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An epic story of revenge and redemption

Madhur Tankha

American film The Warrior's Way, releasing this Friday, is about the ‘world's greatest swordsman'



Martial arts adventure:A scene from ‘The Warrior's Way'.

NEW DELHI: Writer-director Sngmoo Lee has seamlessly married the cinematic traditions of East and West in his American film The Warrior's Way slated for release across India on December 10 with over 350 prints in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Described as an epic story of revenge and redemption, the film stars Korean super star Jang Dong Gun, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Cox and Ti Lung.

With specialised choreographed fight sequences and gravity-defying stunts, the film is billed as a modern martial arts adventure. True to its label, the movie is about “the world's greatest swordsman” who abandons his warrior clan to start a new life in the American badlands.

After a lifetime of training in martial arts and swordsmanship, Yang (Jang Dong Gun) has eliminated all but one of his clan's enemies -- an infant whose innocent smile instantly melts his heart. Unwilling to take her life and unable to protect her from his own deadly tribe, Yang takes the baby girl and flees. He plans to seek refuge with an old friend living in Lode, a frontier town in the American West. He arrives to find that his friend has died and the once-thriving Gold Rush town is in a shambles, inhabited only by a few dozen eccentrics including Lynne (Kate Bosworth), a beautiful, spirited knife-thrower-in-training, and Ron, a worn-out drunk (Geoffrey Rush). To make a safe home for the child far from the reach of his murderous tribe, Yang decides to stay on as the town's new laundryman, sealing his sword for good.

Yang unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in Lynne. Orphaned by a horrifying act of brutality, Lynne has spent ten years plotting revenge against her attacker, the Colonel (Danny Huston). While teaching Yang to run the laundry and look after the baby, she discovers his talent for swordplay and begs him to tutor her in martial arts.

Sngmoo Lee says the film is unique and fresh with some never-before-seen elements that are combined in the right way and at the right time to make a really great film. “The movie is about a hero who undertakes an epic journey and discovers other characters in crisis, which is a tradition of both Asian warrior movies and classic cowboy movies. I have brought them together in a way that is incredibly fresh.”

Describing The Warrior's Way as an Asian perspective on the rich history and heritage of the American Western, Geoffrey Rush, the seemingly innocuous town boozer Ron, says the film is like a great fable.

“There are so many beautiful and disturbing images as well as enormous storytelling energy to it that is timeless and universal,” he adds.

Barrie M. Osborne of Lord of the Rings fame, Jooick Lee and Michael Peyser are the producers of the film.

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