It seems the action film market is seeing an increase in movies from Indonesia. I imagine this is due, in part, to the success of films like THE RAID. But regardless of the reason, we (as viewers) can be thankful, for many of these films are well made and a lot of fun. THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR is one of these very films. And while the plot might not sound all too original, this movie is definitely a must-see for fans of martial arts cinema.
If you are not familiar with THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:
The Golden Cane: a relic of incomparable force, coveted by all. And with it, the training of a technique so unrivaled, it vanquishes all who dare oppose its power. As Master Cempaka and her four disciples – orphans of her enemies, now heirs to the Cane – prepare for the new warrior guardian to ascend, an act of villainous betrayal threatens to destroy the clan and destabilize the realm. Their only hope to restore order lies in finding the elusive White Dragon, the only remaining pupil still equipped to unlock the mysteries of the Golden Cane.
This film offers many reasons to like it. The cinematography looks great, the acting is decent, the scenery is beautiful, and the fight choreography is amazing. In short, this movie contains every positive aspect I look for.
As mentioned above, THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR is shot very well. I like the artistic feel the movie has; it reminds me a lot of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON in that regard.
The acting is pretty good, although I confess I’ve never heard of any of these actors. Eva Celia Latjuba does a great job as the main character, Dara. Likewise, Reza Rahadian portrays her nemesis, Biru, with ease. The rest of the cast supports them well, particularly in the action areas.
And speaking of action, THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR has plenty of it. There’s a lot of cane-fighting (which makes sense, seeing as how the title promotes a ‘Golden Cane Warrior’, after all), and it is superb. Each sequence is drenched with intensity and flair, making each skirmish a heart-racing affair. My sole complaint about the action (and the whole film, for that matter) is how the ‘ultimate move’ at the end is a bit anticlimactic. The film gears you up for something amazing, but then…it kinda fizzles.
But that is the only negative thing I can say about the film. THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR is a great, solid addition to the action film genre, and I recommend giving it a look. The film hits store shelves today, but check it out on Blu-ray if you can. The HD picture and sound are certainly worth it.