The Warrior’s Way – Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray Review

The Warrior’s Way

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee

Cast: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: June 28, 2011

Plot: A warrior-assassin (Jang) is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.

Who’S It For? Viewers capable of suspending disbelief. Suspending disbelief in the film’s manifest content, and also in the fact that such cheesy CGI FX actually exist. In all seriousness, people who get a kick out of action for action’s sake, will likely enjoy this film, and fans of Jang, Bosworth and Rush will likely be pleased with each actor’s respective performance.


The Warrior’s Way is definitely a B-film. However, it maintains just enough self-awareness of it’s inherent silliness throughout, to make for a fairly enjoyable watch. My opinion before seeing the film, based solely on its trailer,
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Blu Monday: June 28, 2011

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Black Moon: The Criterion Collection (1975)

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse Synopsis: Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.

Camille 2000: Extended Version (1969)

Directed by: Radley Metzger

Starring: Daniel Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo Synopsis: Marguerite, a beautiful woman of affairs, falls for the young and promising Armand,
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The Warrior’s Way (2010) Movie Review #2

Long awaited Us-Korean sword western “The Warrior’s Way” marks the debut of writer, director and noted film scholar Sngmoo Lee, as well as the first English language outing for actor Jang Dong Gun, star of “Typhoon”, “Taegukgi” and other popular hits. The film has certainly taken its time en route to the screen, having been planned way back in 2008, when it was then called “Laundry Warrior”, with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi set to headline. Her role was eventually taken by the American Kate Bosworth (“Superman Returns”), helping to underline the film’s status as a truly international production, with such luminaries as Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”) Danny Huston (“X-men Origins: Wolverine”), and Hong Kong legend Ti Lung (“A Better Tomorrow”) filling out the cast, and special effects from acclaimed New Zealand special effects house Weta (“Lord of the Rings”). Jang
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Blu-ray Review: The Warrior’S Way – Dreadful Film Lacking Heart

East meets west once again in the Samurai Western mash-up The Warrior’s Way released this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Shot in New Zealand in late 2007 and shelved until it finally saw the light of day at the end of last year the film marks the directorial debut of Sngmoo Lee.

After a lifetime of training in martial arts and swordsmanship, Yang (Dong- gun Yang) has eliminated all but one of his clan’s enemies—an infant. Unwilling to kill her and unable protect her from his own deadly tribe, Yang takes the baby girl and flees, planning to seek refuge with an old friend living in Lode, a frontier town in the American West. He arrives to find that the once-thriving Gold Rush town is in shambles, inhabited only by a few dozen eccentrics including Lynne (Kate Bosworth), a beautiful, spirited knife thrower-in-training, and Ron, a worn-out drunk
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The Warrior’s Way Blu-ray Review

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The Warrior’s Way opens with a ridiculous voiceover that informs us that the setting for the film is “A long, long time ago. In a land far away” and that it is “…the story of a sad flute, a laughin’ baby and a weepin’ sword”. If you don’t find some unintentional humour in that opening then the remaining 99 minutes are going to be unrelentingly dull slog. Even if you do it will still be an unrelentingly dull slog but one admittedly punctuated by the occasional moment of unintentional humour.

Following the opening voiceover we are introduced to the lead character Yang (Dong-gun Jang), although referring to him as a character may be overstating things a little as he is something of a charisma vacuum throughout. Yang is facing up against “The Greatest Swordsman in the History of Mankind”. We know that because there is some handy text on
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What's at the Movies This Weekend?

What's at the Movies This Weekend?
Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller comedy "Little Fockers," the fantastical "Gulliver's Travels," the Coen brothers' "True Grit" and the country music drama "Country Strong."

In Theaters Now (December)'Little Fockers' (Dec. 22)

Who: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner; directed by Paul Weitz What: Stiller and De Niro are back for with this holiday focking-stuffer, as the ultimate son-in-law,
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Jake’s Takes: ‘The Warrior’s Way’ interview with Kate Bosworth

The Warrior’s Way

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee

Cast: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: December 3, 2010

Plot: A small town of outcasts in the wild west rely on the skills of vagabond warrior (Jang) to protect them from a menace called Colonel (Huston), and then later ninjas.

Emmy nominated Jake Hamilton sits down to have some fun and talk with Kate Bosworth about her new film, The Warrior’S Way — only on Jake’S Takes!

Jake Hamilton: Entertainment Reporter

Two-time Emmy nominee Jake Hamilton began his film critic career at the age of 14 when he was brought on to write film reviews for the Houston Chronicle. Pegged as a brutally honest and genuinely real critic for the people, Hamilton spent the next four years writing hundreds of reviews, features, and controversial Top Ten lists.
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What's at the Movies This Weekend?

