Starring: Park Hae-Il as Nam-Yi, Ryoo Seung-Ryong as Jyu Shin-Ta, Moon Chae-Won as Ja-In, and Kim Moo-Yul as Seo-Goon. Cameo by Park Ki Woong as Prince Doreukon
Rating: R, violence
Running Time: 122 min
Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars
Synopsis: 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 ….
Musings: Thanks ever so much to our fearless leader, Snoopy’s Twinkie, I now own a copy of this pretty decent movie. Warning for those that are sensitive to violence of all kinds. As this is about the invasion of the Manchurian army who were vicious and cruel, be prepared for the level of violence that is shown to people as well as animals.
Park Hae Il was great as the older brother, Nam-Yi. I can’t say that I have seen him in many works but I do have quite a few of his movies on my list to watch. He had a great scene when Nam-Yi was trying to escape and flew across a ravine to the other side with nothing but air; saving him was his bow that caught the rock cliff! Amazing scene!
Same thing with Kim Moo-Yul who played Ja-In’s new groom Seo-Goon. Even though his role was secondary, his screen time was definitely memorable; especially the river crossing when the Qing army dared the new slaves to run away as it was their last chance on Joseon soil. Very good scene.
Now, granted, Moon Chae Won as Ja-In was also a secondary role. As the younger sister and captive of the Qing army, she had a couple of pretty good scenes between her and Park Ki Woong who played the Qing Prince Doreukon. I liked that her character was strong like her brother and she made every effort to rescue herself. Not a typical female role for a lot of these movies.
Standing ovations to the villains, especially to Ryoo Seung-Ryong who played General Jyu Shin-Ta. All of the cast did an outstanding job! You might recognize an actor here and there. It can be difficult sometimes in these period movies to know whether you’ve seen this actor here or there. But Ryoo Seung-Ryong was sensational as usual; a consummate actor! Again, this movie is not for everyone. There is a lot of violence in this and definitely earns that R-rating for that reason. Enjoy.
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