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Original Title :
Musa
Genre :
Movie / Action / Drama / History / War
Year :
2001
Directror :
Sung-su Kim
Cast :
Woo-sung Jung,Sung-Ki Ahn,Jin-mo Ju
Writer :
Sung-su Kim
Budget :
BND 8,000,000
Type :
Movie
Time :
2h 38min
Rating :
7.2/10

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Musa (2001) online

This movie follows the story of three friends in Korea, all three of whom drop out of school. The main character is Min, a tough guy whose widowed mother is a drunk. The story traces his. For your consideration, ladies and gentlemen: Musa.

Musa: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave (Woo-sung Jung) to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert.

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Action, drama, history. Director: Sung-su Kim. Starring: Woo-sung Jung, Yeong-mok Han, Du-il Lee and others. In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. On the way the group came across a Yuan troop, and the Coryo soldiers managed to survive the battle. They began the journey toward the faraway home country, where they met the Yuan troop.

In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert. On the way the group came across a Yuan troop, and the Coryo soldiers managed to survive the battle. They began the journey toward the faraway home country, where they met the Yuan troop again. When they found out the Yuan troop kidnapped a Ming princess, they decided to rescue her so that they could get a ship to go home. Then the battle began...
Credited cast:
Woo-sung Jung Woo-sung Jung - Yeo-sol
Sung-Ki Ahn Sung-Ki Ahn - Jin-lib (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Jin-mo Ju Jin-mo Ju - Choi Jung
Ziyi Zhang Ziyi Zhang - Princess Bu-yong (as Zhang Ziyi)
Yong-woo Park Yong-woo Park - Ju-myeong
Jeong-hak Park Jeong-hak Park - Ga-nam
Hae-jin Yoo Hae-jin Yoo - Du-chung
Seok-yong Jeong Seok-yong Jeong - Ha-il
Du-il Lee Du-il Lee - Ji-san
Yeong-mok Han Yeong-mok Han - Dan-saeng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gi-ho Heo Gi-ho Heo - Soon Chun-yong
Er Cha Huo Er Cha Huo - Ying Jie-na
Byeong-guk Hwang Byeong-guk Hwang
Mi-nam Jeong Mi-nam Jeong - Yongho Soldier (as Mi-Nam Jung)
Hong-Pyo Lee Hong-Pyo Lee - Military officer

During filming in China, Woo-sung Jung got knee-injury while shooting one of his fight scenes and had to stay behind after the Korean crew came back to Korea.


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Mettiarrb

Mettiarrb

Emissaries from Korea stumble across an attempt by Mongol warriors to kidnap a Chinese princess. Nice clean and simple premise for a Summer blockbuster, one whose marketing (and casting) coasts on the popularity of Crouching Tiger and Hero but whose execution is very different.

I saw this one by accident thinking it was Hero, the massive 2002 Oscar nominee also starring Zhang Ziyi (and, for all its dodgy ideology, worth discovering for the visual feast alone). The region 2 (Korean & French audio 5.1) looked good so I rented it... Back when that was still a thing.

First, this is not Hero, nor is it a wuxia or wire-work driven martial arts film. This is a Historical action film, and despite the prowesses of its heroes, Musa's violence is realistic and brutal. It is a very clever men-on-a-mission flick, with interesting balance and variety within the team, with echoes of Seven Samurai. Where things take an even more pleasant turn are in the interesting portrayal of our characters: a borderline unlikable "hero" (or so he seems at first) and princess, great nobility in the lower ranks, and a surprisingly likable and charismatic villain, if indeed you can call him that.

In production value terms, this can compete with anything Hollywood churns out, and the technical credits, from editing to earthy cinematography, are all excellent. Fast-shutter action, made popular by Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator, is put to brutal use here, and there is a fine balance of chaotic individual moments and interesting strategies, something that would later be explored in John Woo's Red Cliff. This film procures that very rare delight of watching a film and knowing exactly where all the money, effort and care went, because it is all up there on screen, and for once, equally distributed, performances included. Something you have got to see.

For your consideration, ladies and gentlemen: Musa.
Amerikan_Volga

Amerikan_Volga

Based on actual events, Korean diplomats were sent into China with military escorts in 1375. Remember Europe was emerging from the Dark Ages at this time, but in Asia they were an advanced civilization. With the rise of the famous Ming Dynasty in China and the waning days of the Mongols, the Korean emperor was eager to formalize ties with the new Chinese government. This is the story of one of the those diplomatic missions.

This is an epic film, shoot over 9000 miles of China's northern region. Covering plains, prairies, forests, deserts and coastline. The cinematography is beautiful.

Though this is a Korean film, it utilizes the famous Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, who portrays a kidnapped daughter of the Chinese Emperor.

Throughout most of the film the Korean warriors speak Korean. The Princess and the Chinese villagers speak Mandarin. Interestingly the Mongols also speak Mandarin to each other, historically inaccurate but Mongols don't go to movies these days. Some of the Koreans can also speak Mandarin. This is accurate since the educated Koreans of the time, could read, write and speak Chinese. This film is subtitled in English.

