Warriors of Heaven & Earth [Blu-ray]

In the tradition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Warriors of Heaven and Earth weaves a thread of battle, comradeship and honor. Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows Lieutenant Li (Jiang Wen) and Japanese emissary Lai Xi (Nakai Kiichi), both first-class warriors and 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. Li and Lai Xi battle, but finally agree to delay their final personal fight until the caravan carrying a Buddhist monk is brought to safety. The monk, however, is carrying a sacred and powerful pagoda that attracts the attention of the region’s ruthless overlord, Master An (Wang Xueqi). Lai Xi and Lt. Li, accompanied by Li’s former posse of soldiers, who have forsaken their peaceful new lives to return to his side, must face the cruelty of the desert, the region’s barbaric bandits and the brutality of the overlord’s men before they can finally faceone another.Anybody hungering for a good old-fashioned Western needs to check out Warriors of Heaven and Earth, which–although it’s set in 7th-century China–has all the valor and spectacle of a John Ford picture. It also has a goofy supernatural streak, for the chopsocky crowd. The opening 10 minutes or so offer an alarmingly convoluted plot, but it swiftly settles down. What’s going on is that a long-exiled Japanese hit man (Kiichi Nakai), hired to kill a renegade Chinese warrior (Jiang Wen), temporarily teams up with his quarry in order to escort a camel caravan along the Spice Road. Of course, they are menaced by a brutal warlord, and beautiful Zhao Wei (So Close) is mixed in there too. Director He Ping (Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker) captures some magnificent vistas in the Gobi Desert, but more importantly he sketches the codes or honor and behavior essential to any such tale. –Robert Horton

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2 Responses to Warriors of Heaven & Earth [Blu-ray]

  1. Prestina Thompson "SciFi/Fantasy Addict" says:

    I was blown away….. 0

  2. Grady Harp says:

    Another Epic in the Chinese Genre 0

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