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Cast: LEE Byung-hun, JEON Do-yeon, KIM Go-eun, LEE Jun-ho
As the greed and excess of a corrupt Monarchy threatens to destroy the once-glorious Goryeo Dynasty, three legendary warriors lead a revolt to overthrow the empire and save its people. But when deceit and betrayal costs the life of a master swordsman, a plot for justice and revenge is set into motion, raging for decades between the two survivors.
Medieval Korea, a young girl seeks revenge for the death of her mother but her quest will not be easy because But she will have to face one of the most powerful men of the Goryo Dynasty.
There is a lot going on in "Memories of the Sword,” there are several subplots inside the main plot and a good bit of the story is told in flashbacks which can be a bit confusing at times so remember that the film demands your full attention. I am not going to go into major plot details here so not to ruin the film or it's secrets for those wanting to see it but instead I will talk about the film itself a bit. For starters the film looks gorgeous as expected from Asian Cinema. Between the landscapes and the well-choreographed fight scenes the film is a real treat to look at.
Secondly is the story line, there is a lot going on here, there is plenty of action in the film but there is also a good amount of drama and romance as well so don't think you are going to see an all out action film here. I have seen the film compared to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and it does have its similarities but I also think that the film brings its own ideas to the table as well that makes it stand on it's own.
Well-done fight scenes, melodrama, romance and a major twist right at the end makes "Memories of the Sword" a must see for all fans of Asian Cinema. It may not be a great film but there is plenty to like none the less. Available on DVD and Blu-ray now, you can order the DVD HERE and the Blu-ray HERE.
Released by Well Go USA
*** 3/4 Out Of *****