Hancinemas Film Review The Battleship Island

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[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Battleship Island"

The black and white opener of "The Battleship Island" focuses on a part of wartime economy rarely seen in film- the support staff. Specifically, the miners, who come up with the raw material that is later purposed into shiny toys for the military. The work is dangerous, especially under the stress of wartime quotas. But it's especially bad for the Korean characters of "The Battleship Island", who labor for the Japanese near the end of the doomed effort that was World War II in the Pacific.

Don't mistake "The Battleship Island" for mere torture porn about how the Japanese Empire was bad. I mean, it was bad, don't get me wrong. Director Ryoo Seung-hwan reminds us that while the men worked in horrible conditions, the women had it even worse- they became comfort women. Rather paradoxically, they were comfort women for the male Korean miners in addition to the Japanese soldiers, because everyone's actions for the war effort were considered, legally at least, to be equal.

Film Review: The Battleship Island, Starring Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, And Hwang Jung Min
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Film Review: The Battleship Island, Starring Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, And Hwang Jung Min

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the war film, The Battleship Island due to its star-studded cast. Considering the fact that one of the stars is set to marry Song Hye Kyo, there has been even more publicity surrounding the movie.

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Upon its recent release, the film already impressively sold over 6 million tickets in Korea alone. This obviously has a lot to do with the cast and story, but it also has to do with director Ryu Seung Wan, who directed the hit movie Veteran as well. He worked especially hard to bring this important part of history to life.

Song Joong Ki Talks About Preparing And Shooting For His Upcoming Film Battleship Island
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Song Joong Ki Talks About Preparing And Shooting For His Upcoming Film Battleship Island

Song Joong Ki opened up about his humbling experience shooting his new movie Battleship Island.

In a press interview for Battleship Island on June 15, Song Joong Ki confessed, I did not know a lot about Battleship Island as a historical landmark. I thought to myself, how little would the children today know about its history if I dont even know about it.

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He went on to explain, Battleship Island is a commercial film, so the priority is to create an outstanding production, but I studied a lot about history during the shooting too. He added, I immersed myself fully in the tension and pressure of the film while shooting it.

Upcoming Film The Battleship Island Denies Allegations Of Unfair Working Conditions For Extras
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Upcoming Film The Battleship Island Denies Allegations Of Unfair Working Conditions For Extras

Not long before its release, film The Battleship Island has been swept up in a controversy over allegations that it had not paid its extras their due.

According to one media outlet, on June 24 a member of the film community claimed to be an extra on The Battleship Island and stated that he had not even received the minimum wage for shoots that took more than 12 hours a day. The source further claimed that the extras were not allowed to use sunscreen despite the risk of sunburns to the face in order to make a more realistic atmosphere on set.

New dramatic poster for upcoming historical film 'Battleship Island' unveiled
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New dramatic poster for upcoming historical film 'Battleship Island' unveiled

With two weeks left until its official launch in theaters, a new dramatic art poster of 'Battleship Island' was unveiled.

The black and white poster portrays each character's current emotional state as they endure hardships on the prison-like island in 1945 during World War II, under Japanese colonial rule.

Actor Hwang Jung Min,playing the role of Lee Kang Ok, can be seen with his daughter Sohee.So Ji Sub demonstrated his fierce charisma sporting various cuts and bruises on his face as Choi Chil Sung.