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The Warlords (movie)

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:15 am
by JPinoy
It's in Chinese... however, its not like Crouching Tiger, HERO, or Curse of the Golden Flower... this one is more realistic, as in no flying.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZOTGdfbCv3w

Arrows flying, cannons blazing, cavalry charging, and infantry sword fights galore!

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:54 am
by Blueandwhite
This looks like an incredible movie. I certainly hope a domestic distributor picks it up as I would love to see it subtitled and brought over here. With so many duds on the historical epic front, it's nice to see something with some real promise.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:38 am
by Sir Kohran
I was a bit confused but man, the movie looks worth it for the *stunning* battle scenes alone. I will definitely have to see this at some point.

- Matt

PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:21 pm
by ericgizmo
It is probbaly impossible for you to see this movie outside of china becuase china stopped letting their people see movies from the usa, europe, etc. They did this so their people watch Chinese movies. China also said that after a while they will let non-Chinese movies able to come in China.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:45 pm
by castlepeak
Hi All~~~

I'm new here and I come from Hong Kong.

The Warlords is produced by Hong Kong company.
As like as Crouching Tiger, HERO, or Curse of the Golden Flower, the main target market of The Warlords are China, Hong Kong and USA.
So, it may also available in USA soon. :D

Here is the offical site of the movie (in English):
http://www.warlordsthemovie.com/en/index.htm

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:17 pm
by ericgizmo
I see but can you tell me if China really isnt accpeting American Europe, etc. made movies right now.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:01 am
by ottoatm
I haven't seen this movie yet, although it is out in theaters here in Hong Kong and Taiwan, that I have seen. It seems to be very popular and is in every theater that I've gone to in the last couple of weeks.

I actually don't want to see it; I have a sort of informal ban on Chinese movies (:P) because I haven't liked any of them that I've seen made after the early 80's. I didn't like "Crouching Tiger" that much, and I thought that "Curse of the Golden Flower" was abysmal stuff, although the battles were impressive.

That said, all of my friends (even female friends) really want to see this, and it has English subtitles, so I might break my rule and try it out - it looks as though it might be a good movie.

ericgizmo - There was, I believe, a ban on movies that are not Chinese in mainland China. I'm not sure if it is still in effect, but I did hear about it. As far as I've seen, this ban does not affect Hong Kong or Taiwan. I just saw "I am Legend" in Taiwan last weekend.

China is putting the ban in affect to boost their own movie industry. It is similar to a tactic used earlier by the Koreans, that worked very well and led to the development of a very healthy movie industry.

Without getting too political, I do find the law a bit hypocritical and unfair, but I am not really upset by it and understand the logic. I don't think it's worth debating.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:54 pm
by ericgizmo
ty for telling me i heard it beacuse of the I am Lengend movie on the news.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:17 am
by castlepeak
Hi ottoatm! Nice to meet you~
Are you still in Hong Kong? I'm the member of Hong Kong Lego User Group (HKLUG), we held a event called "Hong Kong Brick Show 07" from 25 Dec to 30 Dec. Did you go to see it yet?

Here is the link and photos taken in the show:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=291725

And this castle is my own creation:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=2900418

A ban or a selected ban on movies are taken in Mainland China. The main reason is all about trade and China government would like to protect its movie industry. People in China still can enjoy the western moive as most of them download from BT and buy illegal copies. I think China government is encouraging this phenomenon. So it is all about the trade problem but not about the freedom of speech.

All of these only happen in Mainland China. Hong Kong don't affect. Because the system is totally different between Hong Kong and China. All systems in Hong Kong remain unchange as same as ruled by England.

ottoatm, I agree with you. "Crouching Tiger" and "Curse of the Golden Flower" was abysmal stuff. Most of Chinese are think so~~~ :lol:
Start from "Crouching Tiger", some of Chinese director think that people from western countries like actors flying and flying.......They think that flying+beautiful armor+suck stories=can earn much much money from western countries.......

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:22 am
by ottoatm
castlepeak wrote:Hi ottoatm! Nice to meet you~
Are you still in Hong Kong? I'm the member of Hong Kong Lego User Group (HKLUG), we held a event called "Hong Kong Brick Show 07" from 25 Dec to 30 Dec. Did you go to see it yet?


Hey Castlepeak! Nice to meet you too~ :)

I didn't know there was a HKLUG, but I wish I did! I would have loved to check that out! I actually went from Hong Kong to Taiwan from 20 Dec to now, so I missed the Hong Kong Brick Show... :cry:

I was glad to see your pictures though~

I'm not sure when I'll be back to Hong Kong - maybe next week... or maybe in a few years! :P My life is a little crazy these days~~

Start from "Crouching Tiger", some of Chinese director think that people from western countries like actors flying and flying.......They think that flying+beautiful armor+suck stories=can earn much much money from western countries.......


Excellent point! I hadn't considered that at all? Is it really true I wonder? I know that Crouching Tiger was pretty popular in the US, but not sure what everyone thought about it. Anyway, that made me laugh. :)

As for the film ban, I had TOTALLY forgotten about the black market for movies in China. It is HUGE. My friends who live in a city in China but very near to Hong Kong always ask us what movies we want them to get for us when they come to Hong Kong, and they always come with 10-20 DVDs for us to watch!

I also have a lot of friends in China who just watch movies online...

OK, I don't mean to get too far off-topic, sorry for that.

I am happy to learn about HKLUG though!

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:44 pm
by Sir Kohran
China is putting the ban in affect to boost their own movie industry. It is similar to a tactic used earlier by the Koreans, that worked very well and led to the development of a very healthy movie industry.


Sometimes I think we should have some kind of rule like that here - the UK has tons of actors and yet many of them leave for the US and American movies, and these American movies then fill up our cinemas, and as a result the British movie industry is pretty small because it doesn't have much to work with. There is the occasional good movie (Children Of Men) but many are just cheap romantic comedies (Notting Hill, Love Actually, etc).

Without getting too political, I do find the law a bit hypocritical and unfair,


Just out of interest - why hypocritical?

- Matt

PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:31 pm
by ottoatm
I've reserved tickets for this this weekend! :) If nothing else, it should be a great chance to practice my mandarin, but my friends who have seen it have given me some great reviews so far.

Sir Kohran wrote:Just out of interest - why hypocritical?


Don't want to get into a huge debate about this as the thread is about the "Warlords", so I'll just say this little bit and then not post about it again...

...but to make a long story short, I think that if the US banned the few Chinese movies that made it to our shores, there would be an uproar in China and a lot of people feeling victimized and saying the US was being unfair, or perhaps a bully.

I don't consider it fair to say that just because one nation's industry is stronger, the other nation can start using protectionist laws and rules to favor their industry, and then get upset if there is a reaction (although their won't be).

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:05 am
by Prince Imdol
Looks like a good movie. I like all the scenes with the siege. Looks like a good CASTLE movie.


P.I

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:08 pm
by Tower of Iron Will
Prince Imdol wrote:Looks like a good movie. I like all the scenes with the siege. Looks like a good CASTLE movie.
P.I


I agree. The potential for new CASTLE ideas is always a good thing. So its not so much that one likes a "guy" movie, we can call it "research." 8)
-Tower

PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:41 pm
by Jacob C.
This movie looks interesting.
I've seen a couple good movies coming out of China in recent years, I'll have to check the reviews for this one.