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Best Film at the 37th Film Critics Awards 2017

* Namhansanseong Fortress *남한산성 * South Castle *

Namhansanseong  (UNESCO World Heritage Site)


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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 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

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

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November 10, 2016

Cast of 'South Castle' to gather for first script reading 

Translated by Barbara at LBH soompi from article at LBH Baidu // Korean article at Daily Sports

The cast of "South Castle": Lee Byung Hun, Kim Yoon Seok, Park Hee Soon, Go Soo, Park Hae Il and David Lee will take part in "South Castle's" first script reading on November 11.

Photo: cjenmmovie

#LeeByungHun #KimYunSeok #ParkHaeIl #GoSoo #ParkHeeSoon #DirHwangDongHyuk

Meet the best actors of the day!

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November 18, 2016

'South Castle' Cast at Script Reading Session

Source: Newsen

Photos showing actors Lee Byung Hun, Kim Yoon Seok, Park Hae Il, Go Soo & Park Hee Soon at 'South Castle' script reading session on November 11 have been released by CJ Entertainment,










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November 21, 2016

LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il Tapped for NAMHANSANSEONG FORTRESS
Stars Gather for HWANG Dong-hyuk Period Epic

by Pierce Conran / KoBiz


A coterie of stars have gathered for the upcoming period epic Namhansanseong Fortress, from Silenced (2011) director HWANG Dong-hyuk. Headlining the project will be actors LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il.

Set in 1636, when the Qing Dynasty attacked the Joseon, the film focuses on King Injo (played by PARK Hae-il) and his retainers, who are hustled within the fortress located in Namhansanseong, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of his retainers (LEE Byung-hun) advocates for negotiations with the attacking force while another (KIM Yun-seok) urges the king to keep on fighting. The film is based on a novel of the same name by KIM Hoon which was published in 2007.

LEE has had a busy schedule recently, moving from last year’s hit Inside Men to roles in KIM Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows and the Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven this fall, and the action-thriller Master due out next month. He will also be seen alongside KONG Hyo-jin in Warner Bros.’ second Korean title Single Rider early next year.

Following the exorcism hit The Priests last fall, KIM will be seen next month in the romantic drama Will You Be There? while PARK recently featured in the successful Colonial Era drama The Last Princess alongside SON Ye-jin. Co-starring in the film will be KO Soo of The Front Line (2011) and PARK Hee-soon of The Suspect (2013).

Director HWANG, who debuted with My Father in 2007, last made the hit Lunar New Year family comedy Miss Granny in 2014. Among the behind-the-scenes crew of the film will be the A Bittersweet Life (2005) and The Age of Shadows cinematographer KIM Jee-yong.

Filming for Namhansanseong Fortress kicked off on November 21st with a release expected to follow at some point in 2017. CJ Entertainment will both finance and distribute the picture. 

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January 24, 2017

31 Most Anticipated Korean Films of 2017

By Pierce Conran Modern Korean Cinema 

12. Namhansanseong Fortress 
Dir: Hwang Dong-hyeok (Silenced, 2011)
Cast: Lee Byung-hun (Inside Men, 2015), Kim Yun-seok (The Chaser, 2008), Park Hae-il (War of the Arrows, 2011), Go Soo (The Front Line, 2011), Park Hee-soon (The Suspect, 2013)
Distribution: CJ Entertainment
Filming Dates: 2016-11-21 ~
Status: Filming
Genre: Period, Action 

Plot: It’s 1636, and the Qing dynasty has attacked the Joseon Kingdom. The King Injo and his retainers hide out in the the mountain fortress city Namhansanseong. One of his men insists they enter into negotiations with their attackers while the other urges him to attack.

What to expect: Beautiful winter and war time period photography from Kim Ji-yong (The Age of Shadows) and a strong mix of leads.

When can we see it? Chuseok at the earliest, but probably later, if not next year.

