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The Warrior (2001)

Musa (original title)
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1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

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Sung-su Kim

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Sung-su Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Woo-sung Jung ... Yeo-sol
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Jin-lib (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Jin-mo Ju ... Choi Jung
Ziyi Zhang ... Princess Bu-yong (as Zhang Ziyi)
Yong-woo Park Yong-woo Park ... Ju-myeong
Jeong-hak Park ... Ga-nam
Hae-jin Yoo ... Du-chung
Seok-yong Jeong Seok-yong Jeong ... Ha-il
Du-il Lee Du-il Lee ... Ji-san
Yeong-mok Han Yeong-mok Han ... Dan-saeng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gi-ho Heo Gi-ho Heo ... Soon Chun-yong
Er Cha Huo Er Cha Huo ... Ying Jie-na
Byeong-guk Hwang Byeong-guk Hwang
Mi-nam Jeong ... Yongho Soldier (as Mi-Nam Jung)
Hong-Pyo Lee Hong-Pyo Lee ... Military officer
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Storyline

In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert. On the way the group came across a Yuan troop, and the Coryo soldiers managed to survive the battle. They began the journey toward the faraway home country, where they met the Yuan troop again. When they found out the Yuan troop kidnapped a Ming princess, they decided to rescue her so that they could get a ship to go home. Then the battle began... Written by Stevie Cho <stevie@unitel.co.kr>

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Taglines:

We must go back to Koryo!

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody battle sequences | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea | China

Language:

Mandarin | Korean

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Liaoning, China

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Budget:

BND 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Probably the best War/Romance Movie ever made
2 December 2002 | by abisioSee all my reviews

There are several kinds of War movies. Some most interested in the romance (I do not know why but there are a lot of them) using the war as a background and others only in the facts and history.

MUSA or THE PRINCESS WARRIOR is probably in between. Because this war and almost everything that happens here is related to an unfinished love story between three characters (if you think is stupid, remember Homer's ILIADA and the reason of the Trojan War).

About seven centuries ago, Chinese got divided and a diplomatic mission from the Koryo kingdom (protected by small group of soldiers), try to make peace with the Ming dynasty. The Ming's army refuses to accept the ambassadors and escort the whole group out of the country. In the dessert, Mongolian's forces attack and kill the Ming's soldiers releasing the Koryo people in the dessert.

An ambitious, very tough (and young) Koryo general, tries to lead his people back to his country, until they found a Mongolian group carrying a Ming's princess prisoner. Engaged by the woman's beauty, he decides to rescue her, justifying his actions as a political opportunity.

Meanwhile, an ex-slave (released by the noble Ambassador before dying in the dessert), itself a great but silent warrior, gets involved in the rescue and after showing his courage and ability in combat, is forced to protect the Princess, creating obvious jealousy on the young general.

Mongolian's of course, will not accept being defeated, so they run after the small group, to recover the princess.

What happens after (the movie is more than two and a half hours long but never boring) is somehow predictably; however this is a Korean movie, so do not expect the silly and forced happy ending. What make the movie worth (a 10 / 10) is the way things are told, the beauty of the images and the poetry surrounding the story.

This movie war movie, but is not glorifying war, but the honor of people fighting for their countries. This is a love story, but a real one, were words are unnecessary and everything that happens is inside every character, but just looking at their eyes, we know what exactly are their feelings.

Halfway through the film, we realize that the line between bad and good guys is not really clear. That the real enemy is sometimes on the same side.

There are a lot of small characters, and everyone gets enough screen time, to make us care about them; sometimes even more than the main characters.

A special mention deserves the numerous war scenes. Using a slow motion, first person shots, quick editing and almost every camera trick you could imagine, you will feel in the middle of the battlefield (and a very scary one ). The blood and violence are much more realistic, than BLACK HAWK DOWN or WHEN WE WERE SOLDIERS, and the impression created is more than those two plus any other recent war related.

In brief; as far as I know this movie did not get a cinema release, but you can find it in EBAY or in some special video stores. DO NOT MISS IT; is probably the best movie of the year.


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