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The Battleship Island (2017)

Gunhamdo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 26 July 2017 (South Korea)
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During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island ("Hashima Island") to mine for coal, attempt to a dramatic escape.

Director:

Seung-wan Ryoo

Writer:

Seung-wan Ryoo
7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung-min Hwang ... Lee Gang-ok
Ji-seob So ... Choi Chil-sung (as Ji-sub So)
Joong-Ki Song ... Park Mu-young (as Joong-ki Song)
Jung-hyun Lee ... Mallyon
Su-an Kim ... So-hee (as Soo-an Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Allen ... Song Jong-Gu (voice)
Tom Bauer Tom Bauer ... Oh Jang-Woo (voice)
Kellen Goff
Ye-eun Kim Ye-eun Kim ... 'Bright Moon' Gisaeng
Jordan Reynolds ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bill Rogers ... Ko Choong-Ho (voice)
Seung-hwan Shin Seung-hwan Shin ... Ko Choong-Ho
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During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island ("Hashima Island") to mine for coal, attempt to a dramatic escape.

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Plot Keywords:

island | forced labour | mine | fight | gun | See All (82) »

Taglines:

1945 Hashima - We called it hell on earth.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Battleship Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Cheongju, South Korea

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmmaker R&K See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Characters in the film at several points mention "the company" they work for, but which is never named. In reality, this company was the Mitsubishi Corporation, which owned Hashima Island until 2002. See more »

Goofs

00:16:13 - 00:16:50 -> The band members are supposed to cross from Korea to Japan in the dirty, packed hold of a cargo ship. When they emerge from the boat in Shimonoseki, one can see it is a very modern ferry, complete with fully-enclosed, bright orange modern lifeboats, streamlined design, and all-welded hull and superstructure construction, as opposed to ships of the period, which were riveted. See more »

Quotes

Lee Gang-ok: I'm not going to die. Why are you crying?
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Crazy Credits

The title card is shown first in Japanese and then in Korean. See more »

Alternate Versions

The director's cut of the film is 150 minutes long in duration while the original theatrical version is about 132 minutes long. See more »

Soundtracks

The Ecstasy of Gold
Composed by Ennio Morricone
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A few plot holes, but over all an excellent period film.
19 August 2018 | by AJ_McAninchSee all my reviews

The three lead actors are among South Korea's most talented and loved, and the story of what Japan did to Korea is true (enslavement, rape, and mass murder, just as they inflicted on Nanking, China), a story that many Americans don't know about our ally. Though there are some plot gaps and sequencing gaffes creating a cut and paste effect in a few scenes, the film is well worth watching because of its themes, both historic and dramatic, and because of the twists, intrigues, betrayals, and heroism of this Korean story set in the face of the horrors of war and occupation. The film opens and closes in black and white, except at the end a spectral bit of horrifying color followed by the anguished face of the child. It follows a thrilling yet heartbreaking action sequence and closes with an elegiac triumph soaked in grief. This is, after all, a war story. There is a reason why Asians, especially the Koreans, have captured the world's attention while Hollywood continues to slide. They have tremendous talent, imagination, brilliance, and expertise along with a thousand-year history of culture, ideas, and experience. And because they are that good.


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