War of the Arrows

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War of the Arrows
War of the Arrows film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Choejongbyeonggi Hwal
McCune–Reischauer Choechongp'yŏngki Hwal
Directed by Kim Han-min
Produced by Jang Won-seok
Kim Sung-hwan
Written by Kim Han-min
Starring Park Hae-il
Moon Chae-won
Ryu Seung-ryong
Music by Kim Tae-sung
Cinematography Kim Tae-sung
Park Jong-chul
Edited by Kim Chang-ju
Choi Min-young
Heo Sun-mi
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • August 11, 2011 (2011-08-11)
Running time 122 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

War of the Arrows (Hangul: 최종병기 활; RR: Choejongbyeonggi Hwal) is a 2011 South Korean period action film starring Park Hae-il, Ryu Seung-ryong and Moon Chae-won. Set after the Second Manchu invasion of Korea, the film is about an archer who risks his life to save his sister from slavery under Prince Dorgon's rule.[1][2]

Praised by viewers for its fast pacing and combat sequences, the film drew an audience of 7.48 million, making it the highest grossing Korean film of 2011.[3] It was also honored at the 48th Grand Bell Awards and the 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards, including Best Actor for Park, Best Supporting Actor for Ryu, and Best New Actress for Moon.[4][5]

The film's alternate title is Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon.


The film begins with two children Nam-yi and Ja-in being chased by King Injo's guards and saved by their father Choi Pyeong-ryung, an officer of King Gwanghae and a skilled archer. He sends his own children to find a place of refuge with his best friend Kim Mu-seon. As they escape crying, Ja-in begs her brother to go back to their father but their father is killed in front of Nam-yi. Nam-yi, though bitten by the guard dogs, kills them and escapes with Ja-in. Nam-yi becomes the only family Ja-in has. 13 years later Nam-yi (Park Hae-il) is now a skilled archer and hunter. He learns from Mu-seon's son Seo-goon (Kim Mu-yeol) that he and Ja-in (Moon Chae-won) plan to get married, with the approval of Mu-seon who is also Ja-in's godfather.

During the wedding, Nam-yi is up in the mountains hunting deer. He hears the rumble of the invading forces. When Nam-yi makes it back to the village, he finds his step-father slaughtered and his sister taken away. Nam-yi then sets out to find the Qing army and take out their army with his bow, killing a great many of them, including the prince. The great commander of the Qing army, Jyuushinta (Ryu Seung-ryong) discovers the mysterious man trailing his men and taking them out one by one. Jyuushinta then sets out to find Nam-yi. Though Nam-yi is shot in the arm, he shoots back at Jyuushinta and one of his men who both fall. Nam-yi rides away to find Ja-in as he thinks that Jyuushinta is dead - but he isn't. Meanwhile Nam-yi finds Ja-in in a field. They are about to reunite when Ja-in sees Jyuushinta aiming at Nam-yi from a cliff. But before the arrow hits, Ja-in shoots the horse and Nam-yi falls. As Nam-yi and Jyuushinta face off, Ja-in runs in between them. Nam-yi's arrow barely touches Ja-in's dress, but Jyuushinta's finds its mark. Despite Ja-in's protests, Nam-yi pulls it out and shoots Jyuushinta who falls to the ground, finally killed. Nam-yi falls down as well but Ja-in catches him in her lap. Nam-yi says that they should go back to their old home in Seoul. His eyelids then flutter and close—forever. Then Ja-in lays Nam-yi into a boat and she and Seo-goon set sail for Seoul, just as Nam-yi requested.


English dubbed cast[edit]


2011 (48th) Grand Bell Awards

  • Best Actor: Park Hae-il
  • Best New Actress: Moon Chae-won
  • Best Visual Effects: Han Young-woo
  • Best Sound Effects: Choi Tae-young

2011 (31st) Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

  • Best Cinematography: Kim Tae-sung, Park Jong-chul
  • Best Visual Effects: Han Young-woo

2011 (32nd) Blue Dragon Film Awards

2011 (19th) Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards


  1. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (24 June 2011). "Arrow aims ultimate summer success". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (4 August 2011). "Arrow aims for new horizons". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Paquet, Darcy (8 January 2012). "South Korean box office in 2011". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  4. ^ Lee, Claire (18 October 2011). "Kim Ha-neul, Park Hae-il get top honors at Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Lee, Claire (27 November 2011). "The Unjust best picture at Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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