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a.k.a. Outlive Region Code: All Format: NTSC Running Time: 113 min. Languages: English dubbed Subtitles: None Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Director: Young-jun Kim Plot: A sweeping, epic tale of a martial arts warrior who attempts to defy a kingdom to be with his love. Description: The time was spring 1343 at the end of Won Dynasty in China. The Mongolians, the Hans and Koryo migrants were in conflict with one another. In the village of Sanme-hyon, Jinha, the son of wandering Koryo people and Soli, a daughter between a Mongolian general and his concubine, share a brief romance. When Soli is taken away, Jinha tells her he will wait for her. When Jinha meets Soli again, he finds that she is to be married off to Junkwang, the son of a wealthy family. Soli's stepbrother helps the couple to run off, so they may continue their love. But the enraged Junkwang and his men head off on a quest to get his bride-to-be back in his arms. Cast: Jang Dong-Kun ,Jang Jin-Young ,Shin Jun-Ha ,Kim Hae-Su

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  • Actors: Hyeon-jun Shin, Hee-seon Kim, Jin-yeong Jeong, Dong-jik Jang, Yu-jeong Choi
  • Directors: Young-jun Kim
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Deltamac
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MEVV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bichunmoo (Dance With Sword)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

I don't tend to like dubbed movies so i always watch it in the original language and its really a great love story with lots of action to boot.
Dragonlace
The plot, while twisting and somewhat strange, is well above average for the martial arts genre, though it lacks the subtlety of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
"gobniu"
It's funny, the first thought I had after the movie was over wasn't how good or bad it was, or how much I liked it or what my favorite part was.
Garvinstomp

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Daigo Parry on May 27, 2003
Format: DVD
The comparisons to Crouching Tiger, Storm Riders and The Duel-type films and the Korean Bichunmoo are certainly justified: it IS a kung fu, sword flick, flavored with a love story. But Bichunmoo is a masterpiece in itself that can stand up to these comparisons; you can even argue that this, the most well-rounded of these type of films to date, should be the standard to which the others, even the cinematographically superior Crouching Tiger, should be compared to.
At the heart of the story are Jinha Yu and Sullie, whose tragic, star-crossed relationship is the thread that holds the movie together. She is rich and Mongol royalty; he is an orphaned Koryo commoner (or so we are made to believe), and fate refuses to let the relationship take place. The pair elopes and are hunted down by Sullie's family and Jungkwang, a young lord her family favors. Despite Jinha's expertise in the legendary Bichin Secrets, rumored to be the most powerful of all martial arts, passed on to him by a dying uncle, he succumbs to the pursuers and falls from a cliff. Sullie reluctantly marries Jungkwang.
The years go by and while Jungkwang is away on business, his castle falls quite easily to another faction, thanks to a group of highly skilled assassins headed by a bitter, darker, cold-blooded Jinha. Trouble follows as both struggle to reconcile who they once were with what they have become.
Bichunmoo trumps Crouching Tiger in that the story is self-contained, not a mere snapshot. We see Jinha and Sullie develop not only relationship-wise, but as children meeting for the first time and growing to adulthood. In contrast Li Mubai and Shulien (of Crouching Tiger) are captured in mid-life, with plenty of history between them the we never get to know.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Breitweg on January 14, 2005
Format: DVD
This Korean martial arts film is one of the best Martial Arts films I have seen as of yet! It relies as much on the romantic/revenge plot as the cinematography and the fight scenes. It is lyrical, majestic and utterly captivating. I too wanted to "dance with the sword" after watching this. Great movie!!! It is the essential Romeo and Juliet plot and yet it is so much more. It is stunning and a dizzying swirl of beauty. A great period piece in Korean cinema. The only detracting quality of this movie is the soundtrack and its descrepancy with scene. There is this rock sounding song pulsating out of a scene that really doesn't fit in the time period or the tone. But overall great movie!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Hill on June 29, 2002
Format: DVD
great movie. if you watch it alone, you have a better chance of really understanding it (since people like me hide emotions in the presence of others). the action is not easily comparable to crouching tiger. crouching tiger is more westernized, where the camera angle is far back enough so you can see the whole fighting scene. bichunmoo keeps w/ typical asian martial art flicks: fast camera action, things going on all over the screen. that's why it's hard to see the maneuvers that the actors pull off. sul-lie is so fine. so is the woman who ironically poisons jin-ha (ironic because...you know how it ends). so is the sister of the guy who saved jin-ha (i forget her name). i heard a person say jin-ha made a mistake by leaving it all behind in the end. but to me, this is honor. sul-lie was married, though her man met tragic fate. jin-ha and sul-lie had travelled different paths. it was fate that they would always love eachother. but it was also fate that forbid them from being with eachother (until they died, together). it just wasn't meant to be. and jin-ha did the right thing by leaving it all behind.
LOYALTY. you don't find such loyalty in american movies. esp. the head of the 10 swordsmen. when he was told that jin-ha was dead, and he therefore had an opportunity for a higher rank, he instead murdered the messenger. that is the love that a man can have for another man.
but lemme get tech for a second. the dvd has a skip in transition from scene 7 to scene 8 (watch the dvd digital panel if you don't believe me), just after an hour into the movie. it is this long pause. i ordered another copy, but it skipped at the same spot. so i figured it was my dvd player. but the same thing happened on another dvd player. so i will just have to live with that skip now. it's only one skip, but as a consumer, i shouldn't have to expect ANY skips.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Mulei on September 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I wonder if the movie I saw is the same that many of the others here have reviewed? The fight scenes are fun and imaginative, but the story is very poorly constructed. The best word I can use to describe the plot is `choppy'. It's almost as if the movie is an adaptation of a famous novel or legend everyone should know and that the director decided it was sufficient to touch upon the major points in the story and ignore the details.

The entire movie is filled with scenes that don't logically follow the last, again, as if it is assumed the viewer should already be intimately familiar with the work; or that half of the movie was poorly edited out at the last minute. Major new characters are introduced with no warning, and significant events unfold with no exposition or apparently take place off-screen entirely. It's not that you can't follow what's going on, exactly, but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon this movie is not.

It's strictly Okay, but nothing special. I'm not going to throw it into the trash can or anything, but I'm glad I bought it used.
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