Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield

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Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield
Hwangsanbul poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Revised Romanization Hwangsanbeol
McCune–Reischauer Hwangsanbŏl
Directed by Lee Joon-ik
Produced by Oh Seung-hyeon
Jo Cheol-hyeon
Lee Joon-ik
Written by Choi Seok-hwan
Jo Cheol-hyeon
Starring Park Joong-hoon
Jung Jin-young
Oh Ji-myeong
Music by Oh Seok-joon
Cinematography Ji Gil-woong
Edited by Kim Jae-beom
Distributed by Cineworld
Release date
  • October 17, 2003 (2003-10-17)
Running time
104 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield (Hangul황산벌; RRHwangsanbul) is a 2003 South Korean war comedy film directed by Lee Joon-ik. Its plot is about the Battle of Hwangsanbeol between Baekje and Silla in the 7th century. The film was the 8th most attended film of 2003 with 2,835,000 tickets sold nationwide.[1] Its popularity has spawned a sequel, titled Battlefield Heroes, which debuted in 2011, and takes place in the subsequent Silla-Tang invasion of Goguryeo.


The movie starts out with a meeting between the rulers of Baekje, Silla, Tang China, and Goguryeo. They are arguing why the Korean southern kingdoms have to pay tribute to China, even though Tang is only 50 years old. The king of Silla sides with the Emperor of Tang. The movie flashes forward to the scene in which Baekje soldiers rush to the king with ill news of Silla and Tang allying together, bringing an army of 50,000 soldiers. The Baekje council discusses battle plans. But in the end, all of the officials run away out of cowardice. The king of Baekje calls for the great warrior, Kyebaek. He accepts the offer to protect his country after three glasses of wine. Kaebaek is forced to kill his family in fear of something worse happening to them. Soon, Gyebaek engages the Silla forces in so called "battles" where the opponents insult the others with Gyebaek winning in the beginning of these battles.



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