This is a grand story of honor, sacrifice and overcoming overwhelming odds. The Korean warriors must fight the larger forces of the Mongols. Using tactics and strategies not unlike that which you can find in Sun Tzu's the Art of War writings.

If you want some insight into the culture and attitudes of the people of this region, Musa is the movie for you.
Bradeya

Bradeya

Those who settle down to enjoy the excellent 150-odd minute Musa will be surprised at how much it suggests a Western. There's sweeping landcapes, a cross-desert ordeal; competition between villains and heros, 'stagecoach' chases, abandoned and defended forts, and 'cavalry' charges. These, as well as a strong sense of a man-having-to-do what-a-Man-has-to-do, combine to create familiarity to those who know such films as (for instance) The Alamo and Commanche Station. That's not to say that Musa has no originality, or is not strongly rooted within Korean national cinema. It contains a number of striking set pieces - notably the several pitched battle scenes, multiple characterisation, as well as some insight into the various power struggles which make up mid-fourteenth century Asian history. But at the heart of this package remain a well-tried fairy story, that of a cold Princess who must learn to swallow her pride, and of a brave servant's unrequited love.

Sung-Su Kim, who directs from his own screen play, does a very good job in drawing together his disparate group of travelling companions on a dangerous journey: a Princess, a General, a monk, soldiers, wives, a cowardly translator, a whore, etc. To provide suitable contrast between the moments of combat, he relates them in short, effective, dialogue scenes. Its good to see a film too in which the ubiquitous wire work and over the top gymnastics, beloved by some Eastern action directors, is conspicuous by its absence. Its also one where the director relies less on extreme camera angles and special effects to create visual drama than on the regular ebb and flow of dramatic editing. Perhaps because of this 'naturalness', the battle scenes are consistently exciting and involving. They are also staged in enough different locales to make them varied viewing each time. A standout is a desperate confrontation amongst trees, where the director takes full advantage of foliage cover, confusion, and events within the frame to create some real martial suspense.

The HK disc I saw was generally excellent, with occasional errors in subtitle grammar, as well as the odd compression problem (on-screen blur), usually during horizontal tracking movements. All told, though, the cheap price of this disk makes it an excellent buy and I strongly recommend it - and the film.
Celace

Celace

I think it was nearly a year ago that I came across the website and first started anticipating the movie eagerly. The site contained lots of stills from the movie throughout, and every single one of them was utterly beautiful, like it had been painted to perfection rather than captured in motion. It seemed unreasonable to expect the whole movie to look that good, but I was pretty sure that it was going to be impressive. With so much anticipation and hope for a movie, it seems almost inevitable that you are going to be disappointed when you finally see it. All the more surprise then that MUSA meets and surpasses my expectations in every way!

First things first, yes... it really does look that good! All the way through . Like Zhang Yimou's SHANGHAI TRIAD, practically every frame is beautifully composed and rendered, and could easily hang on a gallery wall somewhere. There wasn't a single shot that I could imagine looking better than it did. The production design is incredible, the locations stunning, the special effects groundbreaking (the gore). I can't imagine how much time and money must have gone into its production, let alone talent and dedication.

MUSA is epic in the word's biggest sense - I couldn't help thinking of Homer's ILIAD and ODDYSEY in many parts, and those are basically the two stories that the word 'epic' was invented for. It makes Gladiator, Crouching Tiger etc look positively inconsequential. The movie is also made with an attention to detail that is remarkable. It is certainly the most convincing evocation of [relatively] ancient times that I have seen. You will really believe that you've been transported back to 400 something AD China, where Zhang Ziyi happens to be a princess and Yu Rong Guang a Mongol general. I really felt "Yes, this is what life was like back then. This is how things looked, this is how people behaved".

Despite the epic nature of the story, the central focus is always on a small-ish cast of characters, each of whom is very well conceived and developed throughout the movie's course. I'd guess there's about 15 major characters in the story, and a significant cast of minor characters. The performances are all superb - I'm pretty sure the actors themselves were quite convinced they really were their characters. The believability is enhanced by the costuming, makeup and I guess just good casting - all the different factions involved in the story totally look the part.

No epic would be complete without battle scenes, and MUSA has quite a few. These are all stunningly choreographed and filmed, not in a HK style like Bichunmoo, but in a completely real style. Beautifully shot of course, but the men fight like skilled soldiers really would (I'm sure), and get wounded/killed equally convincingly. The special effects of arrows and blades penetrating flesh are sometimes shockingly convincing. This might be disturbing to some, but it isn't played for titillation - it just adds to the gravity of the experience. It may be a little conspicuous that the heroes all manage to dispatch many times their own body weight in enemies, but you've got to give them *some* leeway for narrative convention .

There is a lot of planning involved in the battles, of a military nature, and this is also very convincing and fascinating. Almost as large a part of the process as the actual getting down to it with the weapons. A very believable insight into how battles were waged in the days when a bow & arrow was as hi-tech as weaponry got.

Hmmm... is there any aspect of the movie I haven't gushed praise over yet? A nod to the soundtrack I guess - good, very fitting. Sound effects in the battles are excellent. Ummm... and the lighting is really good too .

