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Kill the Shogun
Kill the Shogun
Actors: James Nam, David Kang, Bae Soo-Chun, Choy Jung
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests, Educational
R     2005     4hr 26min

Synopsis: In 1592, the Japanese Shogun Hideyoshi failed in his attempt to invade Korea (and later, China through Korea) ? this Hong Kong kung-fu thriller (dubbed in English) is based on that historical incident.

     
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Actors: James Nam, David Kang, Bae Soo-Chun, Choy Jung
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Martial Arts, Hong Kong Action, Indie & Art House, Drama, Art & Artists, Educational
Studio: Trinity Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/03/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1981
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 4hr 26min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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So bad, it's good
N. Wolfe | Dallas, TX USA | 06/24/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"There may be another movie out there with this same title that matches the product description given, but this movie is actually set in the 1904 occupation of Korea (by Japan, of course). An incident is sparked when the Japanese force the Korean soldiers to strip off their uniforms. Two of the Korean soldiers refuse and go on a rampage against the Japanese, forcing them to take their uniforms off.

Plot doesn't play a huge role in this film, because basically every plot point exists as an excuse for a fight. There is plenty of fighting, but little good fighting. I mean, there is no Jackie Chan or Jet Li in this film. While the main character is athletic enough, the fighting is extremely sloppy (which is probably due to the fight choreographer). As a matter of fact, while the Koreans are supposed to be defeating the Japanese with their powerful Tae Kwon Do, very little Tae Kwon Do is to be seen in this movie. I know this because I practiced it for ten years, and there was no recognizable style involved in this film.

The acting is ridiculous, the action is ridiculous, and the plot is ridiculous. Also, if there was originally a music track, there's pretty much none left in the film. It's almost entirely absent. Fortunately this all combines to make one of those ridiculously bad movies that you can laugh at enough to make it worth watching.

Also, if you're willing to look in the bargain bin, you may be able to find this DVD at Wal-Mart for $1.50. It's really not worth much more than that. If you're just looking for a decent Kung-Fu movie to pass the time with though, this is certainly no Kung-Fu classic. Go for any Jackie Chan or Jet Li or Chow Yun-Fat, or heck, most anything else."