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Outside of our two lovers in motion, there are many other dramatic moments of movement throughout the film. (And let's make a shoutout to the sound artists as well who vividly add to the whooshes and swooshes, crashes and smashes, flashes and slashes on screen.) Early on we witness a scene from which we might infer that Lee wrote off some travel expenses to rugby matches this time around. And the spiraling infantryman in a later scene had me thinking of the organic, ephemeral art of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, so beautifully captured - thus negating the ephemeral status of his artwork - in Thomas Riedelsheimer's documentary River and Tides. These infantrymen unfurl as if they were a chain of leaves let loose on a stream.

The valid question still arises, however, since the story is so plain, is all this just window-dressing to hide the fact that the film is going nowhere? Having only one screening available to me so far, I don't find the story lacking in structure, just lacking in breadth. It's simply a simple story. The twists and turns are not in the plot, but in the characters. Yet I don't need more of a story than what allows for the dancing display of development on screen for our two main actors. I respect that many other viewers might want more. Mine is a single-viewing experience that might be dampened or enhanced by more viewings. And mine is not the final word on Duelist, just a motion that our bodies not rest.      ()

    Geochilmaru: The Showdown

In martial arts films, we're accustomed to seeing directors use deft editing techniques to make the moves of actors look more fluid and impressive. A leg is extended -- cut! -- we see the foot of the hero crunch into her opponent's skull -- cut! -- the bad guy flies through the air and crashes into a table, splintering it. The actors in the main roles may know hardly any martial arts, but through the magic of editing, they are made to look like masters in motion.

In the low-budget martial arts film Geochilmaru: The Showdown, however, director Kim Jin-sung (Surprise Party) is at liberty to dispense with the fancy camera tricks. After going out and casting real-life masters of judo, kickboxing, boxing, karate, kung fu, hapkido, and taekwondo in the lead roles, Kim can merely step back and let them do their thing. Although he does cut up the many fight scenes into multiple shots, it's also clear that this is not to compensate for any lack of skill on the part of the actors.


In this way, viewers can enjoy the convincing physicality which occupies the center of this film. Happily, though, Geochilmaru also turns out to have an engaging, well-structured and unconventional storyline that gives the film much of its energy.

This is no period-set fantasy: one of the opening lines of narration is, "Nowadays, if you aren't internet savvy, you can't even practice martial arts." According to our narrator (voiced by popular singer Kim C, who serves as the film's only recognizable persona), online discussion boards now provide the primary venue for martial arts masters to pass on their knowledge to the less-experienced. In the film, the discussion board at the center of the narrative has attracted upwards of 50,000 members, largely due to the insightful online writings of a man or woman with the ID 'Geochilmaru'. When eight members, who come from diverse backgrounds and train in a variety of disciplines, receive invitations to spar with the master in person, they are glad to accept. However, soon they discover that they are to be bussed out to the mountains of Kangwon Province, where they will face off against each other, with only the winner allowed to face Geochilmaru in person.

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