An Empress and the Warriors

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An Empress and the Warriors
File:An Empress and the Warriors film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ching Siu-tung
Produced by Gin Lau
Claudie Chung Chun
Don Yu
Written by James Yuen
Cheung Tan
Tin Nam-chun
Starring Donnie Yen
Kelly Chen
Leon Lai
Guo Xiaodong
Kou Zhenhai
Music by Mark Lui
Cinematography Liu Zhangmu
Xie Zhe
Zhao Xiaoding
Edited by Tracy Hall
Chan Ki-hop
Poon Hung-yiu
United Filmmakers Organisation
China Film Co-Production Corp.
Beijing Polybona Film Publishing Co., Ltd.
Big Pictures Ltd.
Distributed by Beijing Poly-bona Film Publishing Company
Release dates
  • 19 March 2008 (2008-03-19)
Running time
99 minutes
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

An Empress and the Warriors is a 2008 Chinese historical drama film directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Donnie Yen, Kelly Chen, Leon Lai and Kou Zhenhai.


The film is set in ancient China, probably during the period of the Sixteen Kingdoms, when China was divided into a number of rival kingdoms. The state of Yan, founded by the Murong tribe of the Xianbei nation, 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.[1]

Fei'er chooses to returns to Yan later and succeeds in resolving the conflict between Yan and Zhao. However, Huba is still plotting to take the throne and he leads his men to kill Duan Lanquan and Murong Xuehu. On the verge of danger, Fei'er manages to kill Huba personally and puts an end to Huba's evil plans, while restoring peace by maintaining good relations with the other kingdoms.


  • Donnie Yen as Murong Xuehu
    • Harashima Daichi as young Murong Xuehu
  • Kelly Chen as Yan Fei'er
    • Yang Yiyi as young Yan Fei'er
  • Leon Lai as Duan Lanquan
  • Guo Xiaodong as Yan Huba
  • Kou Zhenhai as Teng Bochang
  • Liu Weihua as King of Yan
  • Zhang Shan as King of Zhao
  • Chen Zhihui as Diao Erbao
  • Yan Jie as Prince of Zhao
  • Zhou Bo as Ao Jia
  • Zhou Zhonghe as tribal priest
  • Asoka Liu Shun as tribal priest's assistant


  1. "An Empress and the Warriors (2008) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)". Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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