The Fortress

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During the Qing Invasion of Korea, the king and the court take refuge in a mountain fortress, where they find themselves stranded in the cold and surrounded by the enemy. The king's dilemma deepens as his people in the fortress start dying from cold and hunger.

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  • Hwang competently orchestrates the film's disparate political and strategic developments, but there's little sense of stylistic inspiration or narrative innovation - it's all pretty conventional.

    December 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • ... a film that will probably mean most to viewers from Korea, where it was made - though you don't need to know much about the historical background to gather roughly what the story is meant to suggest about the present.

    December 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Fortress" clocks in at 139 minutes, but feels much, much longer.

    October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • So evocative that by the end viewers may be as cold and hungry as the movie's cast of courtiers.

    October 19, 2017 | Full Review…
  • That gloomy sentiment, beyond the plot, is also perfectly represented via cinematography and sound design, granting The Fortress the uniquely dark aesthetic of showing us history from the side of the losers.

    November 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The recreation of a historic moment in Korea's constantly embattled past becomes a rather enervating epic in the too diaogue-driven hands of director Hwang Dong-hyuk.

    October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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