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In 1636, during the Second Qing Invasion of Korea in the 14th year of King Injo’s rule, King Injo and the Royal Court finds shelter inside Namhan Fortress outside the city as the Qing’s large army continues to attack. The Qing army, led by General Ingguldai, quickly surrounds the fortress, leaving the king and the court stranded in a prolonged standoff. For a truce, the Qing General makes a humiliating proposal of sending the Crown Prince out as hostage. Unable to move forward or fight the outnumbering enemy, the people of the fortress start dying from cold and hunger. Between the Minister of the Interior, who emphasizes the king’s duty to protect the lives of his subjects regardless of humiliation, and the Minister of Rites, who maintains that they must fight to death for the greater cause, the king must make a grave choice.

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Genre: War, Epic, Drama

Country: Republic of Korea

Year: 2017

Duration: 139 minutes

Director: HWANG Dong-hyuk

Language(s):  Korean

Subtitles: English subtitles

Producer(s): Jeong Tae-Sung

Screenplay: HWANG Dong-hyuk

Cinematographer:  Kim Ji-Yong

Editor: Nam Na-Young

Sound: Choi Tae-Young

Music:  Ryuichi Sakamoto   

Principal Cast:  LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yoon-seok, PARK Hae-il, GO Soo

Dates & Times: October 28, 2017 6:00 PM

Followed by Q & A with Director Hwang Dong-hyuk

Plays In:  ArcLight Cinemas - Culver City

Eventbrite - Asian World Film Festival - THE FORTRESS - South Korea