Thrilling action, political intrigue, and forbidden romance all light up the screen in this inventive detective story set during the Joseon Dynasty! After a six year break from filmmaking, Lee Myung See, director of the seminal Korean action flick Nowhere to Hide, returns to the director’s chair for the elegant swordsman film, Duelist. Based on a novel, this beautiful period film centers on a tomboyish detective by the name of Nam Sun (Ha Ji Won, from Damo and Love So Divine) who is investigating a case revolving around counterfeit coins. Going deep undercover in a variety of diverse disguises, Nam Sun quickly finds herself chasing after a notorious assassin named “Sad Eyes” (Kang Dong Won, from Too Beautiful to Lie and Romance of Their Own) who just may be involved in the crime she’s investigating.
These two warriors from opposite ends of the law end up clashing time and time again, but with each passing encounter, they soon discover that they share a mutual respect and attraction for one another. Will a love affair bloom on the battlefield? With an appearance by longtime actor Ahn Sung Ki in a supporting role, Lee Myung See’s Duelist is a stylish, visually stunning example of cinematic swordplay at its finest!