(Korean Movies) The Fortress, 2017

The Fortress, 2017

The Fortress, 2017
Audience over 15
running time
140 minutes
cumulative audience
3849129 people
18th Director's Cut Awards 2018


Byeongja Horan, 14th year of King Injo, 1636.
When the large Qing army attacks, the king and the royal court hide in Namhansanseong Fortress to avoid the enemy. The situation of being completely surrounded by the Blue Army amidst cold and hunger and absolute military inferiority, the opinions of the ministers are also sharply opposed.
Lee Joo Myeong-gil (Lee Byung-hun) is told to endure the humiliation of the moment and protect the country and people, and Kim Sang-heon (Kim Yun-seok) is to fight the humiliating attack of the Qing government to the end and defend the cause. Meanwhile, Injo (Park Hae-il)'s anguish deepens, and Cheong's unreasonable demands and pressures grow stronger…

Namhansanseong Fortress in an isolated state with nowhere to go and no place to retreat
The fate of the country is trapped there!

[ Prologue ]

Byeongja Horan [丙子胡亂]

A war that took place from December 1636 to January of the following year when the Qing Dynasty invaded Joseon.
In April 1636, Hugeum changed the country's name to 'Qing' and demanded a new military relationship from Joseon.
As the pressure from the Qing grew stronger, Joseon's control was divided into two.
The Juhwa faction, who want to promote the future through reconciliation with the Blue House, and the Chuhwa faction, who want to fight against the Cheongwa and protect the cause.
King Injo of Joseon did not accept the request of the Qing Dynasty by raising the hand of the Cheokhwa faction.
In December 1636, Qing led a large army and invaded Joseon, causing the Sick Ja Horan.
When Cheong reaches near Hanyang in an instant, Injo tries to escape to Ganghwa Island, but fails because the road is blocked.
In the end, he escapes to the nearby Namhansanseong Fortress.
Due to the increasingly narrow Qing attack, they are isolated for Namhansanseong Fortress.

Namhansanseong Fortress
It is located in Sanseong-ri, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, about 24km southeast of Seoul.
It is a fortress located at an elevation of more than 500m above sea level and the total length of the fortress is 12.4km.
In 1621, to prevent the invasion of later Geum, it was reconstructed as a stone fortress, but it was not completed.
It was built from 1624 when the threat of later generations was heightened and was completed in 1626.
After the Byeongja Horan, it has undergone several extensions to increase its defense and has its present form.
It was designated as a Gyeonggi Provincial Park on March 17, 1971, and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.

[ About Movie ]

Will you endure and choose the latter, or will you choose to fight and die?
Two servants facing the same loyalty and different beliefs
The most intense 47-day story in history unfolds!

The decline of the Chinese name, the prosperity of the post-Geum, which changed its name to the Qing Dynasty, and the subsequent demand for a new military-to-military relationship from the Qing Dynasty and Joseon confronted it with chuckhwa. As a result, in December of the year of the sick man, the Qing invaded Joseon and the sick man Horan broke out. As the enemy advances rapidly to the vicinity of Hanyang with cavalry at the fore, the king and court of Joseon flee to Namhansanseong Fortress, but are isolated inside the fortress surrounded by large Qing forces. The 47 days (December 14, 1636 – January 30, 1637) in Namhansanseong, where they fiercely debated the future of Joseon while facing the crossroads of cold and hunger, fierce pressure from the enemy, and unreasonable demands, were on the screen. painted for the first time

<Namhansanseong> is a film depicting the fiercest 47-day story of Joseon's fate in the fortress of Namhansanseong, an isolated undisturbed village with no place to go or retreat, during the 14th year of King Injo in 1636. A novel of the same name by Kim Hoon, a novel of the same name by the author of the same name, contains the story of the court who fought sharply against the Qing's humiliating proposals, divided into amicable (staying close without quarreling between countries) and cheokhwa (rejecting discussions of amicableness). <Namhansanseong>, which was made into a movie, was completed more dramatically by adding cinematic imagination in a tight composition centered on two servants who had the same loyalty to the country and the people, but had different beliefs to protect them. 'Choi Myeong-gil', who tries to endure the humiliation of the moment and tries to promote the future through reconciliation with fruits and vegetables, and 'Kim Sang-heon', who wants to protect the cause by fighting the Qing to the end. The sharp debates and conflicts between the two ministers go beyond right and wrong, throwing concerns and topics about 'what is the right choice for the people now', delivering a deep resonance and message that can be resonated with even in the present era, which has been over 380 years old. In addition, <Namhansanseong>, which silently presses down the desperate and difficult days of that time while caring for the poor and suffering people of the government and the poor under the pressure of a powerful country, is the most fiercely committed to the cause, truth, belief and This Chuseok, the story of our sincere longing for the future and survival of the people and the country, discussing the principles, will leave a lasting impression on the audience.

