I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't just another Chinese action movie, but rather had a more interesting plot. Except for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, most of those fighting movies are eminently forgettable. Sometimes I get sick of mindless gore in such movies. An Empress and the Warriors is different. The movie is more of a love story set in a mythical ancient China. The empress is about to accede to the throne after her father dies, but she is soon diverted by an enemy army. She is then taken care of by a commoner, and the two fall in love. Of course, she eventually has to save the kingdom and kill a traitor - as is typical in these films.
There is some nice cinematography and set designs, such as a treehouse-style dwelling. The music is also sweet and fits the mood of the film well. The acting begins very tense, as the film starts off looking at the kingdom's warriors. However, Kelly Chen (Feier) soon shows a softer side. This movie also has some stylistic influences from American films such as Gladiator [Blu-ray] and The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition), particularly the battle scenes (one scene even features Roman-style chariots).
Overall, not a bad pick if you want some Asian cinema, but are sick of Matrix-style fighting flicks.
AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS Let me say from the start of this that this is indeed a good movie, it is far from perfect but it is a good film. "An Empress and the Warriors" is a wonderfully done and shot some what epic war film that really is a romance at heart. That is kinda were the flaws are in this film, it did not pick what it wanted to be. Or better yet I feel that it failed in blending the different styles together perfectly. Still … more
2008 seems to be the year for Chinese epic dramas. "An Empress and the Warriors" was released before the "Romance of Three Kingdoms" related films by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms) and John Woo (Red Cliff). The film is helmed by Tony Ching Siu Tang (Naked Weapon) and if you are familiar with this director's past works, you'll know that he is a good action director. However, I do believe the skill of good storytelling eludes him--"An Empress and the Warriors" … more
I am a recent law school grad with an interest in Southeast Asia legal issues. Unfortunately for my checkbook, ever since high school I have been addicted to good books. I have eclectic tastes, although … more
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In the tradition of Seven Swords comes the action saga of a kingdom locked in a desperate battle for survival. Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen (Seven Swords) and Hong Kong Film Award winners Kelly Chen (Infernal Affairs) and Leon Lai (Seven Swords) team up as sword-wielding heroes on a quest to unite a divided nation and wage a massive war against an invading horde. Created by the celebrated action choreographer and cinematographer behind Jet Li’sHeroandHouse of Flying Daggers,An Empress & the Warriorstakes epic action to new heights.
Stills from An Empress and the Warriors (Click for larger image)