A cursory nod must be made to the films flaws as well though, lest I leave the reader with expectations of *total* perfection. The main flaw is that the movie wanders rather too far into melodrama & a little cliche towards the end. It would probably be kind of cheesy, except that it's all so well done you can't get too upset with it .
Runeshaper

Runeshaper

There are several kinds of War movies. Some most interested in the romance (I do not know why but there are a lot of them) using the war as a background and others only in the facts and history.

MUSA or THE PRINCESS WARRIOR is probably in between. Because this war and almost everything that happens here is related to an unfinished love story between three characters (if you think is stupid, remember Homer's ILIADA and the reason of the Trojan War).

About seven centuries ago, Chinese got divided and a diplomatic mission from the Koryo kingdom (protected by small group of soldiers), try to make peace with the Ming dynasty. The Ming's army refuses to accept the ambassadors and escort the whole group out of the country. In the dessert, Mongolian's forces attack and kill the Ming's soldiers releasing the Koryo people in the dessert.

An ambitious, very tough (and young) Koryo general, tries to lead his people back to his country, until they found a Mongolian group carrying a Ming's princess prisoner. Engaged by the woman's beauty, he decides to rescue her, justifying his actions as a political opportunity.

Meanwhile, an ex-slave (released by the noble Ambassador before dying in the dessert), itself a great but silent warrior, gets involved in the rescue and after showing his courage and ability in combat, is forced to protect the Princess, creating obvious jealousy on the young general.

Mongolian's of course, will not accept being defeated, so they run after the small group, to recover the princess.

What happens after (the movie is more than two and a half hours long but never boring) is somehow predictably; however this is a Korean movie, so do not expect the silly and forced happy ending. What make the movie worth (a 10 / 10) is the way things are told, the beauty of the images and the poetry surrounding the story.

This movie war movie, but is not glorifying war, but the honor of people fighting for their countries. This is a love story, but a real one, were words are unnecessary and everything that happens is inside every character, but just looking at their eyes, we know what exactly are their feelings.

Halfway through the film, we realize that the line between bad and good guys is not really clear. That the real enemy is sometimes on the same side.

There are a lot of small characters, and everyone gets enough screen time, to make us care about them; sometimes even more than the main characters.

A special mention deserves the numerous war scenes. Using a slow motion, first person shots, quick editing and almost every camera trick you could imagine, you will feel in the middle of the battlefield (and a very scary one ). The blood and violence are much more realistic, than BLACK HAWK DOWN or WHEN WE WERE SOLDIERS, and the impression created is more than those two plus any other recent war related.

In brief; as far as I know this movie did not get a cinema release, but you can find it in EBAY or in some special video stores. DO NOT MISS IT; is probably the best movie of the year.
Tane

Tane

It's Ancient China circa 1375, the Koryo king sent a diplomatic delegation of diplomats, soldiers, and a mute slave to the Ming emperor to make peace between the Yuan and Ming dynasties, but they are regarded as spies, and thus are dispatched to a remote desert. So they begin a journey to get back home, but after learning that a Ming princess has been kidnapped by Yuan troops, the same troops that they had met and fought with earlier, they see that if they rescue her it's possible that they can get a ship needed to sail home. Cinematic ally this is a beautiful film, the action suitably epic and the film even poetic at times. I can safely say that this film is a wonder to behold even in it's edited Iternational incarnation.

My Grade: A

Region 0 DVD Extras: nothing and it's the 132 minute international cut. I love this film, but try your best to seek out the R2 Scandinavia 3-Disc SE, as it has the longer 155 minute version AND the international cut AND a great deal of extras
Unereel

Unereel

Version: Eastern Eye's R4 DVD release. Korean audio, English subtitles.

There are two kinds of people who will enjoy 'Musa'. The first are those who will make the obvious comparisons 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and subsequently praise. The others are those like me: Easily amused by long, bloody battle scenes. Is something wrong with me?

China, 1375: The Ming are in power in China, and fighting a war against the Ming. A Korean delegation expelled by the Ming government encounters a group of Yuan soldiers who have kidnapped the Ming Princess Bu-Yong (Zhang Ziyi). After rescuing the Princess, the Koreans find that the Yuan soldiers are rather keen to capture the Princess again and kill anyone in their way. Who would have thought that making Mongolian soldiers angry was a BAD idea?

I'm a bit wary of drama movies (can you tell?), so if I'd known 'Musa' was a 2.5 hour long love story / war movie, I probably would have avoided it. I'm glad I didn't, as 'Musa' proves that even drama can be awesome! The story of love and honour set against an epic journey is one that even I'll admit to have found to moving and captivating.

Real comments aside, the only reason 'Musa' came to my attention was because it is an action movie, and features Mr. Iron Monkey himself, Rongguang Yu. A far cry from the (sometimes very) intense martial arts movies that Rongguang Yu is usually in, 'Musa' is a bloody depiction of war. No character flies around using magical kung-fu, but they can still swing a weapon around and look really cool while doing it.

