(Korean Movies) Blades of Blood,, 2009

Blades of Blood,, 2009
period drama/action
Audience over 15
running time
111 minutes
cumulative audience
1383867 people
19th Buil Film Awards 2010


Joseon just before the Imjin War in 1592, the era of chaos and madness
The 25th year of King Seonjo, when the energy of the Imjin War was suffocating the Joseon Dynasty and the lives of grassroots were devastated. Hwang Jeong-hak (Hwang Jeong-min) and Lee Mong-hak (Cha Seung-won) dream of an equal world and create a 'Daedonggye' to fight the Japanese on behalf of the government forces, but the court dismantles the Daedonggye by treating them as treason.

A rebellion that will overthrow the rotten world begins!
Mong-hak Lee, who became the new head of the Daedong-gye, overturned the rotten world, nurtured his ambition to become a king, and abandoned his longtime lover Baek-ji (Han Ji-hye) as well as his friend. it costs Hwang Jeong-hak, a blind swordsman who learns that his former comrade Mong-hak Lee is on the path of rebellion, pursues him along with Gyeon-ja (Baek Seong-hyeon), the illegitimate son of Shin-kyun Han (Baek Seong-hyeon), who lost his father to Mong-hak Lee.

In the midst of a sad rebellion, they had to go down different paths of fate!
A desperate moment when 150,000 Japanese invaders attack Hanyang in an instant, and even the king abandons the country and leaves the palace. Lee Mong-hak's sword points towards the palace, and Hwang Jeong-hak and his party follow Lee Mong-hak to the palace. Encountered in an empty palace full of fire, they begin the final confrontation with their fate…

In the whirlwind of war and rebellion,
The story of those who ran to the end of the world begins!

[ Hot Issue ]

The return of director Lee Joon-ik of 'The King of Historical Dramas'!
After 5 years of waiting, the epic masterpiece <Like the Moon in the Clouds> was born!

Director Lee Jun-ik, who recorded 10 million myths in 2005, returned with <Like the Moon in the Clouds> in 2010. <Hwangsan Bee> depicts the gaze of a mincho who was sacrificed in the war games of the powerful; <The King's Man> mobilized 10 million viewers by touching the unconscious of modern people longing for freedom through the tragic fate of a clown who entered the palace. Director Lee Jun-ik's historical dramas offer a new perspective on history by putting the weak people at the forefront, not the stories of the powerful, but the victims of their political logic. He has created a trend called 'Lee Jun-ik-pyo's historical drama' by delivering a strong message to us living in the present through the past, rather than just reproducing history. Like the Last Moon> is also an extension of that work.

Set in the 16th century Joseon, when the fortunes of the nation were declining due to the invasion of Japanese invaders and fierce factional battles, four characters, who dream of an equal world, a swordsman, a rebel from the royal family, a bastard of a sedo family, and a gisaeng, go through the middle of history. The epic drama <Like the Moon in the Clouds> tells the story of the contradictions of the times and unquenchable hopes, love, dreams, and beliefs through the hot drama created by those who fiercely collide with the dark and oppressive world and try to break free from the bondage that surrounds them. A film that reflects our desire and thirst for living in the Republic of Korea in 2010, in the image of an incompetent government that is divided into East and West people and only engages in factional fights while turning their backs on the fate of the country, and the people who have to live with their frustrated dreams in the midst of that gap. Like a Naked Moon> will bring a new wind to the Korean film industry, which has been waiting for a new historical drama directed by Lee Jun-ik.

An intense drama created by a sword and a sword collide!
I dream of 'action of the mind' where emotions collide!

The four main characters of <Like a Moon Rising with Clouds> aim their swords at each other with different stories and dreams. Blind swordsman Hwang Jeong-hak takes up a sword with a sad heart to prevent the false ambition of Lee Mong-hak, who shared the same dream, while the rebel Mong-hak Lee wields a sword without blood or tears for his dream. The bastard Gyeon-ja, who was helpless in front of the world, meets Hwang Jeong-hak and learns swordsmanship, and then experiences inner growth. So, the moment their swords are pulled out of their sheath and the moment they collide with each other, it is not just an action, but becomes a 'sword conversation' where their stories and emotions collide more intensely than words. Director Jun-ik Lee made use of this intention by excluding the fantasy wire action, and through realistic action in which the body collides with both feet on the ground. The sword fight scenes, which are appropriately placed in the drama's triumph and powerfully capture the conflicts of the characters, are not only visually pleasing in the action itself, but also interlock with the overall narrative of the film, completing a more intense and profound drama. The 2010 action historical drama <Like the Moon That Is Born Again> will deliver a fresh shock to the audience with an unprecedented 'action of the heart'.

A dream casting that will captivate Korea!
The best showdown, Hwang Jung-min and Cha Seung-won! 2010 Lee Jun-ik's choice, Han Ji-hye and Baek Baek-hyun!

