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[Movie 2017] The Fortress 남한산성 Namhansanseong

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Photo: CJ Entertainment USA @cjent_usa

 

대표 배우들이 다 모였다! #남한산성 #이병헌 #박해일 #고수 #박희순 #조우진 

Check out how this "dazzling cast" comes together in the Korean historical movie #THEFORTRESS!

 

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February 15, 2017

 

'The Fortress' chosen to open 2nd London East Asia Film Festival
 

 

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean historical film "The Fortress" has been chosen to open the 2nd London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) next month in London, the festival's website revealed Friday.

 

The film starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok, Go Soo and Park Hae-il will head 44 titles to be screened from Oct. 19-29 at LEAFF, the largest Asian film festival in Britain. A total of 18 Korean movies, including "The Fortress," "Anarchist," "The Battleship Island" and "The Table" were invited to this year's event.

 

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuck, best known for "Miss Granny" (2013), "The Fortress" follows King Injo of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) as he and his officials take refuge for 47 days in Namhan Mountain Fortress near Seoul from an invasion by China's Qing Dynasty. While suffering from cold and hunger there, the officials have a heated debate over whether or not to surrender and forge ties with the new Chinese dynasty. The movie is set to premiere Oct. 3 in South Korea.

 

"This year's festival will be funded by the state-run British Film Institute (BFI) for the first time," said Jeon Hyeong-jung, executive director of LEAFF. "The fest's official trailer attracted more than 4,000 views in just three hours when it was released, which shows local people's avid interest in the upcoming event."

  

This photo, released by the London East Asia Film Festival, shows the official promotional poster for the festival's 2nd edition, which is set to run from Oct. 19-29 in London. (Yonhap)

This photo, released by the London East Asia Film Festival, shows the official promotional poster for the festival's 2nd edition, which is set to run from Oct. 19-29 in London. (Yonhap)

 

sshim@yna.co.kr

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Published on September 13, 2017 by cine21

 

Ko Soo x Park Hae Il x Park Hee Soon x Lee Byung Hun Namhansanseong | CINE21 1123 Cover Story Scene

 

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Source: CINE21

 

Cover No.1123     2017-09-19 ~ 2017-09-26

 

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The Making and Interview footage from THE FORTRESS

Published on September 18, 2017 by CJ Entertainment Official

 

THE FORTRESS Production Video

 

 

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September 18, 2017

 

Booking war starts for Chuseok holiday movies 

 

By Kim Jae-heun The Korea Times

 

Moviegoers are rushing to book tickets for long-awaited movies during Chuseok, the harvest festival, as the 10-day holiday period is approaching.

 

The government has designated Oct. 2 as a temporary holiday, practically making the first week of October a "Golden Week" of Chuseok.

 

Chuseok is the time when the biggest numbers of moviegoers gather to watch movies, along with the summer break. The film industry is expecting even more moviegoers to flock to theaters as this year's Chuseok marks the longest break of the year.

 

According to the Korean Film Commission Monday, the British action film "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has the highest ticket sales with 20 percent. It is set to be released in local theaters on Sept. 27.

 

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" is a follow-up to "Kingsman: The Secret Service" released in 2015, which collected 6.12 million viewers here despite its R-rated status. It set a record as one of the most successful foreign films at the local box office and the latest film is also rated R.

 

Actors Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong, who star in the film, will visit Seoul on Wednesday to promote it and participate in the press conference the following day. It is the first time for Firth and Strong to come to Korea and fans are excited to see them.


Korean action film "Criminal City" is ranked second in ticket sales for the Chuseok box office.

 

The film is based on the true story of a notorious criminal ring which decides to take over a new criminal gang in Harbin, China, that put Korean society in danger in 2004. It stars popular actors Don Lee and Yoon Kye-sang.

 

The actors and film crew have been traveling around the nation since last Thursday to promote the movie in 12 different cities, including Seoul, Busan and Daejeon and the movie has been well-received after the premieres.

 

The action film will open on Oct. 3.

 

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The most anticipated film in the second half of this year is "The Fortress" starring big name stars Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok and Park Hae-il.

