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Pirates (2014)

Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok (original title)
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A band of pirates and a group of bandits fight to catch a gray whale that has swallowed a royal stamp.


Seok-hoon Lee


Seong-il Cheon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nam-gil Kim ... Jang Sa-jung
Ye-jin Son ... Yeo-wol
Hae-jin Yoo ... Chul-bong
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... So-ma
Tae-woo Kim ... Mo Hong-gab
Cheol-min Park ... Monk
Won-hae Kim ... Choon-seob
Dal-hwan Jo Dal-hwan Jo ... San-man
Jeong-geun Sin Jeong-geun Sin ... Yong-kap
Sulli Choi Sulli Choi ... Heuk-myo (as Seol-ri Choi)
Yi-Kyeong Lee Yi-Kyeong Lee ... Cham-bok
Dal-su Oh ... Han Sang-jil
Nae-sang Ahn ... Iiege
Hie-bong Jo Hie-bong Jo ... Oh Man-ho
Sung-hwa Jung Sung-hwa Jung ... Bak-mo


A band of pirates and a group of bandits fight to catch a gray whale that has swallowed a royal stamp.

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Release Date:

6 August 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Haejeok: Badaro gan sanjeok See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,187, 12 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$375,907, 28 September 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ye-Jin Son and Nam-Gil Kim was previously worked for TV Series "Sangeo". See more »

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Fun, perfect ride through Korean history and legends.
23 January 2015 | by scurvytoonSee all my reviews

I won't add anything to the material Dare Devil Kid has already stated as I agree wholeheartedly with him. I will however look at this film from the point of view of a kung fu fan. (and why is there no category on IMDb for kung fu / martial arts? ) As an entry in the genre of martial arts oriental film making faithful to the traditions of Wong Fei-Hung and such classics as Project A, Pirates walks tall and proud and has no apologies to make. The timing and mixture of love, honour, tradition, comedy and drama are perfect throughout. These by the way make up the elements in the complex and near impossible to explain within the word limit here, concept of "face". As well, the sword work and fighting skills are nearly as good as anything Jet Li or Jackie Chan would be impressed with. Speaking of sword work, there is a lot of it and never comes off as anything but intense or bloody dangerous to the actors should they make a mistake. Based on the fight sequences and rope tricks alone, I would watch more of anything starring these guys.

Having seen more hours of this kind of film from China over the years, I'm surprised I hadn't ventured into the Korean historic martial arts scene earlier. J pop may be both alien and compelling to me but this genre is like walking into a room full of 80's Shaw Brothers films I'd somehow missed. What a deliciously tasty feast Pirates is to someone like me, it assumes you are familiar with all the significant bits of the culture and story, so don't lumber the film with a lot of klunky exposition as in some films that aspire to being seen at some point in the west. While my Korean is non existent, the easy to read sub titles ( that's important too ) seem to allow the original script's concepts and plot points to come through without the usual over simplification and ham fisted translation into western ideas that haunt many other such films. Most recently I saw a Korean anime that I'm sure was brilliant in the original tongue but was so badly dubbed it went from funny for the first 15 minutes to too painful for my brain to process. I'm sure this may in fact be the principle reason I might have steered clear of the genre till now.

Pirates deserves better distribution, a proper name in English and as mentioned somewhere else, is an object lesson for anybody considering making a film about pirates. There is more Errol Flynn 1940's fun factor here than the confused drive-by muggings of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels churned out for the sole purpose of parting gullible people from their money. I will go so far as to suggest that in the event a DVD of this comes available in near the future, fans of martial arts films add this to the must have list.

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