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Chinese Epic with Jet Li and Andy Lau

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A Quick Tip by jamesliu

  • Mar 15, 2010
Very gritty and nice characterization, one of the best historical epic from China/Hong Kong.
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Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
review by . January 25, 2009
posted in ASIANatomy
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         THE WARLORDS (2007) is an ambitious film directed by Peter Chan, one of Hong Kong's known filmmakers. This film has a very impressive cast in Jet Li (Fearless), Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (Returner). This period epic is loosely based on Chang Cheh's classic; BLOOD BROTHERS. I've seen a lot of Chinese epics and thankfully "The Warlords" is not a part of the colorful, overindulgent film geared towards U.S. audiences. …
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
The spectacular 2008 Chinese Epic is about to be released in U.S. theaters April 2.
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I was originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and I moved to the united states when I was 16 years old. I lived in Champaign, Illinois for 6 years before moving to California and have been here since.   … more
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The Warlords, previously known as The Blood Brothers (simplified Chinese投名状traditional Chinese投名狀pinyin: tóu míng zhuàng), is a 2007 award-winning Chinese/Hong Kong epic war film directed by Peter Chan and starring Jet LiAndy LauTakeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei. The film was released on December 13, 2007 simultaneously in most of Asia, except Japan.The film is set in the 1860s, during theTaiping Rebellion in the late Qing Dynasty in China and centers on the sworn brotherhood of three men.

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The film is set in the 1860s, during the Taiping Rebellion in the late Qing Dynasty in China. The story, based on an unresolved crime in 1870, tells of three sworn brothers (played by Jet LiAndy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) who are forced to turn against one another due to the harsh realities of war and political intrigue.

The story begins with a vicious battle, after which Qing-Yun (Jet Li), a Qing Army General, is the only survivor of his entire army. In his aimless wanderings he encounters a girl named Lian Sheng [莲生] (Xu Jinglei), who nurses him back to health. Once he regains his strength, Qing-Yun soon meets Wu-Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro), and later Er-Hu (Andy Lau); leaders of a bandit army that regularly steals food to survive — his participation in a successful raid on a rebel ...

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