The Admiral: Roaring Currents (Kim Han-Min, South Korea, 2014)

  • August 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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8/12 Update: Showtime and meetup instructions updated

Note: Showtime is 7:35 PM. Running time is 127 minutes. Tickets are available online here (Adult: $11.75, Senior: $9 and Child: $8.75). This show is likely to sell out so reserving your ticket online as early as possible is strongly encouraged. I will stand by outside the concessions stand on the 2nd floor of the theater starting from 7PM onwards. I will carry a clipboard with me, but in case you need to find me or the group, you can contact me at (408) 688-4748.

Folks, it doesn’t get any better than this for a Korean event film. It has been over 15 years since the modern korean film industry rose to international prominence but it has taken them this long to finally make a film about the most famous battle in their history. The Battle of Myeongnyang, the korean history equivalent of Battle of Thermopylae (made famous by 300) and Battle of The Alamo, is legendary for the feat of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin in defeating an invading Japanese fleet of over 300 ships with only 13 ships. There have been many local adaptations of this story, but never before on this blockbuster scale. This latest incarnation is a historical naval war epic directed by Kim Han-Min, whose previous 2011 war epic War of The Arrows was the highest grossing korean film that year. Playing the role of Admiral Yi, whose victory in this battle cemented his place among the greatest naval commanders in history alongside the likes of Admiral Nelson, is none other than Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy). This film, not surprisingly, has broken domestic box office records since it opened on July 30.

Synopsis:

In the year 1597, after the disastrous Battle of Chilchonryang left the Joseon Dynasty in the brink of defeat, their last hope lies in the hand of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, who with only 13 ships available, must make a last stand battle to defend the dynasty from an invading Japanese force of 330 ships.

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AQPeyfEzaE

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  • Suzi

    Sorry, so many typos. Miracle in Cell No. 7,War of Arrows. Missing word: I agree that they SHOULD have delved...

    August 16

  • Suzi

    Normally, I don't attend movies, but this epic movie must be seen in the theaters for the CG visuals and sound. Just came back from traveling in Japan and Korea in June so this was interesting to see because I'm interested in Japanese and Korean culture. Those who haven't seen Choi Min Sik's Old Boy or Ryoo Seung Yong's Miracle in Cell No. & or War of the Arrrows, should check them out. Surprised to see two of my soap dramas actors in this movie, No Min Woo and Kwon Se In! Seen many taigas and sageuks so this movie was very exciting and entertaining; however, I agree that they delved more into the character of Kurushima and the other Japanese commanders.Going to Korea again next year, so will have another opportunity to learn more about Korea.

    August 16

  • Ricky P.

    Satisfying and competently crafted war epic does its job in inspiring korean patriotism and giving the audience a good time. But it also feels like another big budget, lavishly produced, yet generic period war epics, unlike John Woo's Red Cliff (to be fair, that's 2 films) or even 300 which stand out; this is somewhat disappointing considering the legendary status and importance of the battle in korean history. Choi Min-Sik acts in autopilot mode here playing Admiral Yi as a simple, stoic, dour leader, compared to the korean actors playing all the Japanese commanders, who seem to relish playing them like cartoonish bad guys in their colorful costumes (props to the filmmakers' restraint for not provoking too much anti-Japanese sentiment).

    August 16

  • Ricky P.

    The group is meeting near the ATM at 2nd floor. It's right at the end of the escalator and stairs

    August 15

  • Stanley

    Are we doing dinner sign ups?

    August 15

    • Ricky P.

      We'll decide dinner at the end of the show

      August 15

  • Michael

    I have an extra AMC Gold Ticket voucher, good for any show. Anyone wants it?

    August 15

    • DaiAn

      I do. How much should I pay you for it?

      August 15

    • Michael

      My bad. The show is at a Century theater, my voucher wont be accepted.

      August 15

  • Suzi

    Couldn't buy both of my tickets from Fandango as per update instructions today. They are doing site maintenance. Will try again at a later time.

    August 12

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