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The Warrior [Blu-ray]

Irrfan Khan , Puru Chibber , Asif Kapadia    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Irrfan Khan, Puru Chibber, Aino Annuddin
  • Directors: Asif Kapadia
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007E88P8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,085 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The images of Asif Kapadia's first feature film, The Warrior, sear themselves in the mind: the warrior practising with his sword in front of a half-alive tree, or a close-up of a scorpion scuttling across the desert as a camel cart goes by. Restrained beauty pervades the film in the choice of locations, costumes and the framing of each shot, but those unaccustomed to art cinema will feel the absence of story in this visual, mystical odyssey which uses few words, as looks and images carry the film. Irfan Khan brings a quiet, powerful presence of haunting intensity to the role an Indian "samurai", seemingly a homage to Kurosawa. The warrior has an epiphany after a bloodthirsty encounter that leads him to abandon his life in the desert and head for the pure snows of the Himalayas. This film (that repays repeat viewing and introduces major new talent) is likely to become a landmark.

On the DVD: The Warrior's picture quality on disc does justice to the film and the extras are rewarding. The young director is sincere and reflective, as shown in his scene-by-scene commentary and on the deleted material, the latter lasting over an hour. The making of documentary is absorbing. --Rachel Dwyer

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Lafcadia is the leader of a group of warriors hired by a local lord to enforce his rule among the people. When he is ordered to punish a village that has failed to pay tribute, Lafcadia renounces his violent ways and sets off on a journey to the mountain village in which he was born. The lord then dispatches Biswas, Lafcadia's second-in-command, to track-down the former warrior and punish his betrayal with death.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superlative film of great emotional depth 2 July 2006
The Warrior is a subtly powerful, beautifully shot movie that carries with it a rare quality of importance. It's a deep, conflicting story that plays strangely on the emotions, relies on disarmingly sparse dialogue, and leaves an indelible impression on the viewer. It garnered a number of nominations and awards, including the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (the film's director/co-writer, Asif Kapadia, is British, as were several others involved in the production), even though it was denied Oscar consideration as the British entry for best foreign language film because it was in the non-English language of Hindi. Since it is in Hindi, you can expect to depend on subtitles - but the poignancy and real depth of the story is really revealed through the faces of the actors and actresses.

The Warrior is the story of Lafcadia (Irfan Khan), a warrior in feudal India who, in something of a spiritual moment, lays down his sword and swears to never kill again. Hurrying home, he cuts his hair and that of his son and sets off on a journey "home" to the mountains. His feudal lord, naturally, disapproves of any man leaving his service and demands his head by the next morning. This leads to a momentous turning point I found quite shocking. It's a little hard to sympathize with a man who has the blood of countless men, women, and children (most of them guilty of nothing other than poverty) on his hands, but the tragic events that quickly play out really connect you to this man on an emotional level as he begins his trek from the deserts of Rajasthan to the snowbound Himalayas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Title summarizes the plot. 30 Sep 2002
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This is probably one of the most pretty films I've ever seen. The camera work is lovely. The period and setting is interesting and original. All the film's themes are sensitvely portrayed by the brilliantly selected cast; there are no voids in the suspension of disbelief.
The only problem, in my mind, is that the experience is a bit too minimalist; the plot is a sort of thinned-down asian 'Gladiator', and I think a little more dialogue could have added a lot of depth to the characters. It's a joy to look at, though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warrior 24 Dec 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
When I first saw this film, at my film socity the director and writer flew over just to speak to about 200 or so film fans, and then to watch it and realise that this was a work of genius! and there first film! Watch it is all I can say, One of my faviourite films ever...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic cinema at it's finest 5 Aug 2005
Ok, let's start off by making this clear, this is The Warrior directed by Asif Kapadia, not the Korean movie, although that sounds interesting too!
The movie centres around The Warrior (oddly enough!) who is the leader of a band of enforcers working for a wealthy Lord. Not knowing my history very well I'm guessing this was pretty much how it was, wealthy people were the ones with a gang of bullies that ruled with an iron hand....
Our hero has a change of heart in an encounter in the middle of a burning village that he and his men had been sent to "teach a lesson" and seeks to change his ways - that would all be fine in that you don't simply leave the Lord that easily....
Whist most of the story is peaceful, violence is kept to a minimum in the same way, as another reviewer points out, is the dialogue. This is a film about relationships - not in the girl/boy sense but almost in the vein of a road movie, various characters meeting in existing with each other.
The lead is charismatic and interesting and displays a range of emotions with little or no apparent effort, when you catch him smiling which is rare here you find yourself doing the same, you feel for the character and what he goes through.....a journey.
The score beautifully accompanies the cinematography which is also beautiful, I'm struggling for superlatives, but that's just it, this film is beautiful. Take it from me, I have a varied taste in movies, I love my Sci-Fi, Horror, World Cinema, etc but this equals the epic Asian movies; Crouching Tiger, Hero and House of Flying Daggers, not in scale or scope (although there is plenty of scale in places) but in beauty.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The well-made movie 29 Dec 2003
"The Warrior" has not a word, not a gesture, not an image out of place. Kapadia's film is very much a great poem: It is finished because nothing more can be taken away.
The theme is quest-for-redemption. Classic, simple, universal.
The characters are developed with a look, with a gesture. We understand perfectly, for example, the warrior's feelings towards the thief when, near the end of the film, he inches the thali towards himself teasingly.
Dialogue is (wisely, in my opinion) kept to a minimum. These are not chatty people, so why make them chat?
Visually, the movie is truly beautiful.
Most blockbusters today are very much like rides in an amusement park. The latest "Star Wars", "Lord of the Rings"... But if you are looking for an aesthetic experience, if (for example) you appreciate Satyajit Ray's films, you'll certainly like "The Warrior".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie - Not To Be Missed!
Heart warming film about a ruthless warrior who undergoes a change of heart and turns to protect the ones he used to kill on orders from his master. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2006 by "bosco2000uk"
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a spiritual experience
This is really disapointing to the extreme - Slow moving, highly staged - you can tell it's Film 4 by the annoying out of place sensorially abusive arty film score, that returns... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2006 by duirsgrove
1.0 out of 5 stars the warrior- what a joke
this film is about a hired mercenary who works for a lanlord and kills people as per his boss wish. he has a change of heart and leaves his job and seeks to atone for his... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not Musa: The Warrior
At least three of the reviews here are for a completely different film, Musa: The Warrior, from Korea!
Published on 18 Oct 2004 by Andy Geldman
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant must see film
this is one of those films which is both gripping and sensitive. it takes you along the road as the star of the film goes along looking for his spiritual home away from the murder... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars An alternative gangster-heavy Britflick
Asif Kapadia's accomplished debut feature (following on from his acclaimed short "The Sheep Thief") offers a variation on a classic story - feared bad guy tries to go... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2002
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