Category Archives: historical

Movie review: Redbad (2018) directed by Noel Reine

Product info: The 8th Century in Western Europe, a time of significant religious tension. When an army of Christian Franks approaches one tribe of pagan Frisians the bloodshed is inevitable. Redbad (Gijs Nabel) is caught right in the middle of … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Emperor of Paris (L’Empereur de Paris) directed by Jean-Francois Richet (2018)

Product info: Legendary escaped from prison, Eugène-François Vidocq (Vincent Cassel) tries to be forgotten by becoming a simple rag trader. But he is overtaken by his past and accused of a murder of which he is innocent. By a sudden … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Favourite directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Product info: 18th century England, the court of ageing Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), the last of the Stuart monarchs. Anne is an unconfident ruler and a very lonely woman, overweight, depressed, moody, even suicidal. Small wonder – she’s lost as … Continue reading

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Movie review: Masquerade (2012) directed by Choo Chang-min

Movie info: It is a historical movie about missing 15 days in annals of the Joseon Dynasty during the reign of Gwanghae (Lee Byung-hun), the 15th Joseon king. He was a confusing and conspiratorial ruler who, afraid of assassination, ordered his chief … Continue reading

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Movie review: War of the Arrows (2011) directed by Han-min Kim

Movie info: Two children, the older boy called Nam-yi and his little sister, Ja-in, are being chased by King Injo’s guards. They are saved only by the ultimate sacrifice of their father, Choi Pyeong-ryung, an officer of King Gwanghae and … Continue reading

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TV mini series review: Meet the Romans with Mary Beard (2012, BBC2)

Product info: Professor Mary Beard takes a look beyond the stories of emperors, armies and gore in ancient Rome, a city at the heart of a vast and dominating empire — in order to meet the everyday people at the … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Assassin (2015) directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Movie info: Set in ninth-century China during a time of unrest that would eventually lead to the decline of the Tang Dynasty, “The Assassin” tells the story of Nie Yinniang (Shu Qui), a daughter of a mighty general. She was … Continue reading

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