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½ May 8, 2012
Dumb as Hell and derivative Korean Wuxia, funny im equal measure if in the right mood: flying swordsmen and horror meet for a cheap hybrid of Chinese Ghost Stories and The Exorcist, with dialogues so wasted that the name Jaunbie is pronounced 64 times for the span of 93 minutes of flick: so an enviable record!
August 24, 2010
Thoroughly enjoyable and accurate description of Korean history.
½ March 24, 2010
A movie taking place during the Silla period renown for being one of the longest sustained dynasties. The movie can be simply summed up as a martial arts love story mixed with the supernatural.

The feel and make of the movie was slightly above "made for cable" both in its filming and storyline. Aside from the martial arts and surprisingly graphic fight scenes filled with chopped limbs, severed heads, and slashed horses, the one saving grace of this film was probably the two attractive female lead actresses. In all seriousness, they were the one silver lining (and I'm not saying that just because I'm a guy). The two actresses not only did the best acting performances but were also the most visually appealing to watch.

In regards to filming techniques, I want to give special mention to the Korean movie industry for their skills in replicating underwater scenes. After watching Shadowless sword and this movie, I do believe Koreans' have the "lock down" in creating underwater sequences (whether its CGI or not).

Cheonnyeon ho (The Legend of the Evil Lake) is a simple no nonsense straight of the mill Korean martial arts action film. Nothing particularly spectacular or terrible. This movie provided simple enjoyment and helped to pass the time. Recommended for rental to anyone that enjoys watching Korean films that offer entertainment without any complexities.
August 1, 2008
This is a Korean try to recreate hte successes of the ancient time martial arts classics from the last few years. Unfortunately this movie lakes the blazing to be epic like for example Hero or Crouching Tiger. The plot is a simple one the tale of love hate and revenge, with combinations of demons and martial arts. The problems lies that the actors are not so convincing and the battle scenes are not directed well as for the example in the aformentioned movies. The ending is also bit too long and streched out. A fair try, but in this field is a fierce competetion so much more is needed then produced.
Super Reviewer
April 1, 2008
Nice Korean period martial arts film, with a little more heart than you would expect.
January 5, 2008
classic story of revenge, so enjoyable entertaining and action packed.
Super Reviewer
November 3, 2007
A decent wuxia, with a dash of sci-fi, film from Korea. A Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Dororo, or The Restless, this is not, but it will still win a lot of people over.The film starts out pretty slowly, and a little boring, with the story mainly focused on the romantic relationship for the main character. There are a couple small Lord of the Ring-esque battles, but they are nothing spectacular. The film takes you to just past the 30 minute mark before you actually get to the meat of the plot. That leaves just another hour for you to see what this film is really about. The sad thing is that with the slow story in the beginning, the character development still falls a little short.As previously mentioned, the film really kicks off at just after the half an hour mark. At this point the martial arts action and some decent CG become involved. The story speeds up a little as well, taking you to the ending which is not too shabby. Still, it seemed to be missing something. Both action-wise and story-wise. You can thank the short run-time for this.The acting is alright. I enjoyed Hyo-Jin Kim's performance. She reminded me a little of Tae-hee Kim from The Restless. The other characters also put on better than average performances.There is a moderate amount of action scenes and the choreography isn't too bad. For the most part there is a sci-fi element involved that sort of keeps them from being full-on martial arts fights. This film does a nice job with the blood and gore though. There are some brutal deaths and quite a few severed body parts flying around.If you're a fan of wuxia movies, this film will probably not blow you away, but it is enjoyable enough to not disappoint.
½ June 13, 2007
decent enjoyable flick. Not memorable, but not bad. It has some cool action and special effects though
½ April 17, 2007
great movie! martial arts at the highest standard, beautifully shot an real good love story in the mix. love this movie
½ April 15, 2007
The first Korean "wu xia" style film I've seen!
½ December 10, 2006
Extremely boring. Do not bother watching, absolute waste of time.
August 20, 2006
Fine as far as the kung-fu scenes went, but they were the only reason to watch it. And once you get tired of those, which unfortunately happens before the movie ends, then there is literally no reason to continue watching it. Oh well.
August 20, 2006
A fun martial arts film with some good to great action scenes spread throughout it's ninety minute run time. Sadly, there is a lot of plot going on and they could have easily increased the run time by twenty minutes which would have probably made the movie even better.
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