Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s epic saga concludes in ‘Noryang: Deadly Sea’

Actor Kim Yoon-seok plays the role of Yi Sun-sin in the period action film 'Noryang: Deadly Sea.' Courtesy of Acemaker Movieworks and Lotte Entertainment

Since its release on Dec. 20, the film has garnered attention as it adds a defining chapter to the series that began with “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” (2014), which garnered over 17.6 million ticket sales, followed by “Hansan: Rising Dragon” (2022).“I couldn’t believe this day would come. Looking back, time passed quickly from ‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ to ‘Noryang.’ I felt I should achieve a successful outcome as an end,” the film series’ director Kim Han-min said during an interview with The Korea Times at a cafe in Jongno District, central Seoul, Tuesday.“And to do that, I strongly felt the need to clearly and accurately convey the purpose of making each series. I feel proud that I was able to make the movie as I intended.”This film follows the last battle of Yi (Kim Yoon-seok), the Battle of Noryang, which took his life during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598).It delves into the last phase of Yi’s life as he prepares for the last major battle on the sea to annihilate the Japanese force as it retreated from Joseon, which put an end to the conflicts. It zooms in on Yi’s determination to claim a complete victory over Japan so as to prevent further invasions in the future.The previous two installments cover Yi’s other two significant battles during this tumultuous period.

Noting that he didn’t want this film to be just another sequel, the director said the focus of this last installment is to do with the reasons Yi forged ahead with the last battle.“The huge success of ‘The Admiral’ was a great help. I put in a lot of effort to avoid making ‘Hansan’ and ‘Noryang’ merely as sequels from the previous success. It took me time to contemplate what kind of film ‘Noryang’ would be and how it could establish its own presence,” he said.”In ‘Noryang,’ it was crucial to explore why Admiral Yi Sun-sin fiercely and relentlessly engaged in the battle and continued the war that everyone was saying was over. I felt finding the answers would give meaning to making this piece. And the answer that I found was Admiral’s determination for a complete closure and surrender.”Actor Kim Yoon-seok took on the role of Yi, followed by actor Choi Min-sik for the first installment and Park Hae-il for the second. The director shared that Kim Yoon-seok was the perfect fit to bring together the previous portrayals of Yi by two actors.“Kim Yoon-seok is a unique actor who has both the courageous admiral from ‘The Admiral’ and the wise strategist from ‘Hansan.’ With this work, it was crucial to show Yi’s inner struggles and wisdom to end the war. As I think of the actor who exudes such an aura, Kim Yoon-seok was a fitting choice,” the actor said.“I felt he was an incredibly talented actor. He said from the start that he would completely trust himself to my world of Yi Sun-sin. His respect for the director was tremendous. It was the first time I’ve experienced something 온라인카지노 like this.”

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