"Warlords" is set in the midst of war and political upheaval during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s. General Pang, who after a surviving a massacre of his fellow soldiers by playing dead, joins a band of bandits led by Er Hu and Wu Yang. After fighting back attackers from a helpless village, the three men take an oath to become "blood brothers," pledging loyalty to one another until death. But, things quickly turn sour, and the three men become embroiled in a web of political deceit, and a love triangle between Pang, Er Hu and a beautiful courtesan.
Rated R for sequences of strong violence.