Warriors of Virtue (1997)




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Wanting to be one of the guys, lonely, awkward football-team waterboy Ryan Jeffers ignores his leg brace and attempts to jump a whirlpool. He misses and ends up sucked down into the dazzling, magical world of Tao, which is ruled by a tyrant obsessed with eternal life. Ryan carries with him a book given to him by his mentor, the sagacious Chinese chef/kung fu master/philosopher Ming, who hopes the deceptively powerful tome will help the under-confident boy find his inner strength. The book also contains the secret of immortality that the wicked ruler Komodo so desperately seeks. Ryan isn't long in the new world before he encounters Komodo's evil first hand. Fortunately, he also soon meets the five Roo Warriors (kangaroo-like creatures who use their martial arts skills for the forces of good), and their wise master Chung. Each Roo fighter represents one of the five basic elements, Metal, Air, Fire, Water and Wood, each of which in turn represents a point on a moral compass; they are united in their determination to stop Komodo from living forever. As he did with his most famous film in the West (the adult-oriented fairy tale The Bride with White Hair), Hong Kong director Ronny Yu blends excellently choreographed chopsocky action with Asian philosophical ramblings in a vibrant, special effects-filled fantasy setting; however, this adventure is aimed at children.
PG (violence, language)
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family
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MGM Home Entertainment


Chao Li Chi
as Master Chang
Dennis Dun
as Ming
Don W. Lewis
as Lai/Major Keena
Tom Towles
as Grillo
Lee Arenberg
as Mantose
Roy Ceballos
as Willy Beest
Jason Hamer
as Mosely
Ying Qu
as Barbarotious
Gill Butler
as Villager
Michael Vickerman
as Dragoon Commander
Warren Moon
as Coach
Teryl Rothery
as Kathryn
Adam Mills
as Toby
Clay McRae
as Football Pal
Hamish Allan-Headley
as Football Pal
Lian-Yi Li
as Chinese Cook
as Tynehead's Dog `Rush'
Doug Parker
as Yee/Chi
Mina E. Mina
as Master Chung
Drew Reichelt
as Dullard
Venus Terzo
as Barbarotious
Colin Murdoch
as Dragoon Commander
Jay Brazeau
as Willy Beest
Gary Chalk
as Mosely
Ian James Corlett
as Major Keena
Ward Perry
as Villager
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Critic Reviews for Warriors of Virtue

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Warriors of Virtue is a great title. Unfortunately, it's not a great movie.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Only one element remains clearly traceable to Hong Kong cinema: The titular warriors are badly dubbed.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Enchantingly peculiar, and Angus MacFadyen is hilarious.

August 11, 2005

Warriors of Virtue could be the most impressive Hollywood debut yet for a Hong Kong director, although lackluster writing and a needlessly muddled storyline somewhat tarnish the effort.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

It sounds ridiculous and, rest assured, it is.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

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August 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for Warriors of Virtue

A nineties kind of children movie; not much of a clear plot, but plenty of action scenes, asian movie wisdom, and dizzying camera sequences to distract them.

Alan Prater
Alan Prater

Quite possibly one of the main inspirations for James Cameron's Avatar. This follows a lower-body disabled kid into a world of native creatures in which he learns how to be pure and true to his heart. Next to Ferngully, this was the first thing I thought when seeing the Spectacle disaster known as Avatar. Now this movie was actually pretty oddball in nature, it's not every day that you see a movie about ninja kangaroos and bully redemption. I think it is one of the many bizarre 90s movies that will always be remembered by me.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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lawl I saw this in theaters with my friend in third grade and it was a disaster. NINJA KANGAROO FLOWER ATTACK

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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