An Empress and the Warriors
Jiang shan mei ren
China, Hong Kong, 2008, 99 minutes, SD
An Empress and the Warriors Synopsis

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as Empress and fight to save her kingdom in this beautiful historical drama starring Kelly Chen and Donnie Yen.


The state of Yan has long been a target of attacks by the Zhao. Princess Fei'er of Yan becomes the new ruler after her father is killed in battle, with general Murong Xuehu assisting her in defending their kingdom from invasion.


Yan Huba, nephew of the deceased king and a treacherous minister in Yan, schemes to take the throne and he sends his men to assassinate the princess. Fei'er survives the attempt on her life but is seriously injured. She is rescued later by a mysterious hermit named Duan Lanquan and lives with him for a period of time until she recovers. The two of them develop romantic feelings for each other during that period of time. However, she ultimately must decide whether to fulfill her duty to her kingdom or follow her heart.


“Donnie Yen once again turns in a knockout performance” - IGN

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
This is another very impressive masterpiece from Director Ching Siu-Tung or Tony Ching, known for films like A Chinese Ghost Story and the Steven Seagal starrer Belly of the Beast.... more
This is another very impressive masterpiece from Director Ching Siu-Tung or Tony Ching, known for films like A Chinese Ghost Story and the Steven Seagal starrer Belly of the Beast. He also choreographed the action scenes of Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer and the popular film House of Flying Daggers, among others.  The battle scenes of this film were convincingly executed, with some very bloody scenes and the fight scenes especially during the empress' training with Gen. Muyong (Donnie Yen) were impressive. Kelly Chen as Empress Yen Feier has a commanding onscreen presence, her well-chiselled features (she's also a singer and commercial model in real life) was not a distraction, thanks to the metal battle gear and helmet she wore,  as she assumes the role of a ruler that has to fight alongside her men in battle. As for Donnie Yen, there's no question about it, he gave utter justice and finesse to his role as Gen. Muyong, the empress' trusted warrior and friend whom she treats as her brother. Aside from the battles and the betrayal by another high-ranking officer, Wu Ba (portrayed by Xiaodong Guo) this film also highlights love and romance between the empress and a forest hermit-cum natural medicine doctor, Duan Lanquan, played by Leon Lai, a Hongkong actor and Cantopop singer like Chen. In fact, I see his character here as a pivotal one, because he imprinted upon the empress the idea of regaining peace instead of waging war and to ultimately bring back their land as a land of glory and paradise, minus the horrors of war. Indeed, this is one movie that I truly enjoyed watching; impressive but also emotional.   
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
My first impression when I saw the title was that this film may be a fantasy movie, but no, this is one action-filled historical drama that will hold viewers in... more
My first impression when I saw the title was that this film may be a fantasy movie, but no, this is one action-filled historical drama that will hold viewers in awe from start to finish! Maybe a more appropriate title could've been in place? Nevertheless, this film packs in elaborate battle scenes, grandiose costumes and yes, a massive forest house of the hermit/doctor/former New Moon warrior Duan Lanquan. No wonder, it's reported to have a big budget at an estimated USD 16 million. While the story centers on the empress Yen Feier, and how she leads the kingdom of Yan albeit with hesitation, this film also showcases the skills of veteran actor Donnie Yen. I was somehow waiting for his well-known kung fu moves and martial arts expertise but while he did get to do some routines here, the action was more about sword-fighting and killing enemies while riding horses. There's never a dull moment for me while watching this film whether it be the battle scenes or the sweet, tender moments of conversation between the empress and the hermit. Will the empress succeed in uniting her kingdom? It's for you to discover so better watch this film to find out. 
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Reviewed by jeteli
War never brings peace, it only brings suffering. These words by Duan Lanquan, the empress' savior and later lover, sums up the very core of this film that depicts numerous... more
War never brings peace, it only brings suffering. These words by Duan Lanquan, the empress' savior and later lover, sums up the very core of this film that depicts numerous battles, betrayal, tragedy and treason, among others. The performances of lead characters are very impressive, most notably Kelly Chen as empress Yen Feier, Donnie Yen as Gen. Muyong Xuehu and Xiaodong Guo as the traitor Wu Ba. This is a film not only of physical war but of an  inner war of conflicts, principles, idealisms as well as a hunger for power. Particularly laudable was the cinematography with scenic landscape shots all throughout the film. Very laudable was the move of Empress Yen Feier to declare  the end of war and to foster peace among the ten kingdoms, her change of heart a result largely because of her association with Lanquan and who awakened in her the purity of love. A compelling film with a touching story to tell and a historical drama that you shouldn't miss! 
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  • impressive acting performances and  hats-off to Donnie Yen for the impressive skills!

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  • impressive acting performances and  hats-off to Donnie Yen for the impressive skills!
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