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The Warrior's Way (2010)
Move over pirates, because it's cowboys vs. ninja time!
The concept in itself sounds cool. Assassins from the east battle against cowboys from the west. With The Warrior's Way, we get the best of both worlds with likable characters, especially the little baby. The setting of the movie is very stylized, and brings you a very romanticized western. The same can be said about the eastern setting. You can tell that the director loves Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies.
The story of The Warrior's Way is that of an assassin travels to the west because his clan is after him for not completing his mission, to kill a cute little baby girl (The baby's really cute). The unnamed assassin stops his journey at Lode, a western town filled with circus folks. But we all know life isn't that easy, as bandits and the ninja clan finds a way to make the life of the unnamed assassin hard.
The action doesn't start until later in the film, since it's focused on the life of the assassin as he tries to find peace. Once the action starts, get ready for a good time, because our hero slices and dices cowboys and ninja alike. Once action sequence had the same style as 300, while other actions scenes felt like a live-action anime.
With all the gun and swordplay, the true heart of the movie are the characters. The movie's able to fill us in on the main characters' back story and we see why they do what they do. You name it, they all have a history, well maybe not random cowboy #43. Kate Bosworth is very sassy, yet sweet and cute. Jang Dong Gun is able to show his humanity subtly even though most of the time he's emotionless. Danny Huston's character is a nasty one, but I'll let you guys watch it to see how nasty he can be.
You can tell that the cast and crew had a fun time making this movie as much as I enjoyed watching it, since the movie doesn't take itself too seriously and has a nice blend of humor and violence. The Warrior's Way brings the magic of the west and east and mixes in influences from spaghetti westerns and action anime and jumbles it together to serve us something really cool.