An Empress and the Warriors Posters with Leon Lai and Donnie Yen

I hadn’t even heard of the latest Chinese stab at epic action filmmaking, the awkwardly titled “An Empress and the Warriors”, which will star Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, and Kelly Chen, until a reader emailed asking about it. After a brief search of the net, here’s what we have: Kelly Chen plays the Empress, and apparently she’s a fighting empress, judging by the warrior armor she’s wearing in these posters that showed up at CriEnglish.com earlier this week. The big-budget period film is being directed by Tony Ching, and is scheduled for Chinese theaters sometime early 2008. The film’s producers were also recently at the American Film Market to sell the film to foreign buyers. So what’s it about? Read on.

Here’s a description of the movie’s plot from here:

The film’s storyline is set in a period where the country is at war and dukes of the different kingdoms battle for land and power. Kelly plays Princess Fei- er who is commanded by her dying father on the battlefield to defend their country with General Xue-hu (played by Donnie). The princess is later attacked and injured by the treacherous official Hu Ba (played by Guo), but is rescued by Leon’s character Duan Lan-quan, whom she falls in love with. Faced with continued attack from outside and within, the princess must make some important decisions to ensure the survival of herself and her country.

The best part is that Donnie Yen is playing the film’s chief villain. I’m not sure if this will be Yen’s first villainous role; it could very well be. Leon Lai as the good guy, on the other hand, is predictable.

“An Empress and the Warriors” invades Chinese theaters early 2008.

An Empress and the Warriors Posters

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  • Marc

    Donnie Yen was a villain in New Dragon Gate Inn some 15 years ago (!).

    Nice looking costumes.

  • Marc

    Donnie Yen was a villain in New Dragon Gate Inn some 15 years ago (!).

    Nice looking costumes.

  • Loc

    I also believe he was one in the second Once Upon a Time in China…the one with Jet Li…haha…so the one in Dragon Inn he was an evil Eunuch..with white hair too? haha…the one in Once Upon a Time…he was like some corrupt government official of some sort..I think there was this one scene where Jet uses a wet towel as a sort of staff to whup some butt haha…

  • Loc

    I also believe he was one in the second Once Upon a Time in China…the one with Jet Li…haha…so the one in Dragon Inn he was an evil Eunuch..with white hair too? haha…the one in Once Upon a Time…he was like some corrupt government official of some sort..I think there was this one scene where Jet uses a wet towel as a sort of staff to whup some butt haha…

  • Mirna

    Donnie played as a good guy in this movie. He protects the Empress. Even though he was appointed by the Emperor to become his successor, but He let Kelly to take the position.

    I watched it yesterday :)

  • Mirna

    Donnie played as a good guy in this movie. He protects the Empress. Even though he was appointed by the Emperor to become his successor, but He let Kelly to take the position.

    I watched it yesterday :)

  • Teddy

    Hello….

    This film takes 10 kingdoms era background in Chinese history which is China had not been united. But, I think there is 1 mistake dialog in this film… It is about dialog between Leon Lai & Kelly Chen about THE BALOON. Leon Lai says that he makes ZHUGE’S BALOON. Does the name “ZHUGE” here refer to ZHUGE LIANG in 3 kingdoms era? If it is true ZHUGE LIANG, how can? 3 kingdoms era is AFTER 10 kingdoms era. If I am not wrong, 10 kingdoms era is Sun Tsu era…. Thank You :)
    GOD BLESS YOU
    Teddy

  • Teddy

    Hello….

    This film takes 10 kingdoms era background in Chinese history which is China had not been united. But, I think there is 1 mistake dialog in this film… It is about dialog between Leon Lai & Kelly Chen about THE BALOON. Leon Lai says that he makes ZHUGE’S BALOON. Does the name “ZHUGE” here refer to ZHUGE LIANG in 3 kingdoms era? If it is true ZHUGE LIANG, how can? 3 kingdoms era is AFTER 10 kingdoms era. If I am not wrong, 10 kingdoms era is Sun Tsu era…. Thank You :)
    GOD BLESS YOU
    Teddy

  • http://kid.com/ kid

    Firstly, Kelly Chen is well known as “江山美人” in the entertainment

    world long before this movie was made! So having her as the main lead

    is logical… I am not Kelly Chen’s fan though. “江山美人” is also the

    title in Mandarin… I dont understand why most reviews gave this

    movie bad ratings! I find it quite ok and touching… Probably only

    people who are not in touch with their emotions will comment this

    movie in a bad way… Many Hollywood films out there which are

    rubbish get good ratings from people… I lagi dont understand!

    Gila!

    • Teddy

      Hello Kid,

      I did not say that this movie was bad. Personally, I liked this movie. Romantic, good story, good action. The one that I just want to ask is: Was the dialog made by that way or It was because of the author or the producer or anyone else did not know the true chinese historical timeline?

      Thanks & Best Regards,
      Teddy
      GBU

  • http://kid.com kid

    Firstly, Kelly Chen is well known as “江山美人” in the entertainment

    world long before this movie was made! So having her as the main lead

    is logical… I am not Kelly Chen’s fan though. “江山美人” is also the

    title in Mandarin… I dont understand why most reviews gave this

    movie bad ratings! I find it quite ok and touching… Probably only

    people who are not in touch with their emotions will comment this

    movie in a bad way… Many Hollywood films out there which are

    rubbish get good ratings from people… I lagi dont understand!

    Gila!

    • Teddy

      Hello Kid,

      I did not say that this movie was bad. Personally, I liked this movie. Romantic, good story, good action. The one that I just want to ask is: Was the dialog made by that way or It was because of the author or the producer or anyone else did not know the true chinese historical timeline?

      Thanks & Best Regards,
      Teddy
      GBU