The two giants of the Korean film industry met in <Like a Moon That Is Born Again>. The meeting between Hwang Jung-min, the best actor who impresses the public with his sincere acting, and Cha Seung-won, an actor with a thousand face who freely crosses various genres such as comics, melodrama, action, and thriller, makes us look forward to <Like a Rolling Moon>. One of the biggest reasons to make it. Hwang Jung-min, who has transformed into an unusual character of a blind swordsman, shows off detailed acting from one expression to the way he walks, as if he had become a real blind man, boasting solid acting skills. Cha Seung-won, who played the role of Lee Mong-hak, the best swordsman in Joseon and the leader of the rebel army, takes control of the screen with his cold and charismatic eyes and his inner acting that conflicts between cause and desire. Hwang Jeong-min and Cha Seung-won, who will face a head-to-head confrontation as a blind swordsman trying to protect the world and a rebel leader who wants to overthrow the world, pours their passion into every scene, pouring out passion in every scene, such as performing all performances without a second without hesitation in rigorous martial arts practice. Shows the best acting and action.
Han Ji-hye, who was the first one to try acting in a historical drama for the first time in <Like the Moon in the Clouds>, tries to transform into the role of Baek Ji, Lee Mong-hak's longtime lover. Han Ji-hye, who played the venomous yet provocative gisaeng Baek Ji, gives a glimpse into her various possibilities with her more mature acting. Chungmuro's blue chip Baek Baek-hyeon, selected by director Lee Jun-ik, is a hidden card in <Like the Moon Rising with Clouds>. Baek Sung-hyun, who played Gyeon-ja, the bastard who pursues Lee Mong-hak, along with Hwang Jeong-hak, radiates explosive energy while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with actors like Gi Ra-seong with his solid acting skills accumulated since childhood. Created as a fantastic acting ensemble of Han Ji-hye and Baek Baek-hyun, who fully showed their hidden potential by Hwang Jung-min, Cha Seung-won and Lee Jun-ik, <Like a Moon in the Clouds> will captivate Korea in 2010.

The best original work recognized by the world!
Korean 'Graphic Novel' <Like the Rolling Moon>

Heung-yong Park's original cartoon <Like the Moon in the Clouds>, which was selected for the 1996 'Korea Cartoon Culture Awards Author Award' and the 2004 'Frankfurt International Book Fair Korean Book 100', and was recognized for its outstanding work both at home and abroad. If works that are evaluated as 'masterpieces' beyond the existing cartoons due to the perfect meeting of art and literature are called 'graphic novels', then the comic book <Like the Moon in the Clouds> is a 'Korean graphic novel', which harmonizes a bold story with a social message. It boasts outstanding craftsmanship that cannot be called inferior.
For a long time, many fans of <Like the Moon in the Clouds> have dreamed of making the original film into a movie, and they chose director Lee Jun-ik as the most suitable person. Director Jun-ik Lee dismantled and reassembled the original work over a five-year planning period, expanding the personal story of Gyeon-ja, who had a resentment over class discrimination, to grow beyond his own limits into the story of the times, expanding the story of Hwang Jung-hak and Lee Mong-hak. A multi-layered narrative of four people, , yunja, and blank paper was constructed. The movie <Like the Moon in the Clouds> will captivate the audience with a world of work that is different from the original comic book, where an ideological story is embodied as an existential event, and the relationships of the characters are more tightly filled.

[ Production Note ]

Art of restraint like an ink painting
<Like the Moon in the Clouds> faithfully reproduces the Joseon Dynasty in 1592, which was caught in the vortex of war, and embodies art as a hidden helper that makes people who penetrate that era stand out. It presents the aesthetics of restraint utilizing the Gyeonja's house, the main space of the movie, is a noble and noble family with a skeleton, so it is expressed as a quiet and elegant space using black and white as the basic color. did. Geunjeongjeon, the background of the climax scene, was reborn as a desolate and desolate space covered in the ashes of war and rebellion, rather than a gorgeous and beautiful palace. In addition, the location that captures the unexplored scenery such as the white sand of Okyeonjeongsa Temple in Andong, the silver road of Upo Wetland in Changnyeong, and the bamboo forest of Gochang-eupseong, etc., is also selected by the production team to exclude artificial elements and capture a Korean space. The 'Aesthetic of Emptying', which was completed to faithfully preserve the historical background and deepen the emotional depth of the characters, will create a visual differentiation from the art of other historical dramas that boast strong colors, and will show the aesthetics of <Like the Moon in the Clouds>. .

Costumes that tell a character through color
The costumes of <Like the Moon in the Clouds> express the desires and emotions of each character through different colors. Hwang Jeong-hak, a blind swordsman who leaves the world and wanders around the world, is a figure who is close to nature, freeing himself from all the joys and sorrows of life. . Monghak Lee, the leader of the rebel army, used white coat as his main costume to create a feeling of a lonely crane standing tall in a large crowd, thereby acquiring a unique image as a leader of the group and the emotion of loneliness behind it. Baekji is a straight-forward and candid character in revealing her emotions, and she uses red colors from the hanbok jeogori, the color of her lips, and even the tone of the lighting in Kibang. Gyeonja, a medium that connects the four characters and represents the next generation, is a green-colored costume that makes the character stand out more with a pure image like the green feeling of leaves.

Action design that feels the drama and life of a character
The action of <Like the Moon in the Clouds> is the result of repeated consideration from the basics, varying the angle and feeling of wielding the sword from the way the person holds the sword according to the environment in which they live.
Hwang Jung-hak's martial arts concept was a martial art for 'survival' under the assumption that the blind would have to sharpen their instincts for a long time to become a master. So, I set a 'stick knife', which is usually used as a stick to guide the road ahead, but is used as a sword at the crucial moment. created In addition, considering the personality of Hwang Jung-hak, who is a humanist, he completed a swordsmanship style that inflicts minimal damage to the opponent, focusing on defense rather than offense.
Mong-hak Lee, as the leader of a group, had to teach the swordsmanship to Daedong-gye composed of mincho, and for that purpose, he assumed that he must have honed the martial arts used in the military at the time. The restrained action style, which mainly moves vertically and vertically by mobilizing his tall height and jumping power, makes Lee Mong-hak's cool and charismatic character stand out more.
Gyeon-ja, a character who can only express his resentment toward the absurd world with anger, has the feeling of a beginner who has never properly held a sword. Although not flashy, the spirited swordsmanship will capture the audience's attention with the action that can feel the passion and spirit of Gyeonja.