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Memories of the Sword (DVD) (Korea Version)
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A sword is not just a weapon but also a place to store past memories. Co-written and directed by Park Heung Shik (My Mother, the Mermaid), the martial arts period romance epic Memories of the Sword is a rousing tale of love, betrayal and revenge among swordsmen during the Goryeo era. The film features the esteemed cast lineup of Lee Byung Hun(Inside Men), Jeon Do Yeon (The Shameless) and Kim Go Eun (Coin Locker Girl), as well as 2PM's Lee Jun Ho (Twenty), Bae Soo Bin (26 Years), Lee Kyung Young (Assassination), Kim Tae Woo (The Pirates) and Moon Sung Keun (Haemoo).

For the sake of freedom and justice, Deok Gi (Lee Byung Hun), Seol Rang (Jeon Do Yeon) and Poong Cheon (Bae Soo Bin) led a rebellion against the king and his foreign allies. However, Deok Gi betrayed his comrades, resulting in the death of Poong Cheon. Seol Rang escapes with Poong Cheon's child and his sword, and warns Deok Gi that the child will become his biggest enemy.

Eighteen years later, Seol Rang is now blind and has changed her name to Wallso. Determined to take revenge on Deok Gi, now known as Yoo Baek, she teaches Seol Hee (Kim Go Eun) how to fight with the sword. After getting discovered by Yoo Baek in a sword sparring competition, Seol Hee successfully evades capture. However, on that same night, she learns how her father died and that Yoo Baek and Wallso are her destined enemies. She then leaves home and starts her long journey of revenge.

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Product Title: Memories of the Sword (DVD) (Korea Version) 俠女 (DVD) (韓國版) 侠女 (DVD) (韩国版) Memories of the Sword (DVD) (Korea Version) 협녀:칼의기억 (DVD) (보급판) (한국판)
Also known as: 俠女:刀的記憶 侠女:刀的记忆
Artist Name(s): Jeon Do Yeon | Lee Kyung Young | Kim Young Min | Kim Soo Ahn | Kim Tae Woo | Park Heung Sik | Kim Go Eun 全 度妍 | 李璟榮 | 金 永敏 | 金 秀安 | 金 泰佑 | 朴興植 | 金高恩 全 度妍 | 李璟荣 | 金 永敏 | 金 秀安 | 金 泰佑 | 朴兴植 | 金高恩 チョン・ドヨン | イ・キョンヨン | キム・ヨンミン | Kim Soo Ahn | キム・テウ | パク・フンシク | キム・ゴウン 전 도연 | 이 경영 | 김 영민 | 김 수안 | 김태우 | 박흥식 | 김고은
Release Date: 2022-05-13
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Video Travel
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1113063764

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협녀:칼의기억 (DVD) (보급판) (한국판)

*Screen format:2.35:1 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
*Sound mix:Korean Dolby Digital 5.1

*Director:박흥식

"칼이 지배하던 시대, 고려 말

왕을 꿈꿨던 한 남자의 배신 그리고 18년 후 그를 겨눈 두 개의 칼.

고려를 탐한 검, 유백(이병헌)
대의를 지키는 검, 월소(전도연)
복수를 꿈꾸는 검, 홍이(김고은)

뜻이 달랐던 세 개의 칼이 부딪친다."
* 고려 말, 세 검객의 피할 수 없는 숙명의 드라마! 11년간 공들인 <협녀, 칼의 기억> 드디어 세상의 빛을 보다!
* "다른 사람은 절대 생각할 수 없었다"이병헌 & 전도연 & 김고은,최적의 캐스팅이 빚어낸 환상적인 연기 앙상블!
* 이들이 있어 더욱 빛난다!이경영+김태우+이준호+문성근+배수빈,그 누구도 대적할 수 없는 막강 조연 군단 완성!
* 캐릭터가 살아 숨쉬는 새로운 공간 창조!상상력이 가미된 <협녀, 칼의 기억>만의 공간 분석!
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Professional Review of "Memories of the Sword (DVD) (Korea Version)"

May 6, 2016

This professional review refers to Memories of the Sword (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Vengeance and betrayal are very much the order of the day in Korean period drama Memories of the Sword, co-written and directed by Park Heung Shik (My Mother, the Mermaid). While its premise is certainly nothing new and the genre playing field is already more than overcrowded, the film does at least boast a top notch cast, headlined by Lee Byung-hun (Inside Men), Jeon Do-yeon (The Shameless) and upcoming talent Kim Go-eun (Coin Locker Girl), with a large and impressive supporting cast that includes Lee Jun-ho of 2PM, Bae Soo-bin (26 Years), Lee Kyung-young (Assassination), Kim Tae-woo (The Pirates) and Moon Sung-keun (Haemoo).

The film is set during the Goryeo era, when freedom fighters Deok Gi (Lee Byung-hun), Seol Rang (Jeon Do-yeon) and Poong Cheon (Bae Soo-bin) led a desperate uprising against the hated king. Things didn’t work out as planned, with Deok Gi having turned snake against his comrades in arms, leading to the death of Poong Cheon and forcing Seol Rang to flee with his young child and precious sword. A couple of decades later, Deok Gi is the head general of the army, haunted by the memories of the past though still keen to advance his position, while the now-blind Seol Rang has changed her name to Wallso, raising the child Seol Hee (Kim Go-eun) in secret and teaching her to fight. After Deok Gi uncovers her identity in a sword fighting competition, Seol Hee learns the truth about the death of her parents and sets out on a bloody path of revenge.

Although at its heart Memories of the Sword is essentially a fairly straightforward tale of vengeance, Park Heung Shik certainly packs in a great deal of plot, and there's really a lot going on. The narrative is complex and multi-layered, with hidden motivations, confused identities and all manner of scheming from the start, and the film does take a fair bit of patience and concentration. While the script is generally well written and intelligent, it's convoluted in places, taking a long time to explain itself and often falling back on clumsy exposition and an over-use of flashbacks. Still, there's a definite and pleasing ambition to the film, and Park does try hard to add depth.

Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou's Hero were clearly the main inspirations, and the film recalls both quite closely in terms of story and character, focusing on generation gap dynamics and feisty female fighters. Superhuman jumping abilities, training scenes and bamboo grove battles add to the resemblance, though it's a pleasant kind of familiarity, and the film feels almost old-fashioned in its values. This is also true of the stylised and slow-motion heavy action scenes, and the film is frequently poetic and beautiful during its martial arts clashes, clearly having benefitted from a high-end budget. Though the characters' near-flying skills are initially a bit distracting, Park counters this by giving the film a hard and occasionally violent edge, with a decent amount of blood being spilled here and there.

The big name cast is the main draw here, and Lee Byung-hun in particular really delivers, on great form as the complicated Deok Gi. Although ostensibly the villain of the piece, he emerges as the most interesting and even sympathetic character, Lee making him into a very human, tormented figure, trapped and tormented by his own desperate strategies. Although Jeon Do-yeon does well with her role, it's Kim Go-eun who also stands out, playing Seol Hee as more than the usual angry martial arts revenge girl, and giving her a believable sense of conflict and confusion.

All of this is enough to lift Memories of the Sword several notches and to make it stand out from the crowd of similarly themed Korean historical dramas. Balancing action and strong character development, the film sees Park Heung Shik successfully trying his hand at something a bit different to his usual brand of heart-warming melodrama and should be enjoyed by fans of the form and cast.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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