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VINE VOICEon 30 March 2011
"The Warrior" Raised as an assasin and wishing 1 day to be the number 1 swordsman kills the last of a rival clan but cannot bring himself to kill the last surving member, a baby girl. Failing in his duty he becomes number 1 on his own clans death list so decides to leave his life behind. Taking with him the clothes on his back and the infant child he sets sail to the wild west town of Lode to find an old friend. The town is populated by circus folks who are more than a little down on there luck and have chosen to "stay a while" in this shell of a town. Taking on his old friends deserted Laundry shop he settles down to a new life where he meets a pretty young lady with a dark past. One way or another the past always seems to catch you up and pretty soon renegade outlaws and ninja style assasins are gunning and slicing for blood...

The Warriors way is a 1hr and 40 minute East meets Western film. It is very comic book stylised enhanced by digistised green screen back drops and slow motion action sequences that in the latter parts of the film are pretty full on. The film takes a while to get up to speed filling in background and trying to build some tension with background on the Warrior the young lady (Kate Bosworth). Before eventually getting into a rip roaring action filled showdown.

The Blu-ray film quality is excellent though at times its stylised filming makes it look a little peculiar, but in truth I found it in keeping with the film, although I did feel during 1 scene in particular there was an over use of slow motion which didn't hit the mark for me. The sound quality is HD-DTS a sounded great through a cinema system though I couldn't find any other langauge versions or subtitles apart from the SDH subtitles. The Extra (singular) is the trailer which is in Standard Definition. Although i don't mind a trailer included with a movie I expect some proper extras. I mean its not like your going to watch the trailer and decide on getting the movie as you already have it!

Overall i though it was an enjoyable film but not with out flaws. It at times glossed over a kind of 2D plotline with its cinematics, which wouldn't have been a problem if it was non stop full on action but it slowed in parts which would have allowed for a little extra in the screenplay writing. I generally enjoy Cowboy crossover films I am very much looking forward to the movie version of the comic book Cowboys and Aliens so The Warriors Way was always part of my movie budget list. For those less inclined to the genre they might want to wait till the price drops or consider renting.
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This really, really isn't the sort of film I should like. Not many other people did looking at the reviews on 'Rotten Tomatoes'. Thirty eight per cent is not good! But there is no accounting for taste, and I actually enjoyed this very unusual film. It is a bizarre mix of martial arts, western, surreal cinema and graphic novel in the DC comics vein. It is perhaps best compared to the work of Zack Snyder, with similar amounts of blood letting. But this is a quite bewitching form of blood letting that becomes a sort of hypnotically beautifully mutated cousin of the old Sam Peckinpah westerns. Nowhere near as good as those great films I will add! Snyder's "300" contained similar scenes that are visually stunning to look at. I recall the colourful Persian cavalry riding into action, and their troops being hurled back over a precipice. You may well wonder where on earth I am coming from if you hate all this stuff, and it is not easy to explain it myself.

The East meets West film has been tried before. Most who are old enough will remember the TV series "Kung Fu". There was also the interesting western "Red Sun" where Charles Bronson teamed up with Samurai warrior Toshiro Mifune. In this film Korean actor Jang Dong Gun, a good name for a western character, is the displaced warrior. A master swordsman who has singlehandedly eradicated an opposing clan, he makes the cardinal sin of sparing one small baby. He is now forced to flee to America from his own clan who are not best pleased with him. Forgiveness is not a top priority for this bunch of bloodthirsty ninjas. They too decide to do some sightseeing in America. Everyone ends up at the crumbling frontier town of "Lode" with its strange assortment of circus characters, who look as if they have just come off the set of an Alexander Jodorowsky movie. Throw in a particularly nasty villain on top of the ninja assasins and as you can imagine there is quite a fest of slow motion gore. Fountains of the stuff in fact!

If you are the type of person who likes a credible story in his film or a profound theme, then forget it. This film is more about stylish action and arresting visuals. To this end it works very well. Kate Bosworth makes a very fetching sort of Calamity Jane character. There are some lovely scenes of her swordfighting with Gun under the starry night skies. Jang Dong Gun doesn't have too much to say, presumably because he didn't speak the lingo too well, but screen presence he has in abundance and looks the part. Aussie actor Geoffrey Rush does a funny impersonation of a boozy frontiersman who can shoot a bit. Danny Huston has a lot of fun, and gets all the best lines as a very 'Phantom of the Opera' looking villain. The town of Lode is well realised with the giant Ferris wheel dominating the town. Quite how it got there we never get to find out! The circus characters and the rhythmically flashing blades give the film a very otherwordly feel. The film certainly doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you. In that respect it is very similar to that other recent western hybrid "Jonah Hex". Like that film this one provides relatively simple popcorn munching enetertainment, that is elavated to the slightly above average by the occasional stunning visuals. Unusual and not all that bad. 3.6 rounded up to a generous 4 stars.
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A charmingly bonkers, highly stylised genre mash-up of Asian heroic swordplay movie, Western and circus flick blended together in New Zealand with a Korean star by the people who gave you Outlander, The Warrior's Way was an almost heroically suicidal way to lose $42m, but as long as you're not one of the investors or the many critics who gave it a kicking on it brief theatrical release, there's a lot to enjoy here. Jang Dong-gun is the impassive member of the Sad Flutes assassin clan who kills The Greatest Swordsman in the World (Ever) to become the new Greatest Swordsman in the World (Ever) only to blot his copybook by failing to kill the last child of a rival clan. Instead he runs away with the babe-in-arms to a no-horse ghost town in the Wild West where he sets up a laundry shop with a little prompting from Tony Cox's nutcracking circus dwarf and Kate Bosworth's frontiers gal. Naturally no sooner has he discovered the joys of making things clean and making things grow than Danny Huston's Phantom of the Opera-masked mad Colonel and his army of Hell Riders reappear to wreak havoc on the town once again. Will our hero come to their aid and unseal his sword, letting the voices of his victims reveal his identity to the vengeful clan? What do you think...?

