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Musa (The Warriors) (Musa the Warrior) Reviews

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garyX
Super Reviewer
June 15, 2007
A disparate collection of travellers including soldiers, diplomats, and refugees are thrown together in 14th century china as they are pursued by the Mongol army . Known as The Warrior in the UK, this historical epic inevitably draws comparison to Hero and House of Flying Daggers, but actually is more in the tradition of Kurosawa than those more fantasy based offerings. Clearly owing debts to Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress in particular, it's also influenced by John Ford's cavalry films in that it takes the time to explore all of the characters involved and the rich collection of antagonistic factions and conflicting loyalties make for a much more interesting character dynamic than most. It may not have the artsy visuals and production value of the projects of Zhang Yimou or Ang Lee but the grittier approach makes for a beautifully crafted historical adventure with just the right balance of heroism and believability, with beautifully shot locations and grippingly realistic, bloody battle sequences. Although it was a co-production with the Chinese film industry, Musa still deserves recognition as one of the films that marked the coming of age of Korean film making and is one of the best Asian historical epics of recent years.
deano
Super Reviewer
September 7, 2008
This is an epic re-telling of the Kurosawa masterpiece Seven Samurai. This Asian (South Korean/Chinese) film made good use of that figure, with sometimes disturbing, but very well done fight scenes and in general, beautiful cinematography. This is a journey from start to finish. For all 2 1/2 hours, the group is journeying, and survives much longer than they expect. The characters were tremendously developed. Even peasants getting killed made you sad, because he or she had been given some screen time and you got to know them somewhat. Later on, it's an emotional rollercoaster, as familiar faces start to go down en masse in one final, epic battle.
skactopus
Super Reviewer
April 12, 2008
Musa The Warrior is one of those films that is not exactly a war movie and it is not exactly a martial arts epic. It is more in between. Yes, this is a good movie, but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon it is not.While the story is pretty good it isn't all that deep, which isn't good for a movie that is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. This movie is slow with a decent amount of action, but with the long runtime this film drags on and is a bit bland and a little boring. There are a good amount of supporting characters, which is a plus, and this helps from always seeing the same minimal faces all the time. It just takes a little too long to build them all up.The action is lord of the ringesque, which means there isn't any fancy martial arts swordplay. Most of the time it is large groups of people colliding in these epic type of battles on horseback. This is actually OK, if you think about it, because this style fits nicely into the story. The last 40 minutes is a drawn out battle at a fortress. This sets up a dramatic ending.The fights aren't entirely bloody, but this film makes good use of it. The way the blood splatters as people are cut and shot is well done and seemingly realistic, like most of the fights.One of the better aspects of this film is the acting. Zhang Ziyi is great to see on screen, but with her not participating in the action sequences, it is a little disappointing. Sung-kee Ahn gives the best performance and Yu Rongguang is a good Mongol. He has the perfect goatee going on.If you like epic types of stories while not really caring about fancy action, then this film is what you are looking for.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 2008
Sung-su Kim, who directs from his own screen play, does a very good job in drawing together his disparate group of travelling companions on a dangerous journey. To provide suitable contrast between the moments of combat, he relates them in short, effective, dialogue scenes. Its also one where the director relies less on extreme camera angles and special effects to create visual drama than on the regular ebb and flow of dramatic editing. Perhaps because of this 'naturalness', the battle scenes are consistently exciting and involving. They are also staged in enough different locales to make them varied viewing each time. A standout is a desperate confrontation amongst trees, where the director takes full advantage of foliage cover, confusion, and events within the frame to create some real martial suspense. I strongly recommend this movie.
Super Reviewer
March 22, 2008
Excellent action/morality tale. Ziyi Zhang shines as always.
June 9, 2014
Couldn't get interested in this movie, maybe too far removed from Korea's history for me to care. None of the characters were very interesting. Decent battle scenes, I guess.
½ June 30, 2007
a multi-national war epic with a lot of (unnecessary) bloodshed. the changing of dynasties was an uncertain time with a few koryo diplomats caught in the fray. ziyi reprises her 1-d bratty role with her trademark sulky glares as the "helpless" princess. the tension between the general and the ambassador's slave was pretty good though, and the fight scenes highlight yet again, the harsh terror of war, in which everyone loses.
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2010
I really expected this movie would just be something to watch but it was way better then I thought it would be.Some of the fight scenes even made me cringe
½ May 18, 2010
The Warrior focuses on a group of Korean soldiers and emissaries sent to China to reinforce good relations with the Empire currently in place (the name escapes me). Their party is arrested and accused with spying. They are subsequently expelled from the country and sent packing back to Korea. This is where this fantastic adventure begins..

This one of the best films I have ever seen, both domestic and foreign. The action scenes are tight and intense. The best part about the action scenes is that they are realistic. You won't see flying warriors or ridiculous but beautiful battle scenes with soldiers flinging bamboo spears. For the large amount of characters that are in this movie, they have a decent amount of depth. You will find yourself rooting for each of them at many points in this excellent movie!

If you enjoy Asian period flicks (with subtitles), then this will be a great watch for you.
May 18, 2010
This movie is fabulous. I loved everything about it.
...the story, the characters, the environments, the direction, the acting, the fighting, the creativity, the emotion, etc.

Definitely going to purchase it soon.

Check it out when you get a chance.
December 19, 2009
There are better films like it out there. The characters are paper thin and the film just doesn't seem to go anywhere for a while. When there is story development or action done it's handled well enough, but there is nothing to distinguish it from many other films done in the same vain.
August 3, 2009
Not for everyone but this movie had a lot action and interesting characters. Nice to see Yu Rong Gong again. And Ziyi Zhang is always her gorgeous self.
July 16, 2008
if i could give this film a million stars i would. this is by far my favorite movie of all time. Zheng Ziyi is once again a spoiled princess and Jung Woo-Sung a slave trying to save her. Love, Battles, Death and sexy asian men make this a film to watch.
January 25, 2008
I was impressed with this movie. Great cinematography and an interesting story helped the lack for Ziyi Zhang in any action scenes.
½ August 14, 2015
One of the dumbest movies ever. Ever.
June 19, 2007
A fun, expensive (by Asian cinema standards) period action movie. It is vaguely educational in its historical details, so it may be worth watching if you forget your Chinese dynastic orders.
June 9, 2014
Couldn't get interested in this movie, maybe too far removed from Korea's history for me to care. None of the characters were very interesting. Decent battle scenes, I guess.
December 25, 2013
The movie is
great! Music better than superb. Costumes awesome. Characters so real. Love it!!!
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