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The Warrior

Woo-sung Jung , Sung-kee Ahn , Sung-su Kim    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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The Warrior combines gorgeous cinematography, complex historical politics, and joltingly bloody action sequences to create a sweeping historical spectacular. A squadron of Korean soldiers, sent to protect a diplomatic envoy to China, find themselves unmoored when the envoys are killed in clashes with Chinese and Mongol soldiers. Struggling to return home, they rescue a high-handed Chinese princess (Ziyi Zhang, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and decide that protecting her is their best chance to survive, and possibly improve Korean-Chinese relations as well. Unfortunately, the Mongols want her back, and the squadron find their numbers slowly diminishing as they fight their way to an isolated military outpost. Though there's a more realistic context for the action--The Warrior is based on a historical event and the characters are well-developed--the battle scenes deliver some visceral thrills; the violence is graphic (beheadings, arrows plunging into necks, limbs sliced off) but grippingly choreographed. An above-average action movie; however, it is highly recommended that viewers watch it with subtitles, as the dubbing is typically wretched. --Bret Fetzer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie is 4 stars, but American release is 2 Dec 20 2003
By David
Format:DVD
I first watched this movie at the Asian Film Festival in SF and throughly enjoyed it. I'd give it a 4 (despite the absurd kill ratios, the inexplicable fact that the Mongols never utilize their horse archers, or the ambigious status of the princess- is she really Yuan or Chu?)
However, this DVD itself only merits 2 stars (maybe 3 if you haven't seen the original Korean version.) Why? No extras, second rate English subbing, and most irritating, they cut out about 15 minutes of the movie which developed the second characters (particularly the interactions between the priest and interpeter Park, as well as the one-eyed guy who constantly and humorously repeated that he was too ugly to get a girlfriend).
It's not a deal-killer, and I understand they did the same for other foreign releases, but the movie feels underdeveloped just the same. Why does the priest tag along? Why does Park grow a spine at the end? Do we really care that the other random guys survive until the end? You wouldn't be asking these questions if they hadn't edited those parts out of the movie.
Also, this may have been particular to my DVD, but there was an irritating glitch around 1:16:45. At this point I'm not sure whether I'll return the movie or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie is terrific Dec 14 2003
Format:DVD
I wouldn't have known about this movie if I wasn't an Amazondotcommer. I found it in one of those, "if you bought this DVD, you'd want to buy this too" follow-ups. So I thought I'd click on it and was surprise to see that it was a South Korean movie. I have never seen a Korean movie before, so I decided to order the DVD with high expectations due to the good reviews of fellow Amazoners. And you know what, I wasn't dissappointed at all. This movie is terrific. It has all the elements of an "edge-of-your-seat" adventure: love, honour, bravery, conflict, vast sceneries and loads and loads of testestorone driven battle scenes. What's not to like about this movie. Compare it all you want to other similiar Hollywood movies until the sun goes down, at the end, it is movie in itself. No trace of Hollywood here. It has a subtlety that is unique. This is evident in the numerous sub-plots. The kidnapped Ming princess is obviously smittened by the spear wielding, ex slave, Yeosol and he in return is equally enamoured, but these asumptions are only culled from certain gestures, a word spoken here and there and yet their love for each other is so palpable. And how about the young general, Choi. His reason for saving the princess as he tells it to his men, is a ticket out of China. Yeah, right. The second that a breeze lifts the Princess's veil and he was able to see her stuning porcelain face, is the moment he decided to save her. Imagine these two good looking, verile men fighting to the death just for her. Just enough to make a girl swone. This movie is full of little gems like this. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story June 20 2004
Format:DVD
Color scheme is excellent, the story is great, and the characters are well developed, an over all great movie.
I bought this movie based on the reviews on this site, as I could not find a preview or anything else other then reviews on the Internet.
The movie does start off a bit slow, but as I said, it develops the story. However, the action, once started, is very solid. Not your typical martial arts movie, all action bad story. In this movie the story is obviously what the director is focused on, the action comes second.
The complaints about the princess are unwarranted; as the princess in this movie is the same exact character she played in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. A spoiled brat, who wants to get away from the easy life and live "free." Once she is "free", she wants to return to the easy life. However, her character was more complex them people on this board give her credit for, as she cares about the people, peoples lives, and offers her own life to save everyone elses. Therefore, her character is more complex then given credit for.
If your looking for a great movie, w/a great story, and very solid action. This is the pick. If you are looking for great action, who cares about the story? This is not your movie. In addition, all the action scenes are realistic, no flying warriors, no magic, strait sword fighting, realistic battle scenes.
I give this movie and A-.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wars affect on man... April 7 2004
Format:DVD
In the chaotic Medieval China when two dynasties, Yuan and Ming, were in a war for the power of China a small delegation is sent to the capitol from the Koryo kingdom to plead for peace, since the Mings are in control of the capitol. However, their peaceful attempt to resolve the issues at hand is prevented as the delegation is suspected of trying to assassinate the leader of the Ming dynasty. The delegation is sent to exile as they are attacked by Yuan troops that spare the Koryo delegation's lives. This becomes the beginning of a slow and bloody journey home which is sidetracked as they face numerous challenges on their way. Musa can be described in many different ways as it portrays a story of glory with several different themes built around the plot of war. It is these different themes that make the story fascinating as it displays the affect that the war has on men, women, old, young, and people from different places and socio-economic status. In the end, Sung-su Kim does a terrific job in directing Musa, which provides both contemplation and entertainment in the shadow of a ruthless war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disk was fine so not unhappy
Came on time but inside of the dvd case was broken. Disk was fine so not unhappy
Published 1 month ago by Miss K
3.0 out of 5 stars The Warrior
I saw this film as "Musa the Warrior". Everything about this film was very engaging, character delineation, cinematography, compelling story. Read more
Published on March 23 2006 by Film Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best non Wu Xia movie ever
This is a movie I bought on a whim. It sounded good, but I had zero expectations that it would be anything but a standard action movie.
Boy was I wrong. Read more
Published on July 31 2005 by Brian Edey
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it but....
Fantasic Film! The absolute only complaint I may think of is the music score is lacking in certain scenes, so much so as to be distracting. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by gino62
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh man, this rules.
I'm really surprised a domestic studio didn't scoop this one up for a theatrical release in the US. This movie is simply incredible in its production value, realistically graphic... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by nico_laos
3.0 out of 5 stars no Croughing Tiger here
Movie was Ok, all action scenes with Musa are bangin, the rest of the movie is slow. Production is great but do you really need great production in the desert? Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by pablo
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic tale of the hardships of a diplomatic envoy
If you're scared of politics, this will scare you even more. A group of Korean diplomats travel to China to seek the council of the Ming Emperor. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
1.0 out of 5 stars Are White people blind? This movie was awful.
It's obvious to me the positive reviews here come from White people fascinated with Asian culture (anything Asian must be exotic and intriguing). Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by D & A
4.0 out of 5 stars MULTI-CULTURAL BRAVEHEART WITH KIMCHI
It's the 13th century Koreans vs. the Mongols with a Chinese princess as the prize and the Gobi Desert as the arena. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by somebody nobody
3.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared - long and boring - use fast forward
Musa is a 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' wannabe, the same young actress from CTHD plays the princess in Musa. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by S. Naimpally
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