Bichunmoo

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Bichunmoo
Bichunmoo film poster.jpg
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Bicheonmu
McCune–Reischauer Pich'ŏnmu
Directed by Kim Young-jun
Produced by Lee Tae-won
Yoo Jung-ho
Written by Kim Young-jun
Starring Shin Hyun-joon
Kim Hee-sun
Jung Jin-young
Jang Dong-jik
Choi Yu-jeong
Music by Kim Seong-jun
Cinematography Byeon Hee-seong
Edited by Lee Eun-mi
Release dates
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
118 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Bichunmoo is a South Korean martial arts film written and directed by Kim Young-jun featuring Kim Hee-sun and Shin Hyun-joon. Originally released in 2000, it was at the time the most expensive film in Korean history (an honor it soon lost to Musa).

In 12th-century China, during Mongol rule, childhood sweethearts Jin-ha and Sullie are separated but vow to reunite. Orphan Jin-ha begins training in the Bichun martial arts and discovers his father was a swordsman murdered by the Mongol army. Meanwhile Sullie's father, a Mongol general, arranges for her to marry a Mongol noble. Believing Jin-ha to be dead, Sullie marries the noble. Recovering from near-death, Jin-ha takes on the persona of bandit Jahalang, and begins an anti-Mongol crusade with the help of his army of warriors. Finally Jin-ha and Sullie are re-united, when Jin-ha's bandit warriors infiltrate Sullie's family manor.

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In spite of its financial success, the film was heavily criticised on its initial release in Korea, primarily due to its alleged disloyalty to the comic book on which it was based. Another argument given against the film was the casting choice of Kim Hee-sun, who was perceived as being too modern for a period swordplay film.

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