Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
War of the Arrows
A Hero is Born, The Legend Begins
13 years after the King Injo Revolt, the Chosun Dynasty is attacked by the Chung Dynasty of China. A young man named Na-mi leaves his demolished village to find his young sister, Ja-in, and her finance Su-koon, who were to wed on the very day of the attack. While on his mission to rescue her, he is being traced by Jushinta, a fierce Chung Warrior, and his band of malicious men who are out to stop him. Na-mi has but a day to rescue his sister before she is taken away to be a slave. When Na-mi finally finds his sister, Jushinta comes between them and a fierce battle between two of the finest warriors unfolds.
This one takes place during the second Manchu invasion of Korea (around 1595). A young archer in Korea, goes up against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister who has been kidnapped. I enjoyed watching this movie as it has nice mix of action and drama.
The second half of the movie is one long chase scene. It is done very well and actually reminded me of the chase scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (one of my all-time favorite movies). Another cool thing in the movie is a half pound arrow that the main bad guy fires.....its like the bad guy got a hold of Dirty Harry's Magnum 44...while everybody has just normal arrows.
Final thought: This is a pretty entertaining movie.
This is a movie that most people have never heard of since it comes from South Korea. I expected large scale battles with some lame love story that's the center of everything. Its more of an assassin movie where a brother has to save his sister.
There's more to it than that, but that would spoil the plot. Who knew bows and arrows could look so good in a movie. The direction impressed me the most during the action scenes. Characters would stalk each other and then suddenly one of them would get hit. A lot of tense moments in this movie where you're not sure who's going to survive by the end.
Korean cinema isn't hindered by silly Hollywood…
Really nice chase/guerilla-warfare movie with freaking awesome bow-action. Moreover there are a lot of intense and kinda touching scenes which creates a nice atmosphere.
Even the villains are pretty good and the movie manages to break with some clichés.
A surprisingly different film – must watch for fans of historical Asian movies.
An original period action film, with set piece skirmishes that become increasingly smaller in scale, but more and more tense. Worth a watch if you want something different!
The Rambo of archery combat movies. If you’re into period epics and have a preference for archers, then this is required viewing. War of the Arrows is a well-made and very bloody actioner with a lot of savage encounters and intense chase scenes. You’ll witness just about every nasty type of arrow attack here. There’s even a nice, samurai showdown-inspired duel near the end, but with bows instead of swords. As for the plot, it’s a conventional tale of chivalry and revenge set in 17th century Korea—back when the Manchurians have nothing better to do than rape, pillage, and enslave everyone they meet in the Joseon Dynasty. In the middle of all this havoc is an expert archer who must…
It starts really slow, but the second half of the movie becomes this chase movie were the hunters, become the hunted. This warriors are chasing this hunter that killed their king and he is really good with his bow, I mean his like hawkeye good. He setups all this traps for his pursuers just like he was rambo. This movies packs a lot of tension to see if he can make it back to his homeland.
It also feels like the type of movies Walter Hill used to make in the 70's
The action scenes are done in a very suspenseful and exiting way, with great camera work. Furthermore the movie has just the right amount of character development for the viewer to root for our heroes. It also has some really nice writing and metaphors in some places. Overall, a highly enjoyable action flick.
War of the Arrows is an action-packed melodrama from the same director who would later deliver the rousing naval battle flick, The Admiral: Roaring Currents. In this film, invading Manchurian forces interrupt a wedding, slaughtering many and capturing those remaining — including the sister of a skilled archer, who makes it his mission to bring her back. There's a lot of other stuff swirling around in the plot, but it would be too complicated to address everything here. All you need to know is that a lot of arrows fly (but you could probably figure that out from the title).
My thoughts on this one can be summed up pretty succinctly. Much like Masquerade, which I saw a month ago,…
Tense bow-and-arrow fights, chase scenes.
A sumptuous production with a fairly compelling story and impressive archery-oriented action, 'War of the Arrows' is a decent historical adventure and the biggest Korean film of 2011.
Prominently compared with Zhang Yimou's Chinese film 'House of Flying Daggers', this film is less artful and somewhat more down to Earth, being set within the Second Manchu Invasion of Korea in 1636. The battle and chase scenes are all well-handled and enjoyable enough, but Kim Han-min's film suffers from an overly protracted climax and some fuzzy characterisations.
There is some epic pwnage on display here as a master archer hunts down the villains who raided his home and kidnapped his people. It's satisfying on a basic level, but lacks some of the transcendent cinematic artistry of my favorite historical Asian cinema like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers.
Archery aspect is pretty sick but the drama is boring.
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2011 Films Ranked: letterboxd.com/milo123/list/milo123s-2011-films-ranked/
This is leaving Netflix UK soon so I decided to give it a shot last night and was pleasantly surprised by just how good War of the Arrows turned out to be. It's a Korean Film directed by Han-min Kim that takes place thirteen years after the King Injo Revolt, and sees the Chosun Dynasty under attack by the Chung Dynasty of China. The film follows experienced archer Nam-Yi (Hae-il Park) who teams up with Seo-goon (Kim Mu-yeol) to rescue Seo-goon's bride to be, who is also Nam-Yi's sister Ja-in (Moon Chae-won), from the Chinese who have taken her captive. The hunt begins, but soon they learn that escaping from the men who have her captive…
I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…