An adventurous tale of good, honor and loyalty.
The story evolves around two main characters. Lieutenant Li is considered a traitor after refusing an order to kill turkish civilian captives and is wanted for mutiny. Lai Xi is an imperial agent whose last assignment is to kill "Butcher" Li, succeeding in doing so will allow him to fulfill his duties to the Chinese Emperor and to return to his homeland, Japan. While on the run, Li gets caught in a desert storm and is saved by a caravan soldier. He feels obliged to protect the caravan to its destination as it lost all escort in the same storm. However, Li is unaware of the fact that an item of incredible value is amongst the load and that many people are willing to kill to get it.
The whole movie (aside from a few cheesy special effects) is visually stunning. Absolutely beautiful sceneries, colorful and realistic costumes combined with fantastic music give the feeling of participating in an epic adventure. The multiple battle sequences are very entertaining.
It takes some effort to ignore the silliness of the turns the story takes near the end, otherwise it could spoil the movie for some. I focused on the wonderfully developed, lively and expressive characters in the film. The actors playing them are extremely convincing.
To people who enjoy Kurosawa as well as western type of movies, "Warriors of Heaven And Earth" offer a bit of both. Suggestive characters, breathtaking visuals and wondefully fitting music create a great atmosphere and help to forget about the unrealistic elements of the story. I enjoyed this movie a lot.