Pirates (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Adventure, History
130 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Pirates Review


A band of pirates and a group of bandits fight to catch a gray whale that has swallowed a royal stamp.

Pirates (2014) is a South Korean history adventure movie that is also known as Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok (2014). The movie is in Korean language and is 130 minutes long so get the movie with subtitles if you do not speak Korean. Director Seok-hoon Lee (Dancing Queen (2012), See You After School (2006), For the Peace of All Mankind (2000)) did a fabulous job bringing us this adventure movie. The grownups in my family loved it and will watch it again. The movie contains reference to sexual relations that might be unclear to many individuals, violence, little blood, suspense, and action. I did not like that it was suggested that a whale was harmed, but it is a movie, and it is not real.

The Pirates is about who can get the Royal Seal of State safely back from the whale and return it to the Emperor. The Emperor’s troops came across the whale while they were transporting the Emperor’s Seal of State from China on the eve of the Joseon Dynasty. The troop decides to fire at the whale’s calf which resulted in the whale smashing their boat in 2 and swallowing the Royal Seal. The crew is now scared of the Emperor as they have no seal and blame a group of pirates for taking the Royal Seal. The Emperor made a command to obliterate all pirates. The troop secretly enlist hunters to find the whale and get the Royal Seal back. Jang Sa-jung go (Nam-gil Kim - No Regret (2006), Lovers Vanished (2010), Bad Boy (2010)) is a mountain bandit and wants the huge reward for getting the seal. On his journey, he met beautiful Yeo-wol (Ye-jin Son - A Moment to Remember (2004), The Classic (2003), April Snow (2005)) who is a female captain cutthroat type of a pirates. The action begins as everyone battles each other to find the whale.

I cannot wait to introduce my kids to this movie when they are older. They will love it as it is not a bite off of Pirates of the Caribbean like I assumed it to be. The action/fight scenes were impressive and done amazingly well. I totally fell in love with the costumes and how intricate they were. The comedy was done right and at the right moment. The flow of the movie was flawless. Pirates is a great movie to show guests when they visit.

About Pirates 2014

Title: Pirates
AKA: Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok
Year: 2014
Runtime: 130 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Adventure, History
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
Starring: Dal-su Oh, Sung-hwa Jung, Hae-jin Yoo, Jeong-geun Sin, Nam-gil Kim, Ye-jin Son, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Tae-woo Kim, Cheol-min Park, Won-hae Kim, Dal-hwan Jo, Sulli Choi, Yi-Kyeong Lee, Nae-sang Ahn, Hie-bong Jo
Writers: Seong-il Cheon
Director: Seok-hoon Lee