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War of the Arrows (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Park Hae Il (Actor) | Park Ki Woong (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Moon Chae Won (Actor)
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Korea's biggest film of 2011, the period epic War of the Arrows is set in the 17th century during the second Manchu invasion of Joseon Korea. Park Hae Il (The Host) won Best Actor at the Daejong and Blue Dragon Film Awards for his sharp portrayal of the lone archer who risks everything to save his sister, played by television starlet Moon Chae Won (The Princess' Man) who has picked up many Best New Actress awards. Directed by Kim Han Min (Paradise Murdered), War of the Arrows turns up the tension for a fast-paced period actioner filled with thrilling chase scenes and a relentless flurry of arrows. The acclaimed blockbuster also co-stars Kim Moo Yeol (Romantic Heaven) as Moon Chae Won's husband, Park Ki Woong (My Tutor Friend 2) as a Manchu prince, and Blue Dragon Best Supporting Actor Ryu Seung Ryong (The Front Line) as the leader of the Manchurian archers.

Raised by his late father's friend, Nam Yi (Park Hae Il) has no hope for a better station in life due to his family background, and spends most of his time in the mountains hunting and honing his archery skills. On the day of his younger sister Ja In's (Moon Chae Won) wedding, a Manchurian legion raids the village and captures many of the villagers as slaves including Ja In. With his bow in hand, Nam Yi sets out into no man's land to take down the Manchurian archers and rescue his sister.

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Product Title: War of the Arrows (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 弓箭之戰 (2011) (DVD) (台灣版) 弓箭之战 (2011) (DVD) (台湾版) 神弓-KAMIYUMI- (2011) (DVD) (台湾版) 최종병기 활
Artist Name(s): Park Hae Il (Actor) | Park Ki Woong (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Moon Chae Won (Actor) | Kim Moo Yeol (Actor) | Otani Ryohei 朴 海日 (Actor) | 朴基雄 (Actor) | 柳承龍 (Actor) | 文彩媛 (Actor) | 金 武烈 (Actor) | 大谷亮平 朴 海日 (Actor) | 朴基雄 (Actor) | 柳承龙 (Actor) | 文彩媛 (Actor) | 金 武烈 (Actor) | 大谷亮平 パク・ヘイル (Actor) | パク・キウン (Actor) | リュ・スンリョン (Actor) | ムン・チェウォン (Actor) | キム・ムヨル (Actor) | 大谷亮平 박 해일 (Actor) | 박기웅 (Actor) | 류 승룡 (Actor) | 문채원 (Actor) | 김무열 (Actor) | 오타니 료헤이
Director: Kim Han Min 金韓民 金韩民 キム・ハンミ 김한민
Release Date: 2012-08-27
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 122 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031377324

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Professional Review of "War of the Arrows (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

January 31, 2012

This professional review refers to War of the Arrows (DVD) (3-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
War of the Arrows (also known as Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon) is a period set Korean blockbuster revolving around battling archers and the 17th century second Manchu invasion of Korea. The film was directed by Kim Han Min, previously responsible for the offbeat mystery Paradise Murdered and attempts to offer something a little different to the usual historical epics by notching up the tension and aiming for more of a focus on action. The film was a massive success at the box office, emerging as the biggest domestic hit of last year, and also brought home a slew of accolades, with Park Hae Il (The Host) winning Best Actor at the Daejong and Blue Dragon Film Awards, Moon Chae Won (The Princess' Man) winning Best New Actress and Ryu Seung Ryong (The Front Line) claiming Best Supporting Actor.

The film kicks off in the early 17th century with a young boy called Nam Yi and his sister Ja In fleeing for their lives when their father is accused of being a traitor and killed. Leaping forward some years to 1636, the two have been raised by a friend of the family, Nam Yi (Park Hae Il) grown to be a hunter and skilled archer, highly protective of Ja In. Unfortunately, as the second Manchurian invasion of Korea begins, on her the eve of her wedding to her childhood sweetheart (Kim Moo Yeol, Romantic Heaven) their village is massacred by the evil Prince Dorgon (Park Ki Woong, My Tutor Friend 2), and she and many of the other inhabitants are captured as slaves. Ignoring the law that bans citizens from crossing border into enemy territory, Nam Yi heads off to rescue her, pursued by Dorgon's head archer (Ryu Seung Ryong) and his team of crack bowmen.

