Plot: When a national treasure called “The Light of Dong-Bang” which is a priceless diamond represented the Silla kingdom’s 1000 year history has appear, Bong-ku started to plan a stealing scenario for the diamond before it taken from Korea by the Japanese government. The legendary diamond believed to have mysterious power, but what’s more important is its bright shine and gigantic size. Bong-ku has a competitor, Chun-ja (Lee Bo-yeong), a jazz singer who rules the night of Gyeongseong as masked thief. As the party for sending the diamond to Japan has opens, Bong-ku who had attracted to Chun-ja proposes her to go to the party as a way to use her beauty on a diamond stealing. But what he doesn’t know that Chun-ja also has a hidden agenda and calculated plans to steal the diamond. Bong-ku, Chun-ja and Korean officers of the Japanese army become entangled in a struggle for a phenomenal treasure, while freedom fighters and pro-Japanese Koreans collide during the final days of the Japanese occupation.
«The movie doesn’t excel at any one specific thing, but it’s likable enough as a whole to please the youngsters and adults a like. A little more excitement and someone else cast as the Jazz singer and the movie would have rocked.»
«It’s hard to fault "Once Upon a Time in Corea" as a piece of popcorn entertainment, and Jeong certainly manages to deliver enough thrills and spills to satisfy viewers. Whilst it doesn’t exactly offer anything particularly new or innovative, it stands as a solid, entertaining action comedy that should be enjoyed by all.»
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