Jade Warrior (film)

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Jade Warrior
Jadewarrior.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antti-Jussi Annila
Produced by Petri Jokiranta
Tero Kaukomaa
Jonah Greenberg
Written by Antti-Jussi Annila
Petri Jokiranta
Iiro Küttner (story)
Starring Tommi Eronen
Zhang Jingchu
Krista Kosonen
Markku Peltola
Music by Samuli Kosminen
Kimmo Pohjonen
Cinematography Henri Blomberg
Edited by Iikka Hesse
Distributed by Blind Spot Pictures
Release date(s) October 13, 2006 (Finland)
October 24, 2006 (China)
October 20, 2006 (Estonia)
Running time 110 minutes
Country Finland
China
Estonia
Netherlands
Language Finnish, Mandarin
Budget 2.7 million

Jade Warrior (Finnish: Jadesoturi, Chinese: 玉战士; pinyin: Yù zhànshì, Estonian: Igavese armastuse sõdalane) is a Finnish-Chinese co-produced movie. It combines elements of the wuxia genre with Finnish Kalevala mythology. It was directed by Antti-Jussi Annila.

The movie opened in Finland on October 13, 2006 with 40 copies. The film debuted at #2, right after The Devil Wears Prada. It opened in China on October 24 with 150 copies in 70 cities. Jade Warrior is the first Finnish movie to be released in movie theaters in China. In addition to China, the movie's international distribution rights have been sold to more than 30 countries.[1] In Finland, the movie grossed €607,038 with 79,050 tickets sold.[2]

Plot[edit]

Inspired by the Finnish epic The Kalevala, the story opens with a down-on-his luck novice blacksmith named Kai whose girlfriend, Ronja, leaves him. Ronja tries to dispose of his collection of Asian artifacts and what appears to be an urn full of ashes at an antique dealer. The ashes are his burned up hair and nail clippings, used by blacksmiths to prevent rust. This sets off a mythical series of events that holds Ronja back from leaving town. The ashes open a mythical chest, which causes Kai to remember a past life where he was a half-Chinese half-Finnish warrior named Sintai, fated to battle a demon in ancient China, threatening to enslave all of humankind.

Sintai is fated to be rewarded with Nirvana upon dying in that lifetime if he killed the demon. Sintai is abetted—and then ultimately disheartened—by a female warrior named Pin Yu, who has captured his heart. Shortly after, Pin Yu unexpectedly finds her lost lover, Cho, who is Sintai's friend. Upon realizing this, Sintai uses a magical chest to imprison the demon and escape Nirvana. He then commits suicide to be reborn as Kai, who is being instructed by the now freed demon to build the Sampo, an item that will open the gates to hell. Kai's remembering and the sampo building are transposed to each other. Finally, Kai realizes what he has done and knows his complete past life and, with Pin Yu now reincarnated as Ronja and potentially returned to his side, he decides to fulfill his original quest and kill the demon.

Cast[edit]

Reviews[edit]

  • CineFantastico.com link (Spanish)
  • Cinematic Happenings Under Development 3/5 stars link (English)
  • Twitch Films link (English)
  • Up Against the Wall [1] (English)

Soundtrack[edit]

Jade Warrior
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released October 11, 2006[3]
Recorded 20052006
Genre Soundtrack
Label Bonnier Amigo Music Finland
Singles from Jade Warrior
  1. "Fate"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Sorry Go 'Round"
    Released: 2006

According to the MTV3 website, the soundtrack was released on October 11, 2006.[3]

# Title Artist(s)
01. "Fate" (movie version) Bleak feat. Ana Johnsson and Kimmo Pohjonen 4:22
02. "Under the Rose" HIM 4:49
03. "Romeo" Sunrise Avenue 4:03
04. "Sorry Go 'Round" Poets of the Fall 3:40
05. "New Day" Deep Insight 3:38
06. "Scream" Dame 3:00
07. "Crossword" Bleak 3:40
08. "Days of Summer" Ana Johnsson 3:10
09. "Wear Out the Soles" Brightboy 2:57
10. "Grace" The Crash 3:46
11. "Savior" Christel Sundberg 4:22
12. "Routa" Kimmo Pohjonen/Samuli Kosminen Kluster
13. "Unia" Kimmo Pohjonen/Samuli Kosminen Kluster
14. "Kalvaja" Kimmo Pohjonen/Samuli Kosminen Kluster
15. "Vala" Kimmo Pohjonen/Samuli Kosminen Kluster

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