The Divine Weapon–Not a Bad Flick

30 Jan

The Diving Weapon is a decent time piece tracing the development of a Korean weapon system known as the Singijeon, a multiple rocket launcher made by Korean general Choe Mu-seon in 1377, during the Goryeo Dynasty.

"The Divine Weapon"

The small, but righteous, nation of Josen develops the Singijeon long before the tyrannical Ming Dynasty can and uses the weapon’s devastating capabilities to establish its independence from Ming.  It is a fun story replete with diabolical generals, furious sword play, an intelligent and beautiful woman as well as good costumes.

The movie does try to be all things to all people; that is, a romantic comedy/melodrama/martial arts/swordplay film with an abundance of characters.  Even though the film tries to cram all of these themes into a couple of hours, it still has all of the elements of solid Asian historical epic making it worth your two hours to watch—I doubt you will demand the time back.  Definitely not crap. I have been advised that my rating of this movie was totally off the mark.  According to Bonnie Juettner, guest reviewer at large (and beloved fiancee), “this movie may require you to update your rating system, JP, with a level that is a step below the glory of Red Cliff and a step above the mediocrity of a mere ‘not crap.’ Like Red Cliff, The Divine Weapon offers compelling characters (including at least two strong women who even the most dedicated male chauvinist would not be able to help but admire), a strong story line in which you cannot help but root for the underdog, a historical education, and some awesome martial arts (though not at the level of the fight scenes in Red Cliff). Unfortunately, it also contains a horrific leave-the-room-for-this-part child castration scene–and, some things are really too horrible to put into the movies. I would call this level, ‘Almost Red Cliff,’ or possibly a Rosebud.”


Posted by on January 30, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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3 responses to “The Divine Weapon–Not a Bad Flick

  1. Bonnie

    March 29, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I was thinking about gems that JPFMovies has pulled out of his bag of tricks and wondered if he had ever reviewed The Divine Weapon. I searched for it and of course, here it is. But why such a short review? And no clips? What is the deal? I think this one needs a new review even if I have to write it myself!!


    • jpfmovies

      March 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      All right toots put your money where your mouth is and let’s see what you got. We will call it The Divine Weapon Redux.



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