It doesn't take long to realise that War of the Arrows is an action film first and a historical drama a very far second, Kim Han Min making this clear from the heart pounding opening, the young children being chased by vicious dogs before being saved at the last second by a hail of arrows. After the initial first act exposition, the film is basically a series of chase sequences through a primal, rugged landscape, with very little in the way of filler material. The thrills are pretty much non stop, and on this score it's easy enough to see why it has been compared to Mel Gibson Apocalypto with some fairly similar setups and the same sense of breathless pacing.

The film is however very much its own beast, with Kim having clearly put a great deal of thought into its depiction and use of arrows as a primary weapon. As well as making for some excellent scenes of sniping, the film has a very effective use of sound in this respect, the whistling of arrows and the taut pulling back of bows helping to really bring things to life. Kim's direction is gritty rather than the usual period costume gloss, with some well judged shaky camera work making the pursuit even more frenetic. The many set pieces are all impressively staged and make good use of the landscape as an obstacle course of sorts, with Nam Yi having to navigate his way through all manner of natural barriers, resulting in one particularly impressive scene involving the crossing of a gorge under arrow fire. There's a definite hard edge throughout, and the film is frequently violent and bloody, emphasising the deadliness of the bow as a weapon and again underlining Kim's determination to produce a work of intensity and realism.

Crucially, though simple, the narrative is effective and shows a respectable amount of attention to historical detail without becoming too dry. This pleasing sense of economy is also true of the characters, who despite being to a large extent defined by their actions are all interesting and engaging, the ongoing battle between the archers being a cat and mouse struggle that's as much psychological as it is physical. This is in part thanks to some effective acting across the board, especially from Park Hae Il and Ryu Seung Ryong, who both do an excellent job without having much dialogue. Kim's stripped down approach also brings with it the not inconsiderable benefit of eschewing the usual melodrama that often blights such films, ensuring that the fast paced excitement is never dragged down by needless forced tears and emoting.

War of the Arrows definitely stands out from the overcrowded playing field of Korean period films, and is one of the very few which works on a number of levels. A well made, tense and gripping thriller, it's a film which deserves its success and should be enjoyed even by those fed up with the genre.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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May 2, 2012

This customer review refers to War of the Arrows (Blu-ray + DVD) (Steelbook) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Jumong Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Like the god of the bow and arrow. whether it can bend and curve the way Nam Yi can control his weapons. It's definitely more convincing than curving bullets. Reminding me also a bit of apocalypto. It's a race to save his sister while fighting his enemies who are trying to capture him or rather kill him.

A piece of history + action packed = learning made fun without knowing
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April 8, 2012

This customer review refers to War of the Arrows (Blu-ray + DVD) (Steelbook) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Sad history of Korea Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Every country has shameful moments in its history and Korea is no exception. The Chosun dynasty of Korea got invaded, ass-kicked, defeated and humiliated by the Chung dynasty of China. A half million Korean people were dragged to China as slaves. Of course, the Korean king and his palace couldn't do a thing about it. They even didn't try to save them. I was so pissed off watching this. Of course, the main character guy does amazing things to save his sister but he is a just fictional character. I think every Asian country can relate to this movie because it talks about our not-so-glorious past and normal people who had to stand up and fight to death because the country was in shamble.
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Rhoda
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March 11, 2012

This customer review refers to War of the Arrows (2011) (DVD) (US Version)
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great action Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i love watching period movies. if you you enjoy a full packed action movie, then one is just right for you. its a sorry of siblings who lost their name because of the father being branded as a traitor. grew up with a friends family and eventually the sister is supposed to marry the son of the family's friend until they were invaded.

Sad ending though but overall , super like!
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