The Fortress

Year 1636, the Manchus invaded the territory of Joseon. Anticipating the capture of the capital, the king of India with all the courtiers hiding in the walls of the ancient fortress, erected on mount Namhan. Mighty stone walls and 13800 soldiers do a fortress absolutely impregnable, but only as long as the beleaguered food. Sent into the enemy camp negotiator Minister Choi returns with a demand to expel the Manchu crown Prince as hostage, and the messenger follows this option. And Minister Kim believes that it is necessary not to give up, stand till the end and wait for the arrival of reinforcements from the South.

Director:
  • Dong-hyuk Hwang

Stars:
Release Date: 2017-10-20
IMDb icon 6.8/10
  • Country: KR
  • Language: Korean
  • Runtime: 2h:20m
reviews
Jeanna Schwab
16 September 2018 | 12:54

The winter of 1636. Manchus, actively warring with China, decided to drag on your side, their loyal vassal — Korea. King Injo learned about the approximation is sent with this purpose of the army and wisely took refuge in the impregnable mountain fortress Namhansanseong. Now it with a small army was completely cut off from the world. What to do: go to the strongest humiliation and to kneel before the Manchurian Khan or to die resisting? For impact on the king's decision is an ongoing court struggle between Ministers, supporters of the peace and power scenarios.

"Fortress Namhansanseong" retains the genre tradition and some clichés, but these the traditions and destroy. The development of the plot vector here is very similar to the eighth episode of Star Wars, which also breaks the usual boundaries and breaks the rules of development actions. All at the beginning of the film says that before us — heroic blockbuster on the confrontation of the Manchus-invaders from the defending Koreans. Last prevoznemogaya complexity will give battle to the enemy. And win. Or even lose, and evil will prevail. However, quite quickly the usual understanding about how should develop an action demonstriruyut. Conquerors cease to play the role of evil title, main characters, statesmen and patriots, contrary to tradition is not flawless. Even the king in a certain point is "wrong": instead of national leader we see not even a vicious incompetent the message (which also happens), and a simple person who fears for life.

Usual values are also put under the question. The readiness with head to resist the invaders and, if necessary, to sacrifice himself ceases to be considered as a definite virtue. Quite controversial (for this genre) a proposal to admit defeat, go to the strongest humiliation, but to save the lives of himself and the people, on the contrary, according to the course of the film seems to be more noble.

And all is in the film is a stronghold of tradition. They are quite match the epic wrap of the action. The main positive force in the movie is the people — the media is the true wisdom. Main his antagonist is not the conquerors (well, with them all of course), and collective court dignitary, who, by his inept management put a spoke in the wheels of the main characters and raises a threat to the lives of ordinary people. All right.

What we have the result? Korean cinema is very peculiar, and sometimes very conservative. However, "Fortress" is not available. Predictable plot turns fascinating history of the confrontation of ideas with multiple levels and not the most obvious plot development. This whole post-modern can shoot down with good, but definitely worthy of attention!

8 from 10

faq
How long is The Fortress?
3h 40m
Who is the director of the movie The Fortress?
This tv-show was directed by Dong-hyuk Hwang.
What is the genre of The Fortress?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Action, Drama, History.
Who starred in The Fortress?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Byung-hun Lee, Yun-seok Kim, Hae-il Park, Soo Go, Hee-soon Park.
What is The Fortress IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 6.8.
When was The Fortress released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2017-10-20.