Blades Of Blood


Blades Of Blood

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King and Clown director Lee Joon-lk takes the helm for this adaptation of the popular Korean manga Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds, which follows the quest of a blind swordsman from the Chosun Dynasty to seek vengeance against a former ally-turned-greedy politician. The year is 1591: Japanese forces have invaded Korea, though internal struggles between the East and West Chambers are preventing King Seonjo from protecting his country and people. As advisors on both sides plot to kill the king, charismatic politician Lee Mong-Hak (Cha Seung-won) takes advantage of the power vacuum to found a new political party that can strike back against the invading Japanese army. When the East and West Chambers accuse Mong-hak of treason, the determined leader withdraws to the countryside, forms an army, and hatches a plan to topple the government. But in his noble bid to battle corruption, Mong-hak leaves many enemies in his wake. One such foe is Hwang (Hwang Jung-min), a blind swordsman who used to be close friends with the rising tyrant. Recognizing the dangers that face his country should Mong-hak assume power, Hwang sets out on a mission to ensure that never happens.


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  • Aug 24, 2011
    The sword fighting scenes are entertaining no doubt, but the film caused me the greatest delight with its caricatural style, offering some really good laughs. Everyone in this film is so terribly funny. The king is an absolute decrepit. This makes it very easy for the politicians to manipulate him. But they are only preocupied to make in spite each other and they have no idea what they do. Neither the rebels appear to have no idea what they want, as it is not clear either why the Japanese started the war. Even blinder than the blind man, who at least knows he's blind, they're all chasing after illusory dreams.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2011
    This Korean martial-arts film based on the graphic novel (<b>Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds</b>) is kind strange and irritating when you find out the whole journey was basically for nothing. Almost everything about it is pointless and redundant. It has some okay sword fighting, but that is very few and nothing about this movie was really engrossing. There is a lot to appreciate about <i>Blades of Blood</i>, like the costuming and art design, the score wasn't bad and I liked Jeong-min Hwang's turn as the blind swordsman, but very little of that has to do with the purpose of narrative film: storytelling. And I just don't think that part works in <i>Blades of Blood</i> with its lack of character development.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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