I really can't say much about 'Musa' that hasn't already been said. It may have a limited appeal - its long, violent, and dramatic - but well recommended to anyone who can sit through two and a half of drama and violence. Fantastic - 10/10
Brannylv

Brannylv

  • Musa The Warrior: 8.5/10


This movie had a budget of some US$60 million, which is huge for Asia. They made good use of that figure, with sometimes disturbing, but very well done fight scenes and in general, beautiful cinematography. This movie is a journey from start to finish. For all 2 1/4 or so hours, the group is journeying, and survives much longer than they expect. The characters were tremendously developed. Even peasants getting killed made you sad, because he or she had been given some screen time and you got to know them somewhat. Later on, it's an emotional rollercoaster, as familiar faces start to go down en masse in one final, epic battle. The movie had an "Asian western" theme, as it was largely set in desert/barren regions, but I never felt the scenery was repetitive, which is a credit to director Sung-su Kim and his team. Highly recommended Asian cinema excellence!
Onoxyleili

Onoxyleili

I'd never heard of this movie until my buddy Eric rented it; that Blockbuster carries it is I guess a good sign. Part Crouching Tiger, part Saving Private Ryan, with just a smidgen of Hidden Fortress and an echo of Xenophon, Musa is a highly enjoyable movie.

The movie begins in 1375 with a failed delegation from Korea to the Ming dynasty. Led by General Choi Jung (Jin-mo Ju), the delegation become prisoners of the Ming, being led off to exile, when the Mongols strike. Suddenly finding themselves free, the delegation decides to rescue the captive Ming princess (Ziyi Zhang, of Crouching Tiger fame) who travels with the Mongols. When they succeed, naturally, the Mongols want her back, and thus begins an arduous trek across the desert, culminating in a Road Warrior-esque fight at a battered old castle where the survivors hole up against their much more mobile but less-civilized attackers.

Musa has action in spades, some of it exceptionally grisly (every archery attack is cause for dozens of shots of gruesome impalings). The battles are tense and tautly filmed and feel more dangerous than most combats of this type. We eschew the beautiful martial arts style so prevalent in many Hong Kong films for a grittier and far more realistic, if a bit bloody, style here. But what Musa also possesses is atmosphere; the locations and the cinematography are top-notch, from the boundless deserts to the broken-down castle by the sea. Musa does an excellent job of selling the world it is set in.

The costumes help with this as well. Not since Brotherhood of the Wolf have I seen such elaborate and effective costuming (the armor and such here was even more intricate and character-intensive than Last Samurai, which is saying something). Each character has his own particular look, is easily told apart from the others, and costuming is ultimately an extension of character, which to me has always been the whole point. These are some of the best period costumes you'll see anywhere.

The acting is all pretty good, though it tends to come from the George Lucas school of `faster, more intense.' One facet I did like is that no one is perfect; the general is a bit of a jerk; his loyal retainer Ga-nam (Jeong-Hak Park), while a mighty warrior, lacks the ability to really think for himself; the princess is spoiled; the slave-turned-warrior Yeo-sol (Woo-sung Jung) is selfless but headstrong, and so on. Even the Mongols come across as human, if a bit savage (which, having done the research, I can attest is more or less pretty accurate).

Musa isn't for everyone due to the violence. But it's a very well done period piece with wonderful visuals that certainly captivates the viewer. It's as good or better than any of the historical epics Hollywood has released in the past few years (with the exception of The Last Samurai), and from a costuming and cinematography sense is very much worth your while to see. Just don't bother tracking this down if you're a little squeamish, that's all.
GWEZJ

GWEZJ

There is a nothing like a good epic film. Here is a fine entry to the genre from South Korea, a nation that doesn't normally make these sort of films. Film in China and staring the beautiful Zhang Ziyi it had potential.

Set in 1374 relations between Korea and the Ming Dynasty in China are at a low. The Koreans send a diplomatic mission to resort their relationship, led by General Choi-Jung (Joo Jin-mo). However when arriving in a city he team are captured and exiled from China. Left for dead in the desert their run into a Mongol army party which have captured Princess Bu-yong (Zhang Ziyi). The Korean party save her and hope to return her to Emperor, saving their mission. Within the party is Yeosol (Jung Woo-sung), a recently freed slave who was loyal to his master and excellent fighter with a spear. He and the Princess have an attraction to each other. After freeing the Princess, the Mongols are upset. There were hoping to use her as a bargaining chip against the Ming's China. They chase the Koreans and destroy countryside villages to get her back.

The story and plot are simply and believable within the context of the film; always good signs. Within the group many of characters and relationships are developed, especially Yeosol, the General, the Princess and Jinlip, the veteran of the group. Even the main bad guy has some nobility about him. The costumes and weaponry are excellently done. The warfare was brutal and shows woman and children getting killed, something that rarely happens in Hollywood films. The film is deliciously violence. My only real problem with the film, which lets it down is the action. It is good that the action is violence, but it is so overly edited and the shaky-cam make it difficult to follow. If the action was better then the would have been even better.

If you enjoy films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gladiator, Conan the Barbarian and Red Cliff, you will like this film.
greed style

greed style

Musa is the most amazing Korean film I have seen yet. I put it in a very small league of super high class Martial arts films like King Hu, Kurasawa,CTHD or Hero. The weight of the performances are important to this film which takes a great deal of time to develop all the characters. The battle scenes are better than that In historical hollywood epics. Brutal action which is a great pay for all the wonderful character development.

