The Sword with No Name
Bulkkotcheoreom Nabicheoreom
South Korea, 2009, 124 minutes, SD
The Sword with No Name Synopsis

A riveting tale blending action, romance and political intrigue sees a Joseon Dynasty bounty hunter become the bodyguard of the queen he secretly loves.


Mu-myeong is a bounty hunter during the Joseon Dynasty who lives day-to-day by catching fugitives. His life is forever changed when, on one of his missions, he meets a beautiful noblewoman, Min Ja-young, and falls in love with her. Several years pass and Ja-young enters the royal palace to be married to Emperor Gojong as the next queen of Joseon. Lovesick, Mu-myeong joins the royal guard to be near Ja-young, staying loyally by her side as she navigates court politics and rises to the throne to become the Empress Myeongseong.


Myeongseong tries to modernize the dynasty by breaking it off from its hermit kingdom past while avoiding being colonized by Russia and Japan. She becomes embroiled in a political power struggle with the court's conservative Confucian faction, led by her own father-in-law, the regent Daewongun. As threats against the queen grow, Mu-myeong tries to protect her by fending off assassination attempts from foreign and domestic enemies.


“…breathes a touch of new life into a familiar story” - Beyond Hollywood

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Emotional, heart-wrenching and intense! This film caught my attention and I was transformed into another Korean era with all these lavish costumes, cultural rituals and all. What struck me the... more
Emotional, heart-wrenching and intense! This film caught my attention and I was transformed into another Korean era with all these lavish costumes, cultural rituals and all. What struck me the most was the lead character Mu-meyong, played by notable Korean actor Cho Seung-woo as he took to the role very naturally.  Seung-woo is definitely a tour de force and  has commendable fighting skills as well as a very expressive face plus he's a very natural comedian as well. This movie is a sort of biopic on the Empress Myeongseong of the Joseon dynasty although it's safe to believe that there are some fictional scenes added to make the film more compelling for the viewers. There was this fight scene on a boat between Mu-myeong and a trusted guard of the King which I believe were done with some special effects but it was well executed as well. Another scene that's quite straight out of a fantasy movie was when the now queen Myeongseong was inside a carriage and notices  two butterflies and when she looks out, the said butterflies landed on the shoulder of Mu-myeong who has become a palace guard to be near her. A movie about unrequited love and devotion, of political struggles and conflicts and of a very assertive and brave qu een who didn't allow herself to be dictated, not even by the father in law.  Very engrossing film that's highly recommended! 
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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Compelling with a bit of comedy and romance! An engrossing film by director Yonggyun Kim ( known for movies like Killer Toon and The Red Shoes) that tackles issues like... more
Compelling with a bit of comedy and romance! An engrossing film by director Yonggyun Kim ( known for movies like Killer Toon and The Red Shoes) that tackles issues like a man's devotion for a woman he loves, the Western impact on a relatively conservative Korean culture as well as how a woman's assertive nature can be a threat for a dynasty and men rulers. I find this movie very interesting, in that it mixes political issues with a very personal story about romance and one man's quest to protect the woman he loves. Aside from the elaborate costumes and great production design, to the rituals seen throughout the movie it is, above all, the interactions between Mu-myeong  (Cho Seung-woo) and the queen Min Ja-young (Soo-Ae) that were very memorable for viewers. These are undoubtedly two highly-rated Korean actors that are very good at their craft.  Cinematography was impressive and the support cast are very commendable in their acting portrayals as well. This is worth checking out!
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  • This old-aged kind of love story evokes the feeling of travelling back in time where love was pure with action and words. A must see film!

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  • This old-aged kind of love story evokes the feeling of travelling back in time where love was pure with action and words. A must see film!
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