The Fortress

Namhan Sanseong

Hwang Donghyuk

For Westerners, 17th-century Korean politics may seem complicated and irrelevant, but The Fortress makes clear how a footnote in world history can be a welcome and exciting lesson for contemporary viewers. The lavish historical film is set against the beautiful wintry backdrop of historical Namhan fortress (now a UNESCO site), where the Joseon dynasty (Korean) King Injo and his court have taken refuge from an invading Qing (Manchu) army, led by General Ingguldai, but find themselves surrounded and increasingly cold and hungry.

Between the Minister of the Interior, who emphasises 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 the death for the greater cause, the king must make a grave choice. If you know you are going to be defeated, what is the best way to lose? 

Screenings

  • Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    English subtitles
    Fri 26 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 5
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Oude Luxor
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy
  • Pathé 1
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Hwang Donghyuk
Country
South Korea
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
139’
Language
Korean
Producer
Kim Jiyeon
Production Company
Siren Pictures
Sales
CJ Entertainment
Writer
Hwang Donghyuk
Cinematography
Kim Jiyong
Editor
Nam Nayoung
Production Design
Chae Kyoungsun
Sound Design
Choi Taeyoung
Music
Sakamoto Ryuichi
Cast
Lee Byunghun, Kim Yoonseok, Park HaeIl, Soo Go