Eventually, we learn that Man-duk mortally wounded the tiger's mother when she leapt at him near her kill of an escaped barnyard animal during a winter of privation. The governor-general of the Japanese army asks the hunters what happened after the incident, and they relate to him a story about the Mountain Lord becoming a god. I only thought that the villains of the story could have been a little bit more detailed, diversified and present in this film. The film ends with flashbacks of Man-duk's and the tiger's early lives, returning to the present afterwards as snow falls on their lifeless bodies. The acting performances are overall quite good.
Following a tragic accident in which he killed his beloved wife, he has retired his rifle and become a humble herb gatherer limping amongst his cherished mountains. The governor-general comes to the conclusion that his army is unable to fight during the looming winter and has decided to withdraw until the next spring. After several failures, mounting hunter deaths, and facing deepening winter, soldiers of the Japanese army are dispatched to participate in escalating efforts to find and kill the tiger, and several attempts are made to enlist Man-duk to facilitate the hunt, all of which he resolutely resists. Seok loves a girl in town, and secretly joins one of Gu-kyung's hunts in aspiration of earning a bounty sufficient to convince her father to allow them to marry; during the hunt, Seok wounds the tiger, but is himself mortally wounded. In the end, ''The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale'' is an atmospheric, epic and sophisticated film that mixes contemporary action sequences with slightly patriotic historical fiction and philosophical topics that never feel too dry.
In Japanese-occupied Korea in 1925, Chun Man-duk, a revered hunter, lives with his teenage son, Seok, in a hut near Mount Jirisan. Main actor Choi Min- sik is authentic, entertaining and intense as always and proves once again that he is at least one of the very best contemporary Asian actors. The Japanese governor-general overseeing the occupation gathers tiger pelts as a hobby of seeming cultural dominance, and soon becomes obsessed with killing possibly the last remaining tiger in Korea, an enormous one-eyed male that lives on the mountain and has killed scores of hunters. He told them to leave them to their fate. The tiger pounces at him, and they both fall off the mountain together. The tiger almost seems human in this movie and one can somehow identify with the majestic beast. Set towards the end of the Joseon dynasty, when Korea was under Japanese rule.
Despite a lot of screening time for the true feline hero of this tale, the initial first impression never really lets go. Most people will probably end up rooting for the tiger's survival. The only other issue I have is the movie's slow-paced storytelling. The calm camera shots that never shake unnecessarily, the rich classical soundtrack and the contrasting lighting techniques add to the atmosphere of the movie. Man-duk and the tiger then seem the fight, with the former injuring the tiger. This context also explains why many Koreans despise the Japanese, fear the consequences of the hunt and respect the tiger by calling him the Mountain Lord.
. Language: Hindi Quality: 720p BluRay Size: 1. The Japanese governor-general overseeing the occupation gathers tiger pelts as a hobby of seeming cultural dominance, and soon becomes obsessed with killing possibly the last remaining tiger in Korea, an enormous one-eyed male that lives on the mountain and has killed scores of hunters. Man-duk reaches the top of the mountain and waits for the tiger. This film could have been about half an hour shorter and it wouldn't have taken anything away from the character or story development at all.
Following a tragic accident in which he killed his beloved wife, he has retired his rifle and become a humble herb gatherer limping amongst his cherished mountains. In addition to this, the landscapes on and around Mount Jirisan are truly impressive. Patient fans of Korean cinema are already used to the smooth development but those who aren't familiar with this style might find the movie's introduction somewhat pointless, overlong or even boring and they might have a point this time. Rather than a cruel tale of chasing down a rare, beautiful animal, the story is a patriotic one for Koreans, as Chun Man-Duk, a local hunter, is assigned with the task of killing the last tiger on the peninsula, a symbol of pride and courage, rather than letting it be mowed down by their military oppressors. It is revealed that he secretly relocated them to a safe den, though the sibling soon died. Soon following, the tiger appears. They make the tiger's desperate fight for survival even more realistic in my book.
Gu-kyung is the resolute but ruthless leader of a band of Korean hunters that attempt to track and kill the tiger for the bounty, including by killing its mate and two cubs and using them for bait. In my opinion, it's quite an achievement from the makers of this film to make us feel this way without making this movie too melodramatic. That's why the obsession of the Japanese invaders to exterminate the peninsula's last tiger is related to the fact that if they achieved that goal, it would mean that the resistance of the invaded country would finally be broken. The epic South Korean blockbuster ''The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale'' is a mixture of a historical drama and an action-adventure movie. The movie introduces us to three different groups that end up hunting the legendary tiger: Japanese soldiers, Korean hunters and the lonesome main character. In contrast to the movie's overall rather calm pace, these action sequences aren't only fast and powerful but also quite gory without ever getting gratuitous.
I must also point out the numerous fight scenes between the tiger and his enemies. If the tiger were to die, it should at least die at the hands of a Korean hunter. The tiger is known locally in hushed tones as Mountain Lord, and locals fear its demise will bring wolves and boars return because of its absence. Obviously, this philosophical movie doesn't only deal with the symbolism related to tigers but also touches profound topics such as dealing with forgiveness, honor and loss as well as family values. To fully understand this movie, you have to be aware of the fact that the tiger is a symbol associated with Korean people and their resilience to keep their culture, identity and values alive despite the hardships this people has gone through and is still going through today. Fans of Asian cinema will like this release and it's definitely a welcome change to the hollow superhero movies in our Western world, so you might as well give this movie a fair try. Still, some of the Korean characters want to see the tiger dead as well for many different reasons: reputation, revenge and wealth among others.
The story of the old hunter and the old tiger has a lot of parallels as well. However, following Seok's death and the wounding of the great beast, hunter and tiger, now both bereft of mates and offspring, each tread fatefully toward the snow-blasted mountain top, with the bounty hunters and army in close pursuit. He saved the nearby one-eyed cub and its sibling by intervening against the more junior hunter Gu-kyung, who delivered the killing shot on their mother. . .
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