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Suk-yeon Lee (screenplay)
Seol-Rok Ya (novel)
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Release Date:
24 September 2009 (South Korea) See more »
A Joseon dynasty bounty hunter becomes the body guard of the queen he secretly loves. | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful film... can't speak for historical accuracy though See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Seung-woo Cho ... Moo-myeong

Soo Ae ... Empress Myeongseong / Min Ja-yeong (as Su-Ae)
Sophie Broustal ... Isabel
Ho-jin Chun ... Daewongun
Jae-woong Choi ... Noe-jeon
Young-min Kim ... King Gojong
Min-hee Park ... Mi Woo-ra
Su-hee Go ... So-hee
Hee-yeon Song ... Dae-doo
Yong-nyeo Lee ... Court Lady Choi
Yeong-bae Yun ... Min Yeong-ik
Man-dae Bong ... Lee Saeng-won / Ji Kyeong-chul
Ju-shil Lee ... Ja-yeong's Mother
So-hee Kim ... Moo-myeong's Mother
Jun-myeong Lee ... Young Moo-myeong
Geum-Seong Kil ... Noe-jeon's Subordinate1
Moo-Saeng Lee ... Noe-jeon's Subordinate 2
Yeong-jae Kwak ... Noe-jeon's Subordinate 3
Hee-jeong Lee ... Noe-jeon's Subordinate 4
Sin-jong Kang ... Noe-jeon's Subordinate 5
Seung-in Seo ... Noe-jeon's Subordinate 6
Moo-yeong Yeo ... Prime Minister
Seon-geun Son ... Minister of Parliament
Seong-hwan Joo ... Minister of Parliament
Cheol-jin Sin ... Gojong's Eunuch 1
Jeong-wu Song ... Gojong's Eunuch 2
Jae-jin Baek ... Daewongun's Commander
Nak-jun Lee ... Gojong's Bodyguard Commander
Kyeong-won Choi ... Min Seung-ho
Seon-hwa Kim ... Court Lady
Hyo-jeong Kang ... Court Lady
Hong Lee ... Court Lady 1

Min-hee Kim ... Court Lady Assassin
Hyun-ah Kim ... Gojong's Concubine 4
Yeong-geol Yun ... Daewongun's Follower 1
In-gu Heo ... Gojong's follower
Jae-seop Choi ... Joseon's Japanese Authority
Hanssen Jeon ... Seodaemun Guard Captain
Myeong-du Kim ... Isabel's House Guard Captain
Jong-yeol Jeong ... Japanese Authority
Ha-seok Jo ... Wandering Man 1
Kang-il Kim ... Wandering Man 3
Seol-gu Lee ... Wandering Man 4
Hiromitsu Takeda ... Wandering Man 5
Kenichi Yoshimura ... Japanese Army Officer 1
Chang-gon Song ... Japanese Army Officer 2
Ho Im ... Japanese Soldier
Seol-hee Yun ... Kimono Waitress
Jong-ryol Choi ... Old Servant
Ju-hee Yun ... Kantaek Woman
Dae-hyeon Lee ... Kantaek Woman's Husband
Jang-hoon Ahn ... Citizen 3
Yoo Ok-joo ... Citizen 4
Eung-soo No ... Citizen 7
Hyeon-seung Sin ... Marrying Bachelor
Soo-jeong Kim ... Daewongun's Young Bridge
Tae-kyeong Park ... Monk 1
Hyun-Jeong Kim ... Nobility Wife 1
So-hyun Park ... Nobility Wife 2
Seo-yeong Heo ... Nobility Child 1
Ji-na Kim ... Min Seung-ho's Servant Girl
James Kneafsey ... August (as James Michael Kneafsey)
Jason-Patrick Taylor ... Underwood (as Jason Patrick Taylor)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terri Doty ... Johannes (voice: English version)
Se-hyeong Ki
Sang-hun Lee ... Councilor
Iakov Missyuris ... Ambassador
Jin-won Seo ... Honda
Ji-wung Wi ... Japanese Swordsman

Directed by
Yong-gyun Kim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Suk-yeon Lee  screenplay
Seol-Rok Ya  novel

Produced by
Sujin Chung .... co-executive producer
Mi-hee Kim .... producer
Cinematography by
Myung-jun Kim 
Film Editing by
Jae-beom Kim 
Sang-beom Kim 
Costume Design by
Hyun-seob Shim 
Makeup Department
Tae-young Yoo .... special effects makeup
Special Effects by
Jang-pyo Hong .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jae Cheol Hong .... visual effects supervisor: Puppetar Studios
Seong-Hwan Hong .... lead effects technical director
Daehwan Jang .... creature artist
Daehwan Jang .... matchmove artist
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2009)
Danny Shinwoong Kang .... modeler
Seung Ho Lee .... visual effects supervisor
Byung-yong Moon .... visual effects supervisor
Taehyun Park .... character modeler
Mun-sik Jeon .... action director
Sang Joon Jeon .... stunts
Tae-hwan Kim .... stunts
Animation Department
Young Kyun Kim .... animator
Hak Seung Lee .... animator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bool-kkott-cheo-reom na-bi-cheo-reom" - South Korea (original title)
"Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies" - South Korea (English title)
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South Korea:124 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Canada:18A (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (re-rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (DVD rating) | France:Tous publics (DVD rating) | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful film... can't speak for historical accuracy though, 25 September 2011
Author: kira-lee from United States

I've been watching more of the films out of South Korea lately, and have largely been impressed by the skill -- in acting, directing, and special effects -- that is apparent in many of the titles. This one is certainly no exception.

Having said that, I can't really speak to the historical accuracy of it. The central female character, the Queen, definitely existed and the film does seem to follow the rough details of how she influenced Korean history, but my impression is that some finer details may have been sacrificed in order to produce a more compelling film.

The filmography is beautiful, a blend of beautiful nature shots that make you feel like you're in the Korean countryside, quiet court scenes and almost Matrix-esque swordfight scenes that still flow together seamlessly.

The only difficulties I had with this movie were that, as with most subtitled films, sometimes it's difficult to follow exactly who the various characters are and the subtler nuances of what they are saying.

Overall a very well-done film that is well worth the 2 hours spent watching it.

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