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  • Actors: Zhang Ziyi, Chung Woo Sung, Yu Rong Kwong, Ahn Sung-Ki, Jin-Mo Ju
  • Directors: Kim Sung-Su
  • Producers: Cha Seong-jae
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Premier Asia
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5V9F8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This sweeping battle epic set in 14th-century China is one of the biggest-budget Korean films ever made. A small Korean peace delegation battles insurmountable odds to rescue a Ming princess and return home safely through the wilds of Northern China. Zhang Zi-yi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) stars.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KalteStern VINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Anyone expecting and wanting more Wu Xhia, in the vein of 'Hero' or 'Crouching Tiger' should look elsewhere, because while this has fighting and blood by the bucketful, it is not that sort of film at all,and distributors have done it no favours by trying to promote it on that basis.

In some ways it's more akin to a Sergio Leone Western made by Kurosawa, with its largely desert setting - by the time we reach the Clay Fort at the end it feels like the Alamo....although is technically Ming China.

Unlike more overtly genre pictures from Hong Kong, this Korean film actually has some great (if understated) acting, and a script that includes complex and sophisticated characters; there are no crude heroes and villains but a gradual development of the protagonists' motivation and character flaws.

Great photography, good script, but perhaps a bit long - but overall, well worth seeing
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Leenhouwers on 14 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
The film follows a Korean peace delegation sent to make peace with the Ming dynasty. Unfortunately their plans are thwarted and they find themselves trudging across the desert desperate to make it home to Korea. They are led by the General who is a handsome young man who has a point to prove but in so doing gradually loses the respect of the men he is supposed to lead.

Amongst the group is a young slave who has a great sense of honour and is also a master with a spear. When they come across a group of Mongol warriors who have taken hostage the princess of the Ming dynasty, the Korean warriors steal her away in the belief that they will win favour with Ming. Both the General and the slave boy develop a thing for the princess who is played by Ziyi Zhang (is she the only Chinese actress in the world? She's in every Asian film!)

The Korean warriors go on the run from the Mongol warriors who want the princess back. Each of the main character's has to battle to discover the true sense of honour. The princess blames herself for causing so much trouble, the General wants to be the best warrior he can be and the slave wants to be free and find honour by doing the right thing. Unfortunately there is no love scene and there are only meangingful glances and unspoken words. The film leaves you feeling that everything was futile but then maybe that's the point. Once again a brilliant Asian film, although with the likes of 'Hero', 'House of Flying Daggers' and others, this is likely to be overlooked.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Faria on 3 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This film is truly epic. It follows a small band of Korean warriors as they attempt to fight their way home, and along the way protect a chinese princess from an army of Mongol warriors.

This is another fine example of how Korean cinema is now leading the way in epic film-making (also see "Brotherhood"). This really is a boy's own adventure. Honourable warriors fighting against insurmountable odds, using only their fighting skills and cameraderie.

It reminded me of westerns like the Magnificent Seven and The Wild Bunch. In fact it owes a lot to Sam Peckinpah in the way the fight scenes are staged, particularly at the end.

The battle scenes stand out. They are brilliantly filmed and never tiresome or confusing.

The actors and dialogue are well above average for a martial arts film.I have no idea why this hasn't been widely released in cinemas, as were "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers". This film is easily on a par with those, if not better. Less arty perhaps, but very entertaining. Personally I usually avoid martial arts films but I'd recommend this to anyone who likes their cinema to be high quality, entertaining and on a big scale. Why can't WE make films like this in the UK??
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Hough on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Every once in a while a great director manages to produce a work of such unsurpassed greatness that it is destined to stand amongst the greats for all time. This is such a film.
The story is about a group of Koreans whose quest to return home from China is turned into an epic struggle for survival against overwhelming odds when they go to the aid of a Ming princess.
It differs from most asian action movies in two ways. The first is in the action. It is wonderfully filmed but in a realistic manner. None of the silly artsy wire work which seems to be so poupular these days.
The second is that the acting is exceptional. The characters are given both a sense of nobility and depth along with a flawed humanity.
In my opinion Kim Sung-su has proved himself to be as good as Kurosawa, if not better. It was quite rightly described as "the biggest motion-picture event in Korean cinema history."
This film was also released under the title "The warrior" but if you look for it under that name then be careful. There is another film by that name and it sucks. For some reason the reviews for both films of that name come up for both of them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spin on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is a fantastic piece of work. It is story of sin and the attempt at redemption, but does not spill over into European-like existential ponderings. It is a simple tale, full of atmosphere and depth, despite the minimal dialogue. The scenery compliments the plot in its simplicity and beauty. The acting and direction are superb. I only wish I could discuss the plot, but will not do so for fear of ruining your enjoyment of what is, undoubtedly, a uniquely original film.
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