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Jade Warrior (2006)

Tommi Eronen , Markku Peltola , Antti-Jussi Annila  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034GK75K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Finnish Fantasy Movie August 27, 2008
By Kiwi
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an epic film that is rich in allegory July 23, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and intelligent addition to the martial arts genre September 27, 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Majesty January 19, 2012
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Real martial arts is in the mind April 1, 2011
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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Published 1 month ago by Philip Sellars
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love at movie thank you
Published 1 month ago by Luis A. Cubero
3.0 out of 5 stars JADE WARRIOR
Soooo not epic. July 17,2013

I really enjoyed the martial arts fight scenes. they met all of my expectations, I've been a fan since the seventy's. Read more
Published 15 months ago by WidELoAd81
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great Movie. I am glad that Amazon puts out these movies for those of us that enjoy them so much.
Published 15 months ago by Aaron Kasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Jade Warrior
I have to admit, I've watched this film twice now and need to watch it again. There are so many nuances and plots within plots that at the end of the film, I'm still wondering... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pamela M. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars fresh take on old material
The unique result of combining stories and characters from Nordic and Chinese traditions is enough to overcome any shortcomings that this film has. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Jade Warrior
I enjoyed it very much. It had a great twist to the end. Most movies are predictable, but this movie wasn't. I had to really pay attention to this movie and think. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chinny
2.0 out of 5 stars Too weird and not enough action.
I was looking for action and martial arts and ended up with this strange movie. It turns out to be a wannabe Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon style movie but with no plot and... Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by J.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars An enigma
How to classify this work?

equal parts The KalevalaThe Kalevala: The Epic Poem of Finland the bride with white hair The Bride with White Hair and a chinese ghost story... Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Broch Gwrthryfelwr
3.0 out of 5 stars Jade of the Europeans and the Chinese
The film can be seen, but as always, many European films leave a lot to say, we need a little more elaboration on this production interesting two countries, entirely opposed to... Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by Andres Glez
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