'Judge Archer' [DVD + Digital]
(Chengyuan Li, Yenny Martin, Yang Song, et al / DVD+Digital / PG-13 / (2012) 2016 / LGF)
Overview: From the writer of 'The Grandmaster' comes the action-packed 'Judge Archer', arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand November 1st from Lionsgate.
DVD Verdict: In 1920s China, Judge Archer takes on the dangerous job of settling disputes between warring schools of martial arts. When a mysterious woman asks him to avenge her father’s murder, Archer poses as a fruit seller in a distant town to stake out his prey. To distract and seduce Archer, the clever killer sends a gorgeous woman, who proves to be a talented warrior herself.
With a mystical tag line that simply states: "The spear signifies political power, the arrow personal ambition. What happens when the two collide?", 'Judge Archer' is one of the most action-packed, on the go movies I've sat down to watch for the past decade!
The details in this movie are fine tuned and destined to be, especially for all fans of martial arts, a massive go-to in their collections. I mean, nothing looks cheap or just put together here. Even when the rain pours, which it seems to do an awful lot, in truth, at no point does a note of cheapness present itself. The scenery, the costumes, the script all speak beautifully of the well-crafted period movie.
Basically put, a desperate man is driven close to insanity, but before he completes that journey he is given a new lease in life by monks who tell him to adopt the first name he hears. As it happens, it’s Judge Archer – a name which is really a title of an impartial individual who deals justice between warring factions.
So, when an strange woman (who dresses in male fashion) requests justice and revenge against a military man, Judge Archer finds himself going against an aging Kung Fu master, his disciple and an opera singer who flirts shamelessly with him! Judge Archer is used to solving everything with Kung Fu and his bow, but times are a'changing; and, perhaps it might just be that Judge Archer is the last of his kind. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.