The Warriors Gate attempts to be a Karate Kid & Forbidden Kingdom in-between. It ends up being two hours of unbearably lame humour.
A teenager is magically transported to ancient China to save a princess in distress. To help him battle formidable enemies, he also acquires powerful kung-fu techniques, which are based on his video game skills.
Oh gosh. This is bad. Unbelievably bad.
Let’s see. It isn’t the story. I’ve played games and watched anime with flimsier stories. It isn’t the terrible dubbing or lacklustre kung-fu fights too. I’m not that much of a stick-in-the-mud about technical perfection.
It’s the fact that The Warriors Gate is entirely dependent on outdated 80s racial stereotypes. Stereotypes that involve both the Chinese and Western actors. Understandably, a movie with this sort of East and West crossover might have to rely on such stereotypes for humour. But for goodness’ sake, at least try to get the comedic timing right. Every joke in this movie either felt late, lame, or waaaaayyyyyyy too drawn out.
To quote the (Singlish spewing) youngster who sat behind me in the cinema. “Nabei. Still got people make this kind of movie meh?”
That The Warriors Gate is a Chinese-French production, that there are Chinese who think this sort of humour is funny, makes it even sadder.
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