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 »
Ronald and another man are at the old ferris wheel during the big battle against the Colonel and his men. Ronald loads a bullet into his rifle with his bare finger. In the next shot, he is firing the gun while wearing black gloves that are completely intact. 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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When the greatest Samurai assassin will not kill the last enemy, a baby, he becomes the number one target of his clan. So he travels to the American old west to stay with his friend. But can he truly change his life? This is a fascinating intermixing of the oriental fighting movies and the old western shoot-'em-ups. It makes one realize that they really are not that different after all. Add in a simple story, a simple subplot and lots of personal choices that must be made and you have a very solid action film. Of course part of the fun is seeing bits and pieces of some classic American westerns incorporated into the script, as well as seeing them through another culture's eyes.
This is a must see for action fans.
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