Holding South Korea’s box office record for Best Opening with almost 1 million viewers, period film “The Battleship Island” is finally making it’s way to Philippine cinemas on August 30, 2017.
Top-billed by Song Joong-Ki, known by Filipinos as Yoo Si-jin from the hit Korean drama “Descendants of the Sun,” the film revolves around the story of 400 Korean forced laborers who attempt to escape the hell-like island of Hashima, also known as The Battleship Island.
Also starring in this highly-anticipated action-thriller are So Ji-sub (“Cain and Abel,” “Phantom,” “Rough Cut”), pop star Lee Jung-hyun, and multi-awarded actor Hwang Jung-min (“Waikiki Brothers,” “Happiness,” “Bloody Tie”); under the direction of Seung-wan Ryoo, famous for his 2006 film “The City of Violence” which got a perfect 100% score from Rotten Tomatoes.
The New York Times noted that the film “vividly conveys the pain of a national wartime trauma whose scars clearly have not healed.”
After making it to the European Market and Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, “The Battleship Island” has been sold to 113 countries including the Philippines. The sub-titled version will be released by Viva International Pictures this August 30.