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War of the Arrows [Blu-ray] (2011)

Hae-il Park , Seung-yong Ryoo , Han-min Kim  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hae-il Park, Seung-yong Ryoo, Moon Chae-Won
  • Directors: Han-min Kim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006C1S1GQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "War of the Arrows [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Set in 1636, the second Manchurian invasion of Korea rages chaos, as villages are attacked by overpowering Manchurian soldiers. The Manchurians kidnap childhood sweethearts, Ja-in and Seo-Goon on their wedding day. In an effort to save his sister, Ja-in s brother Nam-Yi sets out to defeat the enemy and save his sister and other Korean victims with only 1 bow.

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The film is one cliffhanger after another...... --Hollywood Reporter

Perfectly fine entertainment.....full-on exhilarating! --Variety

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting January 9, 2012
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Set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, a lethal archer goes up against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister who was dragged away by invaders. Fans of kick-ass archery will be in heaven here. Both the protagonist and the antagonists use bows and arrows almost exclusively. The pacing is very fast, with the entire second half consisting of a footchase/shootout in a forest. Most of the action is grounded and realistic, with a few exceptions. Acting is solid too. Very exciting and totally entertaining.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
"You're now Ja-in's father, you must take care of your sister until you die." After getting into an argument with his sisters fiancé Nam-Yi leaves his village before her wedding. When he returns he is told of the attack and kidnapping of his sister and sets out with his bow to get her back and exact revenge. As many of you may know I have never really been a big fan of these epic martial arts type movies. There have been a few I liked but not many. This one may be the best one I have seen since "Hero". This movie grabs you from the opening scene and is action packed and keeps you interested the entire time. The story and action are very well done and there is not a dull moment in this at all. There are some very brutal scenes in this but it's not over the top at all and it helps the story. For fans of this genre this is a must see. For those like me who can go either way this is still a movie that is very much worth watching. Overall, one of the best of this genre I have seen. I give it an A.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! January 7, 2012
This movie is very well done. The action is intense and riveting. From beginning to end, the movie will keep you glue to the screen. A rare telling of Manchurian attempted invasion of Korea.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WAR OF THE ARROWS: A Perfect Cinema Bulls-eye February 23, 2012
Without a doubt, WAR OF THE ARROWS is one of the finest period `actioners' I've seen in years; in fact, the last time I remember being this excited about a period adventure piece was probably CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. It's technically accomplished on a level with the best films that the cinema has to offer audiences. I understand from some of my reading on the film that WAR made buckets of money at the box office, and it's not hard to see why: it's a rousing adventure - one with multiple heroes waging personal battles against obvious villains - set at a breakneck pace, all coupled with a unique love story between a young couple as well as one between a brother and a sister.

The story begins in the heat of a battle - Manchurian barbarians are raiding a mountain village - where a young boy, Choi Nam-yi (played by Park Hae-il), tries to keep his sister, Choi Ja-in (played by Moon Chae-won) safe from all of the danger. Quickly, they're both rescued by their father, who implores his son to raise his sister as if he were her own daughter, before the elder archer is killed by the forces destroying their home. The siblings flee, and they're soon captured and taken in by a community of men and women. There, they find safety and grow into adults, with Nam-yi becoming a skilled archer and his sister destined to wed Kim Seo-gun (played by Kim Mu-yeol), the son of the group's leader. However, the Manchurian invaders eventually strike again, destroying the city and taking everyone hostage except Nam-yi, who escapes but soon arms himself with his deadly bow to rescue his people from the forces of evil.

WAR OF THE ARROWS is brilliantly structured.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "The Hunger Games" April 17, 2012
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Having seen news reports that interest in archery has dramatically increased since the release of "The Hunger Games," I would suggest that "War Of The Arrows," would start an archery epidemic. Comparing the two films is like arguing that "Dumb and Dumber" is better than "The Godfather." One is simple (not to suggest stupidity) and the other is complex (without being difficult to understand).

If archery is your thing, "The War Of The Arrows" will completely satisfy that hunger. If you want nothing more than a great entertainment, you will not regret the time invested.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sudden death from distance, kicking it old-school April 14, 2012
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I could go into detail about this choice bit of South Korean cinema. I could mention that WAR OF THE ARROWS, set in the 17th century, prefaces the meat of the story with the King's loyal servant and legendary archer being executed on trumped-up charges, and that the archer's young son and daughter subsequently flee and gain sanctuary with their father's old comrade. Thirteen years would elapse, and, in the home of their father's friend, the son and daughter, Nam-yi and Ja-in, grow into young adults.

Except that, somewhere in the intervening years, Nam-yi (Hae-il Park) had lost his way. A bowman of some skill, Nam-yi nurses a healthy bump of self-preservation. But as the son of a widely labeled traitor, he lives a wasted life, and disillusionment has set in. WAR OF THE ARROWS (Original title: "Choi-jong-byeong-gi Hwal") goes on to chronicle Nam-yi's fight for redemption. But the thing you need to know most is this: WAR OF THE ARROWS lays down some pretty awesome archery-fu.

China's ambitious Qing dynasty and its invasion of Korea's Joseon state fuel Nam-yi's quest for atonement. The brutal attack coincides with the wedding of Nam-yi's sister Ja-in. When Qing troops abduct Ja-in (as well as 500,000 other Korean hostages), Nam-yi, tardy to the scene, embarks on a far-fetched rescue mission, armed only with his father's old bow and a supply of red-fletched arrows.

As the Qing forces and their hostages make their way to Manchuria, and as we track Nam-yi's relentless one-man guerrilla warfare, we're treated to several moments of fiendish marksmanship as the traitor's son takes out one enemy soldier after another. If you dig underdog stories, then you can't help but get jazzed when Nam-yi's exhibition of unfailing aim gradually has a demoralizing effect on the Qing troops.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie, Korean acting excellent
Very good movie, Korean acting excellent. Not always a chance to see Korean movies. The only problem is subtitles. I wish it was dub.
Published 10 days ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Glad I got it.
Published 12 days ago by Wes Tagawa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie - lots of action!
Published 23 days ago by G-Block
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely great movie. Bravo
Published 24 days ago by Pamela Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding film that I'm glad I took the time to watch. Loved it.
Published 27 days ago by kuskoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Pretty good movie. I think the Korean film industry is really catching up. The quality and effects are easily comparable to what's coming out of Hollywood.
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Published 1 month ago by J. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars great
loved it
Published 1 month ago by Holly Schneck
3.0 out of 5 stars There are alot of moments like that. That being said
Okay I see why there were mixed reviews. At the beginning of the movie and then sprinkled throughout there are some very "well DUH!" moments. Its not cheesy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one
Different in a good way
Published 1 month ago by Leonard Zucker
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