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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

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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Details

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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Runtime:

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 »

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The Ecstasy of Gold
Composed by Ennio Morricone
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Too much humor for such a dramatic film.
28 June 2018 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

I can't decide whether this was intended to be a drama or comedy, as it has equal parts of both (in the beginning), although the drama is more dramatic than the humor is funny. I also can't understand why a girl was cast as a boy who dresses like a girl (the role of Lee So-hee), unless she was just passed off as a boy in the film, but still looked more like a girl than a boy. Confusing! The characters' intentions are also somewhat unclear at times. Having said this, it was still a good, enjoyable film though.

Some great photography and action scenes. The final battle scene during the escape is awesome!!


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