Warlords (Tau ming chong) Reviews

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October 24, 2019
Yet another Jet Li-driven, Chinese historical drama is full of sweeping montages, dramatic battle scenes and rhetorical blood oaths, but...its dramatic gravitas is lost among a convoluted plot and a weak love triangle.
January 13, 2018
I think it is worth seeing but not one that must be seen.
July 31, 2012
This film has real scope, showing fantastic battle sequences that rival Hollywood films like Braveheart.
July 1, 2010
... 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
Doesn't break ground; in fact, it carries on a tradition. But it does so with both flair and passion.
April 30, 2010
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 15, 2010
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 13, 2010
Too much eeyaahhh and probably not enough kiss-kiss meow-meow.
April 9, 2010
Plays out with a tiresome grimy look, and a strange lack of emotional resonance.
April 9, 2010
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
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
In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison.
April 8, 2010
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
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
How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera.
April 8, 2010
It's all lavish, if disposable. But in a nifty change of pace, the warriors in The Warlords are interesting.
April 7, 2010
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 4, 2010
Big and raw, it also feels slightly rambling, perhaps trying to tell too much in one go
April 2, 2010
Chan's old-fashioned, highly watchable megaproduction comes complete with God's-eye surveys of mass carnage, the moist sounds of sword-skewering, and little or no discernible CGI.
April 2, 2010
It is the rising friction between the blood brothers that holds the story together. The arguments about loyalty and larger missions that tear at their alliance feel both age old and completely current.
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