‘The Great Battle‘ was the last movie shown on day three of KOFFIA 2019. This film was a definite 10/10 in terms of everything – cinematography, plot, cast, etc.
Director: Kim Kwang-sik
Cast: Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Park Sung-woong
Genre: Period, War
The title “The Great Battle” totally undermines how epic the film actually is. Also based on a true story like ‘The Spy Gone North‘, this movie goes even further back into history into the Goguryeo times. It tells the story of the siege of Ansi, in which a small Korean fortress was able to survive multiple attacks from the invasive Chinese army. Emperor Taizong from the Tang Dynasty kept trying to attack Ansi but to no avail. The movie highlights the strategic and tactical victories that the Goguryeo people were able to achieve as a small force.
The commander of the Korean people was an inspiring leader that the audience could look up to. Even though he was under a lot of pressure, he could think and act fast and come up with strategies to withhold the invaders. The way that he led his people is the ideal way in which all leaders should act. The main character, portrayed by Nam Joo-hyuk (my favourite actor), helped to save the day with his impactful words. This pair and their friendship depicted how they were able to turn a blind eye on their differences and help each other out.
Sacrifice and cooperation were the main themes of ‘The Great Battle‘. Many loyal characters sacrificed themselves to help their nation achieve victory. There were many tearful moments that were both heart-warming but heart-breaking at the same time. This film had the perfect mix of action, comedy and drama. Overall, the movie was inspiring and the plot was beautifully and skilfully executed. Nam Joo-hyuk‘s stunning visuals were just an added bonus to the whole experience.
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Written by Lindsay
Edited by Lindsay