What's at the Movies This Weekend?
Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the spy thriller "The Tourist," the "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader," and the Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale boxing flick "The Fighter" and more!

In Theaters Now (December)'The Tourist' (Dec. 10)

Who: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie; directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck What: American tourist Frank (Depp) visits Italy to mend a broken heart and meets Elise (Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.
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Movie Review: The Warrior's Way

Dec 09, 2010

Yang has just slaughtered the last of his rival clan in a misty grey dawn to win the title of "World's Greatest Swordsman" only to find an infant left hidden in a travelling box. Currying no favor from his own clan The Sad Flutes for letting the enemy child survive, Yang is banished and hunted by his own Master in The Warrior's Way, a debut feature from South Korean writer-turned-director Sngmoo Lee exploring familiar Asian territories of historical melodrama, slapstick comedy, and hyper-stylized action ballets.

Acclaimed Korean superstar Jang Dong-gun (Tae Guk Ki: The ...Read more at
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The Warrior's Way review

"Ninjas. Damn." The line that got Mark sold on The Warrior's Way. So what's the movie itself like? Here's his review...

In the abundance of trailers jostling for position each time you visit the multiplex, somewhere between car adverts and that bloody Orange ad for Gulliver's Travels that I'm starting to worry will just go on forever, someone occasionally makes you sit up and pay attention.

And if you've seen the trailer for The Warrior's Way, it's just one line of dialogue from alcoholic gunslinger Geoffrey Rush. "Ninjas. Damn."

Cowboys are cool. Ninjas more so. It's this kind of combination of Western elements with cool stuff that's expected to serve Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens well next summer, but in the meantime, we have another attempt to mash up Hong Kong martial arts cinema with Western B-movie in just the kind of post-colonial misstep that Hollywood seems to make over and over again these days.
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The Warrior's Way (2010)

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee

Written by: Sngmoo Lee

Cast: Jang Dong Gun, Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston

Yang has developed incredible skills as a swordsmen and assassin; unfortunately for his clan, he has also developed a bit of a conscience.

His clan is close to winning a 500-year-long war against a powerful enemy, and this war must be won by killing every single member of the enemy's faction. Yang cuts his way through dozens of them, defeats their top champion, and then captures their last surviving member - an infant girl. He decides against being a baby killer and goes on the run with the small child. His own clan pursues him, intent on killing them both.

Yang strikes out to the American old west and finds sanctuary "…on the edge of the desert in a busted town full of broken people." Yang has obscure relation to another man who had lived there,
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Bosworth 'stunned' by 'Warrior's Way'

Bosworth 'stunned' by 'Warrior's Way'
Kate Bosworth claims that her new film The Warrior's Way gives audiences something that they have never seen before. The film, directed by Sngmoo Lee, takes inspiration from a variety of different genres including both martial arts and Western films. "I suppose I've been sort of describing it as 'outside the box'," Bosworth explained to MTV News. "I've never read anything like it before, so the idea of an audience never seeing a film like that before is always an initial (more)
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Tangled Displaces Harry Potter; The Warrior's Way Flops

Jang Dong-gun, The Warrior's Way Disney's animated fairy tale Tangled displaced Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I at the top of the North American box office on Friday, Dec. 3, taking in $5.13m, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Tangled, which has turned out to be a much bigger hit than anyone expected, will likely cross the $100m milestone early next week. Featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Walters, Imelda Staunton, Richard Griffiths, Timothy Spall, and many others British luminaries, David Yates' fantasy adventure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I was the no. 2 movie, earning $4.8m. Deathly Hallows will likely pass the $250m milestone some time next weekend. At the other extreme, Universal/Relativity's The Warrior's Way debuted with a dismal $1.12m at 1,622 locations. Director-screenwriter Sngmoo Lee's unusual mix of the Western genre and martial
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The Warrior’s Way

Quickcard Review

The Warrior’s Way

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee

Cast: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: December 3, 2010

Plot: A small town of outcasts in the wild west rely on the skills of vagabond warrior (Jang) to protect them from a menace called Colonel (Huston), and then later ninjas.

Who’S It For? Does the concept of “Cowboys vs. Ninjas” sound worth your ten dollars? If you hesitated to answer that question, you probably shouldn’t bother. If you screamed “Yes!” at your computer, then this one’s for you.


