The somewhat flimsy plot has some lengths in the middle part, but picks up towards the end and delivers a satisfying, action-packed resolution.
The tone of the movie is inconsistent and switches randomly from very silly to trying to be dark. The plot convoluted, poorly explained and paced, something the characters even comment on and try to explain to each other, though it still doesn’t help the audience.
Extremely well-made Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama. Never know what’s gonna be next. The cast is excellent. People that rate this movie low, probably don’t like that this movie combines so much into a single movie. If you are not laughing at the funny parts, you have no sense of humor. If you are not getting closer to the screen during the action, nothing will. If you don’t get emotional during the drama, you have no emotion. Three gorgeous women that can fight. But there’s a real story. Real characters with back stories. Real good acting. Sub plots. Its a little zany at times but that’s part of the movie. While it starts getting a little deep (drama) at times, there is some action or comedy that lightens the mood. The three leads are very good and are very individual. A little Steampunk elements make it even more interesting to me. I have watched The Huntresses four times and it gets better each time.
The movie is also very sexist, though not objectifying like the American Charlie’s Angels, but instead applying Asian stereotypes to the girls making them talk about boys, like shopping, jewelry, act air-headed and giggle a lot.
It is a trope-fest, and is only for people enjoying seeing countless references to other better movies, and every trope imaginable invoked and abused. Fun, if you are into that kind of movie.
A satisfying, action-packed resolution
Ha Ji-won as Jin-ok
Fearless leader of the group with unstoppable drive and charisma. Also an inventor of unique weapons with the ability to disguise herself.
Kang Ye-won as Hong-dan
A married woman (“ajumma”) who is better at throwing daggers than cooking and better in tumbling than housework. She’s swift with a sword and thinks money is the best thing on earth.
Gain as Ga-bi
The youngest of the group, she’s a fist first and ask questions later kind of person.
Ko Chang-seok as Mu-myeong
A monk (Mu-myeong literally means “no name”).
Joo Sang-wook as Sa-hyeon
A warrior who threatens the three women.
The female lead roles as sexist and stereotypical
As a child, Jin Ok witnessed the murder of her father and narrowly escaped death. She is taken under the wings of Moo Myung, the man who saved her life, and trains in martial arts alongside two other girls. 10 years have passed and the girls are now Joseon’s best bounty hunters. One day, Jin Ok is asked to take on a case for a handsome reward. Against their master’s wishes, the trio takes on the job, not knowing it would eventually lead them to the man responsible for the death of Jin Ok’s father 10 years ago.
Director: Park Je-Hyun
Writer: Kim Ga-Young, Kim Ba-Da, Kang Chul-Kyu
Producer: Kang Chul-Kyu, No Jong-Yoon, Byun Jong-Eun
Cinematographer: Yoon Hong-Sik
Release Date: January 29, 2014
Runtime: 107 min.
Production Company: Wellmade STARM
Country: South Korea