Rent The Battleship Island (2017)

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2h 7min
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In 1945, with Korea under Japanese colonial rule and World War II reaching its peak, Jazz musician Lee Gang-ok travels with his young daughter and band members to the Japanese mainland, where they are duped and forcibly taken by the Japanese military to the small island of Hashima. There they become conscripted labourers in a massive undersea coal mine that supports the Japanese war effort. 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, 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.
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Hye-jeong Kang
Seung-wan Ryoo, Shin Kyoung-Ill
Precision Pictures
Action & Adventure, Drama
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Run Time:
127 minutes
Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
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Reviews (3) of The Battleship Island

Great drama - The Battleship Island review by DJ

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A good story of brutal oppression by invading with oppressed finally rising up in a bid for freedom. A good story well worth viewing.

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Jap Coal Mine - The Battleship Island review by NO

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Quite violent film.Difficult at star t to distinguish who was who but got easy later on.Based on real facts it portrays the Japanese in

a poor light but they have never admitted they had comfort women or any of their other war crimes.Look on wikapeadia to see

the Island is stillthere but closed to the public.The Koreans probably made this film to publicise the atrocities inflicted on them.

Should be seen by young sters everywhere.Recommended.

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Korean war drama - The Battleship Island review by DavidH

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A Korean war drama based on the forced labour on Hashima Island (also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island) during World War II. After Japan invaded Korea many Koreans were sent to the island to work in the mines to help the Japanese war effort. The conditions were hellish and the film does a good job at showing the cruelty on the island. The women were separated from the men and made to work as comfort women for the stationed Japanese whilst the men were sent down below to work in awful conditions. The film is a little overly dramatic at times but it's an interesting story told well with a rousing and bombastic climax, including the interesting use of 'Ecstasy of Gold' by Ennio Morricone, as the Koreans realising the Japanese have lost the war make a bid for freedom.


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