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War of the Arrows (Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon) (2011)


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Release Date: Sep 29, 2011 Limited



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Nam-Yi is branded a traitor, but also happens to be the best archer in the Joseon Dynasty. Nam-Yi's main desire is to keep his sister, Ja-In safe from any harm. However, on the day of his sister's wedding, their village is attacked by the Qing Dynasty of China. The village in which Nam-Yi and Ja-In live is in the path of invasion and Ja-In gets kidnapped by the elite troop (Niru) of Qing. Niru departs from his demolished village with a bow that his father had bequeathed upon him before dying.


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Feb 21, 2012


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Combines the visual splendour and historical drama of Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins with the unrelenting second-half intensity of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Far more thrilling use of an ancient weapon than anything ever seen from Sherwood Forest.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for War of the Arrows (Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon)

Good action sequences, shallow characters. At times it feels like a K-Drama. Not bad to kill 2 hours, nothing more.
August 26, 2012
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Our fable is set during the second Manchurian invasion of Korea in the 17th century, but you'd never get any of that by watching this movie. Superficial tale is more concerned with endless POV shots of flying arrows in slow motion going back and forth in a display of archery prowess. There is scant historical context or even dialogue for that matter to give depth to the narrative. Even the romantic subplot is forgettable. I suppose there's drama in cheering a single man going on the offensive armed with nothing more than a bow and arrow. There's a few mildly interesting battle sequences, but none of them rise above the action of a decent TV show. At one point we are introduced to Jyu Shin-Ta, the leader of Qing Dynasty's troop. At least he gives a human face to the enemy that solicits some much needed excitement. Unfortunately it's too little, too late. Only in the final confrontation do we truly get the emotional connection the story lacks. I dare say there's more character development in the animated Kung Fu Panda.
August 12, 2012

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Very good film. Very engrossing...from the scenery, to the acting, to the history. Fantastic action. Beautifully done..
July 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

In "War of the Arrows," Seo-gun(Mu-Yeol Kim) wants to marry Ja-in(Chae-won Moon), despite the whole business about her being the daughter of a traitor and forced to work a lowly job in a joyhouse in order to make ends meet. This is a point her brother Nam-yi(Hae-il Park) makes forcefully clear, even challenging Seo-gun to wrestling which he promptly loses. After all of that, all goes well with the wedding, at least until the Mongols show up to invade the country without bringing any presents.

When it gets its mind in the right place, "War of the Arrows" can be an entertaining action film. But sadly that is not nearly enough, as it takes forever to get to the plot and get going, with scenes that simply go on much too long. And it also goes without saying that none of this is subtle in the least. Plus, when the baddie makes pefect sense in wondering why the heroes went to so much trouble, you know you're in trouble. In any case, there is nothing new about a damsel in distress, especially in this neo-post-pre-modernist-Marxist culture we are all living in, even if she can handle herself in a fight.
November 10, 2013
Walter M.

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