The Warring States (Zhan Guo)

2011

The Warring States (Zhan Guo) (2011)

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Rival Chinese military strategists Sun Bin (Sun Hong-lei) and Pang Juan (Francis Ng) clash in this historic war adventure set during the Era of Warring States. From 475 B.C. to 221 B.C., China was in turmoil. Sun Bin and Pang Juan were two of the brightest military strategists of their time. Eventually, Pang found great success as the commanding general of the Wei state. However, his jealousy over Sun's close relationship with their mentor drove Pang to frame his rival for treason. Later, after intervening to rescue Sun from execution, attempting to trick him into recording all of his vast military knowledge, and plotting to kill him once he secured that priceless information, Pang found out just how cunning his adversary could be when Sun feigned insanity and fled to the Qi state. There, Sun quickly ascended through the ranks to become the state's chief military strategist. But the battle was just heating up. Shortly thereafter, Sun and Pang would find out who was truly the superior military leader when their respective armies clashed on the battlefield. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A morass of melodramatic romance, torture, and suicide.

Apr 25, 2011 | Full Review…

The writer, Shen Jian, and the director, Jing Chen, have made no concessions to the non-Chinese viewer in their compressed, chaotic narrative.

Apr 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This busy attempt at merging large-scale CGI action filmmaking with outsized historical drama is unremarkable.

Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Thrilling and exhilarating. Prepare to be at the edge of your seat from start to finish.

May 13, 2011 | Rating: 8.692121/10 | Full Review…

Director Jin Chen's grand historical epic evinces some impressive costume design and much natural scenic beauty, but never locates a particularly persuasive or enrapturing tone.

Apr 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

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