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Demon Empire (2006)

Joong-cheon (original title)
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It is AD 924, at the end of the United Shilla Dynasty. Continuous riots sweep the land ruled by a corrupted government. Evil forces are rampant and malicious demons roam the land. YI Kwak, ... See full summary »

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Dong-oh Jo
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Credited cast:
Joon-ho Huh ... Ban-chu (as Jun-ho Heo)
Woo-sung Jung ... Yi Gwak
Kwang-il Kim Kwang-il Kim
Tae-hee Kim ... So-hwa / Yon-hwa
Jeong-hak Park
Sang-wook Park Sang-wook Park
Yi-hyeon So ... Hyo
Ha-jun Yu Ha-jun Yu
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It is AD 924, at the end of the United Shilla Dynasty. Continuous riots sweep the land ruled by a corrupted government. Evil forces are rampant and malicious demons roam the land. YI Kwak, born with the powers to see spirits, joins the royal demon hunting squad, 'Chuh-yong-dae' after losing his fiancée, Yon-hwa to evil demons. YI Kwak excels as the most talented warrior of Chuh-yong-dae and the royal squad seems to gain momentum as powerful fighters against the forces of darkness. Then one day, YI Kwak drifts into Joongcheon, the world of the dead through a strange shrine. Joongcheon, the intermediate world between Heaven and Earth, a place souls remain for 49 days, preparing for reincarnation. Written by Anonymous

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Between heaven and earth, where love became a legend.


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Simply put : The best fantasy movie I've seen.
29 April 2010 | by iwolfiSee all my reviews

This is not gonna be a long and well written review, I'm sorry.

But i will tell you why I loved it and why you might love it.

First of, I love these Asian fantasy movies for many reasons. They are mostly set in a world unheard of in other places, and the story something very different than any Hollywood movie.

Before seeing the movie, I actually came across the soundtrack made by Shiro Sagisu. (Who also made the music for Casshern). And I came to the conclusion that it was the best soundtrack made by his hands.

Then came the chance to see the movie. And i hadn't seen much from it before, except a couple of trailers. And with it being in Korean and with no subs i only got the standard plot.

Hero loves woman. Woman is in trouble. Evil man makes threats. Hero saves the day?

But after 20 minutes I was already gladly surprised of the plot. Something "I" had not seen before. And I'm not gonna tell you what it was, since i think the surprise makes the movie even better. The movie is filled with amazing scenery and visuals that couldn't be much better. It's not over packed with fights. But the fights there do count.

There is a bit of "flying/floating" martial arts as in almost every classic Kung fu movie. And even though i don't care much for that, it did seam to fit the movie.

Will it fall in your taste?

Have you seen Casshern or Goemon? If so, and they pleased you. I don't see why you should not at least enjoy it, if not love it as i did. It has very similar elements and feeling to it. (still not as dark as Casshern).

I would have given this movie a 10/10, but went with 9/10 for two reasons. 1. That given it a max will feel a bit to cliché and would make people expect it to be polished with gold. 2. One of the main characters, (The damsel in distress) was kinda annoying at times and looked like she was gonna cry every second. But then again its all about the cruelty and emotion they try to express in these movies.

pewww!. . .

Sorry it got a bit longer than i had planed. Hope you forgive me for the bad grammar and enjoy the movie if you decide to watch it. Have fun.


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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

20 December 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

O Guerreiro da Luz See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,026,898
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Nabi Pictures See more »
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Dolby SR

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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