Magnolia Picks up Jet Li and Andy Lau’s Warlords

It took a while, but someone’s finally nabbed the Jet Li/Andy Lau Chinese epic “The Warlords” for North American distribution. THR reports that Magnolia Pictures, who have been very good at acquiring and treating their Asian movies with some measure of respect (as opposed to, you know, those other guys, who are brothers, and you know who I’m talking about), is looking at releasing the film by the end of the year before sending it to DVD.

“The Warlords” is a long time coming, having been released back in 2007. It stars some of Asia’s biggest leading men, including Hong Kong’s Jet Li and Andy Lau, and Japan’s Takeshi Kaneshiro, who has somehow ended up in pretty much every big-budget Chinese epic since, gosh, whenever they started making these things. Of course, Andy Lau’s no slouch, either.

“The Warlords” is directed by Peter Chan, and is a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on “The Assassination of Ma,” a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi.

You can read our review of “The Warlords” here.

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