The Warrior's Way (formerly Laundry Warrior) Part 4 News by Jang Dong Gun, Kate Bosworth
OMG, go to youtube and see the 3 minute plus trailer. The news reported that it got leaked out on June 5 and the company is asking youtube to delete it. Watch it before it gets deleted. I'm not going to do screencaps. At first I didn't like the hairstyle. Why can't they give him some curls but I can't be choosy. OMG, the delight is to hear him speak in English. I laughed so much when I heard him speak in English. If anything, I'll watch it for his English. But yeah, they gave him very cool moments, slow motion enough to make you drool all over him again. Alright, so he's not a bad guy, but an honorable one slicing through his enemy. Could be cheesy like any action films. And at the end of the trailer, I have the feeling he might have very limited lines just like Chow Yun Fat's first English movies. He even sounded a bit like Chow Yun Fat. OMG...this is so fun. You know, Jet Li's first English movie where he was the main star (not Lethal Weapon 4), Jet Li spoke a lot of English lines and to date my favorite English movie of his in terms of dialog delivered. The One was good too. I hope Jang Dong Gun could dazzle the rest of the world with this movie. Ah...wirefu. Not too keen on it but every movie has wire fu. I think he did put in quite a bit of effort to look good doing the action. The cinematography is there alright. Looks top notch even in a crappy quality trailer. I think it is already better than The Forbidden Kingdom of Jet Li and Jackie Chan. If my new home doesn't show it, I'll drive to San Francisco for this. Aiya, they better show it because I plan to watch it a couple of times. PS. Lee Byung Hun and Jung Woo Sung could have done this role perhaps easily with grit and flair respectivey but they chose Jang Dong Gun who is not normally associated with action films as such. That's credit to us fans. I'm sure Jang Dong Gun will show us a side that we haven't seen yet. Perhaps Lee Byung Hun would be too mean spirited in look and Jung Woo Sung too unreadable. Perhaps they will show a swordsman with more feelings which is Jang Dong Gun's forte.
Posted June 7, 2009:
According to this news, The Warriors' Way will be released in AUGUST!!!! OMG, by then I would have moved. I wonder if they would show this movie in the tiny city I live in. I might have to drive 4 and a half hours to the Bay Area to watch it! Faint!!!! And what if I wanted to watch it a few times. OMG, this is bad news. It better have a general release and not a limited release.
Posted April 6, 2009:
The imbd site has been updated and the movie will debut on October 22 in Russia. According to juju's blog here, other dates will also be determined by the middle of this month especially Korea's.
Posted March 27, 2009:
It appears that they have decided to use The Warrior's Way for the movie at the request of the wholesaler/distributor so that it is easier to remember. Credit: Juju's blog. And August for US release !!
Posted March 26, 2009:
According to the Japanese news dated March 18, 2009 of JDG's official site here, the movie would be globally released in August 2009.
Posted March 19, 2009:
So this film is now in the process of being renamed and the mostly discussed name is The Warrior's Way, followed by The Warrior because the production company feels it is a bit more audience friendly. The film does not have a distributor in N. America but is planned for release in the second half of this year. After they have set the N. American circuits, then they will tackle the Korean release date. Source
Posted December 4, 2008:
According to this mention here, Laundry Warrior is slated for a March 2009 release.
Posted October 3, 2008:
According to a translation by With JDG Forever, it was said that Wellmade StarM has invested US$10,000,000 in Jang Dong Gun's Laundry Warrior and because of currency exchange fluctuations, it has increaased in the recent favorable exchange rate. Once Wellmade announced that the film Laundry Warrior would cost US$43,600,000 of which Wellmade would invest US$10 million. Because the excahnge rate was 921.95 Won to the dollar at that time, it was 92 hundred million Won in investment. But due the the change of exchange rate to 1188.80 Won to the dollar, the US$10 million now equals to 118 hundred million Won and so it has increased in value of 26 hundred million. It is expected that the movie would have exceptional returns.
Posted September 29, 2008:
A quick mention of Laundry Warrior as South Korea and New Zealand signs the film co-production treaty, 15 months after the process started. Barrie Osbourne apparently is a native New Zealander. Source This news stated March as the release date next year including Europe.
Posted September 22, 2008:
According to this news, Laundry Warrior would be shown early next year because the release slots for movies for the end of the year in the US is full already. So here's the competition. Ninja Assassin of Rain has a production budget of US$50 million, Laundry Warrior of Jang Dong Gun is US$40 million and G.I. Joe with Lee Byung Hun is US$170 million. So don't expect too much in flashy stuff. Source On the other hand, we shouldn't worry too much. Rain's Speed Racer costed US$250 million to make and only raked int US$43.7 million in the US. So production budgets doesn't mean everything. Source
Posted September 6, 2008:
Interesting news here. Kate Bosworth actually got a speech coach to train her on the right accent to use for the period of time that is depicted for Laundry Warrior. See middle of the article here. I am now wondering if Jang Dong Gun gets to speak in English or if he would be playing a mute and deadly Asian warrior. OMG, don't make him mute! I want to hear him speak English. But like all Hollywood films, Asians could move around in such deadliness without uttering a single word and still kill the enemy. OMG. Just thinking about a mute JDG pains me....hahahaha....
And the news here tells us to watch out for Ryan Richards, one of the fastest rising star in New Zealand even before he finishes drama school and has just finished Laundry Warrior and now in a one act American play about a salesman holed up in a hotel with a terrible secret.
