Jadesoturi (Jade Warrior) (2006)





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Writer/director Antti-Jussi Annila's picture Jade Warrior (Jade Soturi) takes as its starting-off point an arresting and little-known fact -- the similarity of Chinese and Finnish mythologies -- and uses it to combine two seemingly unrelated genres: the quirky Finnish fantasy (typified by the works of Kaurismaki) and the Chinese martial arts film. Inspired by a well-known Finnish epic called The Kalevala, the story opens with a down-on-his luck hardware merchant who gets dumped by his girlfriend. She tries to dispose of his collection of Asian artifacts at an antique dealer, but this sets off a mythical series of events that turns the merchant into a warrior prince, fated to battle a demon in icy northern Finland, responsible for enslaving all of humankind. The prince is abetted -- and then ultimately betrayed -- by a two-faced female warrior who has captured his heart and thus carries his greatest weakness in her hands. The battle involves enchanted boxes, spectacular swordfights, and supernatural events that come together -- simultaneously -- in an isolated cabin on the outskirts of Helsinki and in the rural Chinese mountains. Tommi Eronen, Markku Peltola, Zhang Jing-chu, and Krista Kosonen co-star; Annila co-authored the script with Petri Jokiranta.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Tommi Eronen
as Kai/Sintai
Jingchu Zhang
as Pin Yu
Hao Dang
as Hao Dang
Cheng Taishen
as Demoni
Elle Kull
as Weckström
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(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Interesting and entertaining.


some legends are best left un-uncovered. particularly those that are dug up from swampy tar pits in the arctic circle. this mishmash of scandi & chinese mythologies just doesn't work, despite the pretty nice cinematography at times. It felt like someone else was taking control of the remote & flipping channels between Beowulf and House of Flying Daggers the whole time.. :)

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

With this and Sauna, Annila is easily one of the most exciting directors working today.

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Christopher Brown

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