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Korea’s own “Queen of Tears”. Soo-Ae (Emperor of the Sea, Midnight FM) lights up the screen in this breathtaking epic inspired by tragic, true-life events.

Soo-Ae majestically portrays the Joseon Dynasty’s legendary Empress Myseongseong, a cherished ruler who fought courageously to modernize Korea. Forced to marry a king she did not love – and embroiled in a brutal struggle between rival world powers – the Empress draws her strength from a dashing rogue, a nameless headhunter who would do anything to be near her. This dark and brooding master of the blade protects the Empress as she stands strong against the sinister forces seeking to colonize her beloved country. When a traitor within the royal family orchestrates a plot to assassinate the Empress, only this anonymous swordsman proves willing to spill his own blood in defense of the noble beauty who would sacrifice her life for the people of Korea.


Special Features

Making The Sword with No Name (Korean audio w/English subtitles)

Cast interviews (Korean audio w/English subtitles)

Teaser trailer (Korean audio w/English subtitles)

Main trailer (Korean audio w/English subtitles)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Soo-Ae, Cho Seung-Woo, Cheon Ho-Jin, Choi Jae-Woong
  • Directors: Kim Yong-Gyun
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: Korean, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00576U9HQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,935 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
THE SWORD WITH NO NAME is a slick, stylish, and wonderful period drama that explores Empress Myeong-seong's tumultuous reign as `the Queen of Korea' during the Joseon Dynasty. The Queen sought to limit Japanese influence within her country, and, to accomplish this, she created stronger bonds with competing nations of the time, such as Russia. Japanese assassins stormed her chambers in 1895 and killed and desecrated her body. SWORD tells her story, alongside that

All of the principles perform outstanding work throughout SWORD. Soo Ae is simply lovely and demure - exactly as you would want a young queen to be - in the role of Myeong-seong; in the start of the picture - shortly after she has been selected by the committee to be Korea's queen - she is quiet and perhaps a bit rough around the edges; however, once she makes the transformation to her chosen role, she lights up the screen. As her smitten suitor, Seung-woo Cho plays the bounty-hunter-turned-palace-guard Moo-myeong with the perfect balance of youthful charisma and cluelessness. He follows his heart, taking his blade along for the journey, to protect the woman he loves with it appears her own government is failing her. Also, Ho-jin Jeon suitably chews scenery (when necessary) as Dae Won-gun, the primary force behind dethroning Myeong-seong for what he believes is a fraudulent reign of his country.

Throughout the picture, Director Yong-gyun Kim maintains a timeless story.
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Korea's Empress/Queen Myeongseong, her story of the Queen during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea is best known in history for standing up against Japan's military and government influence in the East by aligning Korea with Russia but also her tragic story of how she would be assassinated by those she stood up against.

Her story is quite fascinating and you can't help but respect what she was able to accomplish but seeing how things unfolded when she became a Queen and her willingness to open Korea to work with representatives of foreign countries.

But because of the dramatic and tragic elements of her story and the fact that all photos of the Empress were burned and destroyed, needless to say that the Empress has become a sort of mystery. No known photo exists and needless to say there have been dramatizations of the Queen and because she is such a historic figure, as well as heroic, there have been interest in her.

And in the case of "The Sword with No Name", the 2009 film receives a romanticized fictional story about the Empress or Queen written by Seol-Rok ya and directed by Yong-gyun Kim ("The Red Shoes"). The film would star actress Soo Ae (or spelled Su Ae, "Athena: Goddess of War", "Love Letter") playing the character of the Empress/Queen Myeong-seong and actor Seung-woo Cho ("Go Go 70's", "Love Phobia", "Marathon").

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"The Sword with No Name" is presented in 1080p High Definition and the picture quality of this film is fantastic. From the vibrant colors outdoors, to the colorful outfits that the Queen and the guards would wear, the colors of the film is what makes this film so beautiful.

The HD release of this film also showcases the textures and details of the clothing but also skin of the characters.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By I. Park on October 24, 2011
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I think they needed to make this about an hour or two longer to have better character development and draw people in to sympathize with the characters and buy into the story. As it is currently, it's feels really rushed between scenes that seem to happen months (or even years) apart. There isn't much chance for the characters to flesh out there stories or even the background behind this historical drama. The scenery and costumes were great, but the fight sequences were a little over the top and too much like the "300" in having very stylized (and obviously computer generated) graphics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Minto on June 7, 2012
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Other reviewers here have given an in depth look at this amazing film so I will not. Cho Seung Woo and Soo-Ae are perfect and amazing in their roles and the story is first rate. I gave this film 5 stars because it sits at the upper third of my "All-Time 10 Best Asian Films." I love especially Korean cinema and you will find no more engaging cinematic hero than Cho Seung Woo anywhere, and that's a promise. If you want to fall in love, see this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sabu on April 16, 2010
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THE FIGHT SCENES ARE EXCELLENT. THIS TALE OF A MASTER SWORDSMAN WHO BECOMES THE QUEEN'S PERSONAL GUARD AND TAKES ON EVERY CHALLENGE TO PROTECT HER IS QUITE AN ABSORBING DRAMA SINCE HE'S ALSO IN LOVE WITH HER. HE TAKES ON ANY AND ALL COMERS WHO THREATEN HER
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the films good points are the visuals - altho the cgi are a bit shoddy - the good actors - and the storys intensity

however - the storys intensity is a bad point too - for in order to produce that intensity - the film spends huge chunks of time on the fictitious swordsmans obsessive love with the queen of korea Min Ja Yeong - as she is known in the film - even tho there is no historical source for that name - her birth name is a mystery to history - to history she is generally known as Empress MyeongSeong

btw - the man actually fights with a meat cleaver - but his technique is no different than if was a sword - and - how ironic that a film about a queen who strove to modernize koreas military should spend so much screen time on sword fighting

lost amid the yearning closeups and whirlwind fight scenes - were details on this ambitious womans remarkable achievements in modernizing Korea in the late 1800s - instead - the film reduces that to her curiosity about western fashions

yes - i know all the detail would have to be compressed anyway - but not to this extent if they had spent less time on the swordsman and his love - then this film would also have seemed less cliché - "a remarkable swordsmans infatuation with someone in the royal court" being a commonplace theme in korean movies and tv

before or after seeing the film - look up "Empress MyeongSeong" - this movie will pale in comparison
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