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Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

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1859. The last days of the Joseon Dynasty, where the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits - calling themselves KUNDO - rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the poor and oppressed. But for one man, a debt of bloody revenge is owed to the aristocrat that robbed him of his family and his name. (c) Well Go USA

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Cast

Ha Jung-woo
as Dolmuchi
Jin-woong Jo
as Lee Tae-gi
Dong-seok Ma
as Tianbao
Kyung Young Lee
as The Vicious Monk
Lee Kyung-Young
as The Vicious Monk
Han Ye-ri
as Dolmuchi
Hae-suk Kim
as Dolmuchi's mother
Kyeong-Yeong Lee
as Ddaeng-choo
Ji-hye Yun
as Ma-hyang
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Critic Reviews for Kundo: Age of the Rampant

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Though it bogs down at times, Yoon Jong-bin's kimchi Western is a rousing, lavishly produced delight.

September 22, 2014 | Full Review…

For all its gloss, "Kundo" fails to resonate. You appreciate the execution, but the film is hindered by its lack of novelty and metaphorical weight.

August 28, 2014 | Full Review…

[A] sweeping, visually elegant picture ...

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An often entertaining if overlong look at the last days of Korea's Joseon Dynasty.

August 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Kundo is not the best film of its type, but it's an entertaining amalgam.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

The filmmakers stage cast-of-dozens battle scenes and one-on-one showdowns with equal brio.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kundo: Age of the Rampant

This is a good action movie that isn't as much like Robin Hood as I'd have originally thought. Granted it has much of the same themes, such as the bandits giving what they take from the rich to the poor, who were defrauded out of their land and forced to go hungry for weeks on end by privileged people who take everything away from them. This somewhat reminds me somewhat of a The Good, The Bad, The Weird in that it is an action western. Except in this case, it's a western without the guns. But the way it's shot and even the score reminds you of a western. It's obviously not as good as the aforementioned film, which would rate among in my top 5 favorite action films of all time, but this is an entertaining film with a story that, while not particularly complex, is something that you very easily get into since it's such an easy story to tell if it's done well. Perhaps it lacks a little emotional depth to truly make you care for these characters, but all the characters are likable and the villain is simple but effective at making you dislike him. I don't really have much to say about this film to be honest, I'm struggling to find things to say. I had to stop the movie for a while because I was tired so, in that way, the film didn't seem as long to me as it did to others, but I can see how some people would think that this was much too long in some respects. I don't think there's enough interesting character work to warrant the film being this long. But I think even that is part of how it's trying to emulate a classic western epic. But the film is well-acted, nothing wrong with it at all. While some South Korean films rely too much on maudlin melodrama I think, at their cores, most of them are actually well-acted films that don't come across that way due to the melodramatic antics. Thankfully, however, this movie doesn't rely on that. That's not to say it doesn't have its more 'down' moments, if you will, it's just that they don't exploit it for all its worth. Another thing about the movie is that it's fairly dark in the sense that there's some fairly violent visuals that I wouldn't have expected. Not that they feel out of place, I just wouldn't have expected it. That's about it really. It borrows heavily from spaghetti westerns and old samurai films like Seven Samurai and Robin Hood. But it does so in a way that the film is still very entertaining, even if it doesn't come close to its influences as it relates to quality. Still this is a good movie and a more than solid Netflix Instant watch.

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