"Ninjas. Damn."The Warrior's Way
— Ron note
is a western/ninja/circus movie released in 2010. The film's story revolves around the character Yang, an Asian swordsman who was exiled from his clan after refusing to kill a baby, and Lynne, a troubled woman with a horrific past. The film uses green screen throughout and liberal use of special effects.
This film includes examples of the following tropes:
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Or more like "a member of the Sad Flutes is a merciless assassin that can kill anybody (even children) and Shoot the Dog without hesitation, because anybody who is not us will always be the The Enemy". Yang has other ideas.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Both The Colonel and Saddest Flute are significantly more dangerous than their respective underlings.
- Badass Longcoat: Yang wears one for the second half of the movie.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: The Colonel orders this done to the two Mexican girls he intends to rape.
- Battle in the Rain: The final battle between Yang and the Saddest Flute takes place in a storm that literally blows up out of nowhere (It seems to be a flashback to a training session substituted in place of their actual final fight).
- Black Cloak: The Sad Flutes.
- Bolivian Army Ending: Considering how Yang normally does against such odds, though...
- Booze Flamethrower: The fire eater from the circus uses this to light the candles on a birthday cake. It becomes a Chekhov's Skill when he later uses it to light a couple of the Colonel's henchmen on fire.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Yang. He dodges a bullet at point-blank range!
- Cherry Blossoms
- Chinese Launderer: Yang takes over the laundry when he arrives in Lode, mainly because that's what everyone assumes he'll be good at. He actually has to learn how to do it from Lynne.
- Clothing Switch: The town guy who takes one of the Sad Flutes' Coat, Hat, Mask combo after the Final Battle. Doubles as a Funny Background Event since nobody says anything of it and he doesn't get a single line while wearing it.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: The Sad Flutes' suits. So cool looking a town guy actually bothers to put one on after they're dead.
- Colonel Badass: The Colonel, as expected.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Yang tears through groups of mooks with no problem. The only time he actually has to pause and expend some effort are against lone major characters. They don't last much longer either, though.
- Contract on the Hitman: The Sad Flutes are not happy with Yang...
- Cool Versus Awesome: Cowboys. Vs. Ninjas.
- Covered with Scars: Yang
- Covers Always Lie: the movie poster features a blond Kate Bosworth in a dress. Lynne in the movie is a Fiery Redhead tomboy who wears masculine clothing for all but one scene.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Yang must run from everyone he loves to prevent the Sad Flutes from killing them.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked by Lynne at one point with a tight dress, with the dirt still on her face.
- Dressing as the Enemy: One of the town guys bothers to wear the hat and cape of one of the fallen ninjas after the Final Battle is done.
- Drowning My Sorrows: The reason Ron is the town drunk.
- Dodge the Bullet: Yang dodges a point blank pistol shot at the end, anticipating the shot a split second before it's fired.
- Dull Surprise: Yang at almost anything.
- Faceless Mooks: The faces of the many ninjas are never seen. Most of the bandits wear bandannas over their faces as well.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: The Colonel, right before Lynne kills him.
- Fiery Redhead: Lynne
- Follow the Leader: to Ninja Assassin, down to the casting of a Korean idol (Jang Donggun from The Promise).
- Foreshadowing: The Colonel, at one point, talks about how he hanged a man by his hamstrings. Lynne ends up leading into her killing blow against him by hamstringing him.
- Fun with Subtitles: At the beginning.
Subtitle: The Greatest Swordsman in History of Mankind. (Beat)
- Gatling Good
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Yang and Lynne have scars that are covered by their clothing. The Colonel has horrible facial scars.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Not all the time, but there are an awful lot of shots of blood spatters hitting screens and such. One such massacre takes place entirely in a dust cloud.
- Groin Attack: Eight Ball's method of dealing with the three delinquents harassing Yang. For the final battle he dons a glove with the palm covered in spikes, but never gets to use it.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Hitman with a Heart: Yang.
- Hope Sprouts Eternal: There's definitely something going on with the flower garden in the desert.
- Human Shield: Used primarily by Yang
- Implacable Man:
- The Sad Flutes, who seem to have an inexhaustible supply of assassins hunting Yang to every corner of the world.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: The Sad Flutes' clothes, so much one of the town boys takes them off one and wears them after they are all dead.
- Improvised Weapon: In spades.
- Infant Immortality: Forms the premise of the film, although it is averted in the case of Lynne's brother.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The Sad Flutes resemble, but are never specifically called, ninjas in the film. Doing so would spoil Yang's indeterminate home country.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: the reason Yang leaves April and Lynne.
- Knife-Throwing Act: Lynne's specialty
- Leave Him to Me: Lynne, regarding the Colonel
- Malevolent Masked Man: The Colonel wears a creepy half-face mask to conceal his burn scars. It makes him look more than a little like Leatherface.
- Martial Pacifist: Yang, after leaving the Sad Flutes.
- Meaningful Name: They name the baby April, the month in which cherry trees bloom
- More Dakka
- Nice Hat: The Sad Flutes
- No Name Given: The main character's name is never uttered within the movie. You learn it in the credits. Lynne calls him "Skinny" most of the time.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Discussed
- Non-Specifically Foreign: It's never specified or clear where Yang comes from. He's played by a South Korean, uses a Japanese sword, and his name is most likely Chinese. The citizens of Lode seem to assume he's Chinese
- One-Man Army: Yang
- Reliably Unreliable Guns: In the finale, one of the outlaws has a machine gun braced on another's shoulder. After he has his arms cut off, the gun starts firing on full auto, pivoting on the corpse of the partner and neatly stitching across a horde of outlaws who were standing behind him.
- Retired Badass: Ron.
- Retired Gunslinger: Ron
- Retired Outlaw: Ron
- Riding into the Sunset: Well, technically walking.
- Rule of Cool: It's a ninja cowboy movie.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: One of the main themes of the movie, although Yang is at least not an extremely egregious example, as despite his lack of social skills he is able to take care of himself and function normally perfectly fine.
- Samurai Cowboy
- Scars Are Forever
- Single-Stroke Battle: All the sword fights are like this, the most traditional being the one at the beginning where Yang becomes The Greatest Swordsman in the World by killing The Greatest Swordsman in the World. The only two prolonged fights with any degree of Flynning are the ones at the end between Lynne and the Colonel, and between Yang and Saddest Flute (which appears to be a training flashback substituted in place of their actual final battle).
- Softspoken Sadist: The Colonel.
- Stepping-Stone Sword
- The Stoic: Yang, most of the time.
- Stuff Blowing Up: "We only have 100 sticks of dynamite"
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works
- Took a Level in Badass: Lynne
- Trailers Always Lie: The trailer's line, "Ninjas. Damn," does not appear in the film, nor are the Sad Flutes ever described as ninjas.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The last scene of the movie? In the trailer.
- Training Montage: in Flashback
- We Have Reserves: The Sad Flutes keep throwing dozens of their men at Yang, even as he keeps cutting them down. Saddest Flute even has no problem wasting the majority of his men in a pointless fight against random bandit assholes, instead of focusing on the guy they came specifically to kill.
- What a Drag: The Colonel does this to Ron.
- Whip It Good
- William Telling:
- Using booze in place of an apple.
- Subverted when Ron drinks the booze.
- Would Hurt a Child: Yang wouldn't. The Sad Flutes would. Saddest Flute's Resignations Not Accepted speech puts much emphasis on the fact that Yang should have (and must still) kill the kid, because she will always be "the Enemy".
- X on a Stick: Baby on a stick!