What's it about?
Yen Feier (Kelly Chen), through turmoil, must take up the mantle "Empress of Yan kingdom" and repel the invading neighbouring armies of Zhao. With Champion, Muyong Xuehu (Donnie Yen) to support her military inexperience, Feier must overcome full scale war and the internal strife that undermines her authority.
Along the way, Feier became mortally wounded in battle but was nursed back to full health by the reclusive hermit, Duan Lanquan (Leon Lai).
With Feier struggling between newfound peace and duty, could Muyong continue to hold the kingdom of Yan in his Empress absence?
The glaring thing I did not like is how the antagonist seemed to able, shall I say, disrupt or set their actions in motion without a hitch and in a casual fashion too. Only the most innocent minded would turn a blind eye what they were capable of.
Donnie Yen (Kill zone) plays his heroic usual self that would occupy the action fans. Kelly Chen (Infernal Affairs) shoulders the burden of her role admirably. Leon Lai (Infernal Affairs 3, City Hunter, God of Gamblers 3) seemed to able juggle his role between hermit and guardian well.
Despite the lack of memorable stage settings, the elaborate armour suits gave this film a unique feel.
No wirework. Well, not as much as "Crouching tiger, Hidden Dragon" anyway. The battle scenes are "Gladiator" inspired and the noises is top notch too.
The romance scenes and the triangle conflicts between the leads would appeal to the female masses.
Arguably, there are better far east costume films out there. What I mean is it did not quite have the compelling story of "Hero", and I doubt it will gain global recognition as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". But "The Empress and the warriors" supplement the genre well enough to entertain.
Enjoyed it? Have you also seen
Swordsman 2, Curse of the Golden Flower, Red Cliff 1, 2, Warlords, Odd Couple,