Warlords (Tau ming chong)
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Love, politics, and loyalty threaten to tear apart three soldiers in this lavish historical epic from Hong Kong. In 1870, the power of the corrupt Qing Dynasty has been threatened by the rise of a revolutionary army, led by religious fanatics, and civil war is tearing the nation apart. Pang Qingyun (Jet Li), a good man who finds himself fighting for the Qing leadership, is one of the only survivors of a bloody battle in between revolutionaries and Qing troops, and is looking for someplace to go when he's offered shelter by a beautiful peasant woman, Lian (Xu Jinglei). Pang and Lian spend… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Doesn't break ground; in fact, it carries on a tradition. But it does so with both flair and passion."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"This film has real scope, showing fantastic battle sequences that rival Hollywood films like Braveheart."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Too much eeyaahhh and probably not enough kiss-kiss meow-meow."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Veteran action choreographer Ching Siu-Tung deserves a good share of the credit, since the gritty, exciting battle scenes are the film's heart."
‑ Andy Klein, Christian Science Monitor
"The film has the dirty-fingernails realism of a Peckinpah western, and the same remorseless pessimism about the ultimate fate of men who live near death."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Warlords gets a release in the United States nearly 2 1/2 years after its Hong Kong premiere, and it's a wonder it took so long."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"... a muscular character piece set against a massive war and the power relationships behind the battles (as well as more severed limbs than I've seen in a single film)."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Plays out with a tiresome grimy look, and a strange lack of emotional resonance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The resulting spectacle directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, a prolific Hong Kong filmmaker whose previous credits include the English title "Tom, Dick and Hairy," is a historically factual war movie about the Taiping Rebellion, a love story and a luscious depi"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"A tale of noble brotherhood compromised by self-interest and a messy love triangle, The Warlords, ultimately, tries to speak to the futility of war - but it does so by staging one gargantuan dustup after another."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Warlords is so intent on expertly choreographed, but repetitive, enormo-battles that there isn't much time to develop characters (and the less said about a tacked-on romance, the better)."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It isn't clear if "Warlords" is supposed to be a comedy or an adventure thriller but it will only appeal to those who appreciate the screaming cast of thousands."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The action scenes are good (Chan began his career as an assistant director to John Woo), but they fall between many scenes of Li shedding rivers of not-so-manly, and very uncharacteristic, tears."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
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