I like me some martial arts in my movies. That doesnâ€™t mean I inordinately love martial arts movies, but if you give me some awesome fight scenes, Iâ€™ll forgive a lot (though not anything, as I still havenâ€™t forgiven Ong Bak 2 for not being Ong Bak). I also tend to enjoy a lot of Korean movies. Having lived there, I have a soft spot for them, and there are some really, really awesome flicks from out of South Korea.
And here comes the Warriorâ€™s Way. Itâ€™s got a Korean heart-throb/action star and a Korean director, but seems to be a Western film, in both senses of the word. This seems like a North American production with at least some of the film in the Western genre–but straight Western, rather than a pastiche, like the awe-inspiring the Good, the Bad, and the Weird.
Thereâ€™s a trailer and a TV spot out now, from which I deduce that the main character is supposed to be Japanese rather than Korean. That kind of pisses me off, but thatâ€™s likely something to do with financing and targeting the American audience. Considering the animosity Koreans feel for the Japanese, that might not float so well back in the Republic.
Iâ€™m tentatively optimistic about this movie, and if it hits Ottawa, Iâ€™ll try to get a babysitter so the long-suffering wife and I can check it out together.
See the trailerÂ here.