Korea's representative actors Lee Byung-hun and Kim Yun-seok's first meeting
Intense presence of Park Hae-il, Go Soo, Park Hee-soon, and Jo Woo-jin
Deep acting that overwhelms the screen, meets hot synergy!

<Namhansanseong> raises expectations when two Korea's leading actors, Lee Byung-hun and Kim Yun-seok, met in one work for the first time. Lee Byung-hun, who received rave reviews for his perfect portrayal of the dual roles of the king and the poor in the movie <Gwanghae, the Man Who Became King>, which was released in 2012 and mobilized 12.32 million viewers, is 'Choi Myung-gil', who wants to endure disgrace and promote harmony between fruits and vegetables. Through the role, once again, he will show off a masterpiece of historical drama. Lee Byung-hun, who portrays a character who tries to persuade his opponent by calmly and calmly conveying his beliefs even in a sharp confrontation situation with solid and attractive acting, delivers a strong resonance with his deep eyes and lines. Kim Yun-seok, who has captivated the audience with his explosive acting in each of <The Chaser>, <The Thieves> and <The Black Priests>, radiates heavy charisma through the role of 'Kim Sang-heon', who wants to protect the cause by fighting against the blue and white. Kim Yun-seok, who took on the challenge of acting in a traditional historical drama for the first time through <Namhansanseong>, delicately expressed the emotional lines of Kim Sang-heon, who is deeply concerned about what is the path for the people. Lee Byung-hun and Kim Yun-seok, who are divided into two loyalists who fight over whether to reconcile with Cheong or fight against in a desperate crisis situation where the king and the court hide in Namhansanseong to avoid the attack of the Qing will bring you to the top.

If Lee Byung-hun and Kim Yun-seok overwhelm the screen with their hot energy, Park Hae-il, Go Soo, Park Hee-soon, and Jo Woo-jin fill the play with their heavy presence. Park Hae-il, who plays the role of 'Injo', the king of Joseon who suffers between the sharply opposing ministers, expresses the pain and wretchedness that the king must have felt at the crossroads of life and death with his in-depth acting skills. The master of the Namhansanseong blacksmith 'Seonalso', who is in charge of transporting the strong books, conveys a new charm with his honest and warm side who sacrifices his life for the country even though he is a mincho. He does not give up in the face of overwhelming inferiority and adds weight to his dedication to protecting the people. In addition, Jo Woo-jin, who plays the role of 'Jeong Myeong-soo', a station officer who was born in the Joseon Dynasty and ascended to a government office, perfectly digests the character with his solid acting skills accumulated through various works, adding tension to the play. As such, the hot acting synergy created by the combination of actors representing Korea in name and reality will be the highlight of <Namhansanseong>, which cannot be seen anywhere else.

Based on the novel by Hoon Kim
<The Crucible> <Miss Granny> Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk
The bestseller that captivated Korea, reborn as a screen!

Kim Hoon's novel 'Namhansanseong', a novel by Kim Hoon, who has sold 700,000 copies, recorded 100 prints, and won the 15th Daesan Literary Award since its publication in 2007, is the king of Joseon who is trapped in Namhansanseong, the confrontation between two loyalists in front of him, and the shaky fate of Joseon. It is an insightful work that captures the lives of grasshoppers living in their own way. In 2017, 10 years after publication, 10 years after publication, the novel 'Namhansanseong', which has garnered unanimous favorable reviews from readers for its concise yet powerful sentences and vivid descriptions unique to writer Hoon Kim, will be re-drawn on the screen. “There are a few images I put in the novel. The main ones are the isolation, the frightening cold in the isolated castle, and the faint smell of spring finally coming. How are these images drawn into video? And it should also contain the process by which the characters forming the two extremes create a dramatic contrast and achieve unity. The movie <Namhansanseong> was reborn as a work with a new breath by director Hwang Dong-hyuk, adding to the expectations and wishes of writer Kim Hoon that what he wanted to say in a novel is expressed through video and drama, and conveyed to a large audience.

From <The Crucible>, which mobilized 4.66 million viewers by filming the novel by Gong Ji-young based on a heartbreaking true story, to <Suspicious Woman>, which captivated 8.65 million viewers with warm and pleasant laughter, excellent storytelling and directing ability that crosses genres. Director Hwang Dong-hyeok, who was introduced, challenges his first historical drama with <Namhansanseong>. “The most surprising thing when reading the novel 'Namhansanseong' was that it was very similar to the current situation. It is my hope that it will be an opportunity to reflect on the problems and solutions facing modern times by revisiting the concerns and decisions made by our ancestors at that time.” led the work. Above all, director Hwang Dong-hyeok, who wanted to bring the lines of the controversy between Choi Myung-gil and Kim Sang-heon expressed in the original into the film as much as possible, made a special effort to embellish the lines so that current audiences do not have difficulties in hearing and understanding them while keeping the original lines as much as possible. tilted Through this, the film <Namhansanseong>, which was completed more vividly and dramatically, will lead the audience to the scene of the 1636 Byeongja Horan and give them a special experience this Chuseok.

