Thursday, 2 December 2010

불꽃처럼 나비처럼

a film by Yong-gyun Kim

OK that was it. After watching this film, I am taking a long break from Oriental historical martial arts movies. I don’t know much about Korean history but judging from the fact that every half-decent character is eventually brutally murdered, this film even might be historically correct (shudder). Still, I got more confused than usual. Could it be that some illuminating parts of the story were edited? I can’t make much sense of the title The Sword with No Name. (Ditto the original Korean title, Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies.)

Saying that, there are some very impressive moments, and good acting too. The scene of first encounter of Ja-young (Su-Ae) and Moo-myoung (Seung-woo Cho) is genuinely touching. It’s a shame then that the whole thing is spoiled by cheap and completely unnecessary CGI effects. Also, you don’t get to see a lot of quality swordplay, because most of fighting is happening in the dark. In the end the truth is revealed that no matter how good swordsman you are, the sword is no match for firearms. Doy, I knew that from Indiana Jones.

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