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Blades of Blood [DVD]

Jung-Min HWANG , Seung-Won CHA , Joon-Ik LEE    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jung-Min HWANG, Seung-Won CHA, Ji-Hye HAN
  • Directors: Joon-Ik LEE
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MMA18S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Blades of Blood is based on an acclaimed Korean graphic novel.

Set during the 'Grand Alliance' of the Chosun Dynasty, the Alliance's leader Lee dreams of eradicating corruption and becoming king. Yet amidst the onslaught of a bloody invasion by the massed troops of the Japanese empire, legendary blind swordsman Hwang, once Lee's closest comrade who was betrayed by his friend, returns to at last enact the battle the two mighty warriors were destined to fight.

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Blades Of Blood


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blades of Blood 9 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
For the first 2 thirds of this film I felt I was watching a passable movie. There didn't seem to be a lot of action but the acting and the filmwork was pretty good compared to many of this genre. It seemed to be more of a human drama than all out martial arts epic. Towards the end of the film are two very exciting and well choreographed fight scenes which just about saved the movie for me. Nowhere near as acomplished as Hero or House of Flying Daggers (but to be fair the fight scenes are probably more realistic without much use of wire work). The other thing was that I prefered the bad guy who turns out to be a much more interesting character than wimpish apprentice turned hero and I was rooting more for him in the final scenes (but everybody likes a good baddie-right?) All in all a pretty good film if you don't mind plodding through a dragged out storyline to a quite exciting climax. Not to be bought if your looking for an exciting martial arts experience. Also, as with a lot of these movies the DVD cover looks better than the film actually is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie 16 Feb 2012
By Richard
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very happy with this purchase, good story good fights and just an all round good film. would highly reccomend this film.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the 16th Century Korea 16 Nov 2011
By JYK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The movie is set months before Toyotomi Hideyoshi's invasion of the Korean peninsula and portrays two relatively obscure historical figures. Mong-Hak Lee, an illegitimate son of the king, led a rebellion that ended in failure, and Jung-Hak Hwang was one of the top three medical practitioners in the Chosun Dynasty. The plot is simple - a son pursuing his father's killer - but what makes the movie interesting is the historical background. The society was so mired in rigid class system that prevented certain people (e.g. illegitimate children) from rising farther regardless of their abilities, and the ruling class was so bent on party politics that one would automatically oppose the other regardless of the facts (i.e. both parties knew that the Japan invasion was imminent).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars deserves some props 20 Dec 2012
By JP - Published on Amazon.com
This story has its roots in the Joseon era of Korean history, with political upheaval and power struggles between different factions and an impending invasion by the Japanese. The film has received its share of criticism, mostly around the assessment that the plot was aimless and never developed into a solid storyline. It's been about a year since I've seen this film and I was hard pressed to recall what the movie was actually about, so there is probably some merit to this criticism (or I'm just getting old). What I can tell you is that I enjoyed the film when I watched it, and in my list of martial arts movies I've seen, which is up to about 200 entries, this is among 40 films that I've flagged to watch again.

One character in particular that I enjoyed was Hwang Jeong-hak, a unassuming blind swordsman. He is the most colorful and three dimensional character in the film - a mix of humor, humility, wisdom and bad-to-the-bone fighting skills. As in the Zatoichi series, there is the play of other characters underestimating his abilities and the ensuing melee which is always great fun.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story 13 Mar 2012
By Trinity - Published on Amazon.com
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There's a Zatoichi type blind teacher in this who is comical and fun. Sure it's a mild twist on the story of getting revenge for one's fallen teacher, but it's entertaining.

The head wear in this movie is a trip to see. The work they put into the costumes was nice. It's good entertainment and a high quality visual experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blades of Blood 6 Sep 2013
By Cristian - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good story, very well written, and a good action movie. I recommend this movie for anyone that's loves funny action revengeful movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL PERIOD DRAMA 16 Dec 2010
By sabu - Published on Amazon.com
2 FRIENDS ARE TRYING TO FORM A "GRAND ALLIANCE" BETWEEN EASTERN + WESTERN FACTIONS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THEIR COUNTRY AS THE JAPANESE ARE STARTING AN INVASION. HOWEVER, ONE OF THEM BECOMES OBSESSIVELY POWER HUNGRY AND TO FULFILL HIS DREAM OF BECOMING KING HE SLAUGHTERS MANY ON BOTH SIDES HE FEELS IS STANDING IN HIS WAY. THIS IS A VERY INTENSE AND MOVING DRAMA WITH TIMELY ACTION SCENES.
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