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Warrior's Gate (2016)

A teenager is magically transported to China and learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior.

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Zhoo
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Su Lin
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Arun
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Annie
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Jack
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Wizard (as Francis Ng)
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Nymph #1
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Mountain Spirit (as Kara Wai)
Zha Ka ...
Brutus
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Black Knight
You Tianyi ...
Nymph #2
Lijie Liu ...
Nymph #3
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Travis Leigh
Luke Mac Davis ...
Hector
Yilin Guan ...
Messenger #1
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A teenager is magically transported to China and learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior.

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Action | Adventure

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts fantasy violence | See all certifications »
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18 November 2016 (China)  »

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Cong Chien Binh  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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The film shares it's title with the 1981 "Doctor Who" story Warrior's Gate starring Tom Baker as The Fourth Doctor. See more »

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During the confrontation at the end outside the school with the bully, Jack is seen to put his backpack on using both straps over shoulders. In the very next camera shot he's only carrying it over his right shoulder. See more »

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Best viewed as Forbidden Kingdom -- Lite
27 December 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The word on the street was that this was a riff on one of my all-time favorite films, Forbidden Kingdom 2008, so I could not resist checking it out.

(Word to the wise, if you have not already seen FK, and you like MMA and/or Wushu and/or Fantasy and/or Adventure, check it out. FK has humble beginnings, features two of the greatest cinematic martial artists of all time - Jackie Chan and Jet Li -- a killer script, great scenery, and solid performances. Some reviewers, including this one, think it is one of the best of its kind ever done.)

Let's start with what Warriors Gate was intended to be, and work from that.

The production team clearly thought they would "improve" on FK by adding more "teen humor." Presumably they also felt this would more than compensate for the film's considerably lighter "feel" and the awkward void formed by not having ANY famous film martial artists at all.

Also, Forbidden Kingdom had a certain edge of malice and unpredictability in the script which, oddly, only increased its impact and its fan base. This film lacks those features as well and, on its best day in its best suit, comes across more as "Forbidden Kingdom Lite," or perhaps even a Disney knockoff of the original.

Which is not to say it is not worth a watch. A lot of effort was put into the humor aspect (as explained above) and this does keep things moving along.

(For example -- if you are film buff, you will remember fondly the famous tag line from Airplane 1980 - "Don't call me Shirley" which became a sort of iconic inside joke for years afterwards. This script contains a number of attempts to mimic that sort of dialog, my favorite being -- "KILL HIM! -- slashing noise -- "NO, NOT HIM. HIM.")

Bottom Line: One hour and 45 minutes of reasonable entertainment. However, it suffers from the "curse" common to all knock-offs. Unless you see the original, you will never know what you are missing.


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