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The Warrior (2005)

Irrfan Khan , Puru Chibber , Asif Kapadia  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Irrfan Khan, Puru Chibber, Aino Annuddin, Manoj Mishra, Nanhe Khan
  • Directors: Asif Kapadia
  • Writers: Asif Kapadia, Tim Miller
  • Producers: Bertrand Faivre, Eleanor Chaudhuri, Elinor Day, Hanno Huth, Mark Hubbard
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Hindi (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8NRV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Warrior" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature commentary
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • "The making of The Warrior" featurette

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Visually stunning, this award-winning motion picture epic tells the captivating tale of an ancient warrior who is chased by violence as he searches for peace! Burdened by the guilt of his past, Lafcadia rejects his brutal life as the local enforcer for a rich Indian warlord and chooses a path of spiritual redemption. But as he journeys from the golden deserts of Rajasthan to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, this former hired killer finds himself the prey of his murderous colleagues! From the studio that brought you HERO, THE WARRIOR features exciting samurai-style action sequences and breathtaking cinematography!

A beautifully filmed tale set in feudal India, The Warrior tells the story of a man who must decide whether to follow the orders of his cruel boss or do the right thing and put his own life in danger. When Lafcadia realizes he can no longer kill innocent people whose only crime is being poor, he defies his warlord's orders to annihilate a village that has been unable to pay its taxes. Filmed in 2001 by director Asif Kapadia and presented by Anthony Minghella--who, like Quentin Tarantino, is fond of attaching his name to smaller films that may otherwise get overlooked--The Warrior manages to tell a violent story without depicting very much on-screen carnage. Kapadia's subtle direction shows that the viewer's imagination often is more potent than anything Hollywood can dream up. As the hunted warrior Lafcadia, Irfan Khan is a stoically heroic presence. We do not sympathize with what Lafcadia has done in the past, but we empathize with his trying to right his wrongs. --Jae-Ha Kim

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superlative film of great emotional depth July 1, 2006
The Warrior is a subtly powerful, beautifully shot movie that carries with it a rare quality of importance. It's a deep, conflicting story that plays strangely on the emotions, relies on disarmingly sparse dialogue, and leaves an indelible impression on the viewer. It garnered a number of nominations and awards, including the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (the film's director/co-writer, Asif Kapadia, is British, as were several others involved in the production), even though it was denied Oscar consideration as the British entry for best foreign language film because it was in the non-English language of Hindi. Since it is in Hindi, you can expect to depend on subtitles - but the poignancy and real depth of the story is really revealed through the faces of the actors and actresses.

The Warrior is the story of Lafcadia (Irfan Khan), a warrior in feudal India who, in something of a spiritual moment, lays down his sword and swears to never kill again. Hurrying home, he cuts his hair and that of his son and sets off on a journey "home" to the mountains. His feudal lord, naturally, disapproves of any man leaving his service and demands his head by the next morning. This leads to a momentous turning point I found quite shocking. It's a little hard to sympathize with a man who has the blood of countless men, women, and children (most of them guilty of nothing other than poverty) on his hands, but the tragic events that quickly play out really connect you to this man on an emotional level as he begins his trek from the deserts of Rajasthan to the snowbound Himalayas.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie about violence, not action October 15, 2006
The marketing of this movie is the latest shining example of Hollywood's narrow-minded marketing execs bungling an opportunity. Because it didn't fit into any of their simplistic demographic segments, they threw it in the action category simply because the cover and the opening sequence demonstrates a man swinging a talwar. It's a bit like "Saw" being classified as a power tool instructional video.

Let's get this out of the way now: This is not an action movie. If you rent this looking for swashbuckling you will be sorely disappointed.

Now on to what the movie is really about:

The movie is the physical and emotional journey of a man's conscience from court executioner to pacifist. It follows the story of the king's executioner. While leading a death squad on a rampage through a village, he has an epiphany, and decides to never lift a sword again.

While it is not an action movie, it is about violence and its consequences. As he tries to make amends and become a better person, the ramifications of his past follow the warrior in his wake, becoming the main villain of the story.

