For those that arent into heavy martial arts, keep in mind that Jet Li won a best actor award (for Warlords) at the Hong Kong Film Critics Awards. In other words, were talking about a huge epic thats visually stunning and magnificently acted.
Of course, there are fight scenes with Li at its center, and when he gets the chance to show his stuff (no special effects or wirework needed) youll see him as a consummate martial artist. There isnt a lot of this in the film, but what little there is will make you more than happy.
Set in the 1860s, the movie revolves around three men who take an oath of brotherhood. All have lofty ideals, hoping to drastically change the landscape of China. But, as their power grows, desire, ego, and the lust for even more power grows with it. Clearly, this is a recipe for tragedy, and tragedy is what youll get. In many ways heartbreaking, the ride is intense but oh so beautiful.
When you compare garbage like Braveheart to a piece of art like The Warlords, you begin to see the huge differences between Western and Asian film. The amazing sets, the epic nature of the battle scenes, and the opulence of the costuming is enough to leave your mouth gaping in awe. Dont believe me? Check out Warlords and decide for yourself.