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Hong Kong action choreographer Ma Yuk-sing, whose credits include "Swordsman 2" (1992) and "The East is Red" (1993), directs the martial arts, by far the spectacle of this frustrating South Korean wuxia pian that suffers from a serious lack of substance. Based on a six volume comic book series and edited down to less than two hours to mollify theater owners looking to maximize daily screenings "Bichunmoo" is a triumph of the lens but a tragedy of the script.
Bichunmoo has its ups and downs, but director Kim Young-jun does more than enough to surpass mediocrity.
The story is pretty deep in terms of love, loyalty, and revenge. It is also quite lengthy at just under 2 hours, and despite the times where the film gets dramatic, it also gets momentary, so a lot does happen throughout the movie.
On the other side of the love story is the action and an enjoyable watch these scenes are. The swordplay is composed of some great choreography which lead to some fast-paced fights; however, the editing and camera angles are a little bit of a letdown, as they are a bit erratic. The fights are also a little brief and that leaves a feeling of wanting more.
Shin Hyeon-jun comes across as monotone, and although that does match his character, it makes the likes of Jeong Jin-yeong and the lovely Kim Hee-seon much more amusing to watch. There are also a number of other characters that may have excelled with a little more screen time.
Bichunmoo isn't perfect, but for a dramatic martial arts film out of Korea, it is a worthwhile viewing.
Bichunmoo is absolutely one of my favorites. I rented the movie a couple of years ago and watched it alone and then watched it again with at least three others before reluctantly returning it to the movie store. The story is full and the love is big and the film itself is visually heartbreaking. Shin Hyune-june, the male lead is not your typical Korean hottie but his look is unique and by the end of the movie you want him to be yours (or not if guys aren't your thing). If you like movies such as: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers then I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this chunk of mystery, martial arts, and cross cultural love story.
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