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Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Warrior


British born Asif Kapadia directed this movie that tells the story of the head of a private band of warriors in feudal India that has a mystical encounter with a young girl he is about to kill. This encounter changes his life as he decides to quit being a warrior. But in feudal India no one quits the service of a warlord and as the man escapes in his journey to redemption and retribution the movie takes us to the most beautiful dessert and Himalayas landscapes.

According to Kapadia that co wrote the script, the story is based on a Japanese folk tale adapted to India settings.

It is hard to believe that this is Kapadia first feature film as he masterly directed a beautiful film with great cinematography, great lead actor Irfan Khan that plays Lafcadia the warrior, some non-actors performing magnificently, a very slow pace that allows to feel everything, breathtaking views of the Himalayas and he did all this with very little dialogue.

My impression is that technically this film is very similar to Yimou Zhang work, especially that great movie Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, where Yimou Zhang does almost the same as what I mentioned in the previous paragraph but he did it in China.

This movie was the UK submission to the 2003 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but was rejected as Hindi is not the official language of UK. Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 2003 BAFTA Awards and has many other awards and nominations in British and European awards and festivals.

Not for all audiences as this is an art house movie.

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