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Namhansanseong (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 20 October 2017 (USA)
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In 1636, King Injo hides in the mountains to avoid being part of the Qing dynasty.

Director:

Dong-hyuk Hwang

Writers:

Kim Hoon (novel), Dong-hyuk Hwang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Byung-Hun Lee ... Choi Myung-gil
Yoon-Seok Kim ... Kim Sang-heon
Hae-il Park ... King Injo
Soo Go ... Seol Nal-soe
Hee-soon Park ... Lee Shi-baek
Woo-jin Jo ... Jung Myung-soo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Song Hyun-soo Song Hyun-soo ... Commander-in-Chief
Byung-Hee Yoon Byung-Hee Yoon ... Gunner 2
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Storyline

In 1636, the Qing dynasty attacks Joseon. King Injo and his retainers, including Choi Myung-kil and Kim Sang-hun, hide in the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong. They are isolated from the outside. Meanwhile, Choi Myung-kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, but Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fortress See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$252,895, 5 November 2017
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Siren Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Overlong and repetitive...
28 November 2018 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

An all-star cast in an undeniably great production. Sadly, though, I found the film overlong, slow moving and very repetitive in dialogue and actions. I mean, there must have been about twenty scenes or so of them meeting in the Royal chamber. How many times did they utter the words "he must be beheaded", "send the crown prince", etc.? This was a matter of deja vu, deja vu... The film became tedious having to watch the same over and over again.

Considering what I've already seen in Korean cinema, I can't say the battle scenes were all that spectacular. They were indeed very good, but not impressive. I also didn't understand the significance of the little girl. What was her purpose in the film? She honestly didn't play a mention-able role.

Although hailed by critics, this multi award winning film is forgettable (for me, at least). Next!


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