The Great Battle (film)

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The Great Battle
The Great Battle (film) p2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKim Kwang-sik[1]
Produced byKim Woo-taek
Jang Kyung-ik
Park Jae-soo
Mo Chong-jin
Screenplay byKim Kwang-sik
StarringJo In-sung
Nam Joo-hyuk
Park Sung-woong
Music byYoon Il-sang
CinematographyNam Dong-geun
Edited byKim Chang-joo
Soojak Film
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release date
  • September 19, 2018 (2018-09-19)
Running time
136 minutes[2]
CountrySouth Korea
Budget21.5 billion[3]
Box officeUS$41.5 million[4]

The Great Battle (Hangul안시성; Hanja安市城; RRAnsi-seong; lit. Ansi Fortress) is a 2018 South Korean historical action film[1] directed by Kim Kwang-sik. It stars Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk, and Park Sung-woong. The film was released in South Korea on September 19, 2018.[5]


A historical film about the siege of Ansi Fortress and the epic eighty-eight day battle that Yang Man-chun and his Goguryeo troops fought against 500,000 invading Tang dynasty men to defend it.[6][7][8][9]




Special appearance[edit]


Filming began on August 23, 2017 and finished January 24, 2018.[15][16]

The filming set featured a replica of the Ansi Fortress which was built 11 meters (36 feet) high and 180 meters (590 feet) in length. [17][18]


The film premiered in South Korea on September 19, 2018, with age 12-rating.[19] The film was released alongside Fengshui, The Negotiation, and The Nun, considered the most competitive week on Korean Box Office this year.[20]

The film was released in North America on September 21, 2018.[21] As of September 21, the film had been sold to over 32 countries, with release date in United Kingdom, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Singapore set in October 2018.[22]

It was released on V.O.D on October 24, 2018.[23]


Critical response[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Praise was given to its cinematography, Kim's directing, the action sequences and acting performances. However, there were criticisms on Yang Man-chun's portrayal and the historical accuracy of the film.[24][25]

Yoon Min-sik from The Korea Herald wrote, "Director Kim did a clever job of masking his actors' weak points and making the most of their strengths in this action-packed flick. Jo’s voice still seems out of place in a period piece, but his character refrains from making any more big speeches, taking action instead. It is very unlikely that Yang Man-chun was in his mid-30s, or that there was a squad of beautiful women shooting blowguns, or a group of borderline super-soldiers fighting without their helmets, but this movie throws historical accuracy out the window and the result is a lot of fun."[24]

Shim Sun-ah from Yonhap News Agency wrote, "Visually striking, imaginative and compelling, The Great Battle easily claims its status as one of the most impressive war epics to have come out of Korean cinema in a long time. Since little is known about the battle and Yang Man-chun, making a tentpole based on long-forgotten ancient history with a relatively untested director was a massive gamble and could have gone horribly wrong. However, he combined his energetic style with spectacular slow-motion sequences depicting every detail of the battle's ferocious brutality and the fear of the outnumbered Goguryo soldiers as they see the swarming Tang invaders."[25]

Cary Darling from the Houston Chronicle wrote, "Director Kim Kwang-shik has a surprisingly keen eye for wide-screen, CGI-embellished action choreography that is often wildly impressive... The Great Battle rings with the echoes of such sweeping, cinematic blitzkriegs as the Battle of Helm’s Deep in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers or any number of Game of Thrones assaults."[26]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed US$194,200 from previews and pre-sales.[27]

On its opening day, the film finished first place at the box office by attracting 122,699 moviegoers with US$870,571 gross.[28] After four days of strong performance, the film surpassed 1 million admissions on September 23.[29] During its opening weekend, the film topped box office with US$9.1 million gross from 1,128,374 attendance, leaving Fengshui and The Negotiation in second and third place respectively.[30]

On September 24, 6 days after its release, the film surpassed 2 million admissions, sooner than 2012 Chuseok's hit Masquerade which surpassed the milestone in 8 days.[31] The film surpassed 3 million admissions two days later.[32] On September 29, the film surpassed 4 million admissions after topping the box office for 10 days.[33] The film maintained its position at the top of the box office charts during its second weekend, though having a 29% drop in gross with US$6.5 million from 815,042 attendance.[34]

The film surpassed 5 million admissions on October 6, 2018.[35] During its third weekend, the film earned US$1.8 million gross from 234,886 attendance, 72% lower gross compared to its second weekend. The film finished third, tailing Venom and Dark Figure of Crime.[36] The film finished in fifth place during its fourth weekend, having a 70% drop in gross compared to the previous weekend.[37]

On October 22, the film surpassed its break-even point at 5.4 million admissions.[23] As of November 8, 2018, the film attracted 5,436,463 moviegoers with US$41.5 million gross.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Top 11 Films The Great Battle Won [38]
Best New Actor Nam Joo-hyuk Won
2nd The Seoul Awards Won [39]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [40]
Best Cinematography and Lightning Nam Dong-geun & Jung Hae-ji Nominated
Technical Award (Special Effects) Yoon Dae-won Nominated
5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Bae Seong-woo Won [41]


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