From the opening credits of director Jong-Bin Yun’s “Kundo: Age Of The Rampant”, one
knows they are watching a good movie. It’s a “Robin Hood” story/Korean western (horses and all) with a Quentin Tarantino style pumping soundtrack. This Korean produced picture brings to the screen superb fight choreography, various weapons, great visual cinematography, dessert settings, colorful costumes, and intriguing characters.
The story takes place late in the Joseon dynasty (Late 19th century). It is a story of Dochi (Jung-woo Ha), a butcher whose family was murdered, the deaths of his loved one’s leaves Dochi yearning for revenge. He then is accepted into the “Chusul” clan, a clan of
outlaws compromised of individuals who have been shunned and rejected by society. In a time of famine, disease, and corruption on every level of government, the Chusul clan fights for the poor and disadvantaged. Taking from the rich and distributing it to the poor.
Look out for the superb performance Dong-won Gang in the role of the villain Jo-yoon, a highly
trained nobleman who is an expert in weapons and military tactics. Dochi the butcher fighting with two meat cleavers is exciting and clever.
When released “Kundo” broke records by becoming the all-time highest grossing opening day
release in south Korea.
Variety.com’s Richard Kuipers states: “Yoon Jong-bin’s kimchi Western is a rousing, lavishly produced delight.”
“Kundo” is a perfect balance of action, suspense, and comedy. It will have you moving out of your seat. If you love martial arts and have not seen it yet, then you’re missing out on what is a sure classic.