It’s funny how every few years, two movies based on the same topic come out almost simultaneously. It’s even funnier how one film usually aspires to be sophisticated art while the other only pretends to be. There were competing Truman Capote films of mid-decade (Capote and Infamous), the killer-asteroid flicks of 1998 (Armageddon and Deep Impact) and the Wyatt Earp biopics of the early ’90s (Tombstone and Wyatt Earp). In Hong Kong, there were opposing Wong Fei Hung movies (Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master II and Jet Li’s Once Upon a Time in China series). Now there are two Chinese films hitting American DVD shelves at the same time, and they bear similar titles and tackle identical subject matter. One is An Empress and the Warriors, and the other is Battle of the Warriors.
Learn more about kung fu films with our FREE guide—Our Bruce Lee Movies List: Little-Known Trivia From Bruce Lee's Pictures.Recently released by Dragon Dynasty, these martial art movies deal with the never-ending war between the Zhao and Yan kingdoms during China’s Warring States period. They use fertile historical soil to plant some interesting cinematic seeds, but what grows out of those seeds are two totally different crops.