Seondal (played byYoo Seung-ho) and his friend Gyeon-i (played byXiumin) are Koreans who were conscripted to combat roughly random war in the barren region to support the world political status of aristocrat Dae-ryeon (played byJo Jae-hyeon). Even thoughthe hole scene is relatively bleak it does now not take long for Seondal and Gyeon-i to run into Bo-won (played byKo Chang-seok), a guy who focuses on survival thru scamming. Soon enough, your entire gang is loose to run increasingly more elaborate con jobs on lovely much everyone.
"Seondal: The fellow Who Sells the River"is a comedy with precisely one joke- we get to watchYoo Seung-hoput on a devilish smirk as he is goingby way of amongst an elaborate plan that is designed for maximum humor in position of to be realistically effective. Which is fine via me. Seondal goes through numerous costumes in pursuance of the maximum recent scam, and the presentation levels from regal to cornball to oddly enticing. The punchline to the scam is rarely every bit much amusing as observing Seondal's team in truthpass through with it.
That, unfortunately, may be the movie's primary downfall. There is nogenuine dramatic tension. We know that even if the stakes appearfully serious Seondal has planned for this eventuality in some way and the entirety volitionfinally finish up all correct in the end- the handiest realquery is how. Some gentle fun can also be had being attentive to the clues, namely the explicitabilities demonstrated all throughthat permit Seondal's later cons to work. Beyond that, though,"Seondal: The Guy Who Sells the River"is a reasonablyelementary heist movie.
AdvertisementThere is one key distinction- set as it's far during Joseon times, the needful wacky comedy setpieces glance very distinctive, and the rustic atmosphereon a normal basis makes Seondal's schemes seem disproportionately plausible. It is helping thatYoo Seung-hois constantlycaptivatingall aroundall the movie, such that it issimpleto look why characters would rather just think that Seondal is a random fun guy instead ofany person who turns outa little too friendly.
But the more complex the plot point, the more difficultit'sto pay attention on the adventures of Seondal's crew. This makes the inevitable takedown of Dae-ryeon feel unearned if only because Seondal wishedso much of good fortune to get that far. Additionally, whileYoo Seung-hois incrediblyfantastic as a sleek con artist he isless compelling in more romantic or dramatic scenes. Which is most definitelyprincipallya question of presentation. Seondal is more a one-man comedian relief team than he'sa prime character.
That much is able to become writer/directorPark Dae-mina fairlygood wayin the case of making"Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River"decently entertaining even even thoughthere would possibly be not sufficientintensity to assist much in the styleof sturdy content."Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River"is a reasonably funny film that starts to pull when the key plot comes up. The creativity in the gags more than makes up for the relative staleness of the central storyline, though, so I will be ready tomost commonly reccommend it.