There's no predicting when international films will find their way to American audiences. It really doesn't matter if it's the next film from a high profile director like Zhang Yimou or a nasty horror title from an unknown director in Thailand, they can arrive six months or six years after their domestic releases. Take The Warlords, for example. One would think that a large scale, historical war epic from mainland China starring Jet Li, Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Takeshi Kaneshiro (House of Flying Daggers) would be a shoe-in for a prompt release in the United States.

But hey, since the roughly two-year gap could have been a lot worse, I suppose stateside fans of Asian cinema should be grateful it's even getting a release. Magnolia films will be putting the film, co-directed by Peter Chan (Perhaps Love) and Wai Man Yip (Anna in Kung-Fu Land), in theaters April 2nd following an On-Demand release platform. Starting tomorrow, March 4th, you'll be able to see The Warlords via various VOD cable services, as well as online outfits thanks to Amazon On-Demand, Playstation On Demand and the XBOX Live Video Marketplace.

Below you can find the official Warlords synopsis as well as a clip from one of the film's battles. Things in this particular scene don't get too graphic, but keep in mind this is about a rebellious uprising in the 1860s; so if you have any small children (or bosses) around who might wonder why that guy just shoved a spear through the other guy's chest, you might want to watch this one while they're not around.
Set in the midst of war and political upheaval during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s, WARLORDS stars Jet Li as General Pang, who barely survives a brutal massacre of his fellow soldiers by playing dead, and joins a band of bandits led by Er Hu (Andy Lau) and Wu Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro). After fighting back attackers from an 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 (Wu Jing-Lei).