Warriors of Heaven and Earth (天地英雄)

Warriors of Heaven and Earth (天地英雄)
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (天地英雄)
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 2003
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In the tradition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Warriors of Heaven and Earth (天地英雄) weaves a thread of battle, comradeship and honor. Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows Lieutenant Li (Jiang Wen) and Japanese emissary Lai Xi (Nakai Kiichi), both first-class warriors and master swordsmen. After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Xi longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the west to chase wanted criminals. His only passport back to Japan is to capture and execute Lieutenant Li, a renegade soldier wanted for leading a violent mutiny when he refused orders to kill female and child prisoners. Li and Lai Xi battle, but finally agree to delay their final personal fight until the caravan carrying a Buddhist monk is brought to safety. The monk, however, is carrying a sacred and powerful pagoda that attracts the attention of the region's ruthless overlord, Master An (Wang Xueqi). Lai Xi and Lt. Li, accompanied by Li's former posse of soldiers, who have forsaken their peaceful new lives to return to his side, must face the cruelty of the desert, the region's barbaric bandits and the brutality of the overlord's men before they can finally face one another.
© 2003 Xian Film Studio Corp., Beijing Huayi Brothers & Taihe Film Investment Co., Ltd. and Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Hollywood Reporter
Andrew Sun

The acting is uniformly compelling.

June 21, 2017
Toronto Star
Susan Walker

Unfortunately, the two main protagonists, Lieutenant Li and Lai Xi, are too much the strong, silen...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

There's no denying its visual appeal.

June 21, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
G. Allen Johnson


June 21, 2017
Seattle Times
Tom Keogh

Remarkable for its stimulating, metaphor-rich setting.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action
  • Release Date:September 30, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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