Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010)
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Doesn't break ground; in fact, it carries on a tradition. But it does so with both flair and passion.
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.
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.
In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison.
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.
How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera.
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.
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.
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.
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