As a native Korean, I watched this film in a theatre in Seoul. The movie poster looked so weird but interesting, and I could not figure out at first what the story would be like. I just guessed that the movie would be very special, and it was so like Miike Takeshi's in Japan. The movie also was not like other Korean films, because it was so graphic that the female character in the movie even cut off someone's head, which is not a oft-seen scene in other Korean films. The movie's background in time and space also was not clear, probably because the director did not intend to make the movie in a realistic way. To me, the movie seems a well-made cult-style film to show the director's story-telling skill and techniques well in an exaggerating way, and it should be noted that the story and background of the film look a little bit surreal to native Koreans like me. If you expect a history drama or realistic story in this movie, it does not fit your expectations, but it is a well-made one if you like cult films or Miike Takeshi's.