Memories of the Sword

Memories of the Sword (2015)

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Three warriors from the Goryo Dynasty, Poong-Chun, Deok-Ki and Seol-Rang pledge to fight for the impoverished people under the incompetent king and they lead a riot. However, due to Deok-Ki's betrayal, Poong-Chun dies and Seol-Rang, as stricken by guilt, flees with Poong-Chun's sword and his infant daughter, Hong-Yi.
18 years later, the female warrior is now blind and she trains the young woman in martial arts. Soon Seol-Rang reveals that she is read morethe one who killed her parents. Hong-yi falls in utter shock, leaves Seol-Rang and plans to get revenge on both her and Deok-Ki, by now the most powerful man in the country. Soon blood will be shed.

  • Native title:

    협녀: 칼의 기억
  • Also Known as:

    Female Warrior: Memory of Sword ; Hyubnyeo: Kalui Kieok ; A Touch Of Zen

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May 29, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
This isn't really a wuxia movie or action movie. Though the action is done great, this movie is mostly a tragedy-revenge-romance that fits well with the setting chosen to portray the story. As someone who despise sappy romance drama, this one just hit the right notes.

I won't talk about the action and cinematography much, just say it was stunning. If China is best at portraying colours in their wuxia, S. Korea read more is great at using different seasons to depict it. This type of experience is what differentiate watching movies from watching dramas.

Acting: great on all fronts. I was initially no big fan of Lee Byung Hun but he really commands the scenes he's in, from the first time we meet him. First time seeing Jeon Do Yeon and she was great. Seeing Kim Go Eun again is a treat and she never disappoints. You don't feel that she's acting with other big stars she's just immersed into the role. The rest of the cast fit their roles as well.

The story itself is nothing new, starting with betrayal the revenge that follows. The extend to which the character was willing to go for revenge it insane. It's really hard to judge it.

What attracted me most and kept my attention is the complicated characters and the disturbing love story. Deok Ki is corrupted and disgusting in every way, yet his love is so real and pure. As illogical it is, I just totally bought it. Same goes for Sul Rang, that carried true hatred towards him, leading to an insane revenge plan, yet wishing she could forgive him. This is the type of intense crazy romance I totally enjoy watching. There's something so raw and desperate about it. Hong Yi went through many phases in the movie, but I just love her in the last fighting scene, cold yet emotionally intense! Her side love story however was a bore, with typical kdrama cliché that I totally could've done without. Still it didn't remove anything from my enjoyment, it just wasn't too logical. However I find the main leads' love story also illogical but I totally buy it and believe it.

After finishing the movie I read many comments complaining about the movie calling it a Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon copy. While I agree it alludes to it, the movie stands on its own telling its own story. Definitely worth a try.
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2 people found this review helpful
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Mar 11, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
this movie had a story line that will keep you watching and wondering what will happen
the action scenes in this movie is so awesome
you will see a lot of blood throw the movie so if you don't like that kind of thing i don't recommend you to watch the movie
overall the movie was good :)
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    Randz 4 days ago

    yup.. no one cries as painfully as kim go eun, she is one of my fav <3

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    Panda Apr 25, 2017

    I really liked this movie. Both lee byung hun and jun do yeon are so great at acting. The plot was meh but the scenery and actors were great

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    MilaKim Feb 8, 2017 - edited

    Does anyone know where I can watch this, please?

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    Camellia Dec 10, 2016

    Another movie that makes me appreciate Kim Go Eun even more than I already do. There's no praise for this movie that I could say which hasn't been said. This movie is simply awesome. Idk why there are people commenting on government and stuff, when this movie focuses on the relationship between the main characters and their story.

    Anyway... that was a good watch.

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    Melodious Oct 23, 2016 - edited
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      Randz 4 days ago
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    Mel-Vic Oct 1, 2016

    I thought the acting was great, and I liked the characters, but the story felt pointless once I started thinking about it. It was not like the citizens were any better off. Maybe I am missing something because of the culture differences. I wish that something had been done to change the governments treatment of the people, it is not like it was a historical drama. To me it felt like Seol Rang put Seol Hee (and the rest of us) through a lot of heart ache for nothing.

