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Genre: War/Drama
Starring: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Xu Jinglei
Director: Peter Chan
Rating: NC-16 (Battle Scenes)

Year Made: 2007




- Trailer
- TV Spots
- Making Of
- Highlights
- Photo Gallery
- Movie Stills
- Andy Lau & Xu Jing Lei Star Tour Promotional Photos




Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 7 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media




In the year 1850, the suffering of the Chinese people under the corrupt rule of the Qing dynasty set the stage for the Taiping Rebellion. General Pang Qing-Yun was badly defeated in a battle against the rebels. Jiang Wu-Yang takes Pang in and shows him to Zhao Er-Hu. After a Qing troop pillages Zhao’s village, causing devastation, Pang convinces Zhao and his bandits to join the Qing army. Jiang agrees to the proposal under the condition that he joins their brotherhood. With the help of Zhao, Jiang and their bandits, Pang establishes his power in the name of countering the Taiping rebels. As his forces grow more powerful over the years, he is soon corrupted by his hunger for power. As a result, the brotherhood collapses. Pang’s ruthlessness and his desire for Zhao’s wife, leads inevitably to his murder of Zhao…


“The Warlords” is a hard movie to follow through. This is not to say it belonged to the arty-farty genre in fact it brutally explored the ugliness of mankind and the pretentious of brotherhood that some audience might find hard to swallow in the end.

If you urge that “The Warlords” is a generic man-battle-man war movie is akin to giving a slap on director Peter Chan’s face. The result of Chan’s first attempt in doing a period piece is remarkable. Partly he is aided by a strong crew including a team of at least five credited screenwriters, top action choreographer Tony Ching Siu-Tung and also not forgetting the three attractive male leads, Andy Lau, Jet Li and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Lau gave one of his best performances in recent times as the loyal but hot-headed Zhao Er-Hu. Playing against Jet Li’s ruthless Pang Qing-Yun, both actors convincingly shake off their prior images to drawn us into their inevitable onscreen fates. The binding between the hypocritical Pang and melancholic Zhao is the main drawing powers of the movie. Japanese/Taiwan heart-throb Takeshi Kaneshiro with his unrecognizable layers of whiskers has to resort to playing a less than memorable role as the duo’s gullible younger brother, Jiang.

Without a doubt, this is a strong masculine movie, set in a period where thief, rebellion and war brutality is common. Chan knew his strong points are not in the action department, he is well-known for romance weepies and comedies from his discography. Thus with the assistance from Ching, Chan showed us all the atrocities in the movie’s one and only breath-taking battle sequence in the halfway mark which will set your adrenalin pumping.

Beautifully shot and production value on par with any Hollywood outputs, “The Warlords” is a marvel to watch and the gripping relationship between the sworn brothers will left you tanked in sadness. When it’s hard to let go of some fictional onscreen characters, you know Chan at his end have once again successfully master his craft.


This Code 3 disc contains the Trailer, TV Spots and a Photo Gallery which feature the movie stills and also Andy Lau/Xu Jinglei in their glory during their Singapore promotional tour. You can see our coverage of it too. We advise you to skip the Highlights if you haven't caught the movie as it’s pretty spoilerish.

Spanning over 55 minutes, the Making Of feature is spilt into several short chapters and intensively covered the action choreography, script-revisions, cast and crew interviews, make-up effects, costume designs and cinematography. An excellent behind-the-scenes feature you shouldn’t miss.


This DVD contains only the Mandarin track accompanied by a strong Dolby Digital 5.1 transfer, the sound here is faultless but an alternative Canto track might be better. The visual quality is excellent though you must bear in mind that the movie is meant to be gritty and dirty.



Review by Linus Tee



Alternative Review:

. THE WARLORDS (Movie Review)

. Interview with ANDY LAU & XU JINGLEI

. Interview with Director PETER CHAN

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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm Media


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