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.
Drop dead gorgeous cinematography! Fast paced!
Jam packed with exceptional action sequences!
The chase scenes are a real nail biter!
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!
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
While the drama is a bit blunt and tiresome to get through (just too serious), the action is piercing! I doubt there is a better filmed archery action movie, beautifully done.
Not bad, but not great
Južnokorejski film radnjom smješten za vrijeme druge Mandžurske invazije na Koreju, a prati najboljeg strijelca Koreje u pokušaju spašavanja svoje sestre koju su osvajači odveli u roblje. Vrhunski odrađen film, budžetan je što se da primjetiti po kvalitetno realizovanoj koreografiji akcije, izvrsnim CGI te živopisnim lokacijama. A kao što i samo ime kaže ovdje strijele imaju glavnu riječ u rješavanju nesuglasica i svi koji vole gledati ovo oružje na djelu će ovdje neopisivo uživati, odličan film.
I'm too emotional rn to even talk about this movie but watch it and you'll see what I mean.
Shame about the awful cgi Tiger
I was a little leery of the movie for the first 15-20 minutes as the pace was slow but the action really picked up. Some great bow action coupled with a fantastic chase sequence that lasted most of the 2nd half. Some beautiful country and some nice camera work make this a fun movie.
South Korean period piece with straightforward storytelling and some compelling action scenes concerning a warrior attempting to retrieve his sister from some rampaging Manchurians. A bit drawn out but engaging once the chase begins.
After the exercise in mediocrity that was Kundo I was a bit hesitant to try War of the Arrows. I remember this came out not long after I moved to Seoul and it's always been on my to watch list so imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to find this movie is actually very entertaining! The story is pretty straight forward without too much melodrama, the girl is not a useless bauble, and the good guys don't squander opportunities with meaningless dialog! In short, it doesn't mask its deficiencies by being 'stylish'. There's some great battle scenes that all have their own distinct feel and stakes. Highly recommended for those seeking a fun, action-packed period film.
rescue mission led by archer (Park);
charismatic Ryu in furious pursuit;
Only 5 star films are listed!
This list was originally ranked, but since I have seen too many movies from different styles and some of them…