I can't imagine being disappointed by this film. Wow.
Auau

Auau

Not since Braveheart, had I seen a medieval war drama so captivating, realistic and entertaining. To say Musa is the Korean equivalent of that movie is not an exaggeration. Here in New Zealand, Musa was shown as part of Beck's Incredible Film Festival 2002. It was the second Korean movie I've watched in my entire life. Having said that, the movie shed some light into Korean history, of which I knew only a little.

Suffice it to say that the movie was set in 14th century China, during the rise of the Ming Dynasty. It tells the story of a diplomatic delegation from the kingdom of Koryo (Korea), which is accused of espionage and sent to exile by the chinese kingdom. The movie follows the journey of this delegation from exile to their home country, and what transpire in that process. That would include lots of medieval fights, internal disputes, symbolic characterizations, beautiful native sceneries, great costumes and 'correct' interpretation of cultural identities between the warring groups (ie. chinese, koreans, mongols, arabs, etc.).

The movie flows smoothly due to a good direction and professional filming/editing; the narration intrigues you to know what comes next. The battle scenes, especially the solo fights by Yeosol, were excitingly choreographed and realistically executed.

I've read that Kim Sung-su, the director, paid tribute to the late John Ford through the embodiment of the character Yeosol (Jung Woo-sung). He has this jingoistic attitude (shoot first, ask later).

And let's not forget the heart-racing caravan chasing scene, which reminded me of classic Western and colossal movies.

Furthermore, I find that the gory and bloody war scenes were reminiscence of Kurosawa's jidaigeki films. In fact the graphic violence surpasses that of Braveheart's, although Musa is not as romanticized as the former (eventhough it is more idealized). The film has to be, because it is basically about the essence of a warrior. So moral messages and historical interpretations were not the purpose of the movie, but rather what makes a warrior.

SPOILERS

The Chinese character of Musa is read as 'samurai' in Japanese.

And if you understand the 'message' of the movie, than you would also understand the values of a warrior/samurai: valiant, courage, virtues, honour, obligation, loyalty and self-sacrifice. Princess Bu Yong (Zhang Ziyi) who in the movie is the main reason of all the disputes, then becomes a narration tool, a stimulant for all the problems that in the end require the culmination of the aforementioned values, so that the problem can be solved. As such, the movie is closed appropriately with a sad but glorious

At the last battle in the Clay Fortress, the Korean delegation fights to its last strength, only to find out that their trap has failed against the Mongols.

Sgt. Jin-lip: "General ...., we have failed. (staring hopelessly) "

General Choi: "(faint smile) .... I've always wanted to die with honour."
Ffleg

Ffleg

This is a very realistic and emotionally charged war epic with cool heroes and fight scenes that captivated my attention like no other war epic movie ever has. This movie kicks butt! This is not a wire-fu heavy martial arts pic. While this does have some martial arts in it, there is no outlandish wire-fu that really turns me off! Haven't we had enough of that? This has the elements of an American Western epic rather than than over-the-top Hong Kong cinema sword play that is just eye candy more than anything...I have a great appreciation for historical epics and this one left me more satisfied than Braveheart and Gladiator did. The reason being is that there is more than one hero to care about. And there is a spoiled rotten princess who gets treated as such. I liked how she didn't always get her way. The journey these heroes and non-heroes take through the desert kept me guessing and dying to see what would happen next. There are many pleasant surprises! I leached on to these warriors and the film makers made me want to stick with them and not miss a thing! This blows away Chinese chop socky cinema which pales in comparison after watching this epic. Outstanding performances especially by the archer! This archer played by Sung Kee is incredibly awesome!! He made Orlando Bloom's archer in LOTR look like a pansy! I really believed these guys were for real..it's that realistic! The cinematography is jaw-dropping and the story...just go rent it now!!!!!
Akinozuru

Akinozuru

Although I found the story hollow and in a few points quite meaningless, I like this film a lot. Great battle scenes! Excellent 'battle choreography'! The beginning of the movie reminds me on the story of Konan, but that is the only similarity. Very successful presentation of costumes of all the warriors, according to the history sources, bravo for that. Quite good acting, only the General's character should have been played a bit more realistic. Lovely princess :) I am from Europe and I know just a bit of Chinese and history of the East in general, so it was a bit hard for me to catch the relationships between the kingdoms, maybe it would be better if there was a map of them in the movie. Director did a wonderful job, and I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys in anime kind of fight. ...And the movie could have been made shorter...
Ubrise

Ubrise

This is a perfect movie! from my point of view it represents all what war is. it shows it a wretched, dirty and bloody thing. this movie succeeded in achieving what many of Hollywood movies tried, but completely failed, like troy or Alexander. i consider it as good as "crouching tiger, hidden dragon", or maybe slightly less good. the feelings of the characters are miraculously expressed just through eyes and movements. the battle-scenes are really realistic and, in my opinion, there are some really cool fighting moves, especially with the spear. it's one of the best warrior movies ever made and a definite proof of the superiority of Far east cinematography over the "western" movies. the best performance was done by Zhang Ziyu(sorry, but i don't know how to spell her surname). i could actually feel the pain she suffers, as a princess, outside her "golden cage", suddenly facing the reality, as she sees people dying. all in all, this is a wonderful movie, very worthy of watching. a true visual experience for any fan of warrior movies and a good chance for those who dislike this type of movies to start liking them. A true must-see!!!
you secret

you secret

Someone insulted the Korean movie industry by stating this is one of Korea's best films. I must be honest, I couldn't get myself to see the entire movie, which is a rarity for me. By the time I decided to stop torturing myself the following had occurred in the movie.

