Excerpt: Yang (Dong-Gun Jang) has always been an assassin. Even as a youth, he was put through intense training to hone his skills in all forms of combat. As lethal as he was with a sharp blade, he was just as capable if called on to simply use his hand-to-hand abilities. All the years of training have crafted him into perhaps the most efficient of all of his clan’s assassins, which is proven when his clan all but wipes out a rival.
Excerpt: With all the panache of a music video and a threadbare story director Sngmoo Lee’s rookie effort should be ripe for disaster. With a strange casting of characters (Kate Bosworth with a Southern accent, really? And what the hell is Geoffrey Rush doing here?), tons of green screen and an odd mix of Asian fantasy and American Western genres, it just doesn’t seem like it’d be any good.
Conclusion: The Warrior’s Way is big on adventure and one could even say that it is a fable of sorts. There’s a high level of elegance to it. Yes, it’s even a bit on the whimsical side. I think all of the genres that it used were blended in properly, so as not be jumbled or distracting. If you’re a samurai, anime, western, steampunk, fan then you really owe it to yourself to check out The Warrior’s Way on Blu-ray.
Excerpt: The Movie Rather deliberately it seems, The Warrior's Way plays out like a 24-frame-per-second comic book--although written directly for the screen--right down to a brief early use of on-screen text. But whereas the trend in graphic novel adaptations has been veering toward increasing seriousness and urbanity, writer/director Sngmoo Lee dares to be goofy, telling his story in broad, hyperbolic strokes that will likely leave more sophisticated viewers in the dust.
Excerpt: It doesn’t make a lot of sense to give a first time writer/director $45 million to make what amounts to Ninjas vs. Cowboys . It’s stranger yet to bring in a distinctly Korean vibe, trying to blend that with distinctly Western themes, a circus freak show, and “unknown in America” star Dong-gun Jang ( Tae Guk Gi ). It was, of course, a box office failure, the studio undoubtedly feeling the sting of doing something so utterly distinct, different, and frenzied.
Conclusion: 'The Warrior's Way' becomes too muddled with its marriage of three or four starkly different styles. It feels disjointed, but its story is one of classic Kung Fu. It had potential, but it never comes together like it should. Still, fans of the movie will be happy with its audio and video presentations. They look and sound great. Some people may end up liking the movie, couple that with the stellar audio and video, this Blu-ray is still worth a look.
Excerpt: With a main character uninterested in verbal communication, a narrator who uses phrases like “learn stuff” and strange background changes mid-scene, The Warrior’s Way initially comes off like a disorganized mess, but as the film charges ahead with its strange vision, leaving a mangled trail of dead bodies in its wake, the rounds suddenly click into place.
Excerpt: "The Warrior's Way" is an odd one. Wedged somewhere between the furious imaginations of Tsui Hark and Sergio Leone, the feature is an idiosyncratic ode to pure screen heroism thwarted by the junky instincts of its untested writer/director, Sngmoo Lee. I was never outright bored by the picture, but there's much to jeer in this overwrought action film, which spends so much time reminding the audience of its artificiality, it forgets to have some spaghetti western fun with...
Excerpt: Geoffrey Rush is both a great actor and a great overactor. He’s a consummate ham, as comfortable mugging through ridiculous schlock as highbrow fare. So it’s altogether apt that Rush can currently be seen both going toe-to-toe with Colin Firth in The King’s Speech —the current favorite in the Best Actor Oscar race, and likely to earn Rush a Best Supporting Actor nod—and staggering drunkenly through an Old West town made up of circus freaks in the culture-clash...