It’s difficult to tell whether director Sngmoo Lee had free reign with this project, one without the control of an anxious, eager-to-please studio, or if The Warrior’s Way is just that – a producer’s film. This movie could be one writer/director desperately trying to legitimize the fantastical concept of Cowboys vs.
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Cinema Showdown: December 3-5

This week, one is the lonliest number that you'd ever do.  Two can be as bad as one... but there's still only one.  So... yeah, Cinema Showdown: Inner Struggle Edition.


Contestant #1: The Warrior's Way

Synopsis: After refusing a high priority mission, the assassin Yang escapes to the American Badlands for refuge against his now enemy clan.  But as Yang soon learns, his organization isn't done with him yet.

In Five Words: Assassin, Samarai, Cowboys, High Concepts!



Dong-Jun Gang as Yang

Kate Bosworth as Lynee

Geoffrey Rush as Rom

Danny Huston as Colonel

Tony Cox as Eight-Ball


Written and Directed By--Sngmoo Lee

Theater Count: 1,622 theaters

Critics Say: Nothing.  Critics did not have advanced screenings for this film.  As always, a good sign indeed.

Viewers Say: Nope, nada.

Tmp Says: When a film has limited marketing, a limited opening, and a limited appeal, it's probably not worth it.
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The Warrior’s Way Review

The Warrior's Way (written and directed by Sngmoo Lee) is a mixture of a Chinese fantasy, Seven Samurai, a western, and a cartoon. We open with Yang (played by Dong-gun Jang) a ninja assassin who has managed to slay nearly everyone of his rival clan expect a young baby girl, later named April, who has to be the cutest kid (beside my own of course). Something happens, doesn’t it always, and Yang not only spare’s baby April, but travels from his own clan to protect her. After killing what would probably was the ten thousandth assassin he decides to travel to a western-cowboy town where another member of his clan has escaped and runs his own laundry business. He arrives to a small troubled town of circus performers to find his friend is dead and the town is in need of another human washing machine.
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The Warrior's Way Movie Review

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The Warrior's Way Movie Review
Title The Warrior’s Way Directed by: Sngmoo Lee Starring: Dong-gun Jang (The Promise), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns, 21), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Danny Huston (A Monster in Paris, Robin Hood) The holiday season is the most important time in the film world, as it leads right up to the awards season starting in January. One movie being released this month that will surely be overlooked by the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the first televised movie award show of 2011, is the martial arts, stunt-filled ‘The Warrior’s Way.’ Directed by Sngmoo Lee, the film, in typical action fashion, forgoes plot and character development. However, it’s meet with disastrous [...]
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This week's new films

Of Gods And Men (15)

(Xavier Beauvois, 2010, Fra) Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. 122 mins.

The spiritualism is far from abstract in this powerful, resonant drama, based on a story of French Cistercian monks in 1990s north Africa. When their harmonious village life is threatened by violent Islamic fundamentalists, they're given a real test of faith. Should they stay or go? Do they belong there anyway? Are they ready for martydom?

Megamind (PG)

(Tom McGrath, 2010, Us) Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey. 96 mins.

Smart, polished animation with Ferrell's blue meanie vanquishing his nemesis, but then wanting to be good.

Monsters (12A)

(Gareth Edwards, 2010, UK/Us) Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able. 94 mins.

Low-budget sci-fi plus indie date movie equals alternative credentials, as a couple trek through a futuristic Mexico infested with aliens and metaphors.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)

(Jalmari Helander, 2010, Fin) Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen. 83 mins.

This deadpan Finnish treat reimagines Santa as an evil child-snatcher.
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Review: Udon Western The Warrior's Way Mingles Genres to Great Effect

Review: Udon Western The Warrior's Way Mingles Genres to Great Effect
A pain in the ass for someone with a job to do, films that open without screening for critics usually draw one of two responses: 1. Yes, that was probably a wise decision; or 2. Have a little faith, studio chickens! I'm not sure how a system that's pushing Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford's upcoming Cowboys and Aliens would assume that critics won't get a film like The Warrior's Way; it's been a mad, mixed-up genre world for some time now. Yet if writer/director Sngmoo Lee's feature debut isn't the first revisionist udon western, surely it will wind up being close to the only one. A shame, in a way, because I suspect a little company would only confirm that it's also one of the best.
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What's at the Movies This Weekend?

Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the psychological thriller "Black Swan," the martial arts flick "The Warrior's Way" and Jim Carrey's quirky dramedy "I Love You, Phillip Morris."

In Theaters Now (December)'Black Swan' (Dec. 3)

Who: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey; directed by Darren Aronofsky What: In this psychological thriller, a ballet dancer (Portman) finally gets her big shot at playing the Swan Queen in "Swan Lake.
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