Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Mighty Princess Review

KANG So-hwi, a beautiful martial arts prodigy, is about to embark on a journey into adulthood. But her journey is like no other. Her super-human strength and martial arts prowess scares away her fellow undergrads and even the boy she has fallen for. Devastated, So-hwi decides to give up martial arts and takes a different path. Her father, a martial artist himself, is afraid of losing an heiress to the family’s martial artistry, and missions So-hwi’s old buddy Ilyoung to persuade her to stay in the field. Meanwhile, the evil Heuk-bong provokes a war to conquer the martial arts world with the legendary Fine Blade he stole in the past, killing every swordsman one after another. So-hwi’s father comes to a showdown with Heuk-bong, but the battle leaves him fatally injured. On the brink of her father’s death, So-hwi picks up a sword again with a burning desire for revenge


Time for a not-famous movie! My Mighty Princess is a Korean movie from 2008.
Main character of the movie is college girl named So-hwi. So-hwi is a really strong girl with education in martial arts from her father and mother. But in our world, all that power is a problem for her. The rest people  mocking her and her the guy she likes, not even pay attention. After that she decides to leave martial arts behind and live like a normal girl. Something that her father don't like at all. That's why after a council with the other three great teachers, they decide to bring So-hwi old best friend back to convince her fight again. The rest movie continue with Ilyoung's and So-hwi's strange relationship and her fight to win the boy she likes. But then, when you are not expecting it an enemy from the past is coming and everything is getting a really strange turn.

I'm not really into Korean/Japanese movies except about 4-5 good ones but this one is my favourite. There is no any "wow" special effects or a high budget movie but it has things that are really difficult to be found in Hollywood movies.
-An amazing and really unique background story. Our world combined with well known mythical martial arts and swords. While the movie continues normally there is a part which will change the whole plot and make you stay it "Awe".I have seen hundreds movies and i'm usually i can find out what will happen next but in this one i was truly surprised. It's not just a story. With the time reveals many more.
-The actors are freaking great! Probably they are from the most contagious actors i have seen. They make the feelings of the characters reality.All of them are unknown to me but they are great. I wish Hollywood had actors like that. For example, the final battle is all about feelings. While it's not the bloody thing we are used to see but they keep it simple, the acting is that well done that you can feel it too (and of course has swords and a little blood). I was watching and i had became So-hwi. Her expressions,the colouring of her voice...And it's not just So-hwi. All the main actors can be at the same level with her. I'm trying to avoid to discuss them though, cause i will destroy the plot.
-Is funny. Believe me i almost died from laughing. I have watched the movie 3 times and every time i was laughing like it was first. It might not be a comedy but they didn't forget to put some of it in.
-The relationships look real. They can exist beyond that fairytale you see. Maybe that's another reason why you can understand the characters so well. Because you will do the same if you were in their position.
-Last but not least, the music is wonderful. Actually all of the Asian soundtracks are really melodic and fairytail-ish. In this one, matching with the great acting and story, it sounds even better.

If i don't stop now, i will continue writing. I really love that movie and i strongly believe you need to see it. I know it's hard to get used to the language but you will really enjoy it. It's a nice escape from the usual Hollywood movies we watch all the time. Different is good.

My Mighty Princess is a fairytale-funny-sad and breathtaking movie.

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