South Koreans love their culturally significant or historically proud events dramatized and coming to theaters next month in September 2018 will be a cinematic take on the famed Seige of Ansi Fortress in 645. The Siege of Ansi was part of the first Tang dynasty attack campaign to invade and conquer Goguryeo, but in this case Ansi held strong through multiple months of the seige until the Tang forces had no choice but to retreat as winter hit. Jo In Sung plays the commander of the fortress in the movie The Great Battle (Korean title Ansi Fortress) with his stalwart forces including Nam Joo Hyuk, Bae Sung Woo, and Um Tae Goo, with the Tang commander played by Park Sung Woong who looks menacing indeed. Not sure how big a role the ladies Seolhyun and Jung Eun Chae will play in a battle siege setting but I’m excited for Jo In Sung’s first sageuk role in a decade since A Frozen Flower, and one that reverses his flower boy image to that of a grizzled military leader.
Movie trailer for The Great Battle:
The trailer looks good ! Jo In Sung looks very good as a commander ! I’m not sure about Nam Joo Hyuk on the other hand…
Based on his looks in the trailer I would believe he’s playing a female role in likes of Mulan.
Lol even Seolhyun looks more masculine than he does. But I guess it’s because she’s playing a female warrior while he’s supposedly a youth who has no experience in the battlefield. The hair’s to blame.
I like the cinematography – the dark, gritty look fits the battle-heavy plot. Most of the main cast looks nearly-unrecognizable in their roles, and when I think about it, Jo Insung has never really played a role that “unglamored” him. The only hiccup is Nam Joohyuk’s wig, it looks too modern for that time and is also ill-fitting.