I like Asian cinema precisely because of the difference to western movies - the different perspectives, the unexpected endings, the seemingly offbeat humour, even the occasionally rocky translations. Nevertheless, this movie was a bit more impenetrable in places than usual. I don't know if this version has been edited for western audiences, but it felt to me as though there were large chunks of the storyline missing entirely; if the choppy narration was the result of editing, then that editor needs to find a new job. It wasn't immediately clear, even from the blurb on the DVD case, that this was a heavily romanticised reworking of an actual historical event (the asassination of the last Empress of Korea) and in order to make sense of that I had to do some internet research afterwards. The fight scenes were okay, but nothing marvellous; the romance was pretty improbable but charming enough to be moderately entertaining.
Overall, it was a so-so movie; great to watch while I worked my way through a large pile of ironing, but a bit daft and not particularly engaging, and in spite of the subtitles I didn't need to concentrate to keep up with it. I'm glad I watched it, but I doubt I'll watch it again.
Your own mileage may vary on that.