Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) (2004)


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Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, a tale of two first-class warriors, Lieutenant Li and Japanese emissary Lai Xi, who are master swordsmen. After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Xi longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the West to chase wanted criminals. His only passport back to Japan is to capture and execute Lieutenant Li, a renegade soldier wanted for leading a violent mutiny when he refused orders to kill female and child prisoners.

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Xueqi Wang
as Master An
Hasi Bagen
as Cao Jin
Tao Ho
as Ma Gun
Linian Lu
as Wu Lao'er

Critic Reviews for Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

The acting is uniformly compelling.

Dec 1, 2004

Unfortunately, the two main protagonists, Lieutenant Li and Lai Xi, are too much the strong, silent type to engage us as heroes, or even characters.

Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's no denying its visual appeal.

Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…


Sep 10, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Remarkable for its stimulating, metaphor-rich setting.

Sep 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Warriors ransacks enough of the dust-swept battle genre (start with Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, and John Ford) to have no rousing or opulent B-movie personality of its own.

Sep 10, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong)

A good big battle epic film with some good fight scenes with a Western style feel to it.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

This is a film you have to give about 15-20 minutes to before you give up on it. If you're willing to invest the time, there is an incredibly rich story waiting for you, replete with honor, duty, respect and love. Wonderful movie, but just give it a minute to grow on you. Well done film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Great extraordinary Chinese tale of battle, comradeship and honour. The excitement scenes between a Japanese emissary and renegade solider-turned-mercenary who team up to protect a sacred caravan travelling across the desert.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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An imperial emissary on a mission to bring a fugitive soldier to justice instead joins forces with him to defend a buddhist monk and his caravan. The usual mix of honourable men, swordplay and a beautiful princess is on offer, but during the first half of the film, swap the caravan for a wagon train and the swords for sixguns and what you have is an old fashioned western. Half way through though, things take an unexpectedly supernatural turn as we find out what it is they are protecting.The cinematography, locations and costumes are as attractive as we've come to expect in these post Crouching Tiger times, but the narrative leaves more than a little to be desired; characterisation is minimal, so it is very difficult to care when one of the characters is killed off, and the plot consists of little more than an episodic series of strangely sterile and bloodless battle sequences. It is very attractive to look at though, and certainly does not bore; the siege sequence is particularly impressive and reminded me of Kingdom Of Heaven on a budget. On the whole it's reasonably entertaining but the weaknesses in the script mean it's not in the same league as the extremely similar The Musa.

xGary Xx
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