War of the Arrows war movie
War of the Arrows war movie

War of the Arrows (2011, South Korea)

Original / alternative title: Choi-jong-byeong-gi hwal

Categories: cavalry moviesinfantry moviesknights movies

Running time: 120 minutes

Language: Korean

Night attack of the Injo forces on the castle of King Gwanghae was part of the coup to take over the throne in 16th century Korea. Master archer of kingís forces, Choi Pyeong-ryung, rushes to his house and sends his two young children Nam-yi and Ja-in together with his best friend Kim Mu-seon, to seek refuge outside the castle. Later he dies delaying the chase after his children. Years later Nam-yi grew up to be young man and, just like his father, a master archer and great hunter. His sister Ja-in is about to get married when Chinese Qing forces invade Korea. Nam-yi returns from hunting and finds his friends killed and sister taken away by the invaders. He sets out to find the Qing army and rescue her, but with only his bow he canít simply attack them. He follows the enemies, who are taking the people that have caught back to China to be slaves, and kills the guards one by one. Jyuushinta, commander of the Chinese forces, realizes that someone is following them and takes few of his best men to deal with it. The duel of the master archers begins.

Just like many other Korean movies War of the Arrows has one big advantage - originality. In a way it is similar to Chinese movies of the recent years with high budget, a lot of CGI effects and presents the real conflict that most of the people outside Asia have never heard of. The script is not very original, we have here typical motives of revenge for the fatherís death, the chase to save the kidnapped sister, the David versus Goliath, but the way it is presented is rather original and fresh.

Our rating


Film value

6 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Historical accuracy

3 / 5

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Creators of War of the Arrows

Han-min Kim movies

Han-min Kim


Han-min Kim movies

Han-min Kim


Cast of War of the Arrows

Hae-il Park movies hae-il-park

Hae-il Park

as Nam-yi Choi

Chae-won Moon movies chae-won-moon

Chae-won Moon

as Ja-in Choi

Seung-ryong Ryu movies seung-ryong-ryu

Seung-ryong Ryu

as Jyuushinta

Ki-woong Park movies ki-woong-park

Ki-woong Park

as Dorgon

Mu-yeol Kim movies mu-yeol-kim

Mu-yeol Kim

as Seo-goon Kim

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