1)The tempermental and rebellious "hero" who has a serious self control problem gets the entire ancient Korean Caravan in trouble with his psychotic propensity towards violence. The Caravan saves themselves and the hero with cunning and wit. 2)The "hero" puts the entire Caravan in jeopardy again by cutting off the head of one of the merchants. This time many Caravan members die but they still escape relatively intact. 3)The Caravan finds a way to escape from their dire situation but the "hero" puts an end to their salvation by doing something totally stupid and irrational. Again, the great leadership, solidarity, and fighting ability of the Caravan saves them from disaster.

By this time, I began to beg someone to have the senses to kill the "hero" who was getting everyone else killed with his irresponsible actions. Instead of languishing in frustration, I decided to use my remote control.

The "hero" is played by Jung Woo Sung, one of the worst, and yet one of the most popular, actors in Korea. The only characters he usually plays are the silent rebellious types who act angry all the time, probably to hide his lack of acting ability.

This was the most expensive movie made in Korea (few films have surpassed it since). Yet it was a box office bomb, and with a good reason.
Quynaus

Quynaus

Musa the Warrior, This Korean epic it's about an brave tale in era of the strongest ... All the elements of this film should be an great entrance's creativeness from the biggest & the greatest gate of the seventh art's , also that gate must be opens & specially for Korean-Cinema only! to given another arts a dose of dramatic realism through this film! actually , the historical exquisite cinematography characteristic has been found in Korea after this film "of course"!!

(( MUSA )) is a great film that combined the same appealing attributes of war and bravery in historical films.

10/10

HOT & GREAT congratulations of us to Korean-Cinema :-)

______(( must see and must own ))______
Xig

Xig

A lot of previous commenter's who look down on the film seem to have no idea what the significance of the story is about. The story and characters seem to be be fleeting, changing from one position to the other. But the movie does this to portray the turmoil the envoy goes through.

Faced with a decision to either run for their lives or save a princess, the envoy decides to do what they believe is honorable. But while doing so, they face many hardships. By showing how the characters faced and developed through these hardships is very realistic in my opinion. After having half your envoy decimated by others, wouldn't you falter a bit in your decision to follow the dangerous path. It would have been so easy to just give up the princess and run away. But through it all, they decided to go for honor. And that's what the story is all about.

The acting was well-done in general. I was most disappointed with Zhang ZiYi's and the general of the Korean envoy's performance, and I most enjoyed Yu Rong Guang's and several of the "lesser" Korean actors' performances. The general of the Yuan army showed a lot of mixed emotions as the Mongols went through much turmoil as well. And the lower soldiers of the Korean envoy were great at displaying their emotions. Historically, the costumes and weapons were accurate.

And this is a Korean movie, not a Chinese movie as some believe. It is a movie about a Korean envoy sent to China on diplomatic relations back in the 14th century.

The cinematography was wonderful. The beginning scenes when the envoy is in the desert is truly awesome. It really felt like the desert was vast, and thoughts of crossing it were ludicrous.

I don't think this movie is really comparable to Kurosawa's samurai films. They are different. Kurosawa's samurai films always had a central character who basically never changed throughout the movie. I think Musa did not have as strong a centralized character. And the characters all went through transformations. But, like I said, I believe that characters wavering and faltering are more realistic than the thought of a superhero who never changes from his ways. These people were not comic book characters. They were realistic.

But it doesn't mean one film is any greater than another just because of that.

Musa was enjoyable. I thought it was very well done. I honestly don't think Braveheart or Gladiator were any better than this movie. Braveheart and Gladiator had the similar strong centralized lead character while Musa didn't. But like I said, it doesn't mean they were any better. 8/10
Vivaral

Vivaral

If you liked the Seven Samurai, you will most definitely dig this movie. Great characters and cinematography. The battles are gory, but appropriately so. Some really awesome fighting and not too hokey as many of these movies can be.

I loved the costuming and the storyline, while tragic at times, is solid and gripping. You hardly notice the subtitles except the few times when they have typos. Nothing that would take away from the film.

Basically, if you are in the mood for a good action flick with heroes and villains and some who are in between, watch this movie!

8/10 from me.
Snowskin

Snowskin

I hadn't heard of this movie before managing to get hold of a copy on DVD. But the initial signs were good, the cast was solid and a lot was made in the liner notes of the crew and their previous projects (Crouching Tiger, Evangelion, etc.). It even came recommended by a friend of mine from Singapore. I guess the "famous" cast and crew would be a reason why other reviewers sought the film out specifically and therefore perhaps had expectations to disappoint..

