The Warrior’s Way is going to be a steampunk film. Let me say that again: this film is going to be steampunk.
For those of you who haven’t yet seen the film’s trailer, watch it now and prepare to be amazed.
In addition to being visually gorgeous, The Warrior’s Way looks to be a remarkable blend of the classical East Asian warrior saga and a violent tale of the Wild West. It takes the story of a deadly warrior who, due to a stroke of conscience when ordered to kill a child, turns his back on his former master and is hunted for it. But instead of telling the story entirely in an Asian setting (which has been seen before in countless films), The Warrior’s Way then carries the epic tale across the ocean into the rugged and brutal American West, a setting perfectly geared for just such a plot of redemption and revenge.
Although there appears to be no set date for when the film takes place, the Wild West motif and the weaponry witnessed in the trailer make it clear that it occurs some time around the turn of the 20th century (the most glaring proof of this is the machine gun with a water-cooled barrel at time 1:35). Add to this a beautiful circus performer and a drunkard played by the ever-charming Geoffrey Rush and you have an epic steampunk tale for the current generation.