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The Fortress

Directed By Hwang Dong-hyuk
Cast Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yoon-seok, Park Hae-il, Go Soo
Drama, History, War
140 minutes
Korean w/ English Subtitles

Synopsis

During the Qing Invasion of Korea, the king and the court take refuge in a mountain fortress, where they find themselves stranded in the cold and surrounded by the enemy. The king’s dilemma deepens as his people in the fortress start dying from cold and hunger. In 1636, Qing China invades Korea with 150,000 troops. The Korean court flees the capital to take shelter in the Namhan Fortress, located in treacherous mountains outside the city. The Qing army, led by General Yong Gol Dae, 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 interior minister, 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. 

1636년 인조 14년 병자호란. 청의 대군이 공격해오자 임금과 조정은 적을 피해 남한산성으로 숨어든다. 추위와 굶주림, 절대적인 군사적 열세 속 청군에 완전히 포위된 상황,
대신들의 의견 또한 첨예하게 맞선다. 순간의 치욕을 견디고 나라와 백성을 지켜야 한다는 이조판서 ‘최명길’(이병헌)과 청의 치욕스런 공격에 끝까지 맞서 싸워 대의를 지켜야 한다는 예조판서 ‘김상헌’(김윤석). 그 사이에서 ‘인조’(박해일)의 번민은 깊어지고, 청의 무리한 요구와 압박은 더욱 거세지는데… 나아갈 곳도 물러설 곳도 없는 고립무원의 남한산성 나라의 운명이 그곳에 갇혔다!

About

Director by Hwang Dong-hyuk

Genre Drama, History, War

Language Korean w/ English Subtitles

Running Time 140 minutes

Cast

  • Lee Byung-hun
  • Kim Yoon-seok
  • Park Hae-il
  • Go Soo

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