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Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

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1859. The last days of the Joseon Dynasty, where the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits - calling themselves KUNDO - rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the poor and oppressed. But for one man, a debt of bloody revenge is owed to the aristocrat that robbed him of his family and his name. (c) Well Go USAmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeon Cheol-Hong
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On DVD: Oct 21, 2014
Runtime:
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Cast

Jung-woo Ha
as Dolmuchi
Jin-woong Jo
as Lee Tae-gi
Dong-seok Ma
as Tianbao
Lee Kyung-Young
as The Vicious Monk
Kyung Young Lee
as The Vicious Monk
Han Ye-Ri
as Dolmuchi
Ye-rin Han
as Dolmuchi
Hae-suk Kim
as Dolmuchi's mother
Kyeong-Yeong Lee
as Ddaeng-choo
Ji-hye Yun
as Ma-hyang
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Critic Reviews for Kundo: Age of the Rampant

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Though it bogs down at times, Yoon Jong-bin's kimchi Western is a rousing, lavishly produced delight.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
Variety
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For all its gloss, "Kundo" fails to resonate. You appreciate the execution, but the film is hindered by its lack of novelty and metaphorical weight.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
New York Times
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[A] sweeping, visually elegant picture ...

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Seattle Times
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An often entertaining if overlong look at the last days of Korea's Joseon Dynasty.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Kundo is not the best film of its type, but it's an entertaining amalgam.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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The filmmakers stage cast-of-dozens battle scenes and one-on-one showdowns with equal brio.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kundo: Age of the Rampant

Jung-Woo is hands down one of my fav actors currently (Yellow Sea, Chaser, Berlin File, Unforgiven) and this movie remains as strong as the others. Even more surprising is amongst the hundred or so featured characters in this: every single one is on the same performance level. Fucking amazing work.

I have to admit that I am not well versed in Asian action films, nor Korean history but I love this film. YOON Jong-bin's "Kundo"is the story of a bandit clan that take on the tyranny inflicted on the peasant population during the Joseon Dynasty. The film is a Korean period piece, set in 1859, and brings together a modern vision to classic Asian action-fantasy with tradition dramatic passion.

"Kundo" tells a very powerful saga between the impoverished people suffering at the hands of the ruling nobility. It is a tale that rings, not only in historical record, but in modern time around the world. Similar to the legend of Robin Hood, "Kundo" creates a wonderful narrative of one group of individuals standing up to the oppression, taking what they can from the rich, and handing it out to the poor. Something that is universally recognizably as true human heroism. Yoon brings the story to live in epic style, filled with both visual and emotional power that captivates.

The special effects in "Kundo" are restrained and by no means rise as the star of this film. The story, with all its raw intensity, personable emotion, and hypnotizing sound effects are of equal status in this one. The choreographed fighting style is every bit as entertaining as Hong Kong's action films that match this type of film. However the character that develops in "Kundo" balances that fantastical ability of Asian martial arts and war with true passionate story telling that hits at the heart. It is relatable on so many levels. At times the film reminds me of the American westerns of the late 60's and early 70's that tried to give an honest voice to the First Peoples plight.

Over all I have to say the "Kundo" is an affective film-creating a strong atmosphere than pulls you into the story completely. Yoon is brilliant in his ability to make a historical picture relevant to modern audiences while honoring the past. Elements of Western bravado show at certain moments, without spoiling the film I can only say that the film is truly entertaining, giving moments of Kevin Reynolds' "Prince Of Thieves" dramatically-Hong Kong styled fighting and action reminiscent of Tsui Hark's "Once Upon A Time In China". Ther is also a bit of wild west attitude in "Kundo" that reminds me of Christopher Cain's "Young Guns". And yet Yoon manages to keep a unique signature style that is what must be totally Korean, all the elements that make "Kundo" such a stellar film are balanced perfectly with out being overstated. It is a true cinematic gem.

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