Posted September 4, 2008:
This gossip news here said that Laundry Warrior would be released sometime later this year. Could it perhaps be for Christmas instead of early next year? Kate Bosworth is not going to be in the next sequel of Superman 2012.
Posted June 27, 2008:
The movie has been presold in certain parts of Europe and Asia for a total of 100 hundred million Won. In Europe it sold for 10,000,000 ECU. The movie budget is US$47,000,000. Source
Posted June 27, 2008:
This guy called Andrew Cottle on the left is a stunt double in Prince Caspian but also worked in background fighting and explosive scenes in Laundry Warrior. He is known for his horseriding skills although he didn't ride a horse in Laundry Warriror. Source
Posted June 4, 2008:
I don't think this news was translated earlier on. Basically, this movie is in negotiations in the US towards the end of May and it is to be decided if it would have a release of more than 2000 theatres across the US. Source In previous news, I've seen reporters comparing this movie with D-War which has 2000 screens release and they think that this movie might be even bigger than D-War.
In the US, a limited release is 500 screens and less and it's really painful for Asian movie goers because it would mean travelling long distances to find a theatre that will showcase it. The Promise (213 theatres) , and Lust, Caution, had limited release. Sometimes, limited release is only restricted to 15 or 16 large cosmopolitan cities and the rest of the country never sees it. A wide release is 600 screens and up. If Laundry Warrior has wide release, I would get to see it in a nearby theatre. For your information, Dragon Wars (D-War) got a wide release of 2277 screens. The Curse of the Golden Flower got an initial 60 limited screen release and then 1234 for the general release. Infernal Affairs got a pitiful 5 screen in the US. Hero opened with 2031 screens and then broadened to 2175 screens. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon started off with 16 screens and grew to 2027. How does these stack up with Hollywood movies? See below.
Rain's Speed Racer has 3606 screens!!!
The Forbidden Kingdom of Jet Li and Jackie Chan - 3151 screens
Titanic - 3265 screens
Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End - 4362
The Bourne Ultimatum - 3701
Spiderman 3 - 4324
The Departed - 3017
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 3272
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull - 4264
The Lion King - 2624
Posted May 29, 2008:
I don't think I have posted this photo yet. Anyway, now that I read closely, he will have the baby of the enemy, the last of their bloodline, to this mid-Western place where everything takes place. Hmm. why the enemy's son? So there would be a sequel where the baby grows up to kill him?
Posted May 14, 2008:
It looks like Kate Bosworth is going to be a circus knife throwing member in this movie according to these sources : 1, 2 Here's the line: "The story is about an Asian warrior played by Jang, who is forced to hide in a small town in the American badlands. He meets the town drunk, and a circus knife thrower played by Kate, both of whom have powerful secrets."
Posted April 24, 2008:
Here's some news on Laundry Warrior. The filmmaker promises that it would appear in more than 2000 screens in the US more than D-War when it was shown over here. The company is looking for a distributor at the moment. Source
One of the actors in this show would be in Laundry Warrior. Source
Posted April 15, 2008:
Di Lung, the Shaw Brothers old timer action star, was at a Hong Kong classic film expo press conference and mentioned that he has just finished making the Hollywood movie in New Zealand with Jang Dong Gun and in the movie, he was the master of Jang Dong Gun teaching him how to do the swords. Di Lung said, "This is the first time I starred in a Western movie and in the movie I had to use real swords to teach Jang Dong Gun and had to fight with him. Even though I had many years of action movie experience, swords are blind and I was so afraid that I might hurt him that I couldn't even sleep well." Di Lung praised Jang Dong Gun that he was very assiduous and that the manager of Jang Dong Gun even hired teachers separately to teach him English and swordplay for preparation.Source In this news, Di Lung said that JDG was very hardworking and he hoped to help propel him (JDG) in Hollywood. Source
So ladies, we should be glad that JDG took so much trouble to do it well. Di Lung...interesting. Didn't think he would be in it. Now I am wondering if they really left the action choreography of the swordplay to the New Zealand firm or if they used a Chinese choreographer.
Posted March 28, 2008:
Thank you to Chingu for posting this news clip at my forum on Kate Bosworth.
Kate Bosworth on David Letterman, March 2008 Here's the You Tube clip:
Chingu wrote: Let me tell you that she does talk about New Zealand almost the whole time. For the first 2 minutes she talks about Laundry Warrior but I cringed when she said the title of the movie...she looked embarassed. Maybe she knows it sounds ridiculous? She then tried to explain what it was about and she just was very awkward about it, like she has no confidence in the movie. If the lead actress is awkward talking about the movie, what does that say about it? She did not mention JDG by name, she only said the movie was about an Asian warrior who hides out in a deserted carnie village. It was just a very uncomfortable 2 minutes. She mentioned the director is Korean, she mentioned her character, she mentioned Barrie Osborne and that the movie is sort of fantasy. She said she filmed for 3 months and NZ is very beautful.
I'm not just trying to be snarky or negative but she when she talked about LW she sounded like she thought it was stupid.
You can see the clip for yourself. Let me know if you thought she seemed awkwrd talking about it, too. If you only want to see her talk about LW then you can stop about 2:12. After that she talks about her New Zealand road trip with her boyfriend at the end of filming LW, then she talks about her new film '21'.
My response: Totally agree. Typical film? Ah...she doesn't instill confidence in this movie at all. That makes 2 now. Let's hope for a miracle.