Hyeol-ui nu (Blood Rain) Reviews

  • Dec 26, 2018

    Great Movie with a wonderfully crafted plot!

    Great Movie with a wonderfully crafted plot!

  • Jun 10, 2014

    When a detective arrives on an isolated island to investigate a murder he finds more than he's looking for in this violent mystery.

    When a detective arrives on an isolated island to investigate a murder he finds more than he's looking for in this violent mystery.

  • Aug 15, 2013

    By the film's end, the protagonist feels sick to his stomach from the sight of blood and chaos. I felt the same way, as Blood Rain's overly gory tone and nature left a little to be desired. It is a luscious looking murder mystery thriller, but other than the costumes and set design, this movie doesn't stick out from the pack in the murder mystery or period piece genre.

    By the film's end, the protagonist feels sick to his stomach from the sight of blood and chaos. I felt the same way, as Blood Rain's overly gory tone and nature left a little to be desired. It is a luscious looking murder mystery thriller, but other than the costumes and set design, this movie doesn't stick out from the pack in the murder mystery or period piece genre.

  • Jul 19, 2013

    A very interesting movie, showing the clash between tradition and technology, faith/superstition and rational reasoning -- but the story line falls to pieces for the conclusion. And there are some really gory scenes.

    A very interesting movie, showing the clash between tradition and technology, faith/superstition and rational reasoning -- but the story line falls to pieces for the conclusion. And there are some really gory scenes.

  • Feb 12, 2013

    Pretty enjoyable Korean crime thriller in historical setting. Maybe pace limps at times in the middle, but in the finale movie succeeds to build drama. I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't allergic to Asian movies.

    Pretty enjoyable Korean crime thriller in historical setting. Maybe pace limps at times in the middle, but in the finale movie succeeds to build drama. I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't allergic to Asian movies.

  • familiar s Super Reviewer
    Sep 14, 2012

    Too many characters (their names didn't come easy on me) left me confused a bit too often in this foreign language flick. While I was easily able to identify the protagonist, it wasn't quite the same with some other major characters. Although I was able to get the gist of the plot as the movie ended, it was difficult to remain involved with the mystery. May have enjoyed it more had I been not at loss.

    Too many characters (their names didn't come easy on me) left me confused a bit too often in this foreign language flick. While I was easily able to identify the protagonist, it wasn't quite the same with some other major characters. Although I was able to get the gist of the plot as the movie ended, it was difficult to remain involved with the mystery. May have enjoyed it more had I been not at loss.

  • Lee ? Super Reviewer
    Feb 06, 2011

    Period murder mystery set in 19th century Korea. The story which takes place on a small island just off mainland Korea is about a detective who's been summoned to investigate an arson attack on a merchant ship but soon gets embroiled in a murder hunt after a series of grisly killings start to occur which locals start to believe are being comitted by the vengeful ghost of an executed catholic man who use to run the paper mill. I thought this was a pretty classy filmfor the most part with some graphic and bloody death scenes and a decent story at its core. Unfortunately the film was a little over-stretched and at times confusingly told. It would also have been nice if the supernatural angle was played out a bit more adding a spookier atmosphere. But despite these grievances the movie is a solid effort - like a mix of "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Name of the Rose".

    Period murder mystery set in 19th century Korea. The story which takes place on a small island just off mainland Korea is about a detective who's been summoned to investigate an arson attack on a merchant ship but soon gets embroiled in a murder hunt after a series of grisly killings start to occur which locals start to believe are being comitted by the vengeful ghost of an executed catholic man who use to run the paper mill. I thought this was a pretty classy filmfor the most part with some graphic and bloody death scenes and a decent story at its core. Unfortunately the film was a little over-stretched and at times confusingly told. It would also have been nice if the supernatural angle was played out a bit more adding a spookier atmosphere. But despite these grievances the movie is a solid effort - like a mix of "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Name of the Rose".

  • Sep 19, 2009

    Pas de panique, ce Blood Rain n'a strictement rien a voir avec les navets vampiriques de Uwe Boll : Il s'agit d'une enquete policiere situee dans la Coree du debut du XIXe siecle, sur fond de persecutions religieuses et de maintien d'un ordre social inegalitaire. Le mystere, matine d'un brin de fantastique auquel on ne croit guere, est honnetement ficele et d'une complexite suffisante pour maintenir l'interet du spectateur en eveil. Du moins dans sa seconde partie, quand les pieces du puzzle commencent a s'assembler Car Blood Rain a beaucoup de mal a decoller, c'est le moins qu'on puisse dire. Assez lente et statique, et plombee par un trop grand nombre de personnages et quelques audaces narratives qui n'arrivent qu'a nuire a la bonne comprehension de l'intrigue, la premiere heure de film est assez pesante et reclame une attention soutenue pour ne pas etre completement largue dans ce cluedo insulaire. A tout prendre, mieux vaut une conclusion interessante apres un demarrage maladroit que l'inverse...

    Pas de panique, ce Blood Rain n'a strictement rien a voir avec les navets vampiriques de Uwe Boll : Il s'agit d'une enquete policiere situee dans la Coree du debut du XIXe siecle, sur fond de persecutions religieuses et de maintien d'un ordre social inegalitaire. Le mystere, matine d'un brin de fantastique auquel on ne croit guere, est honnetement ficele et d'une complexite suffisante pour maintenir l'interet du spectateur en eveil. Du moins dans sa seconde partie, quand les pieces du puzzle commencent a s'assembler Car Blood Rain a beaucoup de mal a decoller, c'est le moins qu'on puisse dire. Assez lente et statique, et plombee par un trop grand nombre de personnages et quelques audaces narratives qui n'arrivent qu'a nuire a la bonne comprehension de l'intrigue, la premiere heure de film est assez pesante et reclame une attention soutenue pour ne pas etre completement largue dans ce cluedo insulaire. A tout prendre, mieux vaut une conclusion interessante apres un demarrage maladroit que l'inverse...

  • Aug 24, 2009

    Decent period crime mystery thriller set in an island. Not enough creepiness imo. One can get quite lost with names/characters thrown into the murder mystery, so pay extra attention.

    Decent period crime mystery thriller set in an island. Not enough creepiness imo. One can get quite lost with names/characters thrown into the murder mystery, so pay extra attention.

  • Aug 09, 2009

    Great Korean murder mystery & costume drama. As a string of gruesome murders unfold on a very isolated and superstitious island, detectives from the mainland are called it to investigate. The main character, a stubborn detective, refuses the supernatural explanations for the crimes, and challenges the very rigid social etiquette of Joseon Korea to find the uncomfortable truth. Reminiscent of 'the Name of the Rose' with a touch of Judge Dee thrown in.

    Great Korean murder mystery & costume drama. As a string of gruesome murders unfold on a very isolated and superstitious island, detectives from the mainland are called it to investigate. The main character, a stubborn detective, refuses the supernatural explanations for the crimes, and challenges the very rigid social etiquette of Joseon Korea to find the uncomfortable truth. Reminiscent of 'the Name of the Rose' with a touch of Judge Dee thrown in.