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    Hansan: Rising Dragon

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    Hansan: Rising Dragon

    Acemaker closes deals on Kim Han-min’s ‘Noryang: Deadly Sea’ including US (exclusive)
    BY JEAN NOH 18 MAY 2023

    SOURCE: ACEMAKER MOVIEWORKS
    ‘NORYANG: DEADLY SEA’
    Korea’s Acemaker movieworks has pre-sold Noryang: Deadly Sea, the final instalment of Kim Han-min’s epic naval action trilogy, to a raft of territories led by North America (Well Go USA).

    The upcoming film also sold to Germany (Plaion), Taiwan and Southeast Asia (MovieCloud), CIS (Capella), Poland (9thplan), Mongolia (Filmbridge) and inflight (Eagle).

    It follows Roaring Currents, which remains South Korea’s all-time biggest box office hit with more than 17.6 million admissions following its release in 2014, and Hansan: Rising Dragon in 2022.

    Noryang: Deadly Sea stars Kim Yun-seok (Escape From Mogadishu) as legendary admiral Yi Sun-shin, who defended the country from Japanese invaders during the seven-year war that started in 1592. The cast also includes Baek Yoon-sik (Inside Men), Jung Jaeyoung (Right Now, Wrong Then) and Huh Joon-ho, of Netflix’s Kingdom season two.

    In the film, the war nears an end as the Japanese prepare to withdraw from the Korean peninsula. Admiral Yi leads an allied fleet of Korean and Chinese ships to annihilate the invading army and they clash at Noryang Strait, the deadly sea where he fights his last valiant battle.

    The feature is in post-production with a release expected later this year.
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    I'm disappointed in myself for the lack of a Roaring Currents thread as well as my own forum review of these films. They're really good and I'm looking forward to this conclusion of the trilogy.
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    Roaring Currents (aka The Admiral) is the K-flick about a dozen Korean ships fighting off 300 Japanese ships, not the new Dutch one with Rutger Hauer. It's glorious, sanguinous, real horrorshow ultravi. Hardcore Armor porn. A broken admiral must rally some beaten ships to fight against samurai, ninjas and pirates. He has doubtful captains, fearful sailors, weak villagers and some kickass Buddhist monks. Nearly an hour of set up, followed by an hour of monster sea battles. Spectacular violence. Lots of decapitations, cannon fire, archers, ship ramming, explosions and sword fights. Very satisfying ship deck melees. That's the first installment of this trilogy.

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    Hansan: Rising Dragon takes place five years prior to The Admiral. You donít need to see the Admiral first. In fact, it might be better to start with this one. Both films are based on historical battles when Korea fought off a Japanese invasion, and these are the first two installments of a trilogy.

    This one has a long wind up. There are a lot of characters, each named with special sidebar titles that are probably important if you know this bit of history (I donít really). Thereís political intrigues, strategizing (again probably more important if you know the geography), and the development of the titular admiralís crane formation. Plus thereís his turtle ship, an armored floating tank covered with spikes with a dragon head cannon battering ram. Itís like Gamera but a medieval warship.

    Again, itís armor porn. Such beautiful detailed suits of armor, especially the main villain who is bedecked in red and gold. The Japanese armor is outstanding with each leader having their own personal flair.The Korean armor is more uniform with pointy helmets.

    The ship battle is a lot of ships - maybe a hundred overall. The Japanese try to draw the Koreans into a narrow straight where the current is to their advantage. The Koreans try to draw the Japanese out into the sea of Hansan where they can align into the crane formation. Thereís also a simultaneous land battle as the Koreans try to stop the invading Japanese army that has them sorely outnumbered. The Japanese have more firearms. The Koreans are master archers, like always. Koreans love their archery.

    The ship battle takes up the last half hour or more of the film and itís worth the build up. Itís absurdly bombastic with lots of ramming and cannon fire. There are attempts to board other ships but not many ship deck skirmishes.

    This is Koreaís 2nd biggest film of 2022, #1 is Don Leeís Roundup which I really want to see because heís great. Iím just waiting for it to appear on one of my steaming platforms for free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Again, itís armor porn. Such beautiful detailed suits of armor, especially the main villain who is bedecked in red and gold. The Japanese armor is outstanding with each leader having their own personal flair.The Korean armor is more uniform with pointy helmets.
    You should write an article just on the armor! You could do screencaps from the Hansan: Rising Dragon on Blu-Ray Disc. Let me know if you want additional pictures. I have several old books on the subject...

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    If you have several old books, YinOrYan, maybe you should write it.

    Honestly, my knowledge of ancient armor is limited. It'd be a lot of research for me. I know research on Chinese armor has been expanding, and I'd have to catch up with that before I'd write anything. But if you think you know enough about that subject, we're always looking for new voices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Honestly, my knowledge of ancient armor is limited. It'd be a lot of research for me. I know research on Chinese armor has been expanding, and I'd have to catch up with that before I'd write anything. But if you think you know enough about that subject, we're always looking for new voices.
    I wish I knew enough on that subject, especially if it is expanding, so I wouldn't attempt it, but I have been reading on related subject that also relates to swords and its overwhelming. That is Donald B. Wagner's Ferrous Metallurgy from Volume 5 of the Needham's SCIENCE AND CIVILISATION IN CHINA by Cambridge University Press. That would be even more difficult write an article on...

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