Duelist (2005)

Director Lee Myung-se returns to the screen with his long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed 1999 policier Nowhere to Hide. Duelist takes place in Korea during the Chosun dynasty, where a large-scale counterfeiting scheme threatens to send… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 2005
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Clearly, Lee has an extraordinary eye, but wilful self-indulgence leads him astray here.

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Matthew Leyland

Duelist turns from playful to precious in the last 30-odd minutes, straggling towards a prancey showdown that's as graceful as all get-out but as cold as the endless falling snow.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

The bent chemistry between Ji-won's screwball tough gal and Dong-won's effeminate wraith injects just enough charm into the overwrought stylistics, which veer dangerously close to killing the movie's rhythm.

Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine

Proof positive that Wushu and Chan don't mix, this aims to create a new crossover genre but falls between two stools.

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Anton Bitel

as much a quirkily combative love story, or a kaleidoscopic reverie on the shifting seasons, as a piece of period police procedural.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...its most salient feature is its spectacular visuals.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
This Korean epic story didn't make sense to me as what I thought it was really strange. In several swordplay scenes are bloody dull with a very slow motion… More
Lesley N
Some reviews say this is all style over content, and maybe it is but I don't care. Beautiful beautiful beautiful historical film about two undercover cops… More
Luke Baldock
As seperate sketches or short scenes the film excels. It fully demonstrates large technical capabilities and an artistic eye. The final sword fight is simply… More
JY Skacto
I thought I knew what I was expecting when I watched this. It turns out that I was wrong. Partially anyway. This is a peace period film from Korea and from… More