 

The history drama film, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk is based on the novel

 

"Namhansanseong" by Kim Hoon. It depicts the war of the Second Manchu invasion of Korea in 1636, where King Injo and his retainers sought refuge in the fortress located in Namhansanseong. The King spent 47 days in the isolated fortress to avoid death from the Qing Dynasty's attack.

 

Lee took the role of Choi Myung-kil, a leader of one of the two ideological cliques that clashed _ making peace during the fight against the Qing Dynasty.

 

Kim, on the other hand, plays Kim Sang-hun, who went against Choi's opinion and firmly believes in defending the nation's dignity by fighting against the Qing Dynasty's army.

 

The historical movie is also set to open at local theaters on Oct. 3.

 

jhkim@ktimes.com

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September 19, 2017

 

Korean period drama The Fortress features Lee Byung-hun in new trailer

 

by joshed Syko News

 

Lee Byung-hun has made a name for himself here in the States with films like Magnificent Seven, Terminator Genisys, and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. In addition to his American films, he has been in many South Korean films, and he’ll be starring in an upcoming period drama, The Fortress, which will be premiering in the U.S. and Canada next month.

 

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Synopsis: “The Fortress” is set in 1636, when the Chinese Qing Dynasty has invaded Korea with 150,000 troops. The Korean court flees the capital to take shelter in the Namhan Fortress, located in treacherous mountains outside the city. The Qing army, led by General Yong Gol Dae, quickly surrounds the fortress, leaving the king and the court stranded in a prolonged standoff. For a truce, the Qing general makes a humiliating proposal that they send the Crown Prince out as hostage. Unable to move forward or fight the enemy they are outnumbered by, the people of the fortress start dying from cold and hunger. The king now faces an impossible choice between protecting his people and standing up to those looking to destroy them.

 

The film is directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who’s known for his comedy, Miss Granny. It also stars Kim Yoon-seok (Will You Be There?, The Priests, Haemoo), Park Hae-il (The Last Princess, Eungyo, War of the Arrows) and Go Soo (The Royal Tailor, Way Back Home, The Front Line).

 

The Fortress will be in theaters in over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada on October 20, 2017. After the premiere, the film will be the main feature of Korean Film Days at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, and it will be the opening film at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF).

 

Image credit: CJ Entertainment

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September 22, 2017

 

[USA & Canada] Lee Byung-hun in "The Fortress" October 20 in U.S. and Canada

 

Source: CJ Entertainment via HanCinema.net

 

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"The Fortress", starring Lee Byung-hun debuts In The U.S. and Canada October 20, 2017

 

From "Miss Granny" Director, Hwang Dong-hyeok; CJ Entertainment is releasing "The Fortress", a new period drama featuring popular South Korean actor, Lee Byung-hun.  This title will premiere on October 20, 2017 in over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Following its premiere, "The Fortress" will be the main feature of Korean Film Days at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, and it has also been chosen to open at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) next in London.

 

"The Fortress" is set in 1636, when the Chinese Qing Dynasty has invaded Korea with 150,000 troops. The Korean court flees the capital to take shelter in the Namhan Fortress, located in treacherous mountains outside the city. The Qing army, led by General Yong Gol Dae, quickly surrounds the fortress, leaving the king and the court stranded in a prolonged standoff. For a truce, the Qing general makes a humiliating proposal that they send the Crown Prince out as hostage. Unable to move forward or fight the enemy they are outnumbered by, the people of the fortress start dying from cold and hunger. The king now faces an impossible choice between protecting his people and standing up to those looking to destroy them.
 
This film is directed by esteemed director Hwang Dong-hyeok ("Miss Granny", "The Crucible", "My Father"). His 2014 hit Korean comedy, "Miss Granny", reached $55M in the box office and has been remade for China, Japan, Vietnam, and several other countries. It is now being remade in English with Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films and in Spanish with Eugenio Derbez's 3pas Studios.
 
Hwang Dong-hyeok's new period drama also stars Kim Yun-seok ("Will You Be There?", "The Priests", "Haemoo"), Park Hae-il ("The Last Princess", "A Muse", "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") and  Ko Soo ("The Royal Tailor", "Way Back Home", "The Front Line").

