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by Rourou

May 14, 2012
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
1) The reason I watched this: I don't usually watch korean historical film, this was one of the exceptions since I had its DVD in one of my collections for a long time because I thought it was a historical-Wuxia Chinese film but when I found its synopsis and main actors in MDL, I decided to watch it right away even though it's Korean. 2) Storyline/Plot: Do you love stories that would make you feel like you're watching a piece of art? This is it!! Positive points: *To start with, action films mixed with romance are one of the favorite genres that I like to watch and this film was just the type. *Love through fighting was a brilliant idea that made this film's story so captivating because usually the leads are on the same side. *The fighting scenes were nicely done; grafic effects and cinematography would make you feel like you're watching a piece of art being painted. *The historical concept gave this film its great concept, it wouldn't be this great if it was in another era. Negative points: *The general presentation period didn't tell much therefore we don't get to know a lot about the leads (specially the lead male). *The romantic story could've went a lot deeper; we haven't seen a lot on that side but that doesn't mean it was bad. Story: 8/10 3) Acting/Cast: *Kang Dong Won: I just love this actor because he always have unusual roles, here he was amazingly different. I usually love it when the lead male is mysterious, handsome, martial arts expert, full of karisma and I found all of that in "sad eyes" character; it was a perfectly portrayed character although he may sound very silent but he managed to deliver a lot of emotions: *Claps* I really loved him here. *Ha Ji Won : In every drama/film, she can portray any character in a good way, here it wasn't any different; she was cool with her foolishness and manly behavior, she was the kind of strong/independent female lead plus she delivered great emotions. However, Kang Dong Won amazed me more. *I just loved the chemistry between the leads because every scene they had together was interesting to watch; they were so cool especially in fighting scenes. *I was right for watching it because of the lead actors: they did a great job. *The general acting was cool and the supporting roles were acceptable. Cast: 9.5/10 Acting: 10/10 4) The ending: *Some people may not understand it, I would love to explain it but I would spoil it for those who haven't seen the film yet. *Anyway, it was a great ending plus it was really logical for this type of film. The ending: 9/10 5) My impression (How did it affect me): *I didn't get my eyes off the screen the whole time, it was really interesting to watch. I am still wondering why I haven't seen it before. *I was really entertained; i laughed, I was excited because of the fighting scenes, I was moved by the sad emotions somehow (I don't usually get moved by any sort of sadness so this is rare). My impression: 9.5/10 6) Overall: *If you like action films mixed with romance then this is for you but don't expect a lot on the romantic side. *If you like mysterious male lead/strong female lead then this is for you. *If you like martial arts film that's full of cinematography then this is for you. Overall: 9/10.
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