If Cowboys and Aliens proved a hard sell to the public, Cowboys, Carnies and Ninjas proved an impossible one: even the poster art for this one was clueless and just threw in the towel. Even more than the premise, the film's tone is pretty off the wall - you'll need a sense of whimsy for this one to work for you. This is a film where every sky and sunset is gloriously painted with no thought of naturalism and where Javier Navarrete's score runs the gamut of spaghetti Western, Ry Cooder folk, slide-guitar rock, grand opera, weeping flutes, taiko drums, rhythmic machine-gun fire and sailor's hornpipe in a way that makes perfect sense in a film like this. Dong-gun makes a charismatic Eastern Eastwood, barely reacting to the insanity around him to great effect, and Kate Bosworth makes a good romantic and comic foil ("Dang, skinny, you sure know how to throw a dead cat into a party room, don't ya?") but a little of Danny Huston's OTT villainy goes a long way, and the quality does drop when he reappears, taking much of the film's charm with him as the matter-of-fact eccentricity gives way to a last half hour of unrelenting but frequently surreal action and exploding Ferris wheels. The other weak link, surprisingly, is Geoffrey Rush's town drunk with a secret, an underdeveloped role that only gives him a couple of good moments (not only the inevitably tragic backstory but his ending a bit of male bonding with a laundry request: "Get my jacket clean if you can. If I'm going to die, I want to look good doing it") and a lot he fails to bring much to.

The second half is never as much fun as it could be - as energetically staged as they are, this is one of those films where the action scenes are less memorable than the quieter moments - and it doesn't give The Good, The Bad, The Weird much competition in the Korean Western stakes, but it's still a lot more enjoyable than it's given credit for if you can go along with the weirdness. It's not a great film, but at times it is great fun. Bugger all by way of extras on the UK Blu-ray apart from a trailer, though.
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on 25 May 2011
I had read the reviews on this film which for the most part were very positive but didn't know what to expect. Sooo glad I made the purchase though as this movie is a visual treat! If you like films with strong Graphic style like 300 you should love this. The narration gives it that comic book feel and the action sequences are sublime! It moves along at a steady pace building up to the final battle which is really well orchestrated. It's a strange blend of East meets American West which shouldn't really work but in a weirdly wonderful way...does! Lots of "YES!" moments.
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With turned out to be quite an enjoyable film. It was fun, quirky and had a very stylised look and feel.

It was a mix of different elements - mainly east and west, with samurai, cowboy and cavalry costumes both sharing the screen at the same time.

It was almost a Chinese western, a bit like a brilliant film I once saw called the The Good, The Bad, The Weird, which is a simply incredible film I gave 5 stars.

However, although there are similarities between the two films premise, The Warriors Way only gets 4 stars from me. It was a good watch but a few things where lacking.

The action in it, although good, wasn't incredible and the sets - although visually pleasing, somehow felt very small. The CGI was a little too obvious for my liking as well.

It took a little while to get going too, but this didn't really bother me as there was lots to be enjoyed along way towards the films final set piece. Such as a few laughs and a great looking supporting casts.

For me The Warriors Way was along way away from being a bad film, but it could have been better. I did enjoy it though and thought parts of it were very original.

However, if you're only going to watch one Chinese western make it The Good, The Bad and the Weird. It's an incredible piece of Cinema that I can't recommend to you enough.
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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...
8/10
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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...
8/10
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A man is raised to be the strongest warrior in the history of world- ever. He is a member of the Sad Flutes clan, which gets its name from the sound of a throat being cut. He has killed all the members of a rival clan, except one, an infant girl. He cares for her and in doing so becomes the enemy of his clan, who try to kill him (and her.) Our warrior flees to American and ends up in a surreal looking town, located in the desert, occupied by circus people. They adopt him as one of their own. He is befriended by a black midget who reminded me a little of Captain Spaulding. A redheaded girl helps our warrior and becomes his student.

After the movie establishes some characters and ties up some plot points, the town is attacked by a band of outlaws. Our warrior who has given up his life of killing, once again must kill. Oh yea, about this time his clan shows up as we end up in a three way fight.

We have seen these movies a dozen times before. This one boasts some colorful characters that could have been better developed. The CG background with the magnificent colors was great. The acting and script was about what we expect for ninja westerns. No sex or nudity. There is killing and blood, a few dismembered body parts, not much in the way of gore. A good flick for those who enjoyed "Kill Bill".
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on 5 September 2012
I thought the film was so good! Given the price and dvd sleeve, not sure what to expect, but film was visually stunning and full of the unexpected. It had style, great action sequences and very believable characters. The acting was very good, and the little girl/baby was so cute. Oh, and Kate Bosworth was phwoar, and played the part so well, as did Gun.
To sum up I'd say it's the best Western/ Eastern Martial Arts movie I've seen.
It is stylised, different, colourful in more ways than one, and most of all ENTERTAINING.
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on 11 January 2013
... OK ...
This film is beautiful... MAD as a sack full of Monkeys, but still beautiful...
THE PLOT, is a cross between Baby-Cart, Spaghetti Westerns, and El Topo.
Exotic, brutal and funny... a visual delight...
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