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Kim Han Min talks Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon and more



  • Movie: War of the Arrows (English title) / Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Choejongbyungki Hwal
  • Hangul: 최종병기 활
  • Director: Kim Han-Min
  • Assistant Director: Jung Se-Kyo
  • Writer: Kim Han-Min
  • Producer: Kim Sung-Hwan, Jang Won-Suk
  • Cinematographer: Kim Tae-Sung, Park Jong-Chul
  • Release Date: August 11, 2011
  • Runtime: 122 min.
  • Genre: Action / Period-17th Century / Award Winning
  • Distributor: Lotte Entertainment
  • Language: Korean, Machurian
  • Country: South Korea


Set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, Nam-Yi (Park Hae-Il), the best archer in Korea, goes up against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister Ja-In (Moon Chae-Won) - who was dragged away by Mongolian invaders.

Nam-Yi's father was killed as a traitor to his country. Kim Moo-Sun, a friend of Nam-Yi's father, takes Nam-Yi and Ja-In and raises them as they were his own children. As a son of a traitor, Nam-Yi's future is limited. He spends his time hunting with the arrow and eventually becomes a master archer. Meanwhile, Nam-Yi hopes his younger sister Ja-In can find happiness. Finally, Ja-In is set to marry Seo-Goon (Kim Moo-Yul) after going through many difficulties. On the day of their wedding, invading Qing forces enter the village. The invading force slaughters many of the residents while taking others back as captives. Ja-In and Seo-Goon are among the hostages.

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. The great commander of the Qing army Jyuu Shin-Ta (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) discovers the mysterious man trailing his men and taking them out one by one. Jyuu Shin-Ta then sets out to find Nam-Yi. A war of arrows is set to begin ....


  1. On September 4, 2011, "War of the Arrows," passed 5 million tickets sold in South Korea. As of the Sept. 5, 2011, "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon," ranks #3 for the year in ticket sales behind #1 "Transformers 3" and #2 "Sunny." Detailed box office numbers listed at South Korea Weekly Box Office.
  2. On Sunday September 26, 2011, "War of the Arrows" passed 7 million tickets sold in South Korea, becoming only the third film to accomplish the feat in 2011.
  3. On October 23, 2011, "War of the Arrows" ranks #1 South Korea box office movie in 2011 with total admissions of 7,451,344


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Park Hae-IlRyoo Seung-RyongMoon Chae-WonKim Moo-Yul
Nam-YiJyu Shin-TaJa-InSeo-Goon
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Lee Han-WiLee Kyoung-YoungPark Ki-WoongRyohei Otani
Gap-YongKim Moo-SunDoreukon


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War of the Arrows - US trailer

