In 370 B.C, China was separated as seven nations and several other small tribes. One of these being the city state of Liang. The nation of Zhao is led by the terrifying prime commander Xiang Yangzhong who orders his troops to launch an attack on Liang in a bid to conquer the small city.
Leaping to the defense of the cowed people of Liang is a warrior who goes by the name of ‘Ge Li’ from the Mo-Tsu school of thought, renowned for its defensive skills, respect for simplicity and peace, and belief in universal love. He is their last hope as the terrors of Yangzhong’s troops are unleashed. The future of Liang now hangs in the balance, with all their hopes pinned on the mysterious Mo-Tsu warrior Ge Li…
Battle of the Warriors (Binh Phap Mac Cong) set in ancient China, a large invading army sets siege to an isolated city. Who have to rely on a stranger, a siege defense expert, to save them.
Man, I love me a good siege movie. And when the movie stuck to the siege stuff, which was about half its running time, it satisfied all my expectations for this kind of movie. This was a big production, and there were shots with hundreds of costumed extras in front of large fortifications. The setting for the battle of wits between the invading general and the siege expert (played by Andy Lau). This stuff was really interesting.
Then Battle of the Warriors (phim hanh dong 2020) goes in a different direction, with politics and betrayals and a romantic subplot. And everybody starts saying everything that’s on their minds at all times. And people start treating Andy Lau like he’s a messiah or something, and I was pretty bored. But that first hour, man that was great.
In conclusion, this movie is Good. It had an interesting premise, a lot of interesting concepts, and Andy Lau, one of my favorite Hong Kong actors, takes the lead role.
Story centers on a battle during China’s Warring States Period. A series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.
Director: Chi Leung ‘Jacob’ Cheung
Writers: Chi Leung ‘Jacob’ Cheung, Ken’ichi Sakemi (comic)
Stars: Andy Lau. Sung-Ki Ahn. Zhiwen Wang. Fan Bingbing