7.2/10
8,939
37 user 56 critic

War of the Arrows (2011)

Choi-jong-byeong-gi hwal (original title)
Trailer
1:41 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, Nam Yi, the best archer in Korea, goes up against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister Ja In - who was dragged away by Manchurian.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews
11 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Admiral (2014)
Adventure | Biography | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At the strait 'Roaring Currents', master strategist Admiral Yi and his 12 battleships oppose enemy's fleet of 330, and win the most incredible victory of history.

Director: Han-min Kim
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-woong Jo
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A period action film centered on a militia group who turn against an unjust nobility.

Director: Jong-bin Yun
Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Dong-won Gang, Sung-min Lee
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A band of pirates and a group of bandits fight to catch a gray whale that has swallowed a royal stamp.

Director: Seok-hoon Lee
Stars: Nam-gil Kim, Ye-jin Son, Hae-jin Yoo
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Amid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double. He hires Ha-seon, a peasant mimic who bears a perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Chang-min Choo
Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Seung-ryong Ryu, Hyo-ju Han
The Suspect (2013)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dong-chul is the best field agent in North Korea until he is abandoned during a mission, his wife and daughter murdered. Hunted and on the run, torn between grief and vengeance, his revenge mission begin.

Director: Shin-yeon Won
Stars: Yoo Gong, Jae-yoon Jo, Sung-ha Jo
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south.

Director: Hun Jang
Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yun
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
Hoi-sa-won (2012)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a change of heart moves a well-trained hitman to tender his resignation to his employers, no good comes of it for anyone.

Director: Sang-yoon Lim
Stars: Ji-seob So, Mi-yeon Lee, Do-won Kwak
Sinsegye (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Story about a conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop.

Director: Hoon-jung Park
Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang
The Thieves (2012)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-hoon Choi
Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

Director: Je-kyu Kang
Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Nam-yi
...
Jyushinta (as Ryu Seung-Ryong)
...
Seo-gun
...
Ja-in
Han-wi Lee ...
Gap-yong
Gu-taek Kim ...
Kang-du
...
Kim Mu-seon
...
Prince Doreugon
Seung-joon Lee ...
Wanhan
Jae-goo Lee ...
Hu-man
...
Jang-sun
...
Young Nam-yi
Min-seo Jeon ...
Young Ja-in
...
Nogami (as Rye Hei Otani)
Hyeon-tae Kim ...
Hu Reu-gang
Edit

Storyline

Two children Nam-yi and Ja-in are being chased by King Injo's guards and saved by their father Choi Pyeong-ryung, an officer of King Gwanghae and a skilled archer. He sends his own children to find a place of refuge with his best friend Kim Mu-seon. As they escape crying, Ja-in begs her brother to go back to their father but their father is killed in front of Nam-yi. Nam-yi, though bitten by the guard dogs, kills them and escapes with Ja-in. Nam-yi becomes the only family Ja-in has. 13 years later Nam-yi is now a skilled archer and hunter. He learns from Mu-seon's son Seo-goon that he and Ja-in plan to get married, with the approval of Mu-seon who is also Ja-in's godfather. During the wedding, Nam-yi is up in the mountains hunting deer. He hears the rumble of the invading forces. When Nam-yi makes it back to the village, he finds his step-father slaughtered and his sister taken away. Nam-yi then sets out to find the Qing army and take out their army with his bow. Written by Raja Bhattacharya

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Hero Is Born The Legend Begins

Genres:

Action | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R For bloody violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 August 2011 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

War of the Arrows  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(extended)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actors who played Manchu characters in the film actually learned to say their lines in Manchu, a language that almost came to the brink of extinction in the early 21st century. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends - Eine Videothek stellt sich vor (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An exciting Korean movie which triumphs with its fast paced action sequences
31 March 2012 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The very mention of arrows in a movie makes us think of Legolas. You know, that dude in The Lord of the Rings trilogy? The elf with straight silky golden locks who never misses when he shoots his unlimited supply of arrows? While Orlando Bloom has made quite an impression with that suave character, the arrow shooting men in this Korean production are a different breed altogether. They are rough, ragged and, well, to put it simply, manly.

Set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, the manliest one of them all in this movie has to be the protagonist played by Park Hae Il, who goes against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister. He also happens to be the best archer in Korea, but because his father was killed as a traitor, one can imagine how limited his future in the country is. One unfortunate follows another, when his younger sister is abducted during her wedding ceremony. Thus begins the quest to save her sister and her husband from the Qing army. In the process, countless arrows are shot, and as you'd expect from a revenge movie, there will be lots of blood.

Director Kim Han Min's work was the second highest grossing movie in Korea last year, and it is not difficult to see why. The fast paced epic action movie boasts of exhilarating sequences which will keep you at the edge of your seats. While you may wonder how a war of arrows can possibly be exciting, you will be thrilled by the perfect execution and choreography of the battle scenes (beat that, Legolas!). The action comes at you fast and furious, and even though there aren't many hand to hand combat, the long distance fighting is heart stopping and riveting.

The story may be based on a period of Korean history which we aren't very familiar with, but the filmmakers make sure it doesn't alienate foreign viewers. Essentially, it is a story about heroism, justice and revenge – universal themes which anyone can identify with. This creates a win win situation: Box office success both at home and in foreign lands.

The 122 minute production, being an action flick, does not provide many emotionally engaging moments. Not that we are complaining though, because for most of the movie, you see the protagonist either chasing his sister's kidnappers, or the bad guys chasing him. There are invasions, battles, confrontations and quarrels. The set pieces are impressive, and there is quite a bit of decent use of computer graphics to enhance the storytelling.

The ensemble cast does a nice job of portraying the anguish and tension felt by the characters during this war of arrows. Park manages to exude a respectable charm with his predictably written character, while the fragile looking Moon Chae Won plays his sister in distress with grace and elegance. The two actors took home the Best Actor and Best New Actress at the 2011 Daejong Film Awards, an established award presented by Korea's Ministry of Culture and Information. The film also took home the accolades for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects.

This undeniably enjoyable popcorn production packs just the right amount of punch and pizazz to engage and entertain for a good two hours at the movies


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?