REVIEW: THE WARRING STATES
Set during China’s Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC), THE WARRING STATES centers on a rivalry between brothers and military strategists Sun Bin (Hong-lei, Mongol) and Pang Juan (Francis Ng, Young and Dangerous). Jealousy rages in Pang, and after securing a powerful military general position, he frames Sun for treason. Sun is branded a criminal and becomes a prisoner. In order to escape, Sun feigns mental instability and soon becomes his brothers’ peer as a top strategist and statesman. Both men meet again on the battlefield, leading armies against one another in a fight to the death..
Hong-lei is considered one of China’s leading actors and Francis Ng has won the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Best Actor award three times. THE WARRING STATES was filmed in the northern Chinese province of Henan at Jiaozuo Film and Television City by director Jin Chen, whose previous films, Crossing Over and Chrysanthemum Tea (aka Love Story By Tea), found acclaim at the Tokyo Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival (respectively). Working with his Crossing Over screenwriter, Shen Jian, Chen fought hard for both realism and accuracy as it relates to these two very important historical figures..
Also starring Kim Hee-Sun (The Myth), Kiichi Nakai (47 Ronin), Jing Tian (An Epic of a Woman) and Jiang Wu (1911), THE WARRING STATES topped China’s box office with over $7 million in only six days, prior to opening on 23 screens in the U.S. and Canada in 2011..
Releasing on Cable VOD, digital platforms and DVD for the first time in North America day-and-date on November 15, THE WARRING STATES is the third title from New Video’s new partnership with China Lion Film Distribution
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