the battleship island
In 1944, with Korea under Japanese colonial rule and World War II reaching its peak, bandmaster LEE Gang-ok earns a living in Seoul playing jazz music which was banned at the time. However, when he tries to travel with his young daughter and band members to the Japanese mainland, they are duped and forcibly taken by the Japanese military to the small Island of Hashima, located 15km off the coast of Nagasaki. There they become conscripted laborers in a massive undersea coal mine that supports the Japanese war effort.
Hashima (nicknamed "Battleship Island" for its resemblance to a Japanese war vessel) is the place of unspeakable horrors for the 400 Koreans who suffer under slave-like conditions. Amongst the Koreans are CHOI Chil-sung, a notorious Seoul gangster; Mallyon who has been forced into sexual servitude as a "comfort woman"; and a mysterious young man named PARK Mu-young. Gang-ok, meanwhile, manages to protect his daughter Sohee by serving as an interpreter and dealmaker between the Koreans and the Japanese.
As the months pass and the U.S. increases its military measures on Japan, tensions reach a breaking point between the cruel Japanese overlords and the exhausted and desperate Koreans. Meanwhile, PARK Mu-young, who turns out to be a U.S.-trained independence fighter on a covert mission, unveils the dark reality behind how the island is actually run. Just as chaos is about to break loose, and the Japanese leaders begin to consider drastic measures, Mu-young steps up with a daring and risky plan to evacuate all 400 Koreans from the island.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Genre: War, Action
Country: Republic of Korea
Duration: 132 minutes
Director: RYOO Seung-wan
Language(s): Korean, Japanese
Subtitles: English subtitles
Producer(s): Kang Hye-Jung
Screenplay: Ryoo Seung-Wan, Shin Kyoung-Ill
Cinematographer: Lee Mogae
Editor: Kim Sang-Bum Kim Jae-Bum
Sound: Kim Chang-Sub
Music: Bang Jun-Suk
Principal Cast: HWANG Jung-min, SO Ji-sub, SONG Joong-ki, LEE Jung-hyun, LEE Kyoung-young, KIM Suan
Dates & Times: October 27, 2:00pm
Plays In: ArcLight Cinemas - Culver City