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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

War of the Arrows (2011)

A dramatic South Korean action film set during the 17th Century, telling the story of brother and sister Nam-yi and Ja-in (Park Hae-il and Moon Chae-won, respectively), both of whom are handy with a bow and arrow. When their peace is broken by an aggressive Prince the siblings are pushed to their absolute limits, doing everything they can to ensure the other's safety.
Action scenes are filmed in a manner that I really dislike and are often hard to follow, but battles are medium-sized affairs, there's none of that 'epic' nonsense that's good for little other than boring spectacle. It has characters with feelings that are wholly believable, played by actors who understand their role, and when you have that you have something worthy. Plus, there's considerably less CGI weaponry than I feared there would be!

3½ neck holes out of 5

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