What I found was a gritty feudal piece, with excellent production values and "no-holds-barred" battle action sequences, in a slightly different (and therefore refreshing) setting from the norm. True, it didn't "go very far" in terms of plot and story, but then neither did Crouching Tiger if we're honest.

Enjoyable, if lengthy, I'd give it 7 out of 10.
invincible

invincible

I do like a good historical epic and it's a truth that nobody makes them quite like they do in Asia. Over the past decade, the genre has flourished since the success of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, and while I don't like that particular film very much, I've absolutely adored some of the others that have followed. These titles include HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS and CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER. As a viewer, I'm always drawn slightly away from the wuxia genre (I'm no big fan of the wire work you see in these movies) in favour of the grittier, more realistic genre films like THE WARLORDS. MUSA is such a film, a Korean epic that focuses on realism and crucial believability throughout.

In essence it's a familiar story about a group of highly skilled and diverse warriors attempting to protect a princess while battling an evil general and his small army on their tale. Some say it's like Kurosawa, with the superficial similarities to SEVEN SAMURAI on show. I disagree. MUSA is a firmly modern, action-focused epic which is all about the battles and the swordplay, and anyone who thinks otherwise is mistaken. The good news is that these scenes are tremendous, veering on the right side in terms of the editing, which is fast but allows you to actually see what's going on. The battle choreography is stupendous and there's all manner of fighting involved. There's a particular emphasis on cool weaponry (high-powered bows, a massive spear) and also on the wounds inflicted by these cruel weapons. This ain't PG-fare; it's one of the bloodiest historical epics out there and I'm still trying to figure out how they achieved the brilliant arrow-in-the-neck special effects.

It's a rare film that succeeds through action alone, but there's far more to MUSA than just that. The simple journey storyline allows for plenty of character arcs and development, and it's refreshing to see a film where characters aren't as clear cut as you might expect. People make mistakes and people die because of those mistakes, but these flawed characters are all the more gripping because of that. My favourite is a case in point: Joo Jin-mo's general, who's a truly noble good guy despite the errors of judgement he sometimes makes. The rest of the cast don't disappoint either, and Zhang Ziyi is particularly good in a role that allows her to take a break from the martial arts for once.

There are three main backdrops to the unfolding story, and each of them seems fresh and unique. The first is a shifting desert landscape, the second an extensive woodland, and the third a ruined castle on the coast. There's a particular emphasis on the visual scenes and the costumes look stunning. Despite a long running time, this is engaging throughout, building up to a classic climax in which many of the good guys die bloodily and heroically. As a film, MUSA blows SEVEN SWORDS clean out of the water.
Goldenfang

Goldenfang

When big budget Asian historic extravaganzas were on the rise, but yet to hit maturity (and over-saturation), Korean director Sung-su Kim come out with the brilliant opus "Musa", set in 1375 in Imperial China. When a group of emissaries from the Coryo kingdom (placed in modern Korea) arrive to negotiate with China they are soon exiled into Mongolian territories. Led by brash and unrefined general Choi-Jung (Joo Jin-mo) the leftover band of warriors comes across Mongolian troops, who have managed to kidnap a Chinese Ming Princess Bu-yong (Zhang Ziyi). The troops, which include a silent slave Yeo-sol (Jung Woo-sung) with mastery at pole-arm and a veteran archer Dae-Jung (Ahn Sung-ki), decide to retrieve the princess, thus reclaiming their honour and fulfilling their envoy.

Still a relatively fresh trend in Asian cinema "Musa" is in no way inferior to Chinese or Japanese period drama. Featuring a high degree of historical accuracy in period costumes, props as well as settings, it manages to feel nouvelle even after 10 years and is vastly superior to the more contrived current onslaught of big budget historic extravaganzas. Abundant in detail, every shot is to be glamorously inhaled, although lacking the poetry of, for example, "Hero", instead going for a rough-clad sense of realism (with a slight over-exuberance in gore). Still strikingly beautiful, despite the more restrained set pieces, "Musa" manages to weave a strong tale, which is devoid of clichés, attentive to detail and able to convey emotion.

Thus a truly epic tale, which despite its limitations in historic scale of significance, delivers dramaturgy and suspense coupled with a tale of honour, dedication and heroism despite all odds in true legend fashion. Despite the relatively large cast many characters are well fleshed out, especially in regards to their specific frailties. None of the characters are flawless heroes and each of them is prone to mistakes, susceptible to weakness, but nonetheless manage to come out victorious. There is no easy division into good / evil, more a collision of goals and the ultimate decisions, which these entail. Such are also the battle scenes, which are bloody and relatively unpredictable as to the outcome or death toll (albeit a certain degree of needless pathos is afforded to the deaths of certain key characters). Despite a bit of wanton melodrama, which does however serve to flesh out characters, "Musa" proved surprisingly effective and memorable.
Drelalen

Drelalen

The best epic drama so far, at least to my mind. Not "girlish" and not "clownish", to start with.

