April 2nd 2010
  • Action/Drama,
  • R,
  • 110 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu, Bao-ming Gu, Xiaodong Guo, Zhaoqi Shi, Dong Dong Wang, Kuirong Wang, Yachao Wang, Zongwan Wei, Bo Zhou
  • Director: Peter Chan
  • Writers: Tin Nam Chun, Junli Guo, Jiping He, Jianxin Huang, Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui, Oi Wah Lam, Lan Xu, James Yuen
  • Producers: Peter Chan, Andre Morgan
  • Co Producers: Zoe Chen, Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui
  • Associate Producers: D. Daniel Vujic, Wai Man Yip
  • Executive Producers: Sanping Han, Peter Lam, Andre Morgan
  • Art Directions: Pater Wong, Zhenzhou Yi
  • D.O.P.: Arthur Wong
  • Editors: Chris Blunden, Wenders Li
  • Makeup: Eddie Liu
  • Musics: Kwong Wing Chan, Peter Kam, Leon Ko
  • Production Design: Chung Man Yee


"Warlords" is set in the midst of war and political upheaval during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s. Jet Li stars as General Pang, who after a surviving a massacre of his fellow soldiers by playing dead, joins a band of bandits led by Er Hu (Lau) and Wu Yang (Kaneshiro). After fighting back attackers from an helpless village, the three men take an oath to become "blood brothers," pledging loyalty to one another until death, but things quickly turn sour and the three men become embroiled in a web of political deceit, and a love triangle between Pang, Er Hu and a beautiful courtesan (Wu Jing-Lei).

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China
  • MPAA Warning: Sequences of strong violence
  • Production Budget: $40 million
  • Production Companies: Applause Pictures, Beijing Jinyinma Movie & TV Culture Co., Beijing Poly-bona Film Publishing Company, Chengtian Entertainment, China Film Group, Media Asia Films, Morgan & Chan Films, Stellar Mega Film, Warner China Film HG Corporation

Featured Articles


2010 Guide Analysis: "Scoring big wins at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards, this 2007 Chinese/Hong Kong war epic is finally getting a States-side release several years on. Loosely influenced by Chang Cheh's 1973 film "The Blood Brothers" and the real-life 1870 assassination of a region governor, the US$40 million film was shot in Beijing and Shanghai in early 2007.

Li's large $15 million salary was apparently justified by ensuring the film scored a global distribution, which it did in late 2008 across several international territories. Peter Chan, who rose to fame directing romance films, took on the project in an effort to make a film centered on men's affection along the lines of John Woo's "A Better Tomorrow". Reviews both in Asia and from Asian film fans were strong, amongst more general critics however it was mixed with complaints about the cumbersome length and uninvolving story. Almost all praised Jet Li's dramatic chops as easily the best of the three stars."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 December 2007: China
  • 13 December 2007: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
  • 14 December 2007: Indonesia
  • 28 December 2007: Taiwan
  • 31 January 2008: South Korea
  • 3 July 2008: Greece
  • 9 July 2008: Philippines
  • 7 November 2008: UK
  • 13 November 2008: Kuwait
  • 8 January 2009: Germany
  • 22 January 2009: Portugal
  • 28 January 2009: France
  • 7 May 2009: Israel
  • 8 May 2009: Japan
  • 22 May 2009: Poland