The Warriors Gate

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The Warriors Gate
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Directed byMatthias Hoene
Produced byMark Gao
Luc Besson
Screenplay byLuc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
StarringMark Chao
Ni Ni
Uriah Shelton
Dave Bautista
Music byKlaus Badelt
CinematographyMaxime Alexandre
Edited byAudrey Simonaud
Distributed byEuropaCorp
Release date
  • November 18, 2016 (2016-11-18) (China)
Running time
108 minutes
BudgetUS$48 million[1]
Box officeUS$3.2 million

The Warriors Gate (Chinese: 勇士之門, also released as Enter the Warriors Gate) is a 2016 Chinese-French action-adventure-fantasy film directed by Matthias Hoene[2] and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It was released in China on November 18, 2016, in 2D, 3D and China Film Giant Screen 3D,[3][4][5] and on video on demand in the United States on May 5.[clarification needed]


Jack Bronson (Uriah Shelton) is a teenager who spends his free time playing warrior video games and working at a Chinese curios and antiques shop. His mother is trying to sell the house they live in before it goes into foreclosure. When Jack goes to a biking park, Travis (Dakota Daulby), a neighbourhood bully and his friends chase after him and he hides inside his bosses shop and helps out. A family heirloom, The Warriors Gate, from Mr Cheng’s cousin in Beijing arrives at the shop and he gives it to Jack as a gift.

Jack goes to sleep with the thing in his room and wakes up with a sword at his neck. A warrior, Zhao (Mark Chao) tells him that the ‘Black Knight’ has to look after the most precious thing in the kingdom; the Princess. Jack gets to know Princess Su Lin and she stays with him overnight. The next morning, barbarians from the game realm come to kill the Princess but she fights them off, destroying the house in the process. The barbarians take the Princess back into the other realm through the Warriors Gate but when Jack goes in after her he arrives somewhere else. The Warrior who sent the Princess to stay with Jack is there and there is an army of barbarians trying to kill them. The Wizard stops time and the army is frozen. The Wizard tells Jack that Zhao was one of six children raised from both to protect the Emperor and that the only person who could defeat them was Arun the Cruel, King of the barbarians. Arun poisoned the warriors and killed the Emperor and the only people left alive were Su Lin and Zhao. The wizard searched through his seeing stone to find the greatest Warrior to protect the Princess and found The Black Knight; Jack's in game avatar; a ferocious and clever Warrior. Jack and Zhao find out that Arun the Cruel will marry the Princess, become Emperor and then have her killed; so their mission is to save her.

While on their way through the "Unknown Kingdom" Jack tries the get Zhao to dance and have fun. In the forest, Jack gets held captive by beautiful Witch triplets that intend to eat him but Zhao saves him. At night Zhao starts to teach Jack how to fight. They get to a lake and Zhao says the trek around it will take days because he cannot swim. Jack agrees to teach him if Zhao continues teaching him how to fight like a Warrior.

When they arrive at Arun's kingdom they get captured; their way of getting into the kingdom and past all the guards and knights. They get free by working together to kill the guard when he gives them their food. Jack saves Su Lin but just as they're about to kiss Zhao barges in and interrupts them. On their way out they get recaptured and put back in their cell, Jack tells Zhao that he’s too young to die, having never even kissed a girl. Zhao reveals that neither has he. A butterfly appears and Zhao has a conversation with it. Jack asks if the butterfly understood him and Zhao replies that he hopes so.

During the wedding when Arun the Cruel lifts up her veil and goes to kiss Su Lin he sees that her face is of that of an insectoid monster with a long tongue and huge eyes. The Wizard uses his magic to distract everyone and frees Jack and Zhao just before hanging. The Wizard pours magic powder on Jacks shoes and tells him to jump. Jack saves the princess and all the barbarians try to kill them. The wizard gives Jack bags of magic powder to throw at them. One of the bags makes one of the barbarians a huge monster, however; too large for Jack and a formidable foe for Zhao. Eventually, Jack and Su Lin catapult themselves faraway and Zhao and the Wizard get away as well.

Jack wakes up in a forest alone and after a search finds Su Lin tied up. Arun's guards attack Jack but he fights them off. Arun and Jack fight until Jack kills Arun and saves the Princess.

Su Lin is crowned Empress and sometime afterwards they kiss and she tells Jack that she never thought he was worthless; not even when they first met. The Empress's guards see her lipstick on Jack’s face and try to kill him for touching her; but he gets home through the Warriors Gate; smashing it to pieces and rendering it useless to get back.

When he goes to school the next day Jack finally defeats his bully, Travis. At home, Jack tries to put the Warriors Gate back together but fails so he creates a video game called ‘The Warriors Gate’ and sells it for $25,000 so that he and his mom get to keep their house. Days later Jack is at the mall for some ice-cream and bumps into Su Lin. She had the Wizard make her another box/gate and made a new law that everyone gets holidays; even the Empress. Back in Empress's Kingdom, we see Zhao teaching all the knights to dance. Su Lin also dances a modern dance while standing on the balcony of her Forbidden City- like palace.



The film had a budget of CN¥300 million.[8] Filming started on May 4, 2015. It was filmed on location at Hengdian World Studios in Jinhua, China and in British Columbia, Canada.[2]


The Hollywood Reporter compared the film to The Last Starfighter. Discussing the director, the review noted that "Hoene keeps things competent rather than creative, and shows little of the flair he did in Cockneys vs Zombies" and that the story wades into "familiar territory" that may attract a young adult audience "for YA audiences that are heavily into the 1980s".[9]

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  1. ^ Alex Ritman and Rhonda Richford (February 11, 2016). "EuropaCorp Shake-Up: Surprise Exit Reignites Sales Chatter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Patrick Frater (May 13, 2015). "Cannes: Dave Bautista Stars in Martial Arts Epic 'Warrior's Gate' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "勇士之门 The Warriors Gate (2016)". (in Chinese). Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "勇士之门 的海报". (in Chinese). Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "勇士之门(2016)". (in Chinese). Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Patrick Frater (June 10, 2015). "Francis Ng Joins Dave Bautista in Cast of 'Warrior's Gate'". Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Tiffany Vogt (July 5, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: WAYWARD PINES scoop, shining the spotlight on Dakota Daulby". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Kevin Ma (April 20, 2015). "Luc Besson readies Warrior's China shoot". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  9. ^ Kerr, Elizabeth (17 January 2017). "'The Warrior's Gate': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

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