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— by John Lui: You cannot be blamed if you lose track of who’s who in this Korean martial arts flick that packs in as much historical texture as it does action.

In its compact 101-minute running time, a head-spinning array of supporting characters are introduced, including village healers, innkeepers, feudal lords and their families. That is woven into a time-jumping, flashback-driven plot that takes in Qing-versus-Ming dynastic struggles in China and its knock-on effects on Korea.,,

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