Continue the genealogy of well-made historical dramas!
<Gwanghae, the man who became king> <Assassination> <Apostle> <Spying>
Shooting, art, costumes, makeup, the best production team in Korea

The country's top producers, recognized by others, gathered for <Namhansanseong>. <The Crucible> and <Miss Suspicious>, with cinematographer Ji-yong Kim and art director Chae Kyung-seon who are working with director Hwang Dong-hyuk for the third time following <The Crucible>, costume director Jo Sang-kyung, and makeup director Jo Tae-hee, <Namhansanseong> is a more vivid attraction with the help of talented staff. and completed a dramatic story.

Director Kim Ji-yong, who won the 26th Blue Dragon Film Award for cinematography, was praised for his intense shooting style that made use of the color and character of films such as <Sweet Life> and <Mischief>. The immersive performance was enhanced as if watching a play. Art director Chae Kyung-sun, who has won the Grand Bell Film Festival Art Award twice while breathing life into the play with realistic production designs such as <Detective of Joseon: The Secret of the Helmet Flower> and <The Sangwon>, realistically reproduces the spaces inside and outside Namhansanseong Fortress such as Haenggung Palace, Seongcheop, and Blacksmith's. To this end, he made an open set in Pyeongchang, and made extraordinary efforts, such as airlifting Mongolian ger, which was the same as the Qing dynasty at the time. In addition, costume director Jo Sang-gyeong, who has presented costumes that perfectly capture the era in each work, such as <The Handmaiden> <Assassination> and <Kundo: Age of Rampant>, reveals the silhouette of 17th century hanbok and the impoverished situation of Joseon in the midst of The realism was enhanced by directly producing a total of 300 pieces of Joseon armor, paper wallets, and Qing dynasty armor, as well as costumes that convey the identity and character of the character due to the difference in materials and materials. Make-up director Jo Tae-hee, who showed high-quality makeup in several historical drama works such as <The Last Weapon Bow>, <Gwanghae, the Man Who Became King> and <Sado>, created more than 200 sketches of characters such as skin tone, beard length, and temple size. The reality of traditional historical dramas is further enhanced by different detailed concepts. In this way, from filming, art, costumes, and makeup, <Namhansanseong>, completed by the best production team in Korea, will rewrite the genealogy of well-made historical dramas.

Vivid sights that endured the harsh cold of five months
A perfect reproduction of the 1636 Byeongja Horan!

The production team of <Namhansanseong> did not spare any effort to vividly capture the isolated Namhansanseong Fortress, which has no place to go or retreat from, while filming all over the country in the frigid weather for five months from November. In order to realistically reproduce the coldness and scenery of Namhansanseong Fortress, all scenes were filmed in an outdoor space and open set. In the case of outings, where there is a sharp confrontation between the ministers, an open set was produced in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, and naturally captured the cold enough to shake the shoji paper and the constant cold. Reflecting the situation at the time when Injo had to flee quickly to Namhansanseong Fortress and could not even bring clothes and blankets, the story of Injo's residence was portrayed as a cramped and simple space with only a minimum of accessories. In addition, in order to capture the appearance of 'Kim Sang-heon', a prefigurative book that crosses the Songpa River to Namhansanseong Fortress, in Inje, Gangwon-do, the film is filmed on a frozen river with an ice thickness of 30 cm. The scene of ' was filmed for three or four days at the Yangju Garaebi Ice Wall, where an actual ice waterfall is formed. In addition, he realistically directed every space and small props in the movie, such as the smithy made with props used by real blacksmiths with advice from experts, and the military tents and fabrics that he had airlifted to Mongolia and raised the perfection of the play. .

In particular, the battle scene between Joseon and Qing was one of the famous scenes in <Namhansanseong>, where you can feel the unique fighting spirit of the production team. The seongcheop set was made based on the literature data on which the drawings of the seongcheop were written in Namhansanseong Fortress, and was completed by measuring the size of the actual piled up stones and women's clothing (female 墻, a low wall built on top of the castle) through several visits to Namhansanseong Fortress. In addition, the rifles, swords, and bows used by the soldiers in the battle scenes were reproduced in their actual size, and the helmets and armor of the soldiers were made by hand using materials such as animal skins and fire paper used in the war at the time, after six months of manual labor. In this way, <Namhansanseong>, which perfectly reproduces the 1636 Byeongja Horan through the efforts of the production crew and actors, will present a vivid spectacle that you cannot take your eyes off of for even a moment.

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