The Warring StatesHD
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About the Movie
Sun Bin (Sun Honglei, Mongol), purported descendant of the Art of War author Sun Tzu, is a brilliant military strategist steadily advancing in the ranks of war during China's Warring States Period (fifth to third centuries BC). He's believed to have the knowledge to defeat any opponent in battle. Not to be outdone, Sun's brother, Pang Juan (Francis Ng, Exiled), secures a powerful military general position for himself and, in a jealous twist, frames Sun for treason. Sun begins a long journey to prison and back, and again up the ranks of war, finally ending as a top strategist and peer with his brother. THE WARRING STATES follows the rivalry of these two brothers to the end, where both meet again on the battlefield, leading armies against each other in a fight to the death.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 2
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The writer, Shen Jian, and the director, Jing Chen, have made no concessions to the non-Chinese viewer in their compressed, chaotic narrative.
Rotten: This busy attempt at merging large-scale CGI action filmmaking with outsized historical drama is unremarkable.
Rotten: A morass of melodramatic romance, torture, and suicide.
A unique and entertaining film
This is a very uneven film: some excellent performances, some just placeholders; sometimes rapid high-action pacing, sometimes slow to the extent that if feels more like a 3-hour movie than a 2. It takes nearly half the movie to figure out what it is about. All that aside, the lead role is consistently engaging and brilliantly played, the sets are stunning (except for some budget CG), and once the plot emerges it will hold you until the end. It may not be a movie you'll want to see again and again, but it is a unique and entertaining a film that you do not want to miss.
What can I say?
Another super sad asian film about two guys and a girl. The actors are good, they cry on cue and drool for effect. The movies good but the end result is the same as every tragic love story asian film youve seen since Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The few fight scenes arnt very spectacular, theres a lot of bad CG in the beginning, and some subs dont quite fit in ("continue spying" is one of them).