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Warriors of Heaven and Earth

U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by He Ping
Produced by Bai Song
Chen Kuo-fu
Written by He Ping
Zhang Rui
Starring Jiang Wen
Kiichi Nakai
Wang Xueqi
Zhao Wei
Bagen Hasi
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Zhao Fei
Editing by Kong Jinglei
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics (United States)
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 114 mins
Language Mandarin

Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Chinese: 天地英雄pinyin: Tiān dì yīng xióng) is a 2003 Chinese action/adventure film directed by He Ping. The film's notable cinematography, by Zhao Fei, captures a wide range of landscapes across the Xinjiang province of China. It was China's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, though it did not get nominated.

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Plot

The film is set in western China in the year 700 during the Tang Dynasty, and revolves around two protagonists, the first of which is Lieutenant Li (Jiang Wen) of the Chinese army. Li's refusal to kill Göktürk women and child prisoners causes a mutiny, leading him to be expelled from the army and become a fugitive, traveling through the Gobi Desert. He eventually comes across a caravan which carries a powerful, mystical relic accompanied by a Buddhist monk. Li protects the caravan from Göktürks as well as the overlord of the region, Master An (Wang Xueqi), who is hired by the Göktürk Khan (Qapagan Khan) to seize the relic.

The second protagonist, a Japanese emissary, Lai Xi (Kiichi Nakai), is ordered by the emperor of China to kill the fugitive, Li. In a twist of fate, Lai Xi realizes that the caravan is on an Imperial mission and helps Li to defend it, and ensures that it arrives at the capital safely. They promise to fight each other only after their duty is done, although that battle never comes to pass.

Cast

Music

Warriors of Heaven and Earth
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack by A. R. Rahman
Released May 4, 2004
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
A.M. Studios
Genre World Music
Length 36:32
Label Sony Classical
Producer A.R. Rahman

Warriors of Heaven and Earth: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The film's score and soundtrack are composed by two-time Academy Award winning Indian composer A. R. Rahman and features 16 tracks, including the theme song, "Mirage (Warriors In Peace)", in 3 languages, Chinese (Mandarin), English and Hindi. The Mandarin version of the theme song is sung by Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, while the Hindi version is sung by Sadhana Sargam and English version by Sunitha Sarathy. Following the film's release, the score and soundtrack were released in one album separately, under the title Between Heaven and Earth.

Performers of the score include The Czech Film Orchestra and soloists. Other instruments, including the erhu, flute, duduk, dizi, taiko drums, and others, are also featured.

Track listing

  1. "The Golden Era" (3:56) – Instrumental
  2. "Warriors in Peace" (Mandarin Version) (4:31) – Jolin Tsai
  3. "Lord An’s Empire" (3:31) – Instrumental
  4. "Water" (3:52) – Instrumental
  5. "Horses" (2:27) – Instrumental
  6. "Mountains" (1:49) – Instrumental
  7. "Dacoit Duel" (3:26) – Instrumental
  8. "Lai Chi" (1:31) – Instrumental
  9. "Buddha’s Remains" (2:40) – Instrumental
  10. "Blue Light" (2:23) – Instrumental
  11. "The Monk and the Miracle" (4:05) – Instrumental
  12. "Warriors of Heaven and Earth (English Version)" (4:31) – Sunitha Sarathy
  13. "Desert Storm" (5:19) – Instrumental
  14. "Escape" (2:33) – Instrumental
  15. "Warriors of Heaven and Earth" (4:27) – Instrumental
  16. "Warriors in Peace (Hindi Version)" (4:31) – Sadhana Sargam

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