Too Many Questions Overcome 'Warriors of Virtue'

By Gire, Dann | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 2, 1997 | Go to article overview

Too Many Questions Overcome 'Warriors of Virtue'


Gire, Dann, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic

"Warriors of Virtue"

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Written by Michael Vickerman and Hugh Kelley. Produced by Dennis Law, Ronald Law, Christopher Law, Jeremy Law and Patricia Ruben. Directed by Ronny Yu. An MGM release. Rated PG. 102 minutes.

Cast:

   Ryan Jeffers    Mario Yedidia
   Ming   Dennis Dun
   Yun   Jack Tate
   Yee   Doug Jones
   Lai   Don Lewis
   Chi   J. Todd Adam
   Tsun   Adrienne Corcoran

   I don't understand something about this movie.

Actually, I don't understand lots of things about this movie. But let's start with this one.

The five title characters from "Warriors of Virtue" are kangaroos (in the same way that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are turtles), and they have impressive job descriptions.

Yun stands for the virtue of benevolence. Yee stands for the virtue of righteousness. Lai stands for the virtue of order and stability. Chi stands for the virtue of wisdom. Tsun stands for the virtue of loyalty.

Yet, despite their apparent commitment to peace and gentleness, these virtuous characters spend almost every waking moment kung-fuing the living daylights out of everyone else in the cast.

"Warriors of Virtue" comes to the big screen as a train collision of storytelling cultures. The premise of the Roo Warriors came from four brothers - medical doctors no less - born and raised in Hong Kong.

The director, Ronny Yu, comes from China, but he received his education in the United States and lives in Australia, so he became the natural choice to make a Chinese movie about pugnacious marsupials for American viewers.

As you might expect, "Warriors of Virtue" has lots of the flashy martial arts action and supernatural trappings you'd expect to see in a Chinese adventure film. …

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