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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
8 wins & 11 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)
Greg Chun ... Lee Gang-ok (voice)
Kellen Goff
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
Han-sol Kwon Han-sol Kwon ... Joseon girl
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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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Taglines:

1945 Hashima - We called it hell on earth.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

On July 28, a special screen was held for UNESCO officials and diplomats in Paris at the headquarters of Metropolitan Filmexport. The aim was to raise awareness of the hidden history of the Hashima Island and how the Koreans were forced into harsh labour at an underground coal mining factory on the island during Japan's rule of Korea. 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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The Battleship Island Review: A visual masterpiece, deserves to be seen.
13 September 2017 | by Prashast_SinghSee all my reviews

Movie: The Battleship Island (15)

Rating: 4.5/5

I'll be straight: the film was breathtaking. I started watching and didn't realise when 2 hours passed away. It was really engaging, and well executed. Visually it looks like a fantasy. Ryoo Seung-wan's recent release THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND is a well made action film that never gets too melodramatic and the entertainment quotient remains quite high throughout.

It's another time I'm impressed with Hwang Jung-min. He delivers another great performance as he did in ASURA. So Ji-sub was decent in the action sequences, but one would wish his character got a proper scope in the second hour. Song Joong-ki's character was extremely well written and he delivers a great performance. Kim Su-an does another mindblowing job after TRAIN TO BUSAN. One can only wish she does more such roles because she really acts well. Same for rest of the cast.

The screenplay is excellent: it stays focused and never deviates from storytelling. The action sequences are jaw-dropping and mindblowing: make sure you watch the film in a very high quality so as to appreciate the film even more. The cinematography is excellent and captures the eye-catching visuals very well. The editing is decent and really, I didn't wish the film was shorter.

THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND turns out to be a terrific action film which should be seen not just because of its high quality technical values but also to know about this extremely well-narrated tale of survival.


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Official Sites:

Official Site | Vidio [Indonesia]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battleship Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Cheongju, South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,344, 30 July 2017

Gross USA:

$1,104,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,183,383
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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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