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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
7 wins & 6 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)
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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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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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

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Production Co:

Filmmaker R&K See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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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