successes impress the governing powers, but as Qingyun's influence begins to grow, they soon fear him. The political and emotional stakes will be tested, leading to differences between the blood brothers. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was originally titled "The Blood Brothers". Director Peter Chan said it was influenced by the late Chang Cheh's 1973 film "The Blood Brothers", which is itself based on a famous high profile assassination of a local governor in 1870, but denied that it is a remake. He also decided to change the title to The Warlords in order to avoid confusion. See more »

Goofs

During battles, the horses fall down without being hit. Clearly they were tripped by wire. See more »

Quotes

General Pang Qingyun: Remember my face, so you can seek vengeance in the next life.
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Alternate Versions

Cuts were required to the UK version to remove all sight of animal cruelty (horses being made to fall forward onto their necks), in accordance with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

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Cinematography perfection
11 May 2020 | by Top_Dawg_CriticSee all my reviews

For an international film that came out in 2007, this has to be one of the best cinematographic films I've seen in a while. It felt like it was Hollywood produced and filmed in 4K. Directing was spot-on, and all casting was excellent, including the massive amount of extras. My only issues is the writing; this Chinese historical drama was full of sweeping montages, dramatic battle scenes and rhetorical blood oaths, but its dramatic gravitas was lost amongst a convoluted plot and a very weak love triangle. Nevertheless, it was gratifying and entertaining. A solid 8/10 from me, the majority of my rating for the cinematography.


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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 December 2007 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warlords See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,073, 4 April 2010

Gross USA:

$129,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,883,181
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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