There are at least two different types of historical/pseudo-historical dramas in Asian cinema. Type one: beautiful, with lots of CGI and/or wire-work, very romantic and sentimental with a bit of sexuality ("Crouching Tiger", "Hero", "Seven Swords", etc.). Type two: gritty, violent, dark, very reserved (concerning CGI and wires) with minimum or even none "female" sentimentality and "sexual innuendoes" (err... please, help me with the titles). This film is definitely of the second type.

Well, forget it. I am just trying to pass for a "generalizing" scholar of the lowest degree. To put it in plain words, the first time I saw a few scenes out of the whole movie, I got amazed. This movie contains realistic and physically exhausting stunts. It has taciturn and tough characters submerged into a wild deadly race. And it does not try to squeeze tears out of soft viewers' hearts by any means. It all gripped me instantly. When I bought the DVD, I was still not very sure, thinking that maybe only some parts of this epic were good. Now, after watching the whole movie "from top to toe", I can write a comment and sign my opinion.

If "Seven Swords" disillusioned me greatly, this one got right into my personal favourites. The strangest thing is that I don't know any of the actors/actresses (there is no Mr Jackie Chan or Mr Sammo Hung, no Mr Donnie Yen or Mr Jet Lee) but what they are doing without "over-the-top choreography" is real magic that can get into the heart. Now I am even thinking about re-rating of the other epic films, which were given the highest marks on my IMDb list.

The transient nature of the movie has the power to enchant the viewer. A lasting stare full of hatred, a loving gaze, a powerful and very wisely used slow-motion, a long take representing a man running fast towards the overturned four-wheeler, a swift almost unnoticeable move of the fighter which results in a grisly death of the opponent, extensive use of gestures and face expressions instead of usual "blah-blah-blah", absence of superhuman powers and other nonsense so widely used in martial arts epics, a very engaging music theme, cruel battles, the reason for which may appear absolutely unimportant to the modern audience, charismatic characters on both sides, etc. All this makes up a unique film. I can't explain, why this massacre happens but I can feel why. This film is a kind of magic. Magic from the mighty East.

I would definitely say "Thank you, I am 100% satisfied with Your film" to every woman and man, who are behind this production. Good job. Let the other glossy epics rest in their cosy places on IMDb top 250, to hell with them, - this one is on my personal top 100 list.

In simple words my opinion is the following: "Seven Swords" sucks while "Musa" rocks. "Musa" is a poetical hymn to the creating power of self-denial and to the deepest human feelings. It is realistic and heavenly at the same time.

There should be something wrong with the film. It can't be perfect, can it? Well, maybe the last song (when the credits are rolling already) does not sound very right. But it is a minor complaint that does not spoil the film to me.

If only Korea were producing only this kind of cinema... Unfortunately, there exists disgusting "Oldboy", which is also on the top IMDb list. Shameful. And I totally agree with another reviewer that "Braveheart" is nowhere near this mastery.

My favourite epic drama. 10 out of 10. Thank you for attention.
Risinal

Risinal

While Musa offers very little new to the genre of historical action epics it manages to be more entertaining than most of its ilk. It's rather difficult to explain why it is so though.

Film's story is quite thin and despite its connections to real history it mostly acts only as very straightforward device to take characters from one battle to the next. Characters are pretty much your typical collection of stereotypes; proud and insecure general, snobby princess, humble and noble veteran captain and of course the honorable and brooding hero. If you've seen a few of these movies before you'll know exactly what's going to happen in this one.

Acting is quite good though some of the characters give little space for expressing anything beyond their caricature traits. Action sequences are very well made and enjoyably bloody. I must emphasize the fact that fights in Musa are not the massive battles between armies like in Braveheart but skirmishes comprising few dozen people at most (I don't find this necessarily bad but it makes me wonder the budget of $60M).

Cinematography is generally beautiful but I could have lived without some of the most clichéd slow motions (like the ones during the final battle). Score is rather bland and the song during the ending credits fits the movie amazingly poorly.

What else? Well, despite my partially negative review I actually enjoyed the movie. It's way above the Gladiator and about as good as Braveheart (comparing it to movies that seem to appear in most of the reviews anyway). 7/10
Rarranere

Rarranere

This film is disappointing. Jung Woo-Sung plays the same character, the lonely fighter, once again and it's not cool any more. If he wants to continue his career, he has to take some different characters from now on. Choi Jung's character is laughable even though it's not supposed to be. He wants to control his troop but they never listen to him so one night he says "I'm going my own way, you guys go your own. Don't anybody follow me or I'll kill him" in a lonely heroic way and leaves the troop. Of course no one follows him but next morning, they find him fallen out of the horse and passed out about 100 M away from their camp. Zhang Zi-Yi doesn't look as hot as in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". All the princess does is to whine through the whole movie and causes other innocent people to be slaughtered. The monk always tries to teach other people but he is rather annoying than wise. Ahn Sung-Ki gives the best performance as the warm-hearted archer. The spectacle is one of the best in Korean films. Unlike Hong Kong martial art films, the action scenes are also realistic but they are too long so I got bored later. The idea of this film is original and the cinematography is wonderful. If it had a better script, "Musa" could have been a great film.