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The Admiral: Roaring Currents (DVD) (Japan Version)
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Breaking Korea's all-time box office record, blockbuster period epic The Admiral: Roaring Currents stars Choi Min Sik as 16th century admiral Yi Sun Shin, one of the most revered national heroes of Korean history. Set in 1597, the film focuses on the storied Battle of Myeongnyang in which a recently reinstated Yi led a fleet of 12 warships to victory over an invading Japanese fleet of over 100 warships. Director Kim Han Min, who achieved blockbuster success in 2011 with War of the Arrows, expands the rousing combat and heroics to a far grander scale with Roaring Currents, which features the best naval battle action scenes in Korean cinema.

The first film ever to exceed 15 million admissions at the Korean box office, Roaring Currents was also a critical success, winning a score of accolades including Best Film and Best Actor at the Daejong Film Awards and Best Director at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Ryu Seung Ryong, who won many awards for his role as a Manchurian archer in War of the Arrows, plays the opposing Japanese fleet's unlikely pirate commander. Roaring Currents' sprawling supporting cast also includes Jo Jin Woong (A Hard Day), Jin Goo (26 Years), No Min Woo (Ghastly), Kim Tae Hoon (The Man From Nowhere), Otani Ryohei (War of the Arrows) and Lee Jung Hyun (Juvenile Offender).

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Product Title: The Admiral: Roaring Currents (DVD) (Japan Version) The Admiral: Roaring Currents (DVD) (Japan Version) The Admiral: Roaring Currents (DVD) (Japan Version) バトル・オーシャン/海上決戦 명량
Artist Name(s): Choi Min Sik | Ryu Seung Ryong | Lee Jung Hyun | Jin Goo | No Min Woo | Kim Tae Hoon | Jo Jin Woong | Lee Seung Joon | Go Kyung Pyo | Kwon Yool | Otani Ryohei | Jo Bok Rae | Park Bo Gum 崔岷植 | 柳承龍 | 李貞賢 | 晉久 | 盧 民宇 | Kim Tae Hoon | 趙震雄 | Lee Seung Joon | 高庚杓 | 權律 | 大谷亮平 | 趙福來 | 朴寶劍 崔岷植 | 柳承龙 | 李贞贤 | 晋久 | 卢 民宇 | Kim Tae Hoon | 赵震雄 | Lee Seung Joon | 高庚杓 | 权律 | 大谷亮平 | 赵福来 | 朴宝剑 チェ・ミンシク | リュ・スンリョン | イ・ジョンヒョン | チン・グ | ノ・ミヌ | キム・テフン | チョ・ウォンジュン | Lee Seung Joon | コ・ギョンピョ | クォン・ユル | 大谷亮平 | Jo Bok Rae | パク・ボゴム 최 민식 | 류 승룡 | 이정현 | 진구 | 노민우 | 김태훈 (영화배우) | 조진웅 | 이승준 | 고경표 | 권율 | 오타니 료헤이 | 조복래 | 박보검
Director: Kim Han Min 金韓民 金韩民 キム・ハンミ 김한민
Release Date: 2016-08-03
Publisher Product Code: PJBF-1088
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050177519

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
チェ・ミンシク / リュ・スンリョン / パク・ボゴム / キム・ハンミン (監督)

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編110分
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Professional Review of "The Admiral: Roaring Currents (DVD) (Japan Version)"

October 7, 2015

This professional review refers to The Admiral: Roaring Currents (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)
Korea is known for its big budget period blockbusters, few of which come on the grand scale of The Admiral: Roaring Currents, recreating in lavish detail the Battle of Myeongnyang against Japanese invaders. Directed by Kim Han-min, who also helmed a historical hit in 2011 with War of the Arrows, the film stars Choi Min-sik in the lead as Admiral Yi Sun Shin, with support from Ryu Seung-ryong (War of the Arrows) as the main villain of the piece, plus Jo Jin-woong (A Hard Day), Jin Goo (26 Years), No Min-woo (Ghastly), Kim Tae-hoon (The Man From Nowhere), and Lee Jung-hyun (Juvenile Offender). A massive hit at the local box office, the film smashed a variety of records and became the first ever to beat 15 million admissions, as well winning a slew of gongs at the Daejong and Blue Dragon Film Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor.

The film is set in 1597 during the Joeson Dynasty, with Korea facing a Japanese invasion by land and sea. Having been imprisoned and tortured as part of a military disciplinary, Admiral Yi Sun Shin is recalled to lead the country's fleet, being pitted against the ruthless Japanese pirate captain Kurushima (Ryu Seung-ryong). Disobeying orders to lend his strength to the ground attack, Yi commits to a desperate gamble, leading a fleet of just twelve ships against hundreds of Japanese warships, planning to face them in the treacherous Myeongnyang Straits.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents is very much a logical step up for director Kim Han-min, as it basically sees him applying the same pleasingly economic and pared-down approach that he did with War of the Arrows, this time on a considerably larger scale. This again proves very successful, and the film is an action thriller every bit as much as a historical drama, benefiting from a far faster pace and less bloat than most others of its kind. While its accuracy might be up for discussion this really doesn't matter, as Roaring Currents is a huge juggernaut of a film which powers forwards with muscular intent, a tense first half building towards what is essentially one gigantic hour long set piece. Tense and increasingly gruelling, the film keeps the viewer both gripped and in awe, a textbook example of how to structure and orchestrate bombastic carnage.

Crucially, the film's special effects and production design are able to deliver on its ambitions, and it stands as one of the best looking and most visually impressive Korean blockbusters to date. Its sea battles brought to life through a seamless mic of computer effects and real physical models, the film's set pieces have genuine impact, underlined by a violent and bloody streak which helps to up its sense of threat and danger. There's similarly a great attention to period detail outside of the naval scenes, some great costumes and sets allowing Kim to create a believable historical backdrop, and the film having a suitably gritty and grimy air.

The film's only real problem comes with its characters, all of whom are fairly one note. Despite a fittingly stoic and determined performance from Choi Min-sik in the lead, the viewer never really learns much about Admiral Yi or his backstory, and anyone without prior awareness of him and his place in Korean history is likely to feel a little distanced. Unsurprisingly, it's all very macho, with lots of shouting, gritted teeth and soldiers pushing on despite terrible wounds, and there's little in the way of depth or the kind of emotional involvement that might have given the film and its triumphant conclusion even more of a kick.

This appears to have been a sacrifice that Kim Han-min was willing to make, and certainly as a couple of hours of military spectacle, The Admiral: Roaring Currents is hard to fault. Nationalistic and thrilling to a fault, it's easy to see why it proved so popular in Korea, and though a lack of knowledge about the historical context might reduce its effectiveness with western viewers, the film is still highly entertaining and should be enjoyed on the biggest screen possible.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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