IU CINEMA: Gun-ham-do (The Battleship Island)— Director’s Cut
- February 9, 2019
- IU Cinema
- 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
- 4:00 PM to 6:12 PM
- Free, but ticketed
Director Ryoo Seung-wan is scheduled to be present.
The Battleship Island is set during World War II on a Japanese prison island where Koreans were drafted into forced labor in undersea coal mines. The film emphasizes the brutality of the prison and depicts the suffering of the prisoners with realistic wretchedness, while also drawing attention to their humanity through interesting and morally ambiguous characterizations. The action is staged on a specially constructed two-thirds-scale recreation of the island and shows off Ryoo’s cinematic skills with battle scenes centered on a fictionalized mass escape led by a Korean independence fighter. In Korean and Japanese with English subtitles. Contains mature content, including violence and strong language.