An Empress and the Warriors (2008)

Director
Ching Siu-Tung

Main cast
Donnie Yen; Kelly Chen; Leon Lai Ming; Guo Xiao-Dong; Kau Jan-Hoi

Genres
Action, Adventure, Foreign

Description
After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.


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