OK action period piece from Yun Jong-bin which seems to be a blend of historical martial arts film, spaghetti western (soundtrack) and out of time dialogue (its reliance on modern vulgarities). Action fight choreography is often stirring but there really is little else to recommend it. Performances are genre friendly but nothing special.
On one hand, it's a real problem that this film's villain has more style, charisma, and genuine pathos than anyone in our roster of heroes. But that also means "Kundo" is a historical action movie with a truly great villain, something that's not always easy to come by. The film's production values, not to mention the numerous battle sequences, are also at South Korea's typically high level of quality.
Very promising start on a intriguing socio-political history and setting of Korea falls victim to Place beyond the Pines school of cinema where the actual film is put to the side so an entire film's worth of backstory is produced an then the actual film comes out at the end; except here it is reversed where the first act of the film begins and then the backstory production comes over up until the end credits come.
kang dong-won and joseon go so well together, he's perfect for these roles. please he needs to play in more films like that! but didn't like this dolchi guy - the acting.. and the character as a whole could've been way better…. it made the film feel unbalanced.. so I'd give it 3 or even 2 stars but because of kang dong-won's role, that one buddhist guy and all wonderful martial arts scenes 4 stars yep.