South Korea | 2014 | 137 mins | Korean w/ English Subtitles
One Screening Only
Date: Tuesday September 25th, 2014
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 18)
Film contains sequences of Occasional gory/grotesque images, Coarse language, Slurs, Sexual references, Occasional upsetting or disturbing scenes, Implied sexual activity, Tobacco use, Violent acts shown in clear, unequivocal and realistic detail with blood and tissue damage
Certifications: Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) / South Korea:15
Director: Jong-bin Yun
Screenplay: Cheol-Hong Jeon
Cast: Jung-woo Ha, Ye-ri Han and Man-shik Jeong
Producer: Hyun Kang
Company: Well Go USA Entertainment
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1859. The last days of the Joseon Dynasty, where the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits – calling themselves KUNDO – rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the poor and oppressed. But for one man, a debt of bloody revenge is owed to the aristocrat that robbed him of his family and his name.
“Gorgeously photographed, edited with a crackle, lavishly populated and designed, this is a sheer non-mind-taxing crowd-pleaser ” – Film Journal International
“With big stars and a hefty budget, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant marches into theaters with confidence and tongue planted firmly in cheek.” – Twitch Film
I sure do love good spaghetti westerns and I love every movie that Quentin Tarantino has directed. You might be wondering why I started a review of the Korean historical martial arts epic KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT with that statement but once you start watching you quickly see the influence of Italian cinema and Tarantino on it. KUNDO starts off with a slow but steady build that introduces quirky characters, with a habit for mild swearing (even the children swear) that are drawn together by the evil Jo-Yoon (Dong-won Kang). Unlike movies where a team of misfits (13 ASSASSINS, SEVEN SAMURAI, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) are drawn together, what we get is the lone warrior, Dolmuchi (Jung-woo Ha) who ends up partnered with Kundo, a pack of Korean Robin Hoods. Will Dolmuchi and Kundo be able to work and live together and more importantly will they be able to stop Dolmuchi?
When it opened up in Korea it was the all-time highest opening day box office in South Korea, for both a foreign and domestic film, breaking previous records set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and Secretly, Greatly (2013). KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT like a lot of the best Korean cinema draws from multiple genres and styles. At times tragic, comedic and then action packed with excellent special effects and visual flare KUNDO is sure to entertain and proves once again that Hollywood does not have a lock on the big blockbuster. – John Allison