The divine weapon

The divine weapon

DVD - 2009 | Korean
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During King Sejong's reign, Joseon Dynasty was the embodiment of the perfect state. The Ming China demanded submission and interfered with internal affairs of Joseon because they believed it presented an obstacle to territorial expansion. Disgusted by the Chinese interference, King Sejong secretly develops the Phantom Arrowslinger, a weapon he intends to use to take Joseon's land and supremacy back. When Chinese spies discover the plan, the Chinese emperor sets off a chain of violence.
Publisher: New York : Virgil Films, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 DIV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 17, 2017

Cooking comes from the heart. It may not be much but I prepared it with utmost care.
-... It's really good! ... Delicious! The virtuous eat food with heart. And the vulgar eat for hunger. How can I not appreciate your caring deed.
That temper of hers! In-ha, think of what'll happen when you marry her.
-Don't worry, chief. A real man's heart is wider than the seas. I'll just be wise and stay submissive.
That's it. Just laugh it up.
-Cheer up. It's not a complete loss.
Damn... He's right. Let's cheer up. And sell everything but your wife if you can!
-You crazy? We should sell our wives first!
Who'll buy 'em?
The meat smells so good.
-A monk raving over meat? How will you seek enlightenment like that?
Enlightenment? It's no big deal. It's all about eating and living anyway.
Isn't your baby almost due?
-Yes, why?
Just worried your kid will start cursing right from birth.

Mar 17, 2017

Can you walk at lightning speed? Can you conjure wind with your hands? Can you beat 10 master warriors in a fight?
-That's hard. But no match for your Singijeon.
Some master. A master merchant. A master fighter. A master at chasing women.
-You disturb me, my lady.
If you're disturbed because of me, then you're not a master warrior. A master warrior should not be shaken by anything.
-I guess there is no woman steadfast like you. You will not be shaken, no matter what happens.
Of course not, nobody easily can. Though it's very difficult... Though I am afraid, I must pretend I'm not. Though I am lonely, I must pretend I'm not. Though I am scared, I must pretend I'm not. That's very difficult to do. My father told me to be humble. He said if I can't, I would not be loved by anyone. But I've become a woman
who cannot even properly thank you.

Mar 17, 2017

Some men drink and only know its pleasures. And do not know how to moderate themselves.
-While others know and restrain too much and do not know the joy.
Appreciator of drinks, I see.
-It's to live long, sir.
To live long?
-One day drunk is like a year sober.
Let's get some rest tonight, chief. To protect the precious one.
-Pardon? You just said, "The precious one."
No! I said, "The precious ones."
If we castrate boys, 1 out of 2 end up dying. Thus asking for 1,000 eunuchs is like demanding 1,000 more deaths.

Mar 17, 2017

You're leaving after taking just one peak?
-They say to look at the bamboo in the moonlight. And a woman through the blinds.
I can smell the wine from here. You'll make me drunk.
The thing shoots like a baby urinating! Some divine weapon!
-That's the Singijeon?
Damn it! I never saw anything go right with a woman in charge! Never!
Do you even know what you're doing?
-There are many variables in developing weapons.
What? Variables? How many more must die to stop these variables? If you don't have the skills, shouldn't you give up!
A modest prince from a humble nation, I see. Unlike wild dogs running around not knowing their place.
-A dog's luck is the happiest luck, sir.

Mar 17, 2017

Stop! I shall go!
I shall go!
But I must!
-I won't let you go!
It is me they want. I must go to end this!
-I can't let you go! You'll go for the court who used you?
No! For our people!
-Then what about me? What am I to you?
Trifling emotions. Foolish thought.
-Foolish? Are you not scared?
-Are you not lonely?
-Are you not afraid?
Because of you... Because... I have you! You know very well. I must go to save you. And to save your people.
-I know. But...I promise to give my life to save you.
How did it go?
-I've been foolish.

Mar 17, 2017

The small and Standard Singijeon, completed in 1430 during King Sejong's reign, was the world's first multiple-launching rockets. The Grand Singijeon was the world's first missile with a shooting range of 3km. Western Europe produced a similar weapon in 1779... over 300 years later.
A merchant always strikes a deal first then thinks of the method later.
We do business to make even more money!
A virtuous man acts for righteousness.
-But my top priority is to make a profit.
- Please, stop! Your Majesty!
I have bowed to an enemy's subject. I can also bow to great citizens of this land. I am the King. But you are Emperors.
Why don't we just get married? What do you think?
-How shameless!
-How can you propose to me in the middle of a market street?


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Mar 17, 2017

Watched this more than two years ago and only gave it 2.5 star rating then because of the slowly developing story and unrealistic politics. However, upgrading it to 4 stars after second watch primarily because of its entertaining value, epic final battle and the story, unrealistic or not. Also, enjoyed much of the banters (see "Quotes") between two strong willed lovers.

Apr 15, 2014

This was a very good movie. Part political thriller, part war movie, some elements of the Gerald Butler film 300. Nice feisty love story in the background.
Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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