The Admiral: Roaring Currents

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014)

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The story of Korean history’s most astonishing military victory by its greatly revered strategist, Admiral Yi Sunshin. The film focuses on the admiral's legendary victory in the Myeongnyang Strait (near Jindo Island) against the Japanese navy. It was a decisive maritime moment that had significant consequences for not only Korea, but also the whole region as one man, commanding just 13 Panokseons, comprehensively defeated Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 133 Japanese warships (with at least read more200 ships supporting his fleet).

  • Native title:

    명량, 회오리 바다
  • Also Known as:

    Myeongryangm heuiori bada; Battle of Myeongryang, Whirlwind Sea;

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Mar 29, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
To say I loved this movie is an understatement. Maybe it was the surround sound of seeing it in a theater. Maybe it was the fact that it was my first ever Korean movie to watch in the theater. Who knows either way I went into this not really sure I would like it. Historical war movies are not usually my thing. In fact I usually stay the hell away from them read more because they're just too sad and depressing. It is entirely possible that this does not bother me with this movie because I do not know enough of the history. Whatever it may be I loved it. The scenery was epic and completely brought to life the movie, not to mention that the sound effects were perfectly on point. The amount of great acting in this film was superb and only diminished slightly by the fact that they had only one actress with a semi-speaking part in the whole thing. However, I feel like you do have to take into account the history in this regard as most men at this time and in this region would not have put any store in what a woman has to say. The plot could have been confusing for a foreigner to keep up but it wasn't. The director managed to keep my attention on what was the important plot points. It may not be exactly accurate but in this case my lack of knowledge on the subject works in the movies favor.
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    souldoc70 Oct 3, 2016

    Great movie. The naval battle scenes were epic , I am comparing with other Asian movies as Hollywood is a class of its own. The cinematography is beautiful and acting from Choi Min Sik, Ryu Seung Ryong and Cho Jin Woong was badasss .

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    kit1186 Jan 25, 2016 - edited

    ehh don't really see why this was the highest grossing film in Korea. They had better movies. The music was great though. Korean movies never fault in that area.

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      Narco Mar 29, 2016

      They liked it more than you probably because its their history. I find it epic, even thought, based on wikipedia, its not completely historical accurate but its still damn epic. And the music, as you said, they never failed in that area.

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    Kudo_Lelouch Aug 16, 2015 - edited
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    tae1213 Jul 26, 2015 - edited

    garbage. the most disappointed film ever.

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      Tika Oct 19, 2015

      couldn't agree more with u, so disappointing, I expected more than this tbh since now it's highest-grossing movie on kr (as well ode to my father, such overrated)

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      Lyrical Oct 22, 2015 - edited

      tae1213 Really? Where you there? Of course you weren't. Were you the Admiral's friend? Of course you weren't. Did you read all the books about the Admiral? Yeah right. Suuuuure. The fact you are Korean doesn't mean a thing here. And who the heck is ADMIRAL LEE? I think you mean Admiral Yi. You don't even know his name and you say you know more about him than all of us??? Did you even WATCH the Movie? LOL You critic the hard work of the director almost saying he's an idiot. I already told you. If you think you are so high and mighty go study movie making and become a director yourself. We'll see how you do this movie. Yeah try making this movie again and if it's better then i will apologize to your geniusness your ego or wathever you are affected by.

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      Tika Oct 24, 2015

      hello lyrical...I can't speak Korean but I know very little about 이. As much as I know Lee is typical romanization of 이 but it's pronounced 'E' therefore sometimes it's also written Yi, so it's same hangul but different romanization.
      And second, I did not defend his saying, because I personally won't compare this hard work of all director and crew with word garbage. But personally I found this movie so underwhelming, with high budget, star-studded actor, and moreover it's currently high-grossing film in Korea.

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      tae1213 Oct 25, 2015 - edited

      Lyrical/ To criticize a movie I should become a directer? Your childish logic feels me sick. Just fuck off. At least I spent my money to watch this movie. What did you spend for his hard work? Illegal downloads?

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      Lyrical Oct 25, 2015 - edited

      Just watched it free in streaming. :) Internet is a wonderful thing. You can find movies or series free to watch. Sorry if you had to spend money to watch it. You could have waited 3 days after the release and find it online free instead of go,pay and cry later cuz you didn't like it. Maybe if you watched it for free you wouln't be so upset even if you didn't like it.

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    Cheer Apr 7, 2015

    The all-time most-watched film in South Korea was actually great. Badass and completely absorbing. I had high expectations for this picture and wasn't disappointed.
    As usual, Choi Min Sik ahjussi was parfect as Yi Soon Shin while Ryu Seung Ryong ahjussi was absolutely badass. Although the latter's character isn't exactly like its historical counterpart.

    There were some exaggerations in the historical part. Yi Soon Shin had only 12/13 ships which is true but the Japanese navy was only 130 to 133 not 250. That's totally not true. Yi Soon Shin destroyed about 31 ships or so in historical tellings.
    Let's not forget some dramatic confrontations that never happened in real life.

    But all in all, the film was mostly faithful to real events. A Korean film with all its standards. No wonder it crashed 17.5 million tickets nationwide.

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    realdeal Feb 17, 2015

    So that baddass Japanese villain here is the mentally challenged guy in miracle in cell 7..what an actor.

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    Rascal Jan 23, 2015

    the subtitles on myasiantv is not good enough..

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    AISHA Jan 18, 2015

    wow a masterpiece

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    dore430 Jan 17, 2015

    AMAZING! SIMPLY AN AMAZING MOVIE! Everything about this movie was first rate... more like a Hollywood production than other Korean-made movies I've seen. Amazingly realistic! This is a Must See movie ...

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    BB26 Jan 15, 2015

    I've got goosebumps all over for the past two hours... DAMNNN

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    Ryu Jan 14, 2015 - edited

    this is a masterpiece.awesome action and story

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    WhiteCloud Jan 4, 2015

    Great and epic movie

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    eunjungfangirl Dec 26, 2014 - edited

    I'm looking forward for the english subs ;w;


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jul 30, 2014
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 8 min.


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    8.6 (scored by 706 users)
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