The Warlords focuses on the war and political violent disturbances during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s. General Pang (Jet Li) joins forces with Zhao Er-Hu (Andy Lau) and Jiang Wu Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) after he played dead in order to survive the massacre of his fellow soldiers. The three men pledged commitment to one another that was supposed to last until their deaths, and all three of the the men agreed to becoming “blood brothers,” after they helped each other fight off attackers from a helpless village. Things shortly after begin to turn horrid when the men became embrangle in a web of political deception, and a love triangle between Pang, Er Hu and a very attractive cocotte. When Pang’s self-esteem and glory dreams overpower his common sense and loyalty to Zhao and Jiang, they began to distrust their alliance. Making matters worse it is soon discovered that Lian is actually Zhao’s wife.
The Warlords ended up becoming a major box-office success in Eastern Asia and in China before even making its way into theaters within the United States and in Europe. The Warlords was directed and produced by Peter Ho Sun Chan as well as with Raymond Yip.