Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong)
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) (2004)

Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, a tale of two first-class warriors, Lieutenant Li and Japanese emissary Lai Xi, who are master swordsmen. After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Xi longs to return to Japan, but is instead… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sun
Hollywood Reporter

The acting is uniformly compelling.

G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle


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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's too busy courting genre cliches to mine anything transcendent, which runs counter to the promise inherent in the title.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Unfortunately, the two main protagonists, Lieutenant Li and Lai Xi, are too much the strong, silent type to engage us as heroes, or even characters.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Remarkable for its stimulating, metaphor-rich setting.

Eric D. Snider

Takes all the elements of the classic Westerns, mixes them with Eastern spiritualism, and comes out with a film that is at least noteworthy, if not especially brilliant.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

There's no denying its visual appeal.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Warriors ransacks enough of the dust-swept battle genre (start with Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, and John Ford) to have no rousing or opulent B-movie personality of its own.

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David Cornelius

There are scenes here that will stick in your brain for days.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A good big battle epic film with some good fight scenes with a Western style feel to it.
xGary Xx
An imperial emissary on a mission to bring a fugitive soldier to justice instead joins forces with him to defend a buddhist monk and his caravan. The usual mix… More
Cynthia S.
This is a film you have to give about 15-20 minutes to before you give up on it. If you're willing to invest the time, there is an incredibly rich story… More
John Ballantine
Critically panned and perhaps not the best of modern Chinese cinema, this is nonetheless pretty entertaining.
Dean McKenna
Great extraordinary Chinese tale of battle, comradeship and honour. The excitement scenes between a Japanese emissary and renegade solider-turned-mercenary who… More
Marcus Woolcott
Shoddy westernised Eastern film.