A film about the dark history of Japan’s use of forced labor from Korea during World War Two, The Korean film “The Battleship Island,” has grossed more than one million dollars at the U.S. box office.

The film is receiving a enthusiastic response according to CJ Entertainment America.  The film reached the milestone Friday, just 15 days after its opening, with different organizations asking for information about screenings.

Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, “The Battleship Island” has been screened across North America, including in New York, Washington, Toronto and Vancouver.



During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

Lee Kang-ok (played by Hwang Jung-min) is a bandmaster at Kyungsung Hotel. He decides to go to Japan to protect his daughter, but he is drafted into Battleship Island by force, being deceived by talk to send him to Japan. On Battleship Island, he does anything to protect his daughter.

Choi Chil-sung (So Ji-sub) is the top fighter in Kyungsung (old name of “Seoul”). He makes troubles on Battleship Island, but he has a warm heart.

Park Moo-young (Song Joong-ki) belongs to the Korean Independence group. He sneaks onto Battleship Island to rescue a member of the independence group.