cliche lines/plot/bad-acting/ugly-cast besides hee-seon, and all of them have bad hair... what is wrong with these people, can't they get better toupees?
Basically it was just "love love- cue drama- fightkillfightkill- some people die- dramadrama- fightfight - more drama- fightfightfightfight- some blabbering here- some more drama- fightfight- vague hint of sex- even more drama goes here- fight- more people die- fightfight- dramalovedrama- everybody else dies". It'd rate it -5.
Mongolian: "Just try...I killed your whole family. Now I'm gonna finish the job!"
Jinha: "I'm gonna revenge the Yu family (which used to be my last name by the way) and get back my rib!" [After killing everyone.] "I killed you, I killed your servants and now, I took back my rib. Yeah, I got you back THREE times!"
Billed as the most expensive Korean movie in 2000, this film is an oddity. A Korean film with scenery that is Chinese, the feel and action sequences are Chinese (wire action etc...), but the direction and language were Korean. At its heart Bichunmoo is a love story that is mixed with martial arts and a revenge theme that is so common with Korean films. (Note: Never mess with the Koreans they will get you back over generations.)
That said, Bichunmoo starts slowly and gradually gains substance and speed. Filled with Chinese wire flying, cut limbs, martial arts, and a full fledged love story, Bichunmoo has something for everyone. While I'm not exactly sure why it cost so much money, the film delivers on the necessities. In my opinion, I believe the actresses were well selected for their roles as they were attractive both in the Chinese and Korean sense (though some Koreans may disagree - whatever.). Nevertheless, the male actors did their jobs well. The main actor would later act in the movie "The Shadowless Sword" and his arch nemesis/friend looks like the toad guy from movie "The Five Deadly Venoms."
In either case, Bichunmoo is a complete story. At nearly two hours, the film covers a lot of details in a short period of time. Somewhat reminiscent of an old Chinese film, this Korean movie does a respectful and decent job in its version. Recommended for rental if you like a Korean quality film (which is good) with a Chinese theme and action sequences. Almost recommended as a couples film but not quite. Still, its an enjoyable film to watch in this genre.
Note #1: "Chi gong" sex can cure poison that's spread throughout your body.
Note #2: [As my friend Gerard C. indicated that most people don't understand my "rib" reference.]: In reference to "rib." "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man."