THE WARLORDS is an anti-war film. It shows how war changes people and how the people in charge manipulate war for their
own power. Pang (Jet Li) is a soldier left for dead in a battle for the
Qing Dynasty. He befriends two bandits, Erhu (Andy Lau) and Wuyang (Takeshi Kaneshiro),
and he convinces them to join the Qing army to stop the Taiping Rebellion (after Pang takes a blood oath to his new blood
brothers). General Pang also wants to stop General Ho who betrayed him. He sees a future where the poor and civilian are protected from the abuses that
armies inflict on cities after they conquer them. He falls
for the wife of Erhu, Liansheng, which starts a love triangle that plays out through
the film. Liansheng has tried to run away from Erhu many times only to
THE WARLORDS is an epic film about brothers in blood that ultimately become
changed by war. It is a sweeping and gripping film- a film that doesn’t
offer happy endings. The detail that went into the production is astounding. The battle scenes and production design are on par with RED CLIFF, but RED CLIFF
is still the better film while THE WARLORDS is the more grim one.
THE WARLORDS 117 DAYS: A PRODUCTION JOURNAL-
a behind-the-scenes documentary that looks at the making of the film from the challenges and delays to how the cast coped
with a long shot. It is a very well put together making-of doc.
27 minutes of deleted scenes show scenes
cut for pacing. Some are of interest while others don’t add anything.
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE WARLORDS
is a grim war epic that is anti-war and believes that happy endings aren't easy to come by.
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