"War of the Arrows" Official Cine-Asia trailer
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War of the Arrows Music Video
"Moon's Shadow" - Kim Moo Yul
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July 30, 2012
Korean Film Fest in Australia rolls out ambitious 2012 line-upKOBIZ
koffia2012.jpg In only its third year, the 2012 Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) has released its line-up, which contains a variety of contemporary classics as well as some of the Korea’s biggest blockbusters from the last two years. KOFFIA will hold screenings in three different cities across Australia from late August to early September. Panorama, the fest’s largest section and centerpiece, will screen seven features. Headlining is 2011’s undisputed box office champ <War of the Arrows> along with surprise hit <Sunny> and 2012’s Cannes selections -- HONG Sangsoo’s <In Another Country> and IM Sang-soo’s <The Taste of Money>. Rounding out the section is Korea’s 2012 Oscar submission, <The Front Line>, the senior love story <Late Blossom> and another film from the increasingly prolific HONG Sangsoo, <The Day He Arrives>. Highlighting two genres KOFFIA sees as important in contemporary Korean cinema, sections entitled K-Comedy and K-Mystery will each screen three films. K-Comedy will catch one of 2012’s biggest hits thus far, <All About My Wife>, and also jump back in time for the popular 2011 film <DETECTIVE K: Secret of Virtuous Widow> and <Sunny> director KANG Hyoung-chul’s smashing debut, <Speedy Scandal>. K-Mystery unsurprisingly takes a darker turn with <The Yellow Sea>, starring HA Jung-woo, critical darling <Bleak Night> and the shocking tale of school abuse that was based on a true story, <Silenced>. KOFFIA’s Modern Classics this year will include two films from 2003, PARK Chan-wook’s <Oldboy> and KIM Ki-duk’s <Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and... Spring>, along with HUR Jin-ho’s quintessential melodrama, 1998’s <Christmas in August>. The fest’s Documentary section will also feature dk dk KIM Ki-duk, screening his Cannes-winning <Arirang>. Completing the section is the musical-social chronicle of singer Baek-ja ,<The Reason Why I Step>, and the Italian-produced <Through Korean Cinema>, which is based on in-depth interviews with five contemporary Korean directors. New to 2012 is the Animation section, which will feature two wildly different films -- the family-friendly Myung Films hit <Leafie: A Hen into the Wild> and YEUN Sang-ho’s dark and ultra-violent <THE KING OF PIGS>. Finally, KOFFIA will offer two short film sections. The first, the International Short Film Showcase, features 13 recent shorts including festival fare such as KIM Seok-young’s <Anesthesia>, YOON Ki-nam’s <The Metamorphosis> and 2011 Cannes invitee <Ghost>. The second section, the KOFFIA Short Film Competition, is the fest’s sole competition and will screen a variety of Australian shorts that relate to Korea in some fashion -- whether by virtue of their filmmakers, actors, language or topic -- and award cash prizes to the top films, actors and actresses. KOFFIA 2012 will be running in Sydney from August 22-28, Melbourne from September 8-12 and Brisbane from September 27-30. Check http://koffia.com.au/ for more details.

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Just finished watching the movie, it somewhat resembled Taegukgi the movie and that is one of my top 10 Korean movies of all time. Obviously the plot is different, but to me the concept was the same.
Still amazing though, just the thought of how far can one go for his/her loved ones is simply worth watching. Especially since this movie portrays it so well, not to mention the amazing acting of Park Hae Il (not sure if I got his name right), it's my first time watching him but sure, he brings colour to this movie. I want to also credit the antagonist of the movie, well I won't say bad guy since they simply fought for different purposes, but Ryu Seung Ryong was amazing as well, if he wasn't there, Park Hae Il would just lose half of his shine.

It's thrilling, exciting, and completely fantastic. I recommend you to watch this if you have the time, you don't even need to dedicate, since it will motivate you to do so.
It deserves the awards it already has, and should of gotten more.

