The Warlords war movie
The Warlords war movie

The Warlords (2007, China)

Original / alternative title: Tau ming chong

Categories: infantry moviessiege movies

Running time: 125 minutes

Language: Mandarin

In 1860s, during the civil war in China, also called Taiping Rebellion, between forces loyal to Qing dynasty and rebels from Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. General Pang Qingyun is the sole survivor of loyalist army - he lost all his men in battle and now has to seek refuge in nearby village. The locals, lead by Erhu and Wuyang, are making their living from attacking caravans travelling nearby. Qingyun manages to convince both of the leaders to attack a rebel convoy. They are successful, but soon after they lose the loot to band of loyalists, who raid the village. Qingyun again advices the villagers that their only way to get out of poverty is to fight against rebels as the independent unit for loyalists. Erhu and Wuyang are skeptical and don’t trust Qingyun, but he convinces them by joining them in blood ceremony - they all swear to care for each other like blood brothers. Qingyun leads them in series of victories, later turns towards the cities of Suzhou and Nanjing. He tries to get the government support, but is refused since the Qing officials are worried Qingyun would become too powerful. Nevertheless he attacks Suzhou, but lacking the power he is forced to set up a siege instead. Erhu sneaks into the city walls hoping to kill the commander of Suzhou. Unfortunately he is caught and that moment will put their brotherly promise to a test.

Chinese war movie inspired by Taiping Rebellion of 1850, but unlike other Chinese productions it is fiction only based around the real events and real places. It is decent movie, but lacks the vigour, pace and the spectacular scale of Red Cliff or Assembly.

Our rating


Film value

6 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy

3 / 5

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Creators of The Warlords

Peter Chan movies

Peter Chan


Wai Man Yip movies

Wai Man Yip


Jiping He movies

Jiping He


Jianxin Huang movies

Jianxin Huang


Yuet-Jan Hui movies

Yuet-Jan Hui


Oi Wah Lam movies

Oi Wah Lam


Lan Xu movies

Lan Xu


James Yuen movies

James Yuen


Tin Nam Chun movies

Tin Nam Chun


Junli Guo movies

Junli Guo


Cast of The Warlords

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Jet Li

as General Pang Qingyun

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Andy Lau

as Zhao Erhu

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Takeshi Kaneshiro

as Jiang Wuyang

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Jinglei Xu

as Liansheng

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Ailei Yu

as Xiaoshou Wang

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