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T H E F O R T R E S S 2 0 1 7 . 1 0 . 0 3 Best Film at the 37th Film Critics Awards 2017 * Namhansanseong Fortress *남한산성 * South Castle * Namhansanseong (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Published on September 5, 2017 by CJ ENTERTAINMENT THE FORTRESS Official International Main Trailer (with English subs) Published on August 28, 2017 by Lee Min Sung THE FORTRESS Main Trailer THE FORTRESS Teaser Trailer Situated 25 km southeast from the center of the capital city of Seoul, the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong sits approximately 480m above sea level aligning itself with the ridges of the mountain to maximize its defensive capacity. The fortress encompassing 12 km in length protects a vast area utilized as an emergency capital city of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (1392~1910). With the basis of fortress architecture of East Asia, the fortress embodies the broad exchange between the four countries: Joseon of Korea, Azuchi-Momoyama Period of Japan, Ming and Qing China, especially in the 16th~18th centuries through the continuous wars. (Wikipedia) Directed by Hwang Dong Hyuk With Kim Yun Seok, Lee Byung Hun, Park Hae Il, Go Soo & Park Hee Soon Synopsis The movie depicts the conflict between Choi Myung-kil, a representative figure of the Juhwapa faction, who insisted to keep friendly relation with Qing Dynasty in order to protect the people in Joseon, and Kim Sang-heon, a representative figure of the pro-Ming Dynasty faction, Cheokhwapa, on the other side, while they fled to the South Castle (Namhansanseong) during the Second Manchu invasion of Korea. Tentative release date in Korea: 2017, Crank-in: November 21, 2016 Related sites: THE FORTRESS OFFICIAL WEBSITE / Hancinema.net / Asianwiki / Naver / IMDb September 16, 2016: A translation by Barbara at LBH soompi Park Hae-il is expected to star in “South Castle” together with Lee Byung Hun. On September 16, the Korean film industry news reported that Park Hae-il recently received the script for the new film “South Castle” and is currently under active discussion. “South Castle” was adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name published in 2007 by the novelist Kim Hoon. Park Hae-Il told the media that he has not yet confirmed to star in the movie and it is only one of the scripts that he has received. “South Castle” is based upon a conflict in Korean History (In 1636, Korea was at war with the Qing dynasty). Using that period as background, the movie depicts the story of two groups, the “hawkish” group led by Kim Sang Heon and the “peace” group led by Choi Myung Kil while the King hid in South Castle that was surrounded by the Qing army. The Director of “South Castle “ is Hwang Dong Hyuk who directed “The Crucible” (Silenced)” and “Miss Granny”. The daughter of the novelist Kim Hoon will also be involved in the movie. CJ Entertainment will produce and distribute the movie. Kim Yoon-Seok will play Kim Sang Heon while Lee Byung Hun will play Choi Myung Kil. Park Hae Il willl play King Injo. The main casting of “South Castle” is complete and filming will start in the second half of this year. Source: Tencent entertainment movie news (through LBH Baidu) from StarNews