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    alienshore7 Aug 8, 2016

    So that's only the 2nd time I've seen Kim Go Eun, and she really was great. I'd like to see her in more sageuk roles - action ones especially, as I think she was better in that than Cheese in the Trap. Of course, Cheese had flaws that maybe taint my appreciation.

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    DifferenceBetween Jul 31, 2016 - edited
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    iamsarah Jun 29, 2016

    That was beautiful in a poetry like-way and KIM GO EUN IS FANTASTIC.

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    pixelviking May 28, 2016 - edited

    Wow. I've never seen so many clichés in one movie before... that wasn't a parody movie made by the Wayans brothers.

    How on Earth did this get such a high rating? It's nothing but a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon knock off. And even that movie was a knock off. More stylish at that. This director tried so hard to make it look cool that it's downright embarassing.

    "Let's run into the shadows so that our swords can glint when they collide!", said no swashbuckling hero ever. Except in this movie. *facepalm*

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Feb 26, 2017

      Bitter, are we? You must not have understood the plot, I'm thinking. Or be able to appreciate true cinematic beauty when you see it. Of course dissing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon shows THAT....

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    shadow May 17, 2016 - edited

    i love Kim Go Eun action scenes. She is only true action heroine in kdrama land who can act and fight. She do not pose like terrible ha ji won. watching ha ji won is like getting mugged and knowing getting mugged. There is one guy that does same level to make you angry. M. Shymalan. Its like you get robbed when you watch his movies. Same thing with ha ji won. I seriously wonder why any one allow ha ji won to do fight scene. Lack of option i think. All these plastic surgery girls do not want to risk their face.

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    Elaaf May 14, 2016 - edited

    I'm a bit confused..why the mother lose her eyesight ?

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    Raza May 1, 2016 - edited

    ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'' wannabe.

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      Raza Jul 2, 2016 - edited

      Ahh tell me about it, I was put off with Zhang Ziyi's character as well! She came across as really ungrateful and caused a lot of problems (deaths) along the way.

      I think that since you enjoyed Red Cliff, you would really like White Vengeance. The acting is fantastic and the beauty of this movie is the battle between two masterful strategists as well as the fierce battles during the fall of the Qin dynasty. :)

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      BrightestStar Jul 2, 2016

      White Vengeance does sound like my type of movie :D

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Feb 26, 2017

      Hardly. I've seen both. I guess any movie w/female warriors & a revenge motif must be a knockoff of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to you LOL

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      Raza Mar 11, 2017

      I can tell from your lame comment and how you judged me from my one opinion that you really are immature. You must have been sleeping throughout both of the movies if you didn't notice the resemblance lol!
      "Memories of the Sword" was inspired by Ang Lee’s "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Mar 11, 2017

      Really. Oh sweetie. You are so off. Being inspired by a creative work is MUCH different than being a KNOCKOFF of it, BTW. I certainly can see the inspiration. I am reacting to the idea that Memories of the Sword is a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon wannabe (other than, it wanted to be as good a film & make as much money - something quite different than plagiarism).
      I'd say YOU were the immature person, as you decided to judge me so quickly. I based my comment solely on your completely inaccurate description.

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    JustJackieB Apr 10, 2016

    This movie would be better if it was a drama. As a drama, it would have more time explaining why the mother tormented herself they way she did.

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    Divine Apr 9, 2016 - edited

    This movie was horrible. I don't understand what everyone is talking about. The fight scenes were exaggerated, the plot line was confusing, and everything else was illogical.

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      JustJackieB Apr 10, 2016

      The movie was confusing.

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      Nat May 2, 2016

      What was confusing?

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      JustJackieB May 5, 2016

      The mother's self-hatred and bitterness was confusing.


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Aug 13, 2015
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 1 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 619 users)
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