Full list at MKC

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February 14, 2017

Photo: dumb_ndumber #NamhansanseongFortress #CoffeeTruck #SouthCastle

Dumb_ndumber (Google-translate) Today I went to the movie "Namhansanseong" on my first schedule.
For the actors and staff who are suffering from outdoor shooting on a cold day, we sent our coffee truck.
Prepared hot coffee drinks and churros to melt the cold for a while.
It looks like everyone is enjoying the delicious snack.
Actors Kim Yoon-seok, Lee Byung-hun, Park Hae-il, and Kim Soo-nam are some of the actors who are leading Korean films.
Hope filming will be safe & smooth without any accident during the shooting period .. hope this will cheer you up.
Will send again for the second support.

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February 19, 2017

[Herald Interview] Actor Go Soo still unsure after 20 years

Leading the upcoming psychological thriller “Lucid Dream,” the 38-year-old actor continues to feel embarrassed over his performance 

With chiseled features and deep dark eyes, Go Soo has earned himself the nickname “the statue of David” among Korean fans. But his identity as an actor is less defined then his outward appearance. 

Now nearing 20 years since his debut, the actor had a busy but less-than-noticeable 2016, starring in the TV period drama “The Flower in the Prison” as a mysterious tradesman and making a brief appearance in the film “The Age of Shadows.”

Go returns to the big screen as the lost, confused, tired but determined lead in the psychological thriller “Lucid Dream,” hitting local theaters Wednesday. In the film, which straddles reality and dreams, Go plays Dae-ho, a journalist and a father whose son has been kidnapped. 

After three years of painful waiting, Dae-ho decides to visit a prominent sleep research lab and probe his memory using an induced lucid dream state, which, according to the film, will allow him to recall subconscious details from the day of the kidnapping. 

Actor Go Soo (Young Hwa In)

Himself a father of two, Go says his focus was to “communicate the state of a tortured parent,” at an interview Friday at a cafe in Samcheong-dong, Seoul. 

On choosing this film, Go said he was attracted to the subject matter of dreaming and the visual spectacle the dream state setup could offer on screen. 

“I read the script. There’s a part where (Dae-ho) opens a door and is walking in the middle of the ocean as the sun is going down. And a scene where it’s raining fireworks,” he said. “I became curious about what would happen in this movie.”

But the actor admitted he wasn’t entirely satisfied with the turnout of his performance.

“It was a challenge to maintain Dae-ho’s state of emotions throughout the film,” he said. “If things were too intense in the beginning, then the catharsis at the end would decrease.”

In many ways, Go’s career has followed an unpredictable path. He debuted in a soft drink TV commercial, then appeared as an extra in a music video. His breakout role came in the 2001 TV drama “Piano,” where he portrayed a tabooed romance between stepsiblings. 

Since then, Go’s roles have varied from melodrama leads on TV series such as the 2009 “Will it Snow for Christmas?” to a scrapyard worker with hidden powers in the 2010 film “Haunters,” never quite achieving the same acclaim, both critically and in terms of popularity, as he had done in “Piano.” 

“There seems to be no right answer to acting,” he said. “It’s not a matter of knowing techniques or theories. When I first started, I stood in front of the camera knowing absolutely nothing.”

Has he learned much over the years? “It’s all a process,” Go answered after a pause.

The actor hinted at a desire to play different characters, but was reluctant to define his career, his goals, or even his personal life in any way. 

“You make mistakes and learn. I just try to be sincere in my approach. You have to have different experiences. It’s a way of finding myself.”

One thing is certain: the 38-year-old actor still keeps himself busy. He is filming a new movie, tentatively titled “South Castle” alongside heavyweight actors Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok and Park Hae-il. Vague as usual, Go declined to offer details on his role. 

Rubbing his face with his hands at the end of the interview, he said, “I’m still always embarrassed about my performances. Every set feels new and I get nervous.”

By Rumy Doo (doo@heraldcorp.com)

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Photo: churrokingtruck 

From LBH's fanclub RUBEURS #FoodTruck for #LeeByungHun and #SouthCastle #Namhansanseong

Churrokingtruck # Chu rocking today's # support
Movie # Namhansan location and filming scene
# To support Lee Byung Hun and team of Namhansanseong
Fan Cafe # Rubeurs has commissioned me
Came to Pyeongchang valley where cell phones do not work well.
It is still winter in Gangwon-do.
For a South Korean team working outdoors
Lee Byung Hun actor is really the best.
We will always support you.
Thank you Rubeurs
# Coffee tea # Snack tea # Green tea # Pizza tea
# Elegant truck # Food truck # Celebrity support # Corporate events

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Today via Instagram, CJ Entertainment released the group photo of NAMHANSANSEONG (South Castle) cast & crew, recently finished with the filming. Which is right on schedule, just before May after 5 months of filming. Movie is scheduled for a 2017 release, perhaps during Chuseok.


