Hwang Jung-min (centre) in The Battleship Island (category IIB; Korean, Japanese). The film, which also stars Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub, is directed by Ryoo Seung-wan

Film review: The Battleship Island – violence, melodrama and jingoism vie for attention in South Korea’s biggest release of 2017

Director Ryoo Seung-wan wrings real-life tragedy behind story of second world war escape from prison island for every tear, and dollar, he can, no more so than in ending that ditches subtlety for blood, bullets and collective histrionics

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Hwang Jung-min (centre) in The Battleship Island (category IIB; Korean, Japanese). The film, which also stars Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub, is directed by Ryoo Seung-wan
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