It's unusual for me to sit down to speak to cast from a film before I've actually seen the movie and even now, I still haven't seen "The Warrior's Way," which opened yesterday after spending some time on a shelf.
That may not be promising, but I'm a fan of genre mash-ups, and one of my favorite in recent memory was the sensational "The Good, The Bad & The Weird," a movie that mixed Korean/Chinese history and American Western archetypes to amazing effect.
It sounds like "The Warrior's Way" is aiming for that same sort of mix of influences, and that's the main reason I agreed to sit down with Danny Huston and Jang Dong, the stars of the film. Well, that and the fact that Huston hails from a Hollywood family that has demonstrated a mastery of genre for several generations now.
Jang Dong isn't a household name here in the U.S., but he's been in some remarkable Korean films. In particular, I would recommend anyone who loves war films should track down "Tae Guk Ki," which Jang Bong was part of. It's an amazing ensemble effort that offered up a perspective I'd never seen in film before.
The two of them spoke with real enthusiasm about the picture, and that's nice to see. Sometimes, when a title has trouble finding a release date, the cast grows wary of coming back to promote it, but I didn't sense any of that here. All in all, it was a brief but enjoyable chat with the performers, and I'm definitely going to give "The Warrior's Way" a chance very soon.
"The Warrior's Way" is in theaters now.