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Two years after A Taxi Driver, Yu Hae Jin and Ryu Jun Yeol star in another film about an important historical event in The Battle: Roar to Victory! Director Won Shin Yun (Memoir of a Murderer) brings to screen the 1920 Battle of Fengwudong between Korean independence militias and Japanese forces. The period action film co-stars Jo Woo Jin (Default), Seo Jeong Sik and Japanese actors Kitamura Kazuki (Million Dollar Man) and Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (Outrage Coda), with special appearances by Choi Min Sik and Park Hee Soon. The Battle: Roar to Victory won the Grand Prize and Best Director at the 27th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards, as well as two technical awards at the 6th Korean Film Producers Association awards.

In June 1920 during the Japanese occupation of Korea, a group of freedom fighters in the Korean independence militia, including swordsman Hwang Hae Chul (Yu Hae Jin) and sniper Ma Byung Gu (Jo Woo Jin), set out to deliver funds to the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai. While carrying out the operation, Hae Chul reunites with young squad leader Lee Jang Ha (Ryu Jun Yeol). They join hands to bait the Japanese forces in Manchuria, but an even more dangerous mission awaits Jang Ha.

This edition comes with special features including production video and trailer.

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Product Title: The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (Korea Version) The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (韓國版) The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (韩国版) The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (Korea Version) 봉오동전투 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 鳳梧洞戰役 凤梧洞战役
Artist Name(s): Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki | Kitamura Kazuki | Jo Woo Jin (Actor) | Choi Yu Hwa (Actor) 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 柳俊烈 (Actor) | 池內博之 | 北村一輝 | 趙 宇鎮 (Actor) | 崔有華 (Actor) 刘海镇 (Actor) | 柳俊烈 (Actor) | 池内博之 | 北村一辉 | 赵 宇镇 (Actor) | 崔有华 (Actor) ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | リュ・ジュンヨル (Actor) | イケウチ,ヒロユキ | 北村一輝 | Jo Woo Jin (Actor) | Choi Yu Hwa (Actor) 유해진 (Actor) | 류준열 (Actor) | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki | Kitamura Kazuki | 조 우진 (Actor) | 최유화 (Actor)
Director: Won Sin Yeon 元申延 元申延 ウォン・シニョン 원신연
Release Date: 2020-04-20
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Injoingan
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1088952625

Product Information

봉오동전투 (DVD) (한국판)

*Sound mix:한국어 돌비디지털 5.1
*Screen format:2.35:1 아나몰픽 와이드스크린
*Extras:
-제작기
-예고편

*Director:원신연

-모두의 싸움, 모두의 첫 승리. 봉오동 전투, 첫 영화화
-죽음의 골짜기로 일본군을 유인하라!
숨가쁘고 박진감 넘치는 전력질주 액션의 완성
-유해진X류준열X조우진
이름 모를 독립군으로 돌아오다!
세 배우가 그려낼 99년 전 그 날의 승리

임무는 단 하나! 달리고 달려, 일본군을 죽음의 골짜기로 유인하라!
1919년 3.1운동 이후 봉오동 일대에서 독립군의 무장항쟁이 활발해진다.

일본은 신식 무기로 무장한 월강추격대를 필두로 독립군 토벌 작전을 시작하고,
독립군은 불리한 상황을 이겨내기 위해 봉오동 지형을 활용하기로 한다.

항일대도를 휘두르는 비범한 칼솜씨의 해철(유해진)과 발 빠른 독립군 분대장 장하(류준열)
그리고 해철의 오른팔이자 날쌘 저격수 병구(조우진)는
빗발치는 총탄과 포위망을 뚫고 죽음의 골짜기로 일본군을 유인한다.

계곡과 능선을 넘나들며 귀신같은 움직임과 예측할 수 없는 지략을 펼치는 독립군의 활약에
일본군은 당황하기 시작하는데...

1920년 6월, 역사에 기록된 독립군의 첫 승리
봉오동 죽음의 골짜기에 묻혔던 이야기가 지금부터 시작된다.
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Professional Review of "The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (Korea Version)"

April 24, 2020

Films like Taegukgi and The Front Line have long proven that the South Korean film industry has the resources and talent to make spectacular war films comparable to Hollywood. And since there will always be demand in South Korea for patriotic war films that celebrate its victories on the battlefield, we now have The Battle: Roar to Victory. The latest film by Won Shin Yun (Memoir of a Murderer) doesn't reach the dramatic heights of the aforementioned predecessors, but its impressively mounted battle sequences provide plenty for fans of the genre to enjoy.

Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, The Battle centers on the battle of Fengwudong (called Bondo-dong in the film) in 1920, when Korean independence militia banded together and defeated a Japanese battalion in the Jiandao border area (now Jilin Province, China). But instead of focusing on real Independence Army leader Hong Beom Do, the film follows a (likely fictional) band of freedom fighters that includes fearless sword-wielding leader Hwang Hae Cheol (Yoo Hae Jin), his deputy (Jo Woo Jin) and sharpshooter Lee Jang Ha (up-and-coming star Ryu Jun Yeol). To protect important funds being shipped across the border for the independence movement, the group conceives a plan that will draw the Japanese battalion to the Fengwudong mountains, where the Korean fighters can outsmart their opponents with tactics rather than sheer firepower.

Before the hour-long climatic battle sequence, Won and his co-writer Chun Ji Woo lay out a narrative that jumps between brutal depictions of war atrocities and scenes showing the ragtag nature of the guerilla fighters. The humorous dynamic between the fighters, which sets the film apart from the usual solemn nature of the genre, is reminiscent of Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds but delivered with far less digressive conversations.

The villains are even more cartoonish. Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, who's already played his share of evil Japanese characters in Chinese films, chews plenty of scenery as a member of the Japanese elite battalion, but it's Kitamura Kazuki who has all the fun as battalion leader Yasukawa. After stabbing a tiger to death in his first scene in a not-very-subtle metaphor, Yasukawa remains an obsessed and merciless warmonger to the very end, giving Kitamura the chance to deliver a delightfully unhinged performance as the main villain.

Yoo and the rest of the cast give solid performances, but the film's real star is cinematographer Kim Young Ho (Haeundae, Pirates), who captures the mountain-set battle sequences with complex, sweeping Steadicam shots that whiz through tree-lined paths and over mountain ridges. Capturing a large-scale battle with steady roving shots instead of close handheld shots provides a difficult logistical challenge when filming in such rough terrains (the mountain ranges of Gangwon Province stand in for the real Fengwudong here), but Kim's work makes The Battle one of the best-looking films in the genre.

Though bordering on exhausting, the extended battle that makes up most of the film's second half is a real spectacle to behold. Won opts to recreate the battle using real pyrotechnics rather than special effects, lending a sense of realism that fans of the genre will appreciate. Though its narrative shortcomings keep it from being a standout in its genre, The Battle will likely elevate Won's status as a solid choice for forthcoming big-budget spectacles.

by Kevin Ma

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