Ryoo Seung-Wan‘s historical epic The Battleship Island will make its way to the U.S. and Canada on August 4, just one week after its premiere in South Korea.

The film stars Hwang Jeong-Min, So Ji-Sub, Song Joong-Ki, and Lee Jung-Hyun.

The Battleship Island is based on a true story during WWII when Korea was under the colonial rule of Japan. In 1944, 400 conscripted Korean civilians head out to Hashima Island. Nicknamed “The Battleship Island” after its resemblance to a war vessel, many were lured by false promises of high wages. Upon arrival, they found that workers are forced into slave labor. As the U.S. launches a massive counterattack on Japan, the Japanese decide to blow up the island in order to bury the truth about their awful treatment of the Korean slave labors. A Korean independence activist discovers the plan and works with others on the island for a mass escape.

The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was pre-sold to 113 countries.

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Look out for The Battleship Island on August 4 from CJ Entertainment.