Review: Bichunmoo (2000)

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Bichunmoo is a sweeping, historical tragedy, with ferocious whirling swordplay and lavish scenery. The hawk-faced hero, with flowing hair and brooding eyes, grows up thinking he’s from a low-class family, but discovers he’s the son of a Korean noble. The heroine, exceptional in a land where all the women are lovely, is the daughter of a Mongol general, and betrothed to a Han noble.

The story of their love, and the forces that conspire against them, is compelling. There’s the strength of friendship, the passion of love, the ice of betrayal and the burning heat of revenge, all driving events to an inevitable conclusion. The manual of Bi Chun Shin Gi swordplay, a deadly martial art perfected by the hero’s dead family, is sought by Han and Mongol alike, and makes our hero a target for both allies and enemies.

It’s beautiful, tragic, exciting, and moving. It’s swords, forests, love, revenge, death, and loyalty, all in gorgeous costumes. It’s high-budget, high-action, hi-res. It’s more epic than Cecil B DeMille.

8.5 leaping mysterious black-clad fighters out of 10.
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