This Korean historical film was released on September 21, 2018. The story takes place in 646 AD at Ansi Fortress. The 500,000 man army of Tang Emperor Taizong faces the puny army of 10,000 Koreans led by Yang Man-chun (In-sung Jo). The siege of Ansi Fortress lasted 88 days.
The story line was excellent as well as the acting. The battle scenes, as in most Asian films, were exciting. There was at least one beheading, which almost seems to be a requirement in these films. Not that I’m complaining. The director also did a great job. When it comes to historical films, some directors may use the story as a propaganda tool. The fact that the battle took place in what is now North Korea was ignored.
One scene which may be confusing is when there is a reference to the assassination of Yang Man-chun’s king. Korea, at this time, was basically divided into three kingdoms: Silla, Baekju, and Gorgeoryo. Yang Man-chun is referring to the king of Gorgeoryo. History aside, I enjoyed this movie a lot. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
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