Friday, August 18, 2017

THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND | IN CINEMAS 17 AUG 2017

 


THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND stands as one of the most ambitious Korean films ever made, with a 6- month production schedule, massive outdoor set and action setpieces on a scale never before seen. Without question it ranks as Korea's standout summer blockbuster of 2017.

Director RYOO Seung-wan, fresh off the success of 2013's action extravaganza THE BERLIN FILE and the massive runaway hit VETERAN from 2015, cranked his ambition up to even higher levels in this latest work, which is set during World War II on the utterly unique real-life setting of Hashima, nicknamed "Battleship Island."

In particular, Ryoo takes Hashima's dark real-life history of conscripting forced Korean laborers and subjecting them to exceptionally harsh working conditions as the backdrop to a dramatic escape narrative. The island's history has come under renewed attention in recent years with UNESCO's recognition of Hashima and other industrial sites as officially registered World Heritage Sites.

In keeping with the film's massive scale and ambition is an all-star cast of some of the Korean film industry's most popular actors. In addition to box-office force HWANG Jung-min (VETERAN, ODE TO MY FATHER) is Hallyu star SO Ji-sub (ALWAYS, SOPHIE'S REVENGE), acclaimed singer-actress LEE Jung- hyun (SPLIT, ROARING CURRENTS) and the white-hot star SONG Joong-ki (A WEREWOLF BOY) whose 2016 TV drama DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN was nothing short of an international sensation.

All this results in a continually surprising, jaw-dropping film that has stirred up unprecedented levels of anticipation, and looks sure to become a defining work of RYOO Seung-wan's acclaimed directorial career.
 
 
 
Synopsis
 
Towards the end of World War II, a group of 400 forced laborers from Korea toil on the Japanese island of Hashima (a.k.a. "Battleship Island"), until one day they attempt a dramatic escape.
 
In 1944, with Korea under Japanese colonial rule and World War II reaching its peak, the bandmaster LEE Gang-ok earns a meager living in Seoul despite a ban on jazz music. However when he tries to travel with his young daughter and band members to the Japanese mainland, they are duped and forcibly taken to the small island of Hashima, located 15km off Nagasaki. There they become conscripted laborers in a massive undersea coal mine that supports the Japanese war effort.

Hashima (nicknamed "Battleship Island" for its resemblance to a war vessel) is a place of  unspeakable cruelty for 400 Koreans who suffer under slave-like conditions and almost no pay. These include CHOI Chil-sung, a notorious Seoul gangster; Mallyon who has been forced into sexual servitude as a so- called "comfort woman"; and a mysterious young man named PARK Mu-young. Gang-ok, meanwhile, manages to protect his daughter Sohee by serving as an interpreter and dealmaker between the Koreans and Japanese.

As the months pass and the U.S. steps up its bombardment of Japan, tensions reach a breaking point between the cruel Japanese overlords and the exhausted and desperate Koreans. Meanwhile PARK Mu-young, who turns out to be a U.S.-trained independence fighter on a covert mission, uncovers some dark secrets about how the island is really run. Just as chaos begins to break loose on Hashima, and the Japanese leaders consider drastic measures, Mu-young steps up with a daring and risky plan to evacuate all 400 Koreans from the island.
 







You wouldn't imagine what is the next half of this picture if there's a next part to the picture above.
Watch the movie and you will know what is it! Lol~!






This is the girl who starred in the Train to Busan.
Her acting is very good and she's versatile.









 

At The Battleship Island Gala Premiere (08.08.2017)
@ Marina Bay Sands, MasterCard Theatres!


Here with the Emcee and Fans awaiting the Korean Stars who would be walking down the red carpeted stairs at the theatre foyer.



Thanks CloverFilms for the tickets to this awesome movie Gala Premiere!



Both my partner and I enjoyed the show..


In-theatres - the casts would also make another appearance.
Here's the Emcees giving an introduction.







Here's Song Joong Ki giving his say about the show.






I personally feel that this show is very educational with regards to the history between the Koreans and Japanese. The movie is very engaging and the visual effects are very good. Its a movie not to be missed! Catch it in cinemas now!


English Title | THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND
Original Title | GUN-HAM-DO
Genre | War, Action
Country of Production | Republic of Korea
Language | Korean, Japanese
Director | RYOO Seung-wan
Cast | HWANG Jung-min, SO Ji-sub, SONG Joong-ki, LEE Jung-hyun, LEE Kyoung-young, Kim Suan
Presented & Distributed by | CJ Entertainment Production | FILMMAKERS R&K
In association with | Film K Production Year | 2017
Release Date | July 26, 2017
Running Time | 132 mins
Techinical info | 2.39:1 / Color / 5.1 ch
 
 

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