An assassin (Dong-gun Jang channeling the young Chow Yun-Fat) who refuses to kill an infant — the last of his master’s people — and ends up hiding out in America with the baby among a carny troupe in the Wild West in The Warrior’s Way. Could Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name have survived as a ronin in the East? That’s one of the interesting ideas audiences can contemplate while waiting for something of note to happen here.
Dong-gun Jang is a Korean export with none of the smoldering charisma that Chow Yun-Fat brought to his signature roles before his less-than-stellar efforts to crack Hollywood (think The Killer versus Bulletproof Monk), but he certainly has lithe athleticism and long dark locks.
Sadly, first-time writer-director Sngmoo Lee’s movie is not the realization of that dream. The Warrior’s Way falls way short in its attempt to raise a ruckus between two cinematic warrior clans known for high body counts and cool kills, thoroughly wasting the scenery-chewing talents of Geoffrey Rush and Danny Huston and even the pixie-cuteness of Kate Bosworth. Grade: D-plus
Opens Dec. 3. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.