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Out Live (2000)
"Bichunmoo" (original title)

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A sweeping, epic tale of a martial arts warrior who attempts to defy a kingdom to be with his love.

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Hyeon-jun Shin ...
Yu Jinha
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Sullie
Jin-yeong Jeong ...
Namgung Junkwang
Dong-jik Jang ...
Lai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu-jeong Choi ...
Lady Yeojin (as Jin-hie Choi)
Ju-bong Gi ...
Kwakjung
Bang Hyep ...
Namgung Sung
Hak-cheol Kim ...
General Taruga
Ju-yeon Kim
Su-ro Kim ...
Ashin
Han-garl Lee ...
Changryeon
Hyeon-kyeong Ryu
Tae-hwa Seo ...
Saijune
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It is 14th century Yuan Dynasty China, the country is under Mongolian rule and the star-crossed lovers, Jinha and Sullie, illegitimate daughter of a Mongolian commander, are caught in the middle. When her mother died, SullieÕs father, Taruga, took her away and later planned to marry her off to form an alliance with a powerful Chinese warlord. Things get worse when Jinha learns that Taruga was the person who ordered the massacre of his entire family. Fuelled by hatred, he masters his family secret martial arts, the Bichun Secret Art. Many top pugilists, who are also after the secret scroll, try to kill him. During one of such attempts, Junkwang, a rich and powerful son of a Han lord, helps Jinha. But fate has it that Junkwang is the person that Sullie is forced to marry. When Junkwang knows about their love, he plots to have Jinha killed. Written by <sukmolelono@yahoo.com>

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Ai mo, fukushû mo, kono tsurugi ni yadoru [Japan] See more »


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Wonderful Art Direction but too Long, Confused and Melodramatic
6 September 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Yuan Dynasty, the Mongolian Empire with the descendants of Genghis Kan rules China. In this environment, the poor Jinha (Shin Hyun-June) is raised by his uncle that teaches him the secret martial art of the Bichun. The daughter of a concubine of the powerful General Taruga (Hak-cheol Kim), Sullie (Hee-seon Kim), is raised with him and they have a crush on each other. When her mother dies, Sullie's father brings her to the Taruga House and she tells Jinha that she would wait for him. But the general promises her to the powerful Chinese lord Namgung Junkwang (Jin-yeong Jeong) to increase his power with the alliance. When Jinha's uncle is lethally wounded by warriors that want to know the secrets of Bichun, he discloses the Korean royal origins of Jinha. While traveling to meet Sullie, Jimha befriends Junkwang without knowing that he is the man that will marry Sullie. Sooner Jinha is betrayed and almost dies; along the years, he fights against the Mongolian Empire. When he meets Sullie again years later, she discloses a family secret to him.

"Bichunmoo" is a movie with a promising beginning and wonderful art direction, costumes and soundtrack; unfortunately it is also too long, with a confused screenplay, and melodramatic like a soap opera. In a certain moment, the story becomes messy with many betrayals and confused situations and it is hard to the viewer to know who is who. In 2000, "Bichunmoo" was the most expensive Korean movie ever made. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Bichunmoo, A Saga de um Guerreiro" ("Bichunmoo, the Saga of a Warrior")


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