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.


Seung-wan Ryoo


Seung-wan Ryoo
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Credited cast:
Jung-min Hwang ... Lee Gang-ok (as Jung-Min Hwang)
So Ji-seob ... Choi Chil-sung
Song Joong-ki ... Park Mu-young (as Joong-ki Song)
Lee Jung-hyun ... Mallyon
Su-an Kim ... So-hee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Allen ... Song Jong-Gu (voice)
Tom Bauer Tom Bauer ... Oh Jang-Woo (voice)
Greg Chun ... Lee Gang-ok (voice)
Kellen Goff
Lee Jeong-eun ... Chief's wife
Yang Ji-il Yang Ji-il
Kyung-Hyun Jo Kyung-Hyun Jo ... Digging driver 2
In-woo Kim In-woo Kim
Kyu-baek Kim Kyu-baek Kim ... Joseon draftee
Ye-eun Kim Ye-eun Kim ... 'Bright Moon' Gisaeng


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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1945 Hashima - We called it hell on earth.


Action | Drama | History


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


The Ecstasy of Gold
Composed by Ennio Morricone
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Very well made!
29 January 2018 | by esha1812See all my reviews

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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South Korea


Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battleship Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Cheongju, South Korea


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,344, 30 July 2017

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmmaker R&K See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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