A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
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
Scott Reynolds did some re-writing on the script, mostly concentrated on some action sequences and a lot of the dialogue for the actors. Reynolds was especially proud of some of the evil lines he wrote for The Colonel (Danny Huston). See more »
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 »
Okay, you settled down? You got your ears open?
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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Yang (Dong-gun), a Ninja Warrior, fails to complete his last mission and is on the run from his tribe, who are out to kill him. He hides in a run-down town in the Old West inhabited by circus people.
Cowboys and Ninjas: it just doesn't get any better than this. But, the real winners in here are the cinematography, photography, music, and exceptional sword and knife choreography. The acting and dialogue are also very good. And, humor comes in from time to time.
There are elements of the Good, Bad and the Ugly, Hit-man, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and perhaps Kill Bill as well. What's not to like?
Yes, there is a lot of gore and you will see heads and limbs lopped off, and blood squirting everywhere. But, here is what I saw. Sheer poetry in motion at times. And, remember: it's only a movie.
I am sure we will see more of Jang Dong-gun as he truly exemplifies the true warrior ideal. The chemistry between him and Kate Bosworth was pretty good too.
Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Gore: Yes. Language: Some soft stuff, not much either.
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