Friday, 27 April 2018

Film Review: The Warrior's Way (2010)

A warrior-assassin reaches the pinnacle of his career only to discover he has a conscience. This leads him from the mystical East (think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to the old West (think Sin City type visuals). There he discovers himself whilst helping the odd assortment of people he meets there to regain their dignity.

I've seen this film several times since its release in 2010 and I enjoy it every time. As a fan of martial arts and westerns, it ticks two boxes wonderfully well

The visuals and the beautifully choreographed fight scenes, incorporating lots of wire work, are stunning. The story itself is interesting with several threads and the acting is second to none. The cast contains several familiar faces - Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Cox and Danny Huston. The lead, Dong-Gun Jang, isn't well-known to me (although he has been in the last season of Suits), but he impresses even in his quiet scenes.

To summarise - good story, martial arts, traditional western elements and stunning visuals make this a joy to watch and I'd recommend it every time.

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