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Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Warlords DVD Review

The Warlords DVD Review




Synopsis: Set in the midst of the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s, THE WARLORDS stars Jet Li as General Pang, who barely survives a brutal massacre of his fellow soldiers by playing dead, and then joins a band of bandits led by Er Hu (Andy Lau) and Wu Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro). After fighting back attackers for a defenseless village, the three men take an oath to become "blood brothers," pledging loyalty to one another until death. However, their lives quickly derail as they become embroiled in a web of political deceit and a love triangle between Pang, Er Hu and a beautiful courtesan (Xu Jinglei).


Review: We are huge fans of martial arts film here at the Legion.  Even beyond that we're fans of the Martial Arts epic.  A few great examples of the martial arts epic are films like Hero and House of Flying Daggers.  They're as artistic and beautiful as they are violent.  There is this balance that creates and amazing beauty.  The Warlords is a welcome addition to this genre!

The DVD release of the Warlords is full of a great love story sandwiched by fantastic action and adventure.  The film has a backdrop of the Taiping Rebellion that occured back in the 1860s.  A love triangle, of course, develops and honor is questioned.  This film is such an enjoyable watch.  Even superstar Jet Li puts forth the extra effort to turn in a fantastic performance.  I highly recommend this one to any fan of the genre.


Interest Range: Action/Adventure, Martial Arts