The Battleship Island (2017)

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Under the colonial rule of Japan, 400 or so Koreans who are conscripted into slave labor on 'The Battleship Island', attempt to escape for life. 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 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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Cast

Ji-seob So
as Choi Chil-sung
Joong-ki Song
as Park Moo-young
Jung-hyun Lee
as Mal-nyeon
Soo-an Kim
as So-hee

Critic Reviews for The Battleship Island

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Technically accomplished, narratively impoverished.

Aug 8, 2017 | Full Review…

While Battleship Island is sometimes unpleasant to watch, it is a consistently involving, atypically thoughtful crowd-pleaser.

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though Mr. Ryoo's taste for heightened theatricality threatens his story's credibility at times, there is no denying his skill with a large-scale action set piece.

Aug 3, 2017 | Full Review…

It's when the various threads converge that the mechanical nature of the plotting and the thinness of the characterizations are thrown into sharpest relief.

Aug 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The Battleship Island liberally fictionalizes a real (and horrific) WWII event to rewrite history into a much more satisfying outcome.

Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The characters are drawn in broad strokes... Yet with Ryoo giving the action a Spielbergian sweep as the action builds towards the climactic prison break, you'll find yourselves rooting for them all the same.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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