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Warriors of Heaven and Earth [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import] [2003]

Wen Jiang , Kiichi Nakai , Ping He    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao, Bagen Hasi
  • Directors: Ping He
  • Writers: Ping He, Rui Zhang
  • Producers: Huaiqiang Zhang, Jia Fu, Kuo-fu Chen, Shirley Kao, Song Bai
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,974 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not only for those interested in Asian cinema.. 12 Sep 2006
My brother told me I should watch "Warriors of Heaven and Earth" (2003). Truth to be told, I was somewhat sceptic, as his taste in movies is somewhat different to mine. All the same, I must say that in this case he was right.

This film is quite original, due to the fact that it is set in 7th-century China, but at times seems like a Western. To make it a little stranger, there are some supernatural elements that fit the plot and make this movie something that you are not likely to forget.

One of the main characters is a Japanese warrior (Kiichi Nakai) that has been in the service of the Chinese Emperor for a very long time, and that just wants to fulfill his last task before returning home. Unfortunately for him, that implies finding and killing a Chinese outlaw (Wen Jiang) that used to be a soldier, but that was condemned to death when he refused to kill a group of women and children. The two warriors play a game of cat and mouse, but decide to make a short truce in order to defend a caravan carrying a holy object, that is being attacked by bandits that want to steal it.

There are plenty of well-choreographed fights, but also opportunity to think about themes such as duty and honour. You will also appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Gobi Desert, and the brilliance with which the director (He Ping) was able to tell this story.

From my point of view, this is not a film that will only please those highly interested in Asian cinema. I think that everybody that is fond of an entertaining movie will appreciate "Warriors of Heaven and Earth", even though those who like epic films will certainly like it more. Recommended!

Belen Alcat
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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He Ping's Warriors of Heaven and Earth starts off in traditional Eastern epic fashion and with a few similarities to Musa/The Warrior - one of its protagonists is a Japanese noble eager to earn the Emperor of China's permission to return home after 25 years in his service - but it soon develops into something much more satisfying: an all-out Western, and one that's played straight for once. It may be set along China's Silk Road, but the landscape is classic American Western, from pine valleys to buttes that could have come straight out of the smaller corners of Monument Valley. Even the Turks who attack the wagon train - sorry, camel caravan - at Red Rock Gorge do so with Apache war cries.

There are some imaginative action scenes, including a neat swordfight between the two protagonists on opposite sides of a log cabin's walls, and the classic Western friendly enemies archetypes transpose surprisingly well to an Eastern setting. It's a shame that the caravan's cargo has supernatural qualities, because the film really doesn't need the fantasy element, but they special effects are at a bare minimum, as is wirework for once. This made little impression at the box-office, but it's well worth tracking down. Great fun.

There are slight censor cuts totalling 7 seconds in one action sequence, although otherwise the 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is superb, with both original Chinese and dubbed English soundtracks available. The extras aren't plentiful - 25-minute making of, music video and brief trailer - but are adequate enough.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lyrical beauty 24 Jan 2005
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This is a fairly traditional film exploring the themes of duty, honour, respect and friendship. What is exceptional is the cinematography. It is beautifully filmed, depicting the wild western province of Giang Xi, with exquisitely choreographed fight sequences and set piece battles. A must for anyone with even a passing interest in asian or epic cinema.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warriors for every one 7 Jan 2006
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Warriors of Heaven and Earth
This is a great film to have in the library, it has a little bit for everyone and not to much of any one thing to offend even your most prudish maiden aunt.
It has enough romance to let you watch it on the sofa with your arm around your girl friend for a cheap night in, and it has enough war to satisfy your blood thirsty, computer game loving, teenage brother. It has no bad language so you can watch after Sunday lunch with your parents and granny in attendance and not being main stream you can bet that none of them has seen it before unless they are martial arts fanatics in which case they won’t mind seeing it again. Finally for that broke Friday before payday you could just sit in with a couple of beers and enjoy the spectacle.
The desert scenery is fantastic, the colour rainbow bright and the sound, although dubbed, of very high quality. If you already have ‘Crouching Tiger’ and ‘Flying Daggers’ in your cupboard you won’t be disappointed and if you don’t have them, and enjoy this, go and get them.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World-leading epic cinema 13 Oct 2004
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Whether you're a seasoned Asian cinema fan who knows every line of every Kurosawa film in the original Japanese, or someone whose only experience of Asian cinema is 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon', you should make a space for this in your collection.
The story synopsis (two men, one sent to kill the other, put aside their differences to protect a monk carrying a secret artefact) doesn't really do the film justice .. this is a story of courage and honour. And big swords..
The film is superbly produced and acted, and the scenery does a good job of conveying the epicness of the tale (in the end, the soldiers realise they are fighting for more than their own lives).
The film deserves five stars, but only for the original language version. Hopefully, the DVD (not released at time of writing) will have the original version (subtitled) as well as the English dubbed version. Dubbing kills films like this .. the DVD deserves to have at least one star docked (and the DVD producers deserve a slapped wrist!!) if the original version is not present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised
Published 4 days ago by Mel_Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by CMG
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent gift.
Arrived quickly, excellent gift.
Published 3 months ago by HG
3.0 out of 5 stars Action with incoherent plot & little story telling
This film is made of lots of scenes made by sphagetti western techniques & cliches, with no coherent plot to support its claimed association with Tang dynastic history, and little... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. E. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant!
Alright I'm biased - I love this film, its one of my all-time favourites.

I have many Martial Arts films, although Sci-Fi is my preferred genre, but this one is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Geoff Webber
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor eastern western
There is not much to say about this film. As far as a martial arts film it is pretty poor. The action and fight scenes are not very good, the film is fairly slow paced and the... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2010 by Mr. Glen Buckette
2.0 out of 5 stars English dubbing
The film started in English, fortunately there was a subtitled option. I was disappointed with this tale. Purchase Battle of Wits. Read more
Published on 15 May 2010 by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Heaven
If I had seen this film when it was released it would have been 5. The reason for the 4 is there are so many great Chinese films emerging after this film and they have raised... Read more
Published on 18 April 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars
This is a good film, good acting, story plot, action, fighting and characters. Ok, even with the subtitles. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2009 by Nobody
5.0 out of 5 stars warriors of heaven and earth
IF you like this type of films ona dont mind subtittles then this is the film for you 1 PLENTY OF ACTION 2 GOOD ALL ROUND ACTTING with plenty of little sub plots to keep you... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2009 by K. Hodgson
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