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Thanks to the highlight at PlanetBH0712, photo of the crank-in/prayer ceremony for Namhansanseong Fortress last Dec. There are a number of other filming photos from this IG as well.

Photo: judong2125 

Main cast of SOUTH CASTLE (not sure about the little girl ^_^) and the director


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June 13, 2017 (South Castle excerpt only)

Resurrecting the Imaginative World of Text and Images on Screen
Korean Novel and Webtoon-based Blockbusters to Storm Theaters in the Second-half of This Year

by KIM Su-bin / KoBiz

KIM Hoon X HWANG Dong-hyuk, Namhansanseong


LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok, PARK Hae-il, KO Soo and PARK Hee-soon. What brought this group of leading Korean actors was none other than the novel, Namhansanseong (Namhansan Mountain Fortress). Author KIM Hoon’s noted work, Namhansanseong has been on the brink of being reintroduced through film ever since it was first published a decade ago. The ‘dialogue’ in the film will be the main point of attraction for Namhansanseong : spoken words demanding to open the way in order to live, to die in order to live, and the overwhelming dilemma of these words that keep other words from being spoken. It will be quite interesting to experience the synergy created as the unrelentingly straightforward phrases of novel, Namhansanseong are transformed into film dialogue and come to life through the seasoned performance of the cast. 

The storyline of Namhansanseong can be traced back to the winter of 1636 along the isolated Namhansan Mountain Fortress. King Injo and his court are placed in a predicament whereby they cannot not leave their Namhan Mountain Fortress refuge nor fight back against the Qing Empire army camped outside. The only thing left for them is to decide whether to ‘die valiantly or live in shame’. Hence, the hawks insisting for resistance to the very end, and the doves pushing for survival even if it means to be called traitors, are fiercely pitted against each other. There is only pain left for the people living outside the fortress to endure as their lives, just like their country, are as vulnerable as a candle flickering in the wind. Namhansanseong captures those 47 days of chaos. 

Actor KIM Yun-seok plays KIM Sang-heon who supports the position to fight against the Qing Dynasty army, while actor LEE Byung-hun plays CHOI Myung-gil who insists on making peace with the enemy for the sake of the people. Actor PARK Hae-il is cast as King Injo who is suffering between the clashing positions, and actor KO Soo is blacksmith SEO Nal-sweh who patiently plods away at his duties in spite of the cold and hunger. Finally actor PARK Hee-soon is LEE Shi-baek, the general in charge of protecting the fortress. The film is directed by HWANG Dong-hyuk whose past work boasts a wide spectrum from the critical social drama, Silenced to the delightful family drama, Miss Granny. The film wrapped up production this April and is scheduled for theatrical release during the second half of the year. 

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June 15, 2017

[Photos] New on-the-set images for the upcoming Korean movie "Namhansanseong Fortress"

Source: HanCinema.net


Added new on-the-set images for the upcoming Korean movie "Namhansanseong Fortress" (2016)

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyeok

With Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok, Park Hae-il, Ko Soo, Park Hee-soon, Lee David,...

Crank in : 2016/11/21

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.

Release date in Korea : 2017/Second half


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July 20, 2017

Lee Byung-hun x Kim Yoon-seok x Park Hae-il 'Namhansanseong Fortress' to be released in September



According to CJ E&M on the 20th, the film 'Namhansanseong Fortress', starring Lee Byung-hun and Kim Yoon-seok, will meet the audience in September. Post-production is currently ongoing in full swing mode.

Namhansanseong Fortress aka South Castle, which started shooting on November 21 last year, finished its 5-month filming schedule in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province on April 23.

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Not sure of the original source yet, thanks to the highlight by JJE‏ @aa_12r1 on twitter

Looks like the first still photo of Lee Byung Hun in #NamhansanseongFortress #SouthCastle


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