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South Korean 'The Pirates' follows Hollywood formula
South Korean 'The Pirates' follows Hollywood formula

South Korean blockbuster "The Pirates" seems to have looted its formulaic plot directly from Hollywood. It's a derivative trove of swashbuckling action, romance, comedy, special effects and revisionist history — the kind of film that would be pitched to studio execs as "Pirates of the Caribbean" meets "Free Willy." Why "Free Willy"? Because in 1388, at the dawn of the Joseon dynasty, a royal seal bestowed by the Chinese Ming dynasty is swallowed by a whale after a shipwreck. To evade punishment, the envoys claim they were under siege from pirates, while offering a large under-the-table bounty for the capture of the whale. Four rival...

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