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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Mu-Yeol Kim, Seung-yong Ryoo, Hae-il Park, Han-min Kim|
|Runtime||2 hours and 2 minutes|
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1623: The 15th year of King Gwanghaeguns reign. The Kings loyal servant and legendary archer, General Choi Pyong-ryang, is framed for treason and executed. His entire household meets the same tragic fate, but his young son and daughter, Nam-yi and Ja-in, escape to the home of their fathers longtime friend. The brother and sister take refuge under Kims wing and are raised as his own. 13 years pass and Qing China carries out a brutal invasion against Joseon, in what will later be known as "second Manchu invasion of Korea." on the wedding day of Ja-in and Kim Mu-seons son, Qing troops led by Commander Jiusinta attack, taking the villagers as prisoners, including Ja-in. When Nam-yi returns home after getting injured in battle, he finds his guardian murdered and his sister taken away by the Qing men. Nam-yi chases after the troop in a desperate attempt to save his sister. Nam tracks down Ja-in, but faces brutal battles with Jiusintas best men in order to escape.
The film is one cliffhanger after another.... --Hollywood Reporter
Perfectly fine entertainment......exhilarating! --Variety
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : 8692516
- Director : Han-min Kim
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : February 21, 2012
- Actors : Hae-il Park, Seung-yong Ryoo, Mu-Yeol Kim
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Well Go Usa
- ASIN : B006C1S1DY
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2012
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You can read the premise above, so I won't go back through that. But this particular film gives the viewer enough background to make them care about the three main protagonists (The Brother, Sister and her Fiancé). Each of them has to come to grips in their own way with what is going on around them. Invasion and kidnapping make the Brother pick up a cause to fight for something. The Sister will not simply just let herself be captured and finds her own rebellious strength. And her Fiancé, who has lived a life of luxury and relative ease, is now forced to meet danger and anxiety head on to get his betrothed back from the enemy camp.
There are very few slow points in this movie and even when the action is ensuing, you still get a sense of story. During the fights, nothing seems disrupted or out of place, which is wonderful when the viewer wants to hold on to the REASON this is all going on, and not just focus on the battle itself.
Glad to see some attention paid to other weapons of the time. It was refreshing to see how the "shoot-outs" came to a conclusion. If you're a fan of foreign action films, period films, or just want something a little different, give this one a look. I doubt you'd be disappointed.
War of the Arrows delivered on every level of entertainment value. I love foreign cinema in the vein of Red Cliff and Kingdom of War parts I and II and this while different in its overall scope was just as good, if not better in some ways. This movie was more localized in the action sequences versus big battle epics such as in other war movies of this genre. The heroes were flawed, but over-comers in the end. The villains were bad, but got their come-up-ins in the appropriate manner. The fight scenes were many, but unlike many movies in this genre they were not over the top and were well grounded in reality with no hint of magic garbage like floating in the air stuff as scene in sub-par movies of this genre. The movie also did not contain the Far East fatalism that can be found in some movies in the genre such as Hero, which was very refreshing. It was like watching an epic struggle to survive against all odds, protect ones own, and to be able to live or die on ones own terms. That the entire movie was in subtitles didn't matter at all. To sum it all up I guess the best way of saying how engrossing this movie was is that my wife hates movies of this genre. Her reaction, "Not another Chinese war movie!" "Its Korean, Honey" "Whatever." Wife proceeds to study iphone distractions in order to avoid watching movie. Fifteen minutes go by and iphone is put down and not picked back up. :)) Great movie everyone!
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War of the Arrows is a fairly fast paced Korean action movie. The film sees a town coming under attack from Manchurian soldiers and the residence being enslaved. We follow the lead actor Park Hae-il as the skilled archer Choi Nam-yi as he does everything in his power to help those taken, especially his little sister. The movie was directed by the previously mentioned Kim Han-min and was quite a big deal in Korea. According to the internet, the movie was the biggest grossing Korean film of 2011 and was honoured at certain film awards. I can see why.
Whilst the plot is fairly simple, I felt that it set up all the characters and their problems fairly well. The characters we're suppose to like are likeable and the ones we don't are easy to hate. The acting throughout the film is very good with no bad performances in sight. I quite liked the actors playing the hunting Manchurian soldiers. I found myself feeling for them by the end of the movie. Their deeds at the start were appalling but seeing them react to their fallen comrades showed us that they're human too.
The movie is a visual delight. Like a lot of films from Asia, there's plenty of beautiful country scenery. There's a lot of country dirt roads, hillside walks, mountains with a sunset background etc. It's a beautiful looking film. This is of course helped along by the fact that the quality of the bluray is really good. The colours and clarity is spot on. So is the audio track for that matter. I loved the way the audio was designed for the surround sound. Hearing the beautiful music mixed with the arrows whizzing past your head etc was great and really set the mood.
There isn't much to say about this movie that is negative. Quite honestly, I thought the film was great. There's a couple of dodgy effects shots but other than that, this is a genuinely great film. I would highly recommend picking it up for those who enjoy a great action, especially those into archery or Asian cinema in general.
This film however is at the top of the tree.
Good story, great special effects & well acted throughout it's at least on a par with the more popular Chinese films & in a lot of cases better it relies a lot less on the fantasy element found in Chinese films & more on the skill of the characters & the actors.
Well worth a watch