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It's Like Braveheart Except With Jet Li

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 4, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 4, 2010 |

Released in Asia in December of 2007 under the title Blood Brothers, The Warlords finally will be released in America in April of 2010. It cleaned up at the various Asian film awards ceremonies and the box office, helped by burning $15 million of the film's $40 million budget on Jet Li's star power. The producer has explained that the cost was justified purely because the film would never have seen a western release without someone like Jet Li starring.

So we've got the first English language trailer below, which isn't dubbed because that would take away from the glory that is Movie Trailer Guy. "In a world where the characters can't speak for themselves because the budget didn't include dubbing ... " ... well at least the screams don't need dubbed, because they resonate in the universal tongue of oh-dear-there's-a-sword-in-my-spleen.

Well if it's as good as the awards and press seem to think it is - and if you can't trust the honesty of institutions like that in a communist dictatorship, what has the world come to? - this trailer doesn't seem to show it. The ass-kickers-in-chief run around waving swords and fancy pole ax thing-a-dings, stare broodingly across the battlefield, and then both sides charge at each other whilst screaming, and oh the requisite tracking shot of a cavalcade of arrows hissing across the blue yonder, can't forget that one. Look, if you're not even going to try and you're just going to advertise it as Braveheart 2: Dragons in Kilts you could at least put Jet Li in the blue face paint.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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