The shortened international version was compared to the original version / Director's Cut.
- Runtime difference: 1103,72 sec (= 18:23 Min)
There are numerous war films that explore the Second World War and the various events during this dark period. Because of the countless, mostly cruel stories, it is hardly possible to bring all of them to life in cinematographic form. That's why filmmakers tend to focus on the most important battles and struggles of the war, such as D-Day, which is featured in Steven Spielsberg's Private James Ryan, among others. But then there are also less popular scenarios that have hardly ever been mentioned in a film before, including the events on the Japanese island of Hashima.
Korean prisoners of war were taken there to work in the coal mines and thus power the war machine. The conditions of life and work, which were difficult to bear, claimed more than 1000 lives. Today, the island is uninhabited, but over the years it has been used for some filming, such as in Battle Royale.
The 150-minute war drama primarily focuses on the living conditions of the workers, creating a dirty and dense atmosphere that is captivating throughout the few lengthy sequences. In addition, it manages to give almost every important character enough screen time so that the viewer can get a relatively detailed impression of them. The at first more quiet narrative style at the beginning is more and more often spiced up with corruption, intrigues and action sequences as the runtime progresses, so that there is enough variety to keep the viewer happy. It should be kept in mind, however, that Battleship Island rarely shows that it is a war movie, which means that warlike activities are rare, but are all the more important. The final battle is longer and more thrilling and should delight the action fan.
The expansions of the Director's Cut can be considered as useful, as they add many rich scenes to the movie, which not only illustrate the living conditions of the workers, but also have an emotional depth, which makes some scenes more thrilling. Thus, the DC is preferable to the theatrical version, as long as you are not deterred by the runtime.
One of the Korean workers has died, so everyone is reminded to always wear their gas masks. In addition, the funeral expenses are to be deducted from the salary of all workers.
It is explained that when you eat, of course you drink something together, which then leads to the next step all by itself.
Lee realizes that So-hee is no longer with him when he is locked into a wagon.
The people are all made to repeat certain rules of the empire, making them into troops. In order to lure the people, they are asked to sign a treaty, whereby they earn money through their efforts. Lee uses the ensuing turmoil to search for So-hee, who he eventually finds.
The music group plays a little longer.
They attract the attention of the board of directors with their music and reap the applause of everyone else.
Now you can see the applause of the spectators here, too.
One more contemptuous statement about Koreans. The first frames of the next scene are missing.
Instead, you can see the one Choi bumped into here again. He can be seen a short time later in the original version, so there is no time difference.
no time difference
A search for So-hee's father is initiated.
Sogejama is shot several times by the Korean agent and finally killed. This is followed by a propaganda film about Hashima Island.
Slowly, unpleasant desires for the girl start to emerge, but they are immediately suppressed again.
It is required that the mine of the entire Korean district be sealed to minimize the damage. The resulting casualties seem to be irrelevant, as new workers are on the way.
They are bowing.
The workers contemplate how they can escape from the mine.
More people are informed about the problems in the mine. In the international cut, the scene with the workers caring for an injured person comes first.
no time difference
Yun thanks Song for saving his life.
Oh begins to sing.
Yun and Song discuss how to get a telegraph to notify headquarters.
You can see that the workers are playing cards.
The popular cockroach race is a must.
After Park threatens to kill him if he betrays them, Lee walks away and says he has to stand in line.
So-hee meets her father again. You also get to see the hustle and bustle on Hashima, where one of the workers has a bad-smelling mishap with chamber pots.