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Warriors of Virtue (1997)

A young boy is whisked away to the mythical land of Tao where he becomes the center of a conflict between an evil lord and a group of animal warriors.

Director:

Ronny Yu

Writers:

Michael Vickerman (screenplay), Hugh Kelley (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angus Macfadyen ... Komodo
Mario Yedidia ... Ryan Jeffers
Marley Shelton ... Elysia
Chao Li Chi ... Master Chung (as Chao-Li Chi)
Jack Tate Jack Tate ... Yun
Doug Jones ... Yee
Don Lewis ... Lai / Mayor Keena (as Don W. Lewis)
J. Todd Adams J. Todd Adams ... Chi
Adrienne Corcoran Adrienne Corcoran ... Tsun
Michael J. Anderson ... Mudlap (as Michael John Anderson)
Tom Towles ... Grillo
Lee Arenberg ... Mantose
Dennis Dun ... Ming
Roy Ceballos Roy Ceballos ... Willy Beest
Jason Hamer ... Mosely
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Storyline

A young man, Ryan, suffering from a disability, wishes to join the other kids from his schools football team. During an initiation rite, Ryan is swept away through a whirlpool to the land of Tao. There he is hunted by the evil Lord Komodo, who desires the boy as a key to enter the real world. Ryan is rescued by the protectors of Tao, five humanoid kangaroos, each embued with the five elements and virtues. Ryan learns his valuable lesson while saving the land of Tao. Written by R. L. Strong <RS080455@PACBELL.NET>

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In a world beyond your imagination a battle for the universe has begun.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong | China | Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tao harcosai See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,277,084, 4 May 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,448,817, 8 June 1997
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan quotes two movies: "Houston, we have a problem" from Apollo 13 (1995) and "Shit happens" from Forrest Gump (1994), both of which starred Tom Hanks. See more »

Goofs

Several characters in the film mispronounce the word "Tao". The "t" in "Tao" should be pronounced like a "d". See more »

Quotes

Ming: We all have our cocoons, Ryan. It's the struggle to free ourselves that makes us who we truly are.
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Connections

References Huo tou fu xing (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Morning
Performed by Speech
Written by Edward Brigati (as Eddie Brigati) and Felix Cavaliere
Produced By Speech 4 Vagabond Produckshuns, Atl
Speech Appears Courtesy of EMI Records
Used by permission of EMI April Music Inc. and Jemaxal Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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Good Movie, but most dont understand...
11 March 2004 | by steven_goodellSee all my reviews

This movie was actually very good for what it was trying to do, which is give a summary (very simply) of the VERY esoteric chinese philosophy of Taoism. Those who know nothing of Taoism will definitely find that this movie does not make much sense in some places.

All of the characters are embodiments of the virtues and faults presented in the Taoist Philosophy. Yes, this makes for quite the challenge to present it in childrens movie no less.

The movie is fun if you dont take it to seriously. It would seem that some of the people posting here thought they were there to see Gone With the Wind or some other Epic or adult piece. Take it as lighthearted and as a possible education on a foreign way of thought, if you are into that new things. (Then again you could just read books on Taoism to get a somewhat clearer view)

3 out of 5 for production, 4 out 5 for accomplishment


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