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In 645AD, the Tang Dynasty’s emperor Li starts his invasion into Goguryeo, one of the ancient kingdoms of Korea. One victory after another, the Tang army marches into Ansi, protected by General Yang, the lord of the fortress. Abandoned by his country and outnumbered by thousands, the brave general gathers his men and women to face the Tang army on his own. (Source: KoBiz) Edit Translation

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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2018
  • Duration: 2 hr. 15 min.
  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 1,659 users)
  • Ranked: #1571
  • Popularity: #3148
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Callie
7 people found this review helpful
Jul 29, 2020
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

A fun and undemanding war movie

Action- packed, this movie jumps in and doesn’t stop running until the end. It is a valiant underdog story of how ancient Korea fared against the onslaught of the invading Tang Dynasty of China.

The cast is pretty good. Everyone was believable enough in their role. Those playing Chinese roles spoke Chinese. Though I’ve adjusted enough to hearing it spoken to know it sounded a little stilted, it’s way better than having them speak Korean. That’s a peeve of mine in films of any sort- not using the language or at least the accent of the country the person is supposedly from. Perhaps it's because I don't particularly expect an action movie to make me sob or laugh hysterically, but I had no problem with any of the actors, or the story. I never lost immersion either, even if it didn't have me an emotional wreck. (Thank goodness, I wasn't watching it for that.)

The military tactics are clever and it was fun to guess how they would be counteracted. I’m not sure if they were ones actually recorded in history as having been used in that time frame, but they were believable, on both sides. (At least to some extent, we allowed for dramatization.)

This is an action movie, and doesn’t really have much romance in it. There’s a little poignant heartache, but it’s more of an aside than any running theme. Even so, it’s a great fun movie to watch, especially if you want to compromise on a date night. ;)

For those interested in history, the invading Chinese Emperor Taizong, aka Li ShiMin, is the first husband of Wu Zetian, the eventual only ruling Empress in the history of China. (Of course she’s not shown in this, she was an Imperial Consort at the time.) But fun! I’ve always wanted more details on that time frame- I’ve been fascinated by it since I was 12.



TL/DR: definitely see it. You won’t be bored, unless strategy eludes you and you just need to see gratuitous violence, or you live only for romantic dramas.

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timotey
7 people found this review helpful
Mar 3, 2019
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Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
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The best Kmovie I've seen so far. The cinematography is excellent, the story engaging... but the main draw for me was and still is the fascinating relationship between General Yang and Sa Mool. Their characters, the way they go from antagonists to close friends over the course of the movie, is the reason why I keep going back and re-watching it over and over again. The chemistry between Jo In Sung and Nam Joo Hyuk is amazing and Nam Joo Hyuk is mesmerizing to watch in his part. No wonder he won so many awards for this movie.
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  • Movie: The Great Battle
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2018
  • Duration: 2 hr. 15 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 1,659 users)
  • Ranked: #1571
  • Popularity: #3148
  • Watchers: 4,184

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