The Battleship Island

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The Battleship Island


Wednesday Sep 20 01:00 PM
Wednesday Sep 20 07:30 PM
Saturday Sep 23 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Korean Cinema 2017

Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. South Korean. 2017. 132 mins. Korean with English subtitles.

Hana hou screening! The newest film from Ryoo Seung-wan (Veteran, Berlin File) is one of most anticipated releases of the year. Hallyu fans—don’t miss this A-list Korean cast that includes Hwang Jung Min (Ode to My Father, The Himalayas) and Song Joong Ki (Descendants of the Sun)

Based on a true story, The Battleship Island takes place toward the end of World War II, when hundreds of Koreans attempted to escape forced labor on the 16-acre Japanese island of Hashima—where undersea coal deposits were discovered in 1887. The film focuses on a jazz bandmaster, his only daughter, and a thug who are lured under false pretenses to the island—a coal mine labor camp owned by Mitsubishi. As the Pacific War nears its end, a Korean independence activist is on a mission to rescue a Korean spiritual leader from the island. When the U.S. launches its massive counterattack on Japan, the Japanese government attempts to bury the truth about Battleship Island. The workers conspire to escape before the island is destroyed.

Movie buff note: Hashima Island was the creepy, crumbling villain’s lair in Skyfall.

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