The Battleship Island is set during World War II on a Japanese prison island where Koreans were drafted into forced labor in undersea coal mines. The movie emphasizes the brutality of the prison and depicts the suffering of the prisoners with realistic wretchedness, while also drawing attention to their humanity through interesting and morally ambiguous characterizations. The action is staged on a specially constructed set (a two-third-scale recreation of the island) and shows off Ryoo’s cinematic skills with battle scenes centered on a fictionalized mass escape led by a Korean independence fighter. (Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. 2017. 132 minutes. Korean with English subtitles)
Related Event: 2/15 The Films of Ryoo Seung-wan - The City of Violence (Screening/Panel Discussion/Reception with Director Ryoo Seung-wan)
Presented in partnership with the Institute for Korean Studies at Indiana University and with support from the Academy of Korean Studies and CJ Entertainment.