CJ Entertainment is releasing “The Fortress,” a new period drama featuring popular South Korean actor, LEE Byung-hun, best known for “Magnificent Seven” and “Terminator Genisys.” This title will premiere on October 20, 2017 in over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Following its premiere, “The Fortress” will be the main feature of Korean Film Days at the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles, and it has also been chosen to open at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) next in London.
“The Fortress” is set in 1636, when the Chinese Qing Dynasty has invaded Korea with 150,000 troops. The Korean court flees the capital to take shelter in the Namhan Fortress, located in treacherous mountains outside the city. The Qing army, led by General Yong Gol Dae, quickly surrounds the fortress, leaving the king and the court stranded in a prolonged standoff. For a truce, the Qing general makes a humiliating proposal that they send the Crown Prince out as hostage. Unable to move forward or fight the enemy they are outnumbered by, the people of the fortress start dying from cold and hunger. The king now faces an impossible choice between protecting his people and standing up to those looking to destroy them.
This film is directed by esteemed director HWANG Dong-hyuk (“Miss Granny,” “Silenced,” “My Father”). His 2014 hit Korean comedy, “Miss Granny,” reached $55M in the box office and has been remade for China, Japan, Vietnam, and several other countries. It is now being remade in English with Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films and in Spanish with Eugenio Derbez’s 3pas Studios.
HWANG’s new period drama also stars KIM Yoon-seok (“Will You Be There?,” “The Priests,” “Haemoo”), PARK Hae-il (“The Last Princess,” “Eungyo,” “War of the Arrows”) and GO Soo (“The Royal Tailor,” “Way Back Home,” “The Front Line”).