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An Indian journey

by Judy Cox
Issue No. 1800

THE WARRIOR is a surprise hit movie. It is a low budget independent film directed by Hackney-born Asif Kapadia, and was filmed in India with an international crew and a few professional actors. It is set in the past somewhere in India.

A fierce warrior becomes tired of murdering, raping and terrorising the peasants who cannot pay their tributes to the lord because of drought or famine. He experiences a moment of revelation during one killing spree when he nearly kills a young girl wearing a pendant given to her by his own son.

He seeks to redeem himself by leaving his desert home for the place of his birth, high in the Himalayan mountains. But he cannot escape his past so easily. Both the innocent and the guilty must suffer before the warrior can complete his spiritual and physical journey.

This is a brooding, menacing, and visually stunning film, with every detail, every grain of sand and drop of water, lovingly filmed. It is an epic movie. If you like Sergio Leone's best Westerns, you'll love The Warrior.

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Sat 18 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1800
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