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Jade Warrior


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tommi Eronen, Markku Peltola, Jingchu Zhang, Krista Kosonen, Hao Dang
  • Directors: Antti-Jussi Annila
  • Writers: Antti-Jussi Annila, Iiro Küttner, Marko Jatkola, Petri Jokiranta
  • Producers: Jonah Greenberg, Margus Õunapuu, Martti Ylöstalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034GK75K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jade Warrior" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When a collection of Asian artifacts is disposed of at a local antique shop, a mythical series of events begins to unfold. The shop owner is turned into a warrior in ancient China fated to battle a demon responsible for enslaving all of humankind. He is encouraged but then ultimately betrayed by a deceptive female warrior who has captured his heart, and therefore carries his greatest weakness in her hands. An eternal prophecy has defined this hero’s fate; now he must fight back against the impossible.

Customer Reviews

It's an epic love story about the battle between good and evil.
Kiwi
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.
Eric Sanberg
The unique result of combining stories and characters from Nordic and Chinese traditions is enough to overcome any shortcomings that this film has.
JP

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi on August 27, 2008
Format: DVD
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vairochana on July 23, 2009
Format: DVD
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Heffernan on September 27, 2010
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on January 19, 2012
Format: DVD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Memento Mori on April 12, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2011
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i loved this movie. this is not a movie built on action but on intellect. the fight scenes are minimal because the real action is in the mind and heart. i found the storyline involving the combined finnish and chinese mythology fascinating as i had never heard of it before. in stories a hero's journey is mostly internal and i thought this movie displayed that quite well. for me it was a well balanced mix of action and intellect. i feel it is on par with movies such as crouching tiger, hidden dragon and hero.

if all you are interested in is action, action, action then this is not the movie for you. but if you admire the true spirit of martial arts then i think you might enjoy this film.

the wise jedi master yoda would understand this movie while the young impetuous luke skywalker would find it boring...
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