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  • RYOO Seung-wan and HWANG Jung-min Team Up Again for BATTLESHIP ISLAND
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 20, 2016
  • Period Escape Action-Drama Co-Stars SO Ji-sub and SONG Joong-ki
    Word first got out about director RYOO Seung-wan’s follow-up project to Veteran last August and now the action maestro has confirmed his main cast for the film, which is called Battleship Island. HWANG Jung-min, SO Ji-sub and SONG Joong-ki will headline the period action drama which is currently in pre-production and eyeing a 2017 release.
    Set during World War II, RYOO’s latest takes place on Japan’s Hashima Island (nicknamed Battleship Island), which became a forced labor camp in the 1930s for many Korean and Chinese civilians or prisoners of war, and follows the story of 400 Korean workers who attempt to escape. HWANG is on board to play a hotel worker who tries to bring his daughter to Japan to keep her safe, only to be rerouted to Hashima, where he does everything he can to protect her. Meanwhile, SO was cast as a tough streetfighter living on the island while SONG will be an independence fighter who sneaks onto Hashima to save a member of the independence movement.
    Battleship Island will mark the third collaboration for RYOO and HWANG, following 2010’s The Unjust and last year’s phenomenally successful Veteran, which, with 13.41 million viewers (USD 86.9 million), is the third most highest-grossing Korean film of all time. HWANG is currently on a hot streak, having also appeared in Ode to My Father (2014) and The Himalayas (2015) recently.
    A major TV presence, SO hasn’t had a lead role in a film since 2012’s A Company Man, though he did have a cameo in the hit period drama The Throne last fall. After starring in the smash hit A Werewolf Boy (2012), SONG had to enlist for his obligatory military service. Battleship Island marks the young star’s return to the big screen.
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