Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) - Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Ping He
Threat advisory: Under evaluation
In the tradition of Akira Kurosawa's Seven samurai, Warriors of Heaven and Earth weaves a thread of battle, comradeship and honour.
Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows two protagonists, Lieutenant Li (Wen Jiang) and Japanese emissary Lai Xi (Kiichi Nakai) - 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 Wen Zhu and 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 (Xueqi Wang). Lai Xi and Lieutenant 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.
Persons of interest
- Wen Jiang .... Captain Li Zai
- Kiichi Nakai .... Lai Qi
- Xueqi Wang .... Master An
- Vicki Zhao .... Wen Zhu
- Yun Zhou .... The Monk
- Ping He .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) official movie site
- Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Melbourne International Film Festival 2004: Regional Focus
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Security censorship classification
M (Medium level violence)
120 minutes (2:00 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: Undated 2004