Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)

I’ve been wanting to write up about Warriors of Heaven and Earth for sometime but I misplaced my original DVD some time ago (probably lent it out to someone and forgot). However this holiday I was surprised to find a new BluRay of this great film! Set during the Tang Dynasty (700 AD) along a stretch of the Silk Road Warriors of Heaven and Earth tells the story of a group of defected and wanted soldiers protecting a caravan of Buddhist scripts coming from India to China’s capital.  However the Turks want a holy artifact that is also being transported. The next 114 minutes tells the tale of brotherhood, sacrifice, and duty.

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This film has an amazing cast of actors which only adds to the films well written story.  However Zhao Wei was mostly just to look at until a bit of action at the end of the movie.  Jiang Wen (now recognised in the West thanks to Star Wars: Rogue One) continues to show why he is one of the most respected actors in Hong Kong. Kiichi Nakai is a leading actor in Japan and his presence as Emissary Lai Xi proves he has the ability to perform with the best of them.  Wang Xueqi is an extremely versatile actor able to play any role given to him. I have to say that I really love this film. The story isn’t new, it isn’t full of twists and plots.  It is straightforward and tells a simple story with some very colourful characters.  It is a MUST see film!

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He Ping, Director, Script
Cheung Yui, script
Stephen Tung Wai, Action Director
Tony Leung Siu-Hung, Action Director (not to be confused with the other two Tony Leung’s)

Jiang Wen (The Lost Bladesman, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Lieutenant Li
Kiichi Nakai (The Warring States, Princess from the Moon, 47 Ronin, Onmyoji 2) as Emissary Lai Xi
Wang Xueqi (Bodyguards and Assassins, Reign of Assassins, Sacrifice) as Master An
Zhao Wei (The Duel, Shaolin Soccer, Red Cliff, Mulan) as Wen Zhu
Hasi Bagen as Cao Jian, One Eye Eagle
He Tao as Ma Gun
Lau Lei-nin as Wu Lao Er
Wang Deshun (The Forbidden Kingdom, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Saving General Yang, The White-Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom) as Old Diehard
Li Haibin as Zao Zimo
Yeerjiang Mahepushen (Painted Skin) as Master An’s servant
Hou Fugao as guard
Zhou Yun (Bodyguards and Assassins, The Assassin) as Monk Jue Hui
Lee Wai (Bodyguards and Assassins) as Di Hu / Salamander
Do Yuk-ming (Water Margin 1997 Tv series, Little Big Soldier, White Vengeance) as rider A
Wang Handong as rider B
Yang Haiquan (The Duel) as Baldy
Tuerxunjiang Zunong as innkeeper
Wong Hiu (True Legend) as Emperor
Sang Baozhong as General Wen

Love HK Film review

Beyond Hollywood review

NY Times review

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