Genre: Drama, Short
Director(s): Serhat Karaaslan
  1 nomination.
18 min

Free from his pain

Cut his hair

We will go back to KORYO

I will return it to his hometown

AD 1375

457 years into the establishment of KORYO

The 31 st King,

GONGMIN has been assassinated

by HONG Yoon and CHOI Man-saeng

and replaced by King WOO

In China, it was a time of chaos when

CHU Yu an-chang had founded

the MING Empire in Nanjing

forcing the WON Empire

from its century-old

rulership in the great plains of China

to the north of the Great Wall

Ahn Sung Ki

Jung Woo Sung

Joo Jin Mo

Ziyi Zhang

Rong Guang Yu

Lee Doo II / Park Yong Woo

Park Jung Hark / Yu Hae Jin

Jung Suk Yong / Han Young Mok

Special Performance Song Jae Ho


They say, the castle is too disordered...

they will lead us to

the temporary reception hall

Here is too large

This place does not look like

a reception hall Let me find out

General, behave honorably

I am General CHOI Jung of Yongho troop,

the protectors of the Koryo's envoys

Where is the MING's officials to greet us?

Remove your weapons and official attires!

KORYO murdered our diplomatic envoy

then keep dispatching spies

Now, you send us a military

in the name of the envoys

You will pay for it!

Tie them up!

Don't panic, and stop moving

Stay back

Throw your weapons away

Anyone to disobey I will slash him!

General CHOI!

General, Don't

My duty is protecting the envoys

General CHOI Jung!

Everyone, follow what they said


We are almost in the exile

Sorry for my impertinent

It's my fault... -

No, it is our destiny for imprisonment

Exile is better than in prison

suffocating prison... - This is better... -

but here is

too hot. Ugh!


We are from KORYO

We were in the middle of exile, by MING

Are you a general from YUAN

the MONGOL imperial?

The great Cokotemure's cavalry!

General, no... - do not step forward this time

Don't be offensive

We don't have any grudge against the KORYO

but we cannot keep alive these MING's dogs!

Leave the KORYO's fate in their own hands.

Let's go!

General, including the ambassador and a general

Seh, we have 12 casualties and 23 survivors

among survivors, five are severely injured

Have everyone gather here!

How about preparing to camp out here?

Since the ambassador died

we cannot carry the duty of the envoys anymore

Now, such responsibility

If we stay here

the MING troops will come

- We then explain whole story to them... -

- You want to keep the exile journey again?

We should not go off our exile path

Let's follow what MING ordered.

Anyway, we are the envoys of the country

We don't bring any official letter and flag.

How can we prove our credibility?

Besides, MING troops might blame us

as murderer, instead of Mongols

General, we caught the strangers

Here is two

The duty of the Protector troops end now

Get ready to leave, immediately!

- Get ready to leave, immediately!

- Yes sir!

Here is an endless desert

Where are we going?


General, three are missing

the others are all injured

Find water and food at first

Hey, Interpreter!

We must hurry and leave

We all die if we stay here!

- Wake up! Hold your mind!

- Let me out, let me out!!

We are leaving

General, we should look for the missing first

This trip is too hard for me

I always wanted to be buried at my home

Are you in much pain?

Would you rest here for a while?


Even if we make it to Shandong

we still need a boat

It is not about time you worried

Get up

What are you doing?


General, please forgive my man

He is a foolish one... -

He just wants to care for me

He is a slave of the vice-ambassador

This is the Great Wall connecting to the east

It is where the MING and the YUAN are at battle

Below are villages

where the MING troops are based

Avoid the village and the MING troops

Let's eliminate any chance to meet anyone

General, if we head towards the north

we must confront YUAN's troops

What about here in the middle?

It's impossible It's a desert of death

In the daytime, everything is burned

Also, it takes at least twenty days to cross

Besides, our remaining food and water

will last only 6 days

To that place

we will cross within ten days

If necessary we will eat once a day

and walk during the mid-night

in that case, southern desert is better

we can gain three or four days

Whose territory is that?

That is an abandon land

No one could conquer the area

However, my concern is the vice-ambassador

- He is already exhausted

- No one here free from suffer!

From now on, you guide us

Don't block our march

Whoever bothers our way will die by my sword!

Son of b*tch!

He makes us human fry. He will kill us

Did you called me?

As a vice-ambassador, I'm ashamed

I am in such a wretched state

Take care of the group

I hope you all safely return to home...

I see

One thing that I must say

This man here

He is not a slave anymore

As I set him free, he is a freeman

Treat him accordingly

Please get some sleep

Hey you, stop there!

He stole the food while standing guard

Sorry, sir

Please forgive me

No mercy to a thief in the battle

The same goes for one who is taken

Beat them twenty floggings each

Our Joojin troops only eat one piece a day

We are equal to your Yongho troops

I will receive the floggings instead of him!

Do what he wants

All right. You, receive all floggings for both

Watch carefully!

You'd served in many battles with my father

Am I quite different to him?

The times were not as difficult as now

But I am sure you will do well, sir

Will we make it safely reach at Shandong?

Even if we return to KORYO, people scoff at... -

I failed to protect the envoys

I even failed to enter the castle of Nanjing

Here you go

Use when you need it

Take it

In this situation, dying is better

The vice-ambassador disappeared!

Stop him and search what he brings

The vice-ambassador has passed away!

Bury the body

The horse will belong to Yongho troops

You may bury him yourself

but we will take the horse


Keep follow the line

Stop all!

Good afternoon?

Please give us water and food

I cannot distinguish who you are

What should I do?

Should I tell them that we are the KORYO's envoys

Don't do that

They don't believe us anyway

If you want to eat

you should pay for it!

- What are they saying, bastard?

- Do something. We're starving

- Tell something... -

- Calm down!

I cannot bear!

If you move one more step

then I'll kill you right now

Would you be from KORYO?

Monk, are you also from KORYO?

Sir, serve food to these people

I will pay for it

I am quite obliged

I am a general, CHOI Jung

My Buddhist name is Jisan

I am glad to have company on the way home

You, thief. How dare you touch my property?

Uh? You're a Mongolian soldier!


How come you bring a Mongolian sword?


A few days ago, we passed the battlefields

There were only the dead there

...Are you a Buddhist monk?


Do you know how to hold ceremony for the dead?

Yes, I learned the Buddhist incantations as well

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