While Hashima Island is a real place and forced labor of Korean and Chinese nationals did take place there, the characters, plot and specific events described in the film are fictional. See more »
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 »
While having seen many Hollywood True Historic event based movies, this was the first Korean movie that I have seen ever.
So Ji-Sub from "Oh My Venus" fame and Song Joong-ki from "Descendents of the Sun" fame, are the two actors who brought me to this point, leading to "The Battleship Island". And their performance has been really great. The direction is quite good, leaving very few logical loopholes and the movie captures your constant attention. While within Korea and Japan most of the people would be aware of such an incident, people like us truly have no idea about such events even happening.
And while it is a hair-raisingly tragic affair, I am thankful for making this movie available worldwide and enjoyed the narration and acting overall.
P.S. The child artist is amazing as well ! Kim Su-An.
A must watch for fans of either Korean Movies or the above mentioned actors!
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