The Warlords - (Import DVD)
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Lavish historical action film telling the story of a trio of warriors in the era of the Qing Dynasty - General Ma Xinyi (Jet Li), Cao Er-Hu (Andy Lau) and Zhang Wen-Xiang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) - who make a pact of brotherhood to one another vowing that anyone who harms one of the brothers will be killed. When the country is plunged into chaos and political upheaval following the Taiping Rebellion, the three blood brothers must struggle to maintain their loyalty as war rages around them.
Marguerite, South Africa. 15 July 2014
This is an extremely complicated tale of brotherhood, personal betrayal and political treachery, made all the more difficult to understand because the viewer must rely on reading the suibtitles while watching the action. The main chartacter, Pang Qing-Yun (Jet Li), is a fictional;ised recreation of a Chinese general who supposedly fought for both sides during the 1860s era of the Taiping Rebellion. After surviving a particularly vicious battle, Pang joins two bandit leaders, Zhao Er Hur (Andy Lau) and Jiang Wu Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and persuades them to join the struggling imperial Qing army as mercenaries. The plan is to fight for 3 years and to take enough war booty to be able to return to their village and live in peace. To achieve this aim, the three swear a blood oath. This oath of filial loyalty is sorely tested during a war that lasts much longer than expected and political alliances that are formed and abandoned from battle to battle. Pang is seduced both by his feelings for the wife of his blood brother Zhao, and by his growing lust for power - a deadly combination that can only lead to tragedy.
The film needs to be watched more than once if one is to appreciate the fine political nuances of the story, rather than just to ingulge oneself in the spectacle of the brutal battle scenes.