Comparison between the Theatrical Version and the Extended Cut, both included on the Korean Blu-Ray/DVD released by Art Service.
Just as you would expect it from the name " Extended Cut", this version of the movie is a little longer, however, does not really add anything tremendously new to the movie, nor does it alter the course of action too much. Due to the limited number of extensions the high pacing of the movie stays intact.
What is noticeable is that some violence was added to the movie due to which one might assume that some scenes had to be cut out for the theatrical release in order to receive a lower rating: The EC's rating is higher (18) than the rating of the theatrical version (15).
The Korean Blu-Ray special edition includes both versions, however, only the theatrical version is included in HD. As is often the case with Korean movie releases, the main feature includes English subtitles, however, the bonus material doesn't.
The dialogue and the names were taken from the subtitles of the Extended Cut.
Theatrical Version: 00:00:39
Extended Cut: 00:00:39
The first few title cards have a few more characters.
Theatrical Version: 00:09:37
Extended Cut: 00:09:40
On the first night inside Kim Mu-seon's housing a conversation between Kim and Nam-yi was added. Nam yi wants to return to bury his father.
Subsequently, Mu-seon goes to his rooms and Nam-yi remembers his fahter's last words.
In the process he's being watched by Kim's son.
Overall runtime of the extension: 97 sec
Theatrical Version: 00:10:21
Extended Cut: 00:12:01
Due to the scene which was just added, the father's words in Nam-yi's memory was shortened after he blanketed his sister.
After the following leap in time the Extended Cut starts slightly earlier(1 Sec.).
Theatrical Version: 00:12:42
Extended Cut: 00:14:17
After the successful hunt both versions use different footage. In the Theatrical Version we see Nam-yi, Gang-du, and Gab-yong from a distance, while the Extended Cut shows a close-up shot.
Theatrical Version: 00:38:06
Extended Cut: 00:39:43
During Lady Kim's death scene a shot of er son was cut out and some blood was edited back in.
Theatrical Version: 00:40:15
Extended Cut: 00:41:51
The spear in Kim Mu-seon's body is shown from behind after it hit him.
Theatrical Version: 00:52:22
Extended Cut: 00:53:59
Towards the beginning of the second attack a child snatched from its mother. This happens shortly before Jiusinta gets to know that somebody chases after the royal flag.
Theatrical Version: 01:01:49
Extended Cut: 01:03:32
The course of the scenes after Nam-yi destroyed the commander's sinew is different in both versions.
In the Theatrical Version we first see the other soldier's flabbergasted look while the prisoners stand up. Then Seo-goon looks around.
In the Extended Cut the soldier was cut out and thus Seo-goon immediately turns his head.
Theatrical Version: 01:03:00
Extended Cut: 01:04:36
During the jailbreak, both versions are slightly different from each other.
Theatrical Version: 01:03:52
Extended Cut: 01:05:29
The scene where the crowd cheers at the end of the successful resistance starts slightly earlier.
Theatrical Version: 01:24:06
Extended Cut: 01:25:44
Gang-du's death was slightly re-edited and extended. In the longer version you now see the arrow hitting him. He falls to the side.
Theatrical Version: 01:26:00
Extended Cut: 01:27:43
Gap-yong's decapitation by Jiusinta was slightly extended and thus is a little more explicit.
Theatrical Version: 01:26:01
Extended Cut: 01:27:46
Subsequent to the hit, the shot of Jiusinta's sword is different in both versions.
Theatrical Version: 01:26:05
Extended Cut: 01:27:50
Before Jiusinta and his cousin walk on, we can see Gap-yong's decapitated head.
Theatrical Version: 01:36:27
Extended Cut: 01:38:13
The pursuit of Nam-yi was slightly extended.
Theatrical Version: 01:36:32
Extended Cut: 01:38:22
Mandschu's group walks around a corner and suddenly faces Nam-yi. Jiusinta and Nam-yi stare at each other.
Nogami lays his sword down and sneaks up at Nam-yi from the side while the rest of the group slowly advances.
Before Nogami is able to fire a shot, Nam-Yi flees and the pursuit continues.
Overall runtime of the extension: 47 sec
Theatrical Version: 01:40:22
Extended Cut: 01:42:59
After the tiger's death follows an entirely new scene where Ja-in and Seo-goon try to cross the river.
On the other side of the river they face an official and his guards.
The guards make a step towards the boat and Seo-goon asks what this is all about.
The official doesn't seem tot be impressed by Seo-goon's last words and tells the guards to arrest the strangers. The soldiers draw closer to them again. Seo grabs one of their swords and strikes it at a guard. He warns the soldiers not to touch his wife.
The official doesn't care and again tells his guards to arrest them.
Seo-goon attacks his enemies and is able to disarm the official, however, before a real fight breaks out, Ja-in intervenes. She wants to return to see how his brother is feeling.
Seo-goon moves very slowly towards the boat with the official and addresses a warning to him.
After he let go of the official, the soldiers want to intervene, however, their leader stops them.
The married couple go back to the side of the river they came from.
Overall runtime: 2 min 10 sec
Theatrical Version: 01:48:08
Extended Cut: 01:52:55
After Nam-yi left the raided campground we see a shot of Jiusinta who is coming closer.
Theatrical Version: 01:54:29
Extended Cut: 01:59:42
We see a close-up shot of Nam-yi's arrow entering Jiusinta's neck.
Theatrical Version: 01:54:32
Extended Cut: 01:59:45
Subsequently - druing the shot from the front - the position of the arrow was altered. Blood splashes out of the wound (which unfortunately can't really be seen on the images below).
Theatrical Version: 01:57:24
Extended Cut: 02:02:38
During the following crossing of the river the journey is slightly different. In the Theatrical Versions the guards come to the riverbank, while in the Extended Cut they are already there.
Theatrical Version: 01:57:36
Extended Cut: 02:02:48
At the end we see the official again who just issues some instructions to his subordinates. Suddenly, one of the soldiers spots the boat.
The soldiers produce their swords, however, the official holds them back.