A quirky delight, this film, which doesn't attempt to build a credible reality. Instead the action whirls from a stylised, swirling Oriental bamboo forest to the desolate semi-desert of the stereotypical wild west, without pause for thought or sensibility. Don't expect real life grit and grime; this atmosphere is definitely make-believe. But that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
The Warrior's Way is at heart the archetypal western, where the lone hero helps the small town stand up to the bullying tactics of the local rogue soldier and his gang. Except this time the townspeople are carnival folk, led by the Chinese `laundryman', who turns out to be a dab hand with a sword / knives / stick. In helping them he calls down the vengence of his clan onto himself... creating a three-way fight for the climax which is both surrealistic and poignant. It includes a couple of excellent performaces -- especially Geoffrey Rush as the sozzled sniper given a shot at redemption, and the feisty young woman who wins the hero's heart.
A thoroughly entertaining and amusing east-meets-west melee. It might be a little thin on martial art action for hardcore fans but does include a couple of beautiful swordfight scenes and a big, set-piece scrap. The kind of film which Jackie Chan might have made in his younger, weirder days...