7.2/10
9,951
38 user 57 critic

War of the Arrows (2011)

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

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A skilled Korean archer goes up against the mighty force of Mongols with the sole purpose of rescuing his kidnapped sister.

Director:

Han-min Kim

Writer:

Han-min Kim (screenplay)
Reviews
13 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

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

Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to defend his nation with just 13 battleships against 300 Japanese enemy ships in the Battle of Myeongryang.

Director: Han-min Kim
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-Woong Cho
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A look-alike commoner is secretly hired to take the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Director: Chang-min Choo
Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Seung-ryong Ryu, Hyo-Joo Han
Action
    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 Yoon
Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Dong-won Gang, Sung-min Lee
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    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
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A professional baduk player infiltrates his local underground gambling scene to avenge his brother's death.

Director: Beom-gu Cho
Stars: Kil-kang Ahn, Sung-Ki Ahn, Greg Chun
Amsal (2015)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander. But their plan is threatened by a traitor within their group and also the enemies' forces are hunting them down.

Director: Dong-hoon Choi
Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Jung-woo Ha
Daeho (2015)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While the Kingdom of Korea is under occupation by the Japanese, an old and experienced hunter is challenged by the hunt of the last tiger.

Director: Hoon-jung Park
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Man-sik Jeong, Seok-won Jeong
The Suspect (2013)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Betrayed and on the run, a North Korean agent tries to uncover the volatile secrets hidden inside the eyeglasses of a dead man.

Director: Shin-yeon Won
Stars: Jong-ryol Choi, Yoo Gong, Jae-yoon Jo
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers.

Directors: Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim
Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Woo-sung Jung, Hyo-Joo Han
Action | Drama | History
    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
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: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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 Yoon
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hae-il Park ... Nam-yi
Seung-ryong Ryu ... Jyushinta (as Ryu Seung-Ryong)
Mu-Yeol Kim ... Seo-gun
Chae-won Moon ... Ja-in
Han-wi Lee Han-wi Lee ... Gap-yong
Gu-taek Kim Gu-taek Kim ... Kang-du
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Kim Mu-seon
Gi-woong Park ... Prince Doreugon
Seung-Joon Lee Seung-Joon Lee ... Wanhan (as Seung-joon Lee)
Jae-goo Lee Jae-goo Lee ... Hu-man
No-shik Park ... Jang-sun
Da-wit Lee ... Young Nam-yi
Min-seo Jeon Min-seo Jeon ... Young Ja-in
Ryôhei Ohtani ... Nogami (as Rye Hei Otani)
Hyeon-tae Kim 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R For bloody violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 August 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Arrows See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,041, 30 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$251,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,587,661
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
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 »

User Reviews

 
Excellent
28 March 2012 | by xolani-neneSee all my reviews

I have been on the Korean/Asians movies tip these days and the reason is simple it is hard to find a solid and an interesting movie in Hollywood, you see in a way they are doing remakes and even buying movies that are done in other countries to do them in Hollywood style. Well as a movie fanatic I found my getaway in foreign movies and man was I not entertained. This is one of the best movies of 2011 in Korea (Korean is making its mark in Movie industry) and it boasts with Four Awards The film won four awards in 48th Daejong Awards to Best Actor for Park Hae-il and Best New Actress for Moon Chae-won.) The film is about an archer who risks his life to save his sister from slavery under Prince Dorgan's rule. Other reviews have likened it to Apocalypto but this is nothing like it and Apocalypto doesn't even come close to it and I will tell you why… War of the Arrows is not your typical set battle piece it shows emotions you can see their fear, desperation and panic for example the way they portray death is sad, there is no joy in it even for your enemy, while Apocalypto showed victims and victimization this shows sacrifice and dedication and staying true to your promise no matter the situation. While Apocalypto was on Native Americans and doesn't make you relate to the whole ordeal this one makes you wonder what you could have done faced with the same situation. While Apocalypto showed blood thirsty humans turned to beasts kind of thing for their benefit this one is the survival of the fittest. The common thing in them is obviously the gore and violence. Taking this into consideration I find this one a winner. It is fast paced and will have you glued to your screen from the beginning till the end and what makes it a masterpiece is that the stunts are real it doesn't use you CGI except on the tigers scene which I will excuse as getting the real tiger could have dumbed it down a bit… Overall this is a masterpiece and worth your time…


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 38 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed