You'll be hard-pressed to find a sub-genre nuttier than the Hong Kong supernatural action flick. Typically a blend of swordplay, demons, period intrigue and unexplained powers, this breed of chop-socky can usually be counted on to deliver two things in abundance: flying and dismemberments. On these counts the Korean horror/fantasy The Legend of Evil Lake delivers in spades while providing the coherence often lacking in its Hong Kong predecessors.
The movie begins in 57 B.C. with the defeat of evil sorcerer Auta by a mighty warrior priest who seals the wizard's evil spirit in a frozen lake by thrusting a magical sword into the ground. The spirit will remain imprisoned, declares the warrior, as long as the sword remains lodged. Of course, he's just guaranteed that some schmuck is going to pull it out in the next 15 minutes.
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