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October 21, 2012
Korean film industry heading to a new peak year
Source: The Korea Times
The party continues for Korean movies as they head toward a new peak year with a series of box-office records.
The historical film "Gwanghae: the Man Who Became the King" starring "hallyu" star Lee Byung-hun surpassed the 10 million viewer mark Saturday, becoming the second local film this year to break that milestone. 
Hallyu, or the Korean wave, refers to the popularity of Korean TV dramas, pop music and films abroad.
It is the first time two South Korean films have broken the 10 million audience member mark in their opening year. In Korea, films drawing 3 to 4 million movie-goers are considered a box-office success. Only five other local films have ever passed the 10 million mark.
"The Thieves," a heist movie about 10 Korean and Chinese thieves who plot to steal a diamond from a Macao casino, set a new all-time record earlier this month, drawing an audience of more than 13 million viewers.
Other leaders at the box office this year have been "Dancing Queen" (4.09 million), "Nameless Gangster" (4.68 million), "All About My Wife" (4.58 million), "Architecture 101" (4.1 million), "Deranged" (4.51 million) and "The Grand Heist" (4.91 million).
With those box-office hits, the local film industry is leaping toward another peak year, following 2006 when "The Host" by director Bong Joon-ho set the previous audience record.
After peaking at 60.4 percent in 2006 on the strength of "The Host," the audience occupancy rate of Korean films fell to 42.1 percent in 2008. The audience occupancy rate is the proportion of total audience members for all movies shown here.
The heyday of Korean films was widely anticipated to return the following year with the simultaneous success of "Haeundae" (11.45 million viewers) and "Take Off" (8.48 million viewers). 
The yearly occupancy rate remained at a modest 48.8 percent, however, as Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" dominated theaters at the end of the year. In 2010, the share declined again to 46.5 percent, making it one of the worst years for local movie sales. 
The local film industry began to recover last year when "War of the Arrows" and "Sunny" made waves, attracting more than 7 million viewers each. Their box-office successes were followed by the popularity of such socially influential films as "Silenced" and "Wandeuk/Punch," both of which sold nearly 5 million tickets.
The success of this year's crop of Korean films is prompting the growth of the local movie market and the market share of Korean films jumped to 70.2 percent in August.
According to the official box-office tracker, the Korean Film Commission, 153 million tickets were sold by local cinemas as of late October, coming near to last year's tally of 159.7 million.
The commission expects the 2012 tally to reach some 180 million by year-end, up 12.6 percent from a year earlier, and the number of viewers of South Korean films to top 100 million.
The success of "Gwanghae" came even though it opened in September, normally an off-season for cinemas, setting a precedent that a well-made film can draw a big audience regardless of when it opens. 
Few films that opened in September have been hits at the Korean box-office, with other exceptions thus far being "The War Of Flower" (6.84 million) and "Silenced" (4.66 million).

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Stars Attend VIP Premiere of "Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon"


The VIP premiere of the new movie “Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon” was held at Lotte Cinema in Seoul on August 1.  The historical action drama takes place during the Joseon dynasty and focuses on a man’s search for his younger sister and her fiance, who disappeared amidst an attack by Chinese warriors.  The premiere was attended by the movie’s stars, Park Hae Il, Ryu Seung Yong, and Moon Chae Won.  Also in attendance were Son Ye Jin, Lee Min Jung, Han Hyo Joo, Cha Tae Won, Park Shi Hoo, Son Dam Bi, Min Hyo Rin, Park Ha Sun, Nam Gyu Ri, Seo Ji Seok, Lee Byung Joon, Ryu Tae Joon, and Kang Sung Yeon.  Check out the pictures and commentary here!

The movie’s main star, Park Hae Il.  He’s one of our favorite actors and we always enjoy seeing him, but man, his suit is kind of atrocious, and we don’t really understand why he couldn’t be bothered to shave, either.  It’s okay, Park Hae Il.  You look great in movies, and that’s what matters!

The movie also stars Moon Chae Won, looking slightly more put together than her costar.

Moon Geun Young.  She looks super cute!

Ji Jin Hee

Son Ye Jin, pretty in pink!

Lee Min Jung, kind of Alexa Chung-esque.

Cha Tae Hyun looks pretty cute even though his shirt and belt are kind of causing some interesting optical illusions.

Son Dam Bi.  We saw her in person a couple weeks ago!

Park Shi Hoo.  The premiere was held at 8 PM, but perhaps the camera flashes were too much for his eyes.

Two beautiful ladies, Park Ha Seon and Han Hyo Joo.

Seo Ji Seok

Min Hyo Rin seems to favor these puffy-sleeved dresses.  Definitely unusual.  We like the color on her, but think the bag is a bit of a mismatch.

Kang Sung Yeon

Nam Gyu Ri, wearing a dangerously short skirt just days after wearing dangerously short shorts.

Lee Byung Joon, who will forever be associated in my mind as the hapless scheming uncle in “Secret Garden.”  Happy to see him!

Chun Woo Hee

Lee Chae Young

“Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon” opens in theaters in Korea on August 11.

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VIP Premiere of "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon"
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"War of the Arrows" VIP Premiere stage greeting 1
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