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Sword in the Moon (2003)

Cheongpung myeongwol (original title)
A series of high-ranking officials are being systematically eliminated by a sleek assassin and his female assistant, and arrogant master swordsman General Choi is charged with putting an end to the carnage.

Director:

Ui-Seok Kim (as Ui-seok Kim)

Writers:

Ma Dae-yun (screenplay), Min-seok Jang | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Min-su Choi ... Choi, Ji-hwan
Jae-Hyun Cho ... Yun, Gyu-yeob (as Jae-hyeon Jo)
Bo-kyeong Kim Bo-kyeong Kim ... Shi-yeong
Jong-su Lee Jong-su Lee ... Jae-deok
Yeon-su Yu Yeon-su Yu
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi
Seong-hwan Jeon Seong-hwan Jeon ... (as Seon-hwan Jeong)
Sang-geon Jo Sang-geon Jo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jong-gu Kim Jong-gu Kim ... Excellency Song
Se-dong Kim Se-dong Kim
Hae-hyo Kwon Hae-hyo Kwon
Mu-hyeon Lee Mu-hyeon Lee
Tae-hee Won Tae-hee Won
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A series of high-ranking officials are being systematically eliminated by a sleek assassin and his female assistant, and arrogant master swordsman General Choi is charged with putting an end to the carnage.

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 July 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword in the Moon See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$189,634
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Fantasy Fim Fest)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Solid if slightly confused martial arts intrigue
15 July 2004 | by dgwynSee all my reviews

I saw the movie on its North American premiere (July 14, 2004) at the Fantasia Festival. I was slightly disappointed as I had been expecting a more epic, ensemble cast movie along the lines of Musa the Warrior. Instead, the movie concentrated only a much smaller number of characters. Still, the movie was solid, thoughtful and visually intriguing. There were slightly jarring tone shifts from the dominant thoughtful and realistic tone of confused loyalties, intrigue and blood, versus the lighter, more flamboyant, martial arts sequences. It almost seemed as though the filmmakers couldn't make up their minds about whether the movie was supposed to be a martial arts "flick" or a historical epic. The story touches nicely on the issue about the need for loyalty versus the need to adapt to new situations. Is it really worth your life and those of your friends to be loyal to one's master or does there come a time when one must submit to the winds of change? Is there perhaps greater courage in leaving the old ways for new ones? How does one decide? These questions are raised in this movie, and ironically, there is the suggestion that the answer given, may in fact be the wrong one!


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