Jade Warrior is an epic love story about battle between good and evil. It combines fantasy and kung fu and takes its inspiration in Finnish folk lore compilation known as The Kalevala. The film connects Finnish and Chinese mythology. The events take place in two different times and places: in modern Finland and in ancient China.
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Matias Aleksanteri Castrén, a researcher of Ural languages and ethnography, found in the 19th century clear connections between Asian and Finnish stories. The clearest common factor was the myth of the Sampo. Castrén’s writings told of an ancient Tibetan temple named Sang fu, which in English means “the fountain of all happiness”. In Mongolian, sangfu is pronounced in a manner very familiar to Finns: ’sampo’. The Sampo myth is also a central element in Jade Warrior, the film produced by Blind Spot Pictures. The story brings together Finnish mythology and Chinese legend as the Finnish protagonist’s, Kai Pelkonen’s, life is interwoven with the fate of the Chinese Sintai Seng Pu. In this way, Jade Warrior interprets the Kalevala in it is own way and is inspired by Castrén.