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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

Writer:

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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battle | china | princess | desert | korea | See All (39) »

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We must go back to Koryo!

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Action | Drama | History | War

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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:

The Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

Liaoning, China

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Budget:

BND 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During filming in China, Woo-sung Jung got knee-injury while shooting one of his fight scenes and had to stay behind after the Korean crew came back to Korea. See more »

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Fantastic
9 June 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Version: Eastern Eye's R4 DVD release. Korean audio, English subtitles.

There are two kinds of people who will enjoy 'Musa'. The first are those who will make the obvious comparisons 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and subsequently praise. The others are those like me: Easily amused by long, bloody battle scenes. Is something wrong with me?

China, 1375: The Ming are in power in China, and fighting a war against the Ming. A Korean delegation expelled by the Ming government encounters a group of Yuan soldiers who have kidnapped the Ming Princess Bu-Yong (Zhang Ziyi). After rescuing the Princess, the Koreans find that the Yuan soldiers are rather keen to capture the Princess again and kill anyone in their way. Who would have thought that making Mongolian soldiers angry was a BAD idea?

I'm a bit wary of drama movies (can you tell?), so if I'd known 'Musa' was a 2.5 hour long love story / war movie, I probably would have avoided it. I'm glad I didn't, as 'Musa' proves that even drama can be awesome! The story of love and honour set against an epic journey is one that even I'll admit to have found to moving and captivating.

Real comments aside, the only reason 'Musa' came to my attention was because it is an action movie, and features Mr. Iron Monkey himself, Rongguang Yu. A far cry from the (sometimes very) intense martial arts movies that Rongguang Yu is usually in, 'Musa' is a bloody depiction of war. No character flies around using magical kung-fu, but they can still swing a weapon around and look really cool while doing it.

I really can't say much about 'Musa' that hasn't already been said. It may have a limited appeal - its long, violent, and dramatic - but well recommended to anyone who can sit through two and a half of drama and violence. Fantastic - 10/10


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