The Warlords -Movie Review
It’s a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on “The Assassination of Ma,” a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi. The story was filmed by Zhang Che in 1973 as The Blood Brothers.
The Warlords is directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, starting Jet Li, Andy Lau, and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Now, if you watch Asian movies at all you’re going to recognize, if not the name, then at least the faces. This is a terrific movie. I think some wonderful movies are coming out of China and they do Civil War better than anybody. It’s not quite the caliber of Red Cliff, it’s also not as long. It also doesn’t take part as far away as — this has happened from the 1800s as opposed to the third century, but it’s a terrific movie. It’s well acted, it’s complicated enough to keep you involved and it’s incredibly violent. The Chinese seem to love their Civil War movies particularly bloody. If you are at all interested in Chinese history, if you’re at all interested in war strategies, if you’re at all interested in I suppose just a very, interesting, exciting movie, this is your cup of tea, get it, cup of tea. Four stars.