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Warriors of Heaven and Earth

 

aka: Tian di ying xiong
China 2003, 120 minutes
Dir. He Ping
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Action/Adventure / Martial Arts, Epic

 

Aroview: A lavish post-CROUCHING TIGER epic derived from a Chinese folktale about an Imperial assassin who is sent forth to the Gobi desert to eliminate a mutinous warrior, in return for passage back to his native Japan.

Filmed in the monumental deserts of western China, this never skimps on grandeur, but does deliver a fairly predictable story of stone-faced heros, tested loyalties and supernatural artifacts. Bears the welcome influence of Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • music clips
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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