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An action-filled epic starring Ziyi Zhang (House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, upcoming Memoirs of a Geisha), The Warrior recounts the tale of a group of Korean envoys who entered China on a mission and were never heard from again. Captured and accused of espionage by Ming warriors, the Korean delegation is exiled by their captors to a remote desert. On their journey back to Korea, they rescue a kidnapped Ming princess (Zhang). In their effort to take the princess to safety, the group encounters rival Mongol warriors whom they face in a breathtaking battle scene.
The Warrior combines gorgeous cinematography, complex historical politics, and joltingly bloody action sequences to create a sweeping historical spectacular. A squadron of Korean soldiers, sent to protect a diplomatic envoy to China, find themselves unmoored when the envoys are killed in clashes with Chinese and Mongol soldiers. Struggling to return home, they rescue a high-handed Chinese princess (Ziyi Zhang, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and decide that protecting her is their best chance to survive, and possibly improve Korean-Chinese relations as well. Unfortunately, the Mongols want her back, and the squadron find their numbers slowly diminishing as they fight their way to an isolated military outpost. Though there's a more realistic context for the action--The Warrior is based on a historical event and the characters are well-developed--the battle scenes deliver some visceral thrills; the violence is graphic (beheadings, arrows plunging into necks, limbs sliced off) but grippingly choreographed. An above-average action movie; however, it is highly recommended that viewers watch it with subtitles, as the dubbing is typically wretched. --Bret Fetzer
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However, this DVD itself only merits 2 stars (maybe 3 if you haven't seen the original Korean version.) Why? No extras, second rate English subbing, and most irritating, they cut out about 15 minutes of the movie which developed the second characters (particularly the interactions between the priest and interpeter Park, as well as the one-eyed guy who constantly and humorously repeated that he was too ugly to get a girlfriend).
It's not a deal-killer, and I understand they did the same for other foreign releases, but the movie feels underdeveloped just the same. Why does the priest tag along? Why does Park grow a spine at the end? Do we really care that the other random guys survive until the end? You wouldn't be asking these questions if they hadn't edited those parts out of the movie.
Also, this may have been particular to my DVD, but there was an irritating glitch around 1:16:45. At this point I'm not sure whether I'll return the movie or not.
I bought this movie based on the reviews on this site, as I could not find a preview or anything else other then reviews on the Internet.
The movie does start off a bit slow, but as I said, it develops the story. However, the action, once started, is very solid. Not your typical martial arts movie, all action bad story. In this movie the story is obviously what the director is focused on, the action comes second.
The complaints about the princess are unwarranted; as the princess in this movie is the same exact character she played in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. A spoiled brat, who wants to get away from the easy life and live "free." Once she is "free", she wants to return to the easy life. However, her character was more complex them people on this board give her credit for, as she cares about the people, peoples lives, and offers her own life to save everyone elses. Therefore, her character is more complex then given credit for.
If your looking for a great movie, w/a great story, and very solid action. This is the pick. If you are looking for great action, who cares about the story? This is not your movie. In addition, all the action scenes are realistic, no flying warriors, no magic, strait sword fighting, realistic battle scenes.
I give this movie and A-.
Most recent customer reviews
Love this movie. Saw it on TV a while back and looked for it... finally saw it on Amazon.. way to go. The theme song is amazing.Published 21 months ago by Claudette Clarke
Came on time but inside of the dvd case was broken. Disk was fine so not unhappyPublished on July 8 2014 by Miss K
I saw this film as "Musa the Warrior". Everything about this film was very engaging, character delineation, cinematography, compelling story. Read morePublished on March 23 2006 by Film Junkie
This is a movie I bought on a whim. It sounded good, but I had zero expectations that it would be anything but a standard action movie.
Boy was I wrong. Read more
Fantasic Film! The absolute only complaint I may think of is the music score is lacking in certain scenes, so much so as to be distracting. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by gino62
I'm really surprised a domestic studio didn't scoop this one up for a theatrical release in the US. This movie is simply incredible in its production value, realistically graphic... Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
Movie was Ok, all action scenes with Musa are bangin, the rest of the movie is slow. Production is great but do you really need great production in the desert? Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by pablo
If you're scared of politics, this will scare you even more. A group of Korean diplomats travel to China to seek the council of the Ming Emperor. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
It's obvious to me the positive reviews here come from White people fascinated with Asian culture (anything Asian must be exotic and intriguing). Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by D & A
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