The movie was filmed on location in Northern India, and the backdrops are breathtaking. Most of the cast are non-actors (hence the intentional lack of scripted dialogue), but the cast are able to convey so much without a single word, especially the warrior himself. In recent cinema, only Viggo Mortensen in "A History of Violence" was able to communicate such a complex emotional transformation with just a single look.

It all makes for a highly moving parable about redemption. And this is a movie I would recommend especially for war veterans or retired soldiers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look... May 13, 2006
I picked this up at blockbuster b/c I thought it was going to be a samurai flick with action. There is NO samurai action, nor is hardly any fighting sequences. The back of the box says there is both! Yet, I still greatly enjoyed this movie. This movie is a drama about a man who worked for a "Lord" who ruled their country. After encountering an experience with a girl who by chance had crossed paths with his little boy, he experiences an epiphany. The story then ends with the struggles to remove himself peacefully (both physically and mentally) from his previous violent past. A very good plot, with powerful moments expressed via few words.

Subtitles for those who don't like subtitles and at several points in the movie the viewer is required to interpret what the actor is thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and moving February 10, 2008
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I happened to catch this movie on tv just looking for something to watch. The name "Warrior" caught my eye. It wasn't what I expected. The warrior turns out to be more of a killer or assasin. The story is of a man that kills for a rich lord. The lord has power over who lives and dies. A village does not give enough to suit the lord so he sends the "warrior"along with the other killers to teach a lesson by burning and killing and raping. While in the village he almost kills a young girl until he sees a necklace that belonged to his son on the girl. He knows that his son must have given it to the girl and so he drops his sword. This was enough to make him realize that killing innocent people is wrong. He rides off leaving the other warriors in the village. From then on he is on the run to escape his past. He meets many people on the journey and how he interacts with them is quite interesting and compeling. You can't miss any of the movie because there are things along the way that will have meaning later on in the story.The journey is from the desert to the Himalayas and the cinematography is excellent. Acting is very good. Not a lot of dialog. The audience is required to piece together much of the story. It is subtitled but is easily read. The words are put in the outside of the letterbox against a black background. The story could be found to be boring to some. It is not your action type movie. There is plenty of emotional and shoking scenes. I enjoyed it very much. It won a number of awards. I believe he finds what he is looking for this "Warrior". You will have to watch for yourself. I recommend it highly. BTW I bought the dvd
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but is was pirate copy.
Great movie but I felt very disappointed. It was a pirate copy.
Published 3 months ago by M. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Added this to our permanent collection by purchasing from Amazon, after renting it. This is a movie that brings a profound experience in very subtle ways. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mortgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies of all time
Iffran Khan is amazing. Few words but the setting and emotion in the movie are stellar.

He and the cast are true stars
Published 8 months ago by Trini Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars The Warrior
Very well done, an Indian movie that you can relate to. Very soon it is natural to you and you are then sucked in to the story.
Published 20 months ago by John Q
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing and much too slow
The movie is only 87 minutes long. The story is choppy because of deleted scenes. Included in the DVD are the director's deleted scenes. You wonder why these scenes were deleted. Read more
Published on August 27, 2010 by N. Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars See Asoka instead
The other reviews, both good and bad, tell what to expect and not expect here. The movie Asoka is what I had hoped this movie would be.
Published on August 3, 2010 by Octo66
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace film
I teach a course at my University about films that either promote peace or have a peaceful subject, and this film is ideal. Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by James Fairchild
4.0 out of 5 stars Scenic masterpiece
The subtitles are not annoying as the film's dialogue doesn't drive the plot. The 'action' is self-explanatory for the most part. Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by G. Sulier
2.0 out of 5 stars No dialogue. No action. No plot. No point.
I suppose I was expecting something a bit more Bollywood. I picked it up because I wanted to listen to the Hindi. Mostly, I listened to my own yawning. Read more
Published on August 9, 2007 by Diane C. Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars Storyline not developed to the potential of its premise
This is a movie which I felt had ample room to be developed into something special, and yet let that chance slip away. Read more
Published on July 23, 2007 by Glenn Hoback
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