There are a lot of good as well as bad Kung-Fu movies out. Depending on your point of view “The Warrior’s Way” is one of those movies that can occur between these ranges.
The film begins with Yang, played by Jang Dong-gun, a murderer legendary sword of course work for a corrupt lord. After many successful missions, Jang finally decides to give back to his master, refusing to fulfill a mission assigned to him.
Naturally, his lord is not satisfied with these turn of events and tried to kill Jang. This is obviously not possible due Jang is so highly qualified. After defeating its master Jang men fled to America and hiding in the Badlands. It Jang try to start a new life among the people he now calls friends.
Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush play local cowboys who befriend Jang as he settles into his new surroundings. As times passes and Jang starts to believe he may have successfully escaped his old life, it naturally comes back to collect. It’s from here that we know what to expect to happen. Jang, with the aid of his new friends, now must fend off, not only a horde of evil ninjas, but also his lord and master.
Visually this movie draws from what we’ve seen from most Kung-Fu movies of late. High flying, well choreographed stunts that look amazing quite frankly. And regardless of what else you may think of this movie, it can be said that the fight scenes are stunning. But that’s all there really is in this movie, the plot doesn’t add anything new to the genre, the characters don’t really grab hold of you in any way, even our hero, and the movie itself looks a bit too cartoony. You can see influences from movies like 300, Sin City and Watchmen but what worked well for those movies just doesn’t cut it this time around.
Now there are a lot of Kung-Fu fans who may find a place in their hearts for this movie. There are certainly plenty of movies that have found a loyal cult following over the years even when most people think they don’t deserve it. We could spend hours listing those movies.
Why not this film does deserve to be ranked among the other entire great classic cult again, because this film adds has nothing new to its genre. A film like Trouble in Little China, or who live tells a unique story that has been able to penetrate the heart of rabid movie fans. The Way of the Warrior tells one story, a funny story that is true, but anyone can tell a funny story and it takes a special kind of voice to tell a good story.