The Warrior and the Wolf 2009 ★★½

Farmer Lu is recruited by the Han army in ancient China, fighting the nomadic tribes up in the mountains. When the snow comes and the army retreats, Lu finds himself in a Harran village where he falls for a beautiful woman – but their love is threatened by a curse that foretells if they mate then they’ll become wolves forever more. A historical epic with a difference, this is less endless battle scenes, more metaphysical love story. It certainly looks good, aside a dodgy CGI storm, but the narrative does rather drag towards the end.

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