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The Warrior

"Musa" movie directed by Kim Seong-soo

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  • Jun 13, 2011
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THE WARRIOR

Have you ever seen a movie that some one else introduced you to and you realize it is one that you should have know about on your own? Well that is the case with this film here titled "Musa" also know here in the States as "The Warrior". If you were to look at my collection you would have thought I owned this but it was brought into my collection after she showed it to me. What makes this even better is it is based on historical facts, not entirely of course but it is based on some real events.

The film was also actually the biggest release in Korean cinema history at the time, with the largest budget at the time as well. It is also one of the best films I have seen that really tried to make even the settings and props as historically accurate as well. Plus I do recommend that you do not watch it the first go round with the English dud. As with all these kinds of films it is much better in the languages they were filmed. Also if you can find it get the Korean cut of the film, the international is just as good if that is all you can find but it is shorter by almost 30 minutes I believe.

A Korean envoy is making their way home when they are ambushed and attacked by the Chinese, a theme that repeats itself a couple different times. They are arrested under the suspicion that they are spies. Once again they are attacked while prisoners this time by the Mongols but are released to survive on their own. While they were making their way through China they happen upon a captured Chinese princess, and decide that they need to rescue her. They see this as their way of getting in the good graces of her people and connecting their two peoples together. In doing so they are only making matters worse for themselves as it turns out. On top of that they pick up a Monk along the way and a former slave seems to be the most skilled of the group. That of course causes tension between him and the General of the Korean group.

Writer/director Kim Seong-soo does a great job with this film and makes it very entertaining throughout. He did a great job making this as realistic as possible and still incorporating very entertaining moments and action. The battles feel real and are very well done which makes for a great movie. Ziyi Zhang or Zhang Ziyi depending is great as Princess Bu-yong, but of course we knew she would be. Woo-sung Jung is excellent as the former slave of an ambassador who is now a free man, well unless you ask the General. Speaking of the general Ju Jin-mo is great in the role and the way he plays off of Jung's character and vice versa is great. These three really are excellent in this film.

Of course the entire cast is great like Ahn Sung-ki whose character is looked up to amongst the others is great as well. Yu Rongguang plays the Mongol general and does a great job as well. Now like I said earlier the action scenes and battles are great because they are treated seriously. I also enjoyed the setting the story takes place in since it really feels like they have a long way to go. That of course leads me into the cinematography which as is the case with most of these films is great. The scope and wide shots really add to the emptiness of the desert that they are in.

This is a good movie fro sure and if you are into these types of films then you will love it. It is not only an epic movie but it has adventure and love stories woven in as well. Like the former slave and general competing for the princess, so much so that they even do battle from time to time. This really is a good movie and while not the greatest I have ever seen it is still recommendable.

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June 26, 2011
Huh? I read this before but where's my comment and rating?! I liked this movie quite a bit but I liked the Korean dvd a lot better called MUSA THE WARRIOR. Thanks for sending me the link., Alex! Have you seen THE RESTLESS? same guy who played the lead...
 
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This is a good movie fro sure and if you are into these types of films then you will love it. It is not only an epic movie but it has adventure and love stories woven in as well. Like the former slave and general competing for the princess, so much so that they even do battle from time to time. This really is a good movie and while not the greatest I have ever seen it is still recommendable.
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