Family-Faith Film Review: The Warrior's Way

Family-Faith Film Review: The Warrior’s Way
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

The Warrior’s Way:  After refusing to kill the baby girl who is the lone survivor of a rival clan, the world’s greatest samurai swordsman (Jang Dong-gun) turns his back on his murderous past and seeks a new start on the American frontier, befriending the circus folk (most prominently Geoffrey Rush and Tony Cox) who inhabit the ramshackle town in which he settles, bonding with a local lass (Kate Bosworth) and raising the infant he spared as his own. But his peaceable ways are tested when the demonic Army colonel (Danny Huston) who slaughtered his true love’s family when she was a girl — and nearly raped her — returns in a bid to wreak fresh mayhem. The West was never wilder than in Korean writer-director Sngmoo Lee’s U.S. feature debut. But this larger-than-life blend of martial arts, duels in the sun and operatic emotion winds up graphically celebrating the very violence its hero has ostensibly rejected and implicitly endorsing its heroine’s quest for revenge against her inhuman persecutor. Excessive bloody violence, the attempted rape of a minor, a vendetta theme, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, a few crude and crass terms. O — morally offensive. (R)

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