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The Showdown (2011)

Hyultu (original title)
After a battle between Joseon and Qing forces in Manchuria only three soldiers from Joseon survive. They take refuge in an abandoned inn. Soon it is clear that they have as much to fear from each other as from the Qing forces.

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Hoon-jung Park

Writer:

Hoon-jung Park
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hee-soon Park ... Heon-myung
Goo Jin ... Do-young
Chang-Seok Ko ... Du-soo
Kap-su Kim ... No-shin
Gook-hwan Jeon ... Dang-soo
Il-hwa Choi Il-hwa Choi ... Do-young's Father
Hie-jin Jang Hie-jin Jang ... Seo-hyun
Jong-su Lee Jong-su Lee ... Army Chief
Hyeong-jong Kim Hyeong-jong Kim ... Public Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jang In-ho Jang In-ho ... Joseon Soldier
Young-ki Jung Young-ki Jung ... Joseon Soldier
Se-hyeong Ki Se-hyeong Ki ... Scout
Gil-dong Kim Gil-dong Kim ... Soldier
Sung-bum Kim Sung-bum Kim ... Du-soo's Son
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After a battle between Joseon and Qing forces in Manchuria only three soldiers from Joseon survive. They take refuge in an abandoned inn. Soon it is clear that they have as much to fear from each other as from the Qing forces.

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Mandarin

Release Date:

24 February 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Fight See more »

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Bidangil Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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With Friends Like These...
26 December 2016 | by KlangSmithTooSee all my reviews

This is a slick, well done little movie that is simple in scale yet massive in scope. The premise is very basic: Two high ranking officers, both lifelong friends, barely escape with their lives from a battle in Manchuria during a fierce blizzard. They take refuge in an abandoned inn where they discover a deserter from their company (played by the ever entertaining Chang-Seok Ko) hiding out and planning to return to Joseon when the snow lifts. Three men stuck in a room together. Like I said, a very simple scenario. But as the past comes into play and secrets come to light, the entire drama of the human condition begins to play out in this little microcosm. Friendship, honor, betrayal, jealousy, bravery, cowardice, clan warfare, class warfare, nationalism, loyalty and revenge all come crashing down into this little space and force things into a showdown between all involved. As with most good Korean films, this is not a clear cut "good guy/bad guy everything wraps up in a storybook ending" kind of a film. It is tightly written and well directed movie by the guy who wrote I Saw the Devil, New World and Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale. It is fun and engaging and tough to watch all at the same time. I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more recognition.


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