THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND

GUNHAMDO

By Seung-Wan RYOO

CJ ENTERTAINMENT / CJ E&M CORPORATION - as SALES All rights, World

Action/Adventure - Completed 2017

Towards the end of WWII, hundreds of forced laborers from Korea toil on the Japanese island of Hashima (a.k.a. "Battleship Island"), until one day they attempt a daring escape.

Festivals
& Awards

Busan IFF 2017
Korean Cinema Today - Panorama
Sitges FF 2017
Orbita Award
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • KOREA (South)
    • Languages
    • KOREAN, JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 132 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Seung-Wan RYOO
    • Synopsis
    • 1944, during the Japanese occupation of Korea, conscripted civilians head out to the Hashima island. Nicknamed ‘The Battleship Island’ after its resemblance to a war vessel, some are lured by false promises of high wages. LEE, a bandmaster of a jazz bigband and his only daughter, CHOI, a thug, and Mallyeon are among the workers. But upon arrival, they found out that the island turns out to be an isolated hell where the workers are forced into slave labor.
      As the Pacific war nears its end, PARK, a Korean independence activist assigned on a mission to rescue a Korea’s spiritual leader from the island. As the U.S launches massive counterattack on Japan, the Japanese decided to blow up the island in order to bury the truth about their awful treatment of the Korean slave labors. PARK discovers the plan, and conspires with LEE and others for mass escape of all 400 Koreans.
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