Duelist (Hyeongsa) (2005)
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Director Lee Myung-se returns to the screen with his long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed 1999 policier Nowhere to Hide. Duelist takes place in Korea during the Chosun dynasty, where a large-scale counterfeiting scheme threatens to send the whole country into chaos. Two cops, Detective Ahn (Ahn Sung-kee, who played the killer in Nowhere to Hide) and his young protégé, Namsoon (Ha Ji-won of Phone), stumble upon the plot while they're working undercover at a street fair. A masked swordsman
Sep 9, 2005 Wide
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Clearly, Lee has an extraordinary eye, but wilful self-indulgence leads him astray here.
The bent chemistry between Ji-won's screwball tough gal and Dong-won's effeminate wraith injects just enough charm into the overwrought stylistics, which veer dangerously close to killing the movie's rhythm.
as much a quirkily combative love story, or a kaleidoscopic reverie on the shifting seasons, as a piece of period police procedural.
Duelist turns from playful to precious in the last 30-odd minutes, straggling towards a prancey showdown that's as graceful as all get-out but as cold as the endless falling snow.
Proof positive that Wushu and Chan don't mix, this aims to create a new crossover genre but falls between two stools.
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