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Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2007)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 18

Slightly stodgy historical Chinese epic with impressive battles.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 4

Slightly stodgy historical Chinese epic with impressive battles.



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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

Aug 12, 2008

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (18) | DVD (3)

Doesn't break ground; in fact, it carries on a tradition. But it does so with both flair and passion.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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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.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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This film has real scope, showing fantastic battle sequences that rival Hollywood films like Braveheart.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

... 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).

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source:

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).

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Too much eeyaahhh and probably not enough kiss-kiss meow-meow.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Plays out with a tiresome grimy look, and a strange lack of emotional resonance.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Veteran action choreographer Ching Siu-Tung deserves a good share of the credit, since the gritty, exciting battle scenes are the film's heart.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

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

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

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.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Big and raw, it also feels slightly rambling, perhaps trying to tell too much in one go

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Warlords (Tau ming chong)

A triumphant epic adventure in scope and in incredible battle sequences. A spectacular and exhilarating action-packed adventure. A fierce, brutal, tremendous and breathtaking movie. A wickedly well-crafted and designed piece of spic movie-making. It's thrilling, deeply moving and very powerful. Jet Li gives a strong and excellent performance, one of his best ever. Andy Lau is magnificent. Takeshi Kaneshiro is dazzling. These three stars give triumphant performances and work great with one another. An explosive and fearless action movie that delivers and it's totally unforgettable. A brilliant and extraordinary movie.
April 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

I've heard that Jet Li will no longer do historical-period movies. I've also heard a rumor that he may be retiring from the movie business altogether. This to me is very sad news and/or rumor all the way around. After all these years, it has become so apparent that he is finally growing into a first-class actor. Sure, he came in for the martial arts flash -- and after all these years, he can still deliver some pretty amazing physical work. But in addition to slogging through the kung fu grinder, he has also, wonderfully, grown into such a good actor along the way. Even should he limit his work to less demanding physical material from now on, I truly hope he keeps up his acting career until he really can't manage it at all anymore.
September 17, 2010

Super Reviewer

An extremely well done movie, the cinematography is like no other war epic. The story is powerful and one of the most emotional stories of brotherhood. Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro are great together. They all turn out wonderful performances that make the movie more than just an anti-war statement. The early battle scenes are beautifully done, as are the dramatic scenes that take place later on. It's an epic, but truly rooted within the characters rather than the war itself or even the politics.
August 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

A powerful, emotional epic about war, brotherhood and the bonds that bring men together... and how they eventually break apart.

Three of Asia's finest combine to play three men drawn together to make a blood pact. Led by their Big Brother, Pang (Jet Li) a General in the Ching Army, he enlists the aid of two bandit leaders (Kaneshiro and Lau) to help form an army to conquer their enemies and provide safety for their families.

Its a bloody spectacle, this one. After the audacity of Kill Bill, more and more movies are taking the bloody approach to violence, including missing body parts and plenty of blood.

But the movie is not just about war, its politics, honor, intrigue, love and of course - betrayal. the movie goes through depicting the brother's relationships through the tempest of war, broken promises and loyalties. Eventually, it reaches breaking point and all that they have worked to achieve together will become undone as their blood pact ensures their fate. And enemies and political power will make sure that none of them survive.

A massive bloodletting, it does well to create the story, characters and emotion, and we do see it in a downward spiral to the abyss. A story with no happy ending.

June 12, 2010
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