Roaring Currents Feb 2015
Korea’s greatest hero,
Admiral Yi Sun-shin is awakened!
Year 1597, Joseon Dynasty has been under Japanese attack for six years. As the nation faces possibility of loss with the Japanese military charging fearlessly to the capital of the nation, Admiral YI is reappointed as the Chief of Naval Operations and assembles a group of soldiers to defend the nation against Japanese attack. Japanese Chief Commander Kurushima (RYU Seung-ryong), notorious for his cruel personality and clever strategies, respond by destroying Joseon’s one last hope, the Turtle Ship. With just 12 battleships and an army of doubtful soldiers, Admiral YI and his soldiers face 330 Japanese battleships in The Battle of Myeong-Nyang.
1597년 임진왜란 6년, 오랜 전쟁으로 인해 혼란이 극에 달한 조선.
무서운 속도로 한양으로 북상하는 왜군에 의해 국가존망의 위기에 처하자 누명을 쓰고 파면 당했던 이순신 장군(최민식)이 삼도수군통제사로 재임명된다.
하지만 그에게 남은 건 전의를 상실한 병사와 두려움에 가득 찬 백성, 그리고 12척의 배 뿐.
마지막 희망이었던 거북선마저 불타고 잔혹한 성격과 뛰어난 지략을 지닌 용병 구루지마(류승룡)가 왜군 수장으로 나서자 조선은 더욱 술렁인다.
330척에 달하는 왜군의 배가 속속 집결하고 압도적인 수의 열세에 모두가 패배를 직감하는 순간,
이순신 장군은 단 12척의 배를 이끌고 명량 바다를 향해 나서는데…!
12척의 조선 對 330척의 왜군
역사를 바꾼 위대한 전쟁이 시작된다!
Yi Sun-shin (April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598) is well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield not only by Koreans, but by Japanese admirals as well. Military historians have compared his naval genius to that of Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Despite never having received naval training or participating in naval combat prior to the war, and constantly being outnumbered and out supplied, he went to his grave as one of few admirals in world history who remained undefeated after commanding as many naval battles as he did.
One of Yi’s greatest accomplishments was resurrecting and improving the turtle ship. Contrary to popular belief, the turtle ship was not actually invented by him; rather, he improved upon an older design that had been suggested during the reign of King Taejong. Yi’s redesign held 11 cannons on each side of the ship, with two each at the stern and the bow. The ship’s figurehead was in the shape of a dragon, which held up to four cannons, and emitted a smoke screen that, in combination with its fierce appearance, was meant to be used as psychological warfare. The sides of the turtle ship were dotted with smaller holes from which arrows, guns, and mortars could be fired. The roof was covered with planks and spikes, which prevented the ship from being boarded by the enemy.
Yi died at the Battle of Noryang. With the Japanese army on the verge of being completely expelled from the Korean Peninsula, he was mortally wounded by a single bullet. His famous dying words were, “The battle is at its height… Beat my war drums… Do not announce my death.” The royal court eventually bestowed various honors upon him, including a posthumous title of Duke of Loyalty and Warfare, an enrollment as a First-class military order of merit, and two posthumous offices – Prime Minister and the Prince of the Court.
Today, Admiral Yi is considered one of Korea’s greatest heroes of all time. Koreans look upon Yi as a man of courage, perseverance, strength, self-sacrifice, intellect, and loyalty to his country.
* TITLE ROARING CURRENTS
* GENRE Epic naval action
* DIRECTOR KIM Han-min
* SCREENPLAY JEON Chul-hong, KIM Han-min
* CAST CHOI Min-sik (as Admiral YI Sun-shin)
RYU Seung-ryong (as General Kurushima)
CHO Jin-woong (as General Wakizaka)
KIM Myung-gon (as Commander Dodo)
JIN Gu (as IM Joon-young)
LEE Jung-hyun (as Mrs. JUNG)
* PRODUCTION Big Stones Pictures
* PRESENTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY CJ E&M