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I’m not gonna lie. I am here because of Go Soo. It doesn’t matter that he’s not portraying the leading role. :) 

 

Hope to see this movie soon. 

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September 25, 2017

 

‘The Fortress’ tackles heavy historical subject

 

By Rumy Doo The Korea Herald
 

A roster of top Korean actors including Lee Byung-hun and Kim Yoon-seok and director Hwang Dong-hyuk tackle a painful historical event in the upcoming film “The Fortress.” 

The film is a period piece that deals with a Chinese invasion which took place in 1636, prompting Joseon’s King Injo to take refuge in Namhansanseong, a mountain fortress located some 25 kilometers southeast of Seoul. 

 

Within the fortress’ walls, Joseon officials desperately debated the course of action -- whether to surrender or fight despite the enormous gap in military power -- based on diverging philosophies on the meaning of honor, life and death.

 

The king’s chief advisers are actor Lee’s Choi Myung-gil, defending life and survival over lofty ideals, and Kim’s Kim Sang-hun, who staunchly believes that the only meaningful life is one with honor and dignity. 

 

Director Hwang has tried his hand at many different genres. His “Miss Granny” (2014) a box office hit, which has spun several pan-Asian remakes, was a comedy. His film “Silenced” (2011) was a drama about school violence and human rights advocacy.

 

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From left: Kim Yoon-seok, Lee Byung-hun, Park Hae-il and Hwang Dong-hyuk speak to reporters at a press conference for “The Fortress” at CGV Yongsan in Seoul, Monday. (Yonhap)

 

Music for “The Fortress” has been undertaken by globally acclaimed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who wrote the music for 2015’s “The Revenant,” a film which also served as a reference for “The Fortress,” director Hwang said.

 

“This film, too, is a story of the cold and punishment,” said Hwang at a press conference for the film at CGV Yongsan in Seoul on Monday. “I was a longtime fan of (Sakamoto), but I had no idea how to contact him or if he would even agree (to work on this film) until I read an interview … and discovered that he was open to different projects. We then got in touch with him and after reading the synopsis, he happily agreed to work on the film.” 

 

The film also stars Go Soo as a blacksmith and Park Hae-il as King Injo. 

 

The movie, based on a novel of the same title by acclaimed Korean writer Kim Hoon, opens in theaters on Oct. 3. 

 

By Rumy Doo (doo@heraldcorp.com)

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Published on September 25, 2017 by Movie-bee

 

THE FORTRESS 'Namhansanseong' press preview (Full version)

Cho Woo Jin, Park Hee Sun, Ko Soo, Kim Yoon Suk, Lee Byung Hun, Park Hae Il

 

 

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September 25, 2017

 

LEAFF Battens Down the Hatches for THE FORTRESS
13 Korean Films Head to London

 

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz

 

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Joseon Era battle drama The Fortress has been invited to open this year’s 2nd London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF), which kicks off on October 19th. This year’s LEAFF competition will include HUH Jung’s horror film The Mimic, LEE An-gyu’s KIM Hye-soo gangster thriller A Special Lady, KO Bong-soo’s wrestling indie Loser’s Adventure and the documentary Dancing with Jikji from WOO Kwang-hoon and David Redman.

 

Featuring LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il in the lead, the film chronicles the King of Joseon’s retreat to the Namahansanseong Fortress, where he and his advisors faced a siege by the Qing Dynasty. The latest production by Silenced (2011) and Miss Granny (2014) director HWANG Dong-hyuk, The Fortress bows in Korea on October 3rd, just in time for this year’s Chuseok holiday season.

 

Other Korean films will take part in the ‘LEAFF Selection’, such as LEE Joon-ik’s Anarchist from Colony, RYOO Seung-wan’s The Battleship Island and PARK Hoon-jung’s V.I.P., while the ‘Stories of Women’ strand will feature KIM Jong-kwan’s The Table and CHO Hyunhoon’s Jane. 

 

This year’s festival focus turns its eye to the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and will feature LEE Yong-sun’s I’ll Just Live in Bando, KIM Kwang-bok’s The End of April and JEON Kyu-hwan’s THE END, as well as several shorts.

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