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Soundtrack review: The warrior’s gate (Klaus Badelt – 2016)

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Soundtrack review: The warrior’s gate (Klaus Badelt – 2016)


“The Warriors Gate” is a 2016 Chinese-French action-adventure-fantasy film directed by Matthias Hoene.It was released in China on November 18, 2016 in 2D, 3D and China Film Giant Screen 3D. A teenager was transported to China in a magical way for a mission to accomplish by saving the princess from danger. He transforms himself into a Kung Fu warrior to battle the evil villains by converting his video game skills. Klaus Badelt wrote the score and him, just like Harry Gregson Williams, is a composer who I keep listening to no matter what they compose,  waiting for him to return to the creative place that made him one of my favorites. The premises are there since my favorite score of his is “Wu-ji – The promise”, also for a Chinese epic fantasy film.

I like to run, I am a runner and depending on my mood, physical shape or desire my runs vary a lot from day to day. I might run on the exact same road in similar weather conditions and feel completely different; some days I feel like nothing can stop me, I feel motivated and give it my all while other times my heart isn’t that much in in and I run steady, slow; I still enjoy it and feel good and the session serves its purpose but without that joy and epic stride. I have all these thoughts as the cues of “The warrior’s gate” flow and develop, some action, some emotional and all of them nice and enjoyable without having that spark that exhilarated me in “The promise” for example, without the music running and flying like there was no tomorrow. Klaus Badelt keeps his music here tame and gentle; the score is beautiful and a cue lie “Sleeping empress” could charm me any day but still it’s at animation level. I don’t feel the epic fantasy I just hear a nice and harmless score.

The Chinese instruments are there and they come to me like butterflies in the love songs and sting me like arrows in the action moments. There’s nothing wrong with this score and maybe just my expectations for Chinese epic fantasy were too high but I listen to the music and don’t feel the goose bumps. There are nuggets of what I was looking for in the beginning of “The unknown lands” and pieces of other cues but few and scattered.

“The warrior’s gate” is a nice score that certainly does the job when it comes to the movie. I didn’t feel the need to skip cues but didn’t repeat any of them either.

Cue rating: 78 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 5 / 44

Album excellence: 11%


Sleeping empress

Crowning the empress

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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