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Eronen/Peltola/Zhang ~ Jade Warrior

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Finnish Fantasy Movie Aug. 27 2008
By Kiwi - Published on Amazon.com
Jade Warrior, inspired by the myth and majesty of the Kalevala, tells the tale of a love-struck hero fighting against the restrictions of modern life and searching for love beyond time and place. In the course of his journey to be reunited with his love, he re-discovers his true origin, his skill as a warrior, and his unique destiny. Based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala, the film traverses modern day Finland and ancient China, where the battle against evil is underway. It's an epic love story about the battle between good and evil. It's a great combination of fantasy and kung fu.

Jade Warrior is an imaginative, visually impressive motion picture, which was completed by creating special effects never before witnessed in Finnish cinema. The effects include skillful fighting scenes, breathtakingly beautiful scenery as well as magnificent crowd scenes. However, this is not an action film, wu xia or otherwise - this is a fantasy-drama, with a couple of action sequences thrown in. If you're expecting the Finnish version of 'HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS', you'll be disappointed. Despite the director's love of the genre, he has only included touches of it, instead, fantasy and drama are at the forefront. The idea behind the narrative, that fate will catch up with those who try and escape it, is not particularly original, but its transposition to the Kalevala and China is and, it works well.

Jade Warrior, the first-ever Sino-Finnish co-production, was one of the most exciting cross-cultural film adventures of 2006. As a Canadian, I'm happy to note that it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Sept. 2006.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an epic film that is rich in allegory July 23 2009
By Vairochana - Published on Amazon.com
Jade Soturi, is the film's name in Finnish. This is a truly remarkable film that has an imaginative original story that is inspired by the Finnis national epic known as The Kalevala. The link between the Finnish Kalevala and the Eastern Chinese/Tibetan is the legendary object known as "The Sampo" which is a prominent motif in the Finnish oral epic and there is also a Tibetan Buddhist concept of the same name. This film explores that link between those cultures. The acting is quite sublime and the story is more so. The story are several nice twists and turns to it that I won't ruin be mentioning in this review. If you want to watch a film that is free of Hollywood cliches than this is one that you will certainly enjoy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and intelligent addition to the martial arts genre Sept. 27 2010
By P. J. Heffernan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This film is for the more sophisticated fan of martial and foreign cinema. It deals with past life regression, alchemy, fantasy, swordplay and crossing cultures. I found it to be creative and intriguing. It is a little slow. It is not for the old school chopsocky fan. It also weaves a tasteful love story into the plot so you can watch it with your girlfriend. Requires attention span and a stronger mind to appreciate.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Majesty Jan. 19 2012
By Eric Sanberg - Published on Amazon.com
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The user reviews for this are all over the board. But it seems, almost totally, that those that didn't care for it all responded to the fact they thought they were in for a martial arts movie which this is not. Shame on the marketers. This is a legend based film with otherworldly aspects that is good, but in a decidedly un-Hollywood fashion.

Here's the scoop. A not very good Finnish blacksmith is sent back to pre-dynasty China to battle a demon and open a cleverly fabricated chest that will fulfill his destiny. This is a bit loose but I don't wish to spoil.

This is a Finnish, Chines co-production. It's a good story with good characters. And though it has it's feet partly planted in fantasy, it doesn't go for the big Hollywood look or feel. The colors aren't over-saturated and the shot compositions aren't designed to pull your eyes out of their sockets. It has a quieter look but still very nice. The few fight scenes that are there are choreographed and shot well. The story is a bit involved and not dummed down for the audience. You need to pay attention to keep everything in focus. There is a very ironic ending and maybe they could have used a bit of the old Hollywood punch there but it's still satisfying.

This is a nifty flick in every way. As long as you're not expecting a butt kicking martial arts film, and maybe something more like "Crouching Tiger" you'll probably like this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic that deserves repeated viewing for full understanding April 12 2011
By Memento Mori - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There is quite a bit to be said about Jade Warrior, but I think that it's most important to first acknowledge that the movie is not a simple martial arts flick. I love martial arts movies, and also movies that make you really think, like Memento for example, and this movie does have some great fight scenes but they are not the primary focus. The movie is primarily about a Finnish blacksmith, his struggle with indecision and the acceptance of his fate but there is so much more that it demands repeated viewings to fully understand.

The movie is beautifully filmed and the actors give amazing performances, the director did a fine job of blending aspects of myths from Finland and East China into an enticing story that leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat. I found it very original, and hopeful, that the hero spoke with the demon in a very calm manner despite the situation that he found himself in.

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