Full US Trailer for Slave Labor War Film 'Battleship Island' from Korea
by Alex Billington
July 7, 2017
"We leave no one behind!" CJ Entertainment has debuted another new official trailer for the war film titled Battleship Island, or also The Battleship Island, from director Ryoo Seung-wan. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1944, the film is about the 400+ Koreans that were conscripted into slave labor mining coal on an island known as "Battleship Island". The story goes that they attempted to band together and make an escape. The main cast includes Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub, Song Joong-ki and Lee Jung-hyun. The first teaser trailer we posted was already impressive, but this new trailer packs in tons of action and emotion. It's a strong sell for the film, I'm definitely curious about seeing this. Take a look below.
Here's the newest official US trailer for Ryoo Seung-wan's Battleship Island, direct from YouTube:
You can still watch the original teaser trailer for Battleship Island here, to see more footage from this.
1944, during the Japanese occupation of Korea, conscripted civilians head out to the Hashima island. Nicknamed 'The Battleship Island' after its resemblance to a war vessel, some are lured by false promises of high wages. Lee, a bandmaster of a jazz bigband and his only daughter, Choi, a thug, and Mallyeon are among the workers. But upon arrival, they found that the island turns out to be an isolated hell where the workers are forced into slave labor. As the Pacific War nears its end, Park, a Korean independence activist assigned on a mission to rescue a Korea's spiritual leader from the island. Battleship Island is directed by Korean filmmaker Ryoo Seung-wan, of Veteran, The Berlin File, The Unjust, and The City of Violence previously. CJ Entertainment will release Battleship Island in US theaters starting August 4th. Thoughts?
Wait a minute, the Japanese enslaved the Koreans?? So Koreans were enslaved? And I just read about the Jews enslavement by the Egyptians... uh! And here I thought the only people ever enslaved or persecuted were Black Americans a long time ago, not today of course, even though by their behavior you would think otherwise. But at least unlike the black people, the Koreans weren't sold into slavery by their own people. And at least their not the most persecuted group of people in the world like Christians are. Wow, very interesting. Thanks Firstshowing!!
CyraNOSE on Jul 7, 2017
True, history (and contemporaneity too) hides a lot of ugly stories of humiliation and slavery. However, none of the group was 'the most persecuted', they all were. Christians did also a lot of ugly things in this world, no need to think that they were only victims ...
shiboleth on Jul 7, 2017
I bet there are less Japanese people who still think slavery should exist and those people who do want black folk to be slaves tend to be of the Christian variety. Not that the Japanese still aren't a wee bit racist, but they seem polite enough not to call folk out about it. At least from my experience of going there. I'm definitely sure having 2 atomic bombs dropped on the country had a bit of an effect on their minds and seeing their emperor wasn't a god.
Carpola on Jul 7, 2017
It seems you still have a lot of reading to do. Where did you get this nonsense about black people selling their own people to slavery?!? Your comment has nothing to do with this Korean film and all to do with your prejudiced views.
Dianoga on Jul 8, 2017
The fight against slavery is always dramatic and emotional. But it is also much worse things, it's fight against the betrayal of humanity in general. Although it's been a long time since I got fed up with the WWII stories, this just might pick my interest ...
shiboleth on Jul 7, 2017
I was planning on visiting Gunkanshima next month, but the more I have been reading about it and the fact it was UNESCO World Heritage Status...I just may decide not to.
DAVIDPD on Jul 7, 2017
I went to the island, don't expect to be walking in between the ruins. You'll only be from a far safe distance. What struck me most is that there is no mention about the slave labour during the whole tour. They only highlighted that people led a good life here, probably the post-war era, and didn't have anything to complain.
Virgil Spruit on Jul 8, 2017
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