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[Nyaff Review] Battlefield Heroes

Paradoxes abound in Battlefield Heroes, a South Korean film showing at the New York Asian Film Festival. Even the title itself, an English slap-on as American audiences would never understand what its literal translation, Pyongyang Castle, refers to, belies what the story is about. For, at its center, the best heroes are no where near a battlefield.

Silla, an upstart power in Korea, has decided to attack the kingdom of Goguryeo, one that has withstood many assaults during its 700 year reign in the region. This attack comes with the backing of the Chinese Tang dynasty who will play the two regional powers against each other only to swoop in later and pick up the pieces. In between this large battle there are a good number that occur on the ground and in leadership.

The Chinese Tang Dynasty has their eyes on on the Goguryeo kingdom, one of the oldest and
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Nyaff 2011: Battlefield Heroes review

Year: 2011

Directors: Jun-ik Lee

Writers: Cheol-Hyeon Jo/Oh Seung-Hyeon

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Trailer: link

Review by: agentorange

Rating: 5 out of 10

With all due respect to Jun-ik Lee's wacky send-up of Asian siege and battle movies, it didn't stand a chance with me this morning. For one, I watched it right after screening Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins. A mistake in retrospect, as how could any movie follow what is perhaps the best Samurai film I've ever seen, let alone one with a completely different tone. The next big X against my enjoyment of the film is the fact that half the subtitles were cut from the version of the film I had. With its huge cast of players, this film was already confusing, so *Sighs* with those two things in mind take this mini-review with a grain of salt.

Battlefield Heroes is Lee's follow-up to his own hit 2003 hit Once Upon
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