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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.
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.
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.
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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Very slow moving movie I fell asleep on it in the middle not any good fighting just a drama that was even hard to keepPublished 2 months ago by Maurice Burwell
Very artful and subtle requiring you to listen and thinkPublished 6 months ago by Bradley G. Mastin
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