Yang, the world's finest swordsman, packs it in and leaves Japan to find an old friend in the Wild West rather than kill the infant queen of a rival clan. He carries the baby to his friend's desolate, broken-down town; the friend has died, so Yang reopens a laundry and settles down, hanging wet clothes, growing flowers, raising the infant, and finding himself attracted to Lynne, a red-haired woman with a tragic past. As long as Yang keeps his sword sheathed, his rivals won't find him, but a band of reprobate gunmen terrorize the town and threaten Lynne. Showdowns are inevitable, but once the sword is drawn, can Yang find rest, a home, and a family? Written by
When the townspeople are waiting for the colonel and his men to arrive, they are all dressed in nicer clothes. Ron is wearing a black bandanna around his neck that disappears during the battle. See more »
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This is the story of the sad flute, a laughing baby, a weeping sword. A long long time ago, in a land far far away, there lived a warrior. A warrior with empty eyes.
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What do you get when you take 'Unforgiven' and 'Ninja Assassin' and the world's greatest actor (Geoffrey Rush) and put them together? An awesome movie!!!
This is the first (and only, I think) film to be a Martial Arts and Western combination!
A young warrior seeks to be the greatest swordsman ever, but refuses to kill the baby he is ordered to kill. He takes the baby to the American Wild West and hides among a group of struggling circus performers and a drunk ex-bank robber. Cowboys want revenge on the woman in the town and the clan wants the warrior dead and the battle begins as they all end up in the town at the same time. There are a few graphic scenes, but not as much as other Martial Arts movies like Kill Bill or Ninja Assassin. Geoffrey Rush (Ronald, the drunk ex-robber) is an awesome actor who gave a great performance with some doses of humor! He is NOT capable of making a lousy movie. He did an awesome job.
The storyline was great and the acting of all was excellent. There was suspense, humor, sadness, and love. The R rating is well-earned, as this is NOT for younger audiences.
I must say I was also extremely impressed that they used a doll the same size as the real baby for certain scenes. I have always loathed to see others use dolls that are so much smaller than the real baby. I DO understand why they use dolls. But is it so difficult to find a doll the same size as the actual baby in the film? When I shop for my nieces and nephews, I see dolls of all sizes at the toy store. Every movie director needs to see that the doll they get is the same size as the real baby.
I don't care if this film was a box-office bomb. It is one of the best ever.
Now... go see this... right now. Run... don't walk to go get this movie now.
What... you're still here...???
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