Warrior & The Sorceress [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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If you accept all of this then the film itself is definetly watchable. The plot is simple, there are two warlords fighting over the only well in the settlement, they are evenly matched and it's the poor villages that get caught in the middle. Into town come the hero to help them, which he does by a bit of swordplay and some cuningness (not difficult when most of the people in the film are so dopey) playing the two warlords off against each other. This builds to a climactric fight scene at the end. Throw in a sorceress who does v little (eventually she makes a magic sword, which seems to have v little magic in it) and a slave trader and that's about it.
The plot is basically the same as a fistfull of dollars, which in itself I understand is a rip-off of a film called Yojimbo. Now OK it's been done before but the basic premise is sound and makes it a bit more interesting that the standard hack and slash.
It should be noted that this isn't really a family film, the sorceress spend the whole film topless, there is a dancing girl with 4 breasts (which actually look suprisingly realistic considering the rest of the special effects) and obviously quite a bit of violence. However I didn't find anything particularly offensive or uncomfortable, so as long as you don't mind semi-naked ladies and violence you should be fine (and if you do perhaps you shouldn't be looking at 80's fantasy flims with 18 certificates!)
The gist is this film is perhaps a little better than I was expecting, it is a low budget, 80's B-movie. If you accept this then it's a decent watch and the fact there is at least some kind of plot raises it above other similar films.
The man with no name enters the village and discovers two rival gangs fighting for control...
The acting is dreadful, except for Carradine's long-suffering performance as the eponymous hero. In addition, there's some Tai-Jutsu sequences in the fight scenes, which makes a change from the usual Wushu or stage-fencing routines, and fans of the Gor series will be gratified to hear one character refer to another as a worthless sleen.
The last thing about this film is that every actress spends the entire film topless, so you probably can't watch it with your girlfriend.
There are 2 tribes at war over the rule of a well and the world apparently. Yet their fortifications and dwellings are about 10metres appart!
Much has been made of the topless women in this film, and yes for pushing an hour out of the hour and fifteen minutes, toplessness is aplenty.
The score is a little annoying, and the lizard thing that the one tribe has is like something out of a kids film.
None the less, for the price it's a decent piece of entertainment.
For instance, instead of just the usual token naked woman to bump up the rating, this film decided that every actress in the film (of which there are quite a few) should have her "fun bags" on display throughout the whole film. Which can be quite distracting during the long dialog sequences, but hey theres a silver lining to every cloud :-) Its hard not to have an ear to ear grin throughout, so i guess it works.
By no means though is this film just a low budget erotic fantasy flick. It has much more to it. The story line (so my freind tells me) is lifted straight from Yojimbo, and is the same as Fist full of dollars. So although many of you will be thinking dejavu, i'm sure this retelling of a classic story works just as well. Alot of people will pigeon hole it as a rip off but i think it was probably intended as a retelling of the story.
So although many of you will be thinking dejavu, i'm sure this retelling of a classic story works just as well.
All in all, its alot of fun and is full of character.
This is a pretty poor effort in absolute fairness to it. Carradine looks the part but is given little to do in this lame rip off of Yojimbo, a story which if unfamiliar to the audience, is sure to have been seen by them in one of it's many other guises over the years Fistful of Dollars, Django, Last Man Standing etc, with this version coming across as pretty lousy and mostly dull, even at it's mere 74m long run time.
Luke Askew, normally very reliable at providing surly or menacing characters, is neither here nor there and is left to deliver some fairly silly dialogue around the cheapo, campy sets and grating American accents. With most of the cast running around in head scarves, sandals and nappies, so that it's impossible to tell who's who or what side their on.
The sword fights and action okay, but featuring almost no bloody violence at all, with instead the biggest highlight of this offering, being endless displays of the female form, the pinnacle of which showcases a woman with four breasts (two fake!) doing a belly dance.
Of course other than 'Mrs Four Boobs', there's also a mumbling lizard creature to be wowed by, but the effects on it are so naff, it wouldn't even wow or fool the most gullible of Glycon believers!Read more ›
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david carradine lifts this one up. He was always a excellent actor. (rip). The story is a classic man with no name type. Where he gets inbetween two rival gangs. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Dobey
Not the best reinvention of Yojimbo,that would be Clint Eastwood,but for dumb entertainment value i'd rank it ahead of Bruce Willis's version (Last Man Standing). Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2013 by DioG
This is now my favourite sword and sorcery film, and one of my favourites of any genre.
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David Carradine doing what he does best.
this movie is what the sci-fi B movies from the 80s were all about
lots of naked flesh, sword fights and magic
That would be a more apt title, as the sorceress doesn't exactly do much sorcery compared to her counterparts in other fantasy films of it's ilk, unless your idea of fantasy is the... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2010 by Azz McMahon