If you like historical action films, or are into archery, I have a great movie to recommend. War of the Arrows is a Korean film by director Kim Han-min who has won several awards over the last decade. It was a huge success in Korea with millions of viewers. The cinematography is amazing.
The story takes place during the Manchu War of 1636 (Joseon Dynasty vs Qing Dynasty). In order for the film to be as realistic as possible, director Kim Han-min brought back the Manchu language which today is spoken by so few people it is considered a dead language. For the film every actor who played a Manchurian had to take an extensive language course.
The Korean Archery Association helped create authentic bows and arrows from that time. The actors worked to become skilled in there use, so the action would move quickly when filming. All of this seems fitting as one of the heroes is a Robin Hood type character. Also because Koreans are some of the best archers in the world, check out how many gold medals they’ve won.
I enjoy seeing foreign films because they give an un-American view of the world. You learn about other cultures’ values. Clearly, the same things matter to all of us: love, family, children, friendship, land, country. The same is true for the things that divide us: greed, power, lust, anger, fear. We are pretty much the same under our skins.
- War of the Arrows (Choi-jong-byeong-gi Hwal, South Korea 2011) (itpworld.wordpress.com)
- Hunger Games credited with making archery cool (guardian.co.uk)
- South Korea’s men shine in record-breaking form (arabtimesonline.com)