War, Miscellaneous

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9th Company (2005)
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Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians. (139 mins.)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ 28-08-2012

*Spoiler alert*

First time I saw this movie, it was on the tiny screen of a portable dvd-player. After having seen this on big screen now, the best feature of this movie, the special effects, realy stand out. As good as Private Ryan.

Story is about two brothers who accidentaly get drafted both for active service. The older bother, Jin-Tea takes great risks to get his brother out. But aft receiving a medal forhonor, the new commander won't let him go.
When they are near home, they visit their home. His fiance is there to meet the younger brother Jin-Seok. She gets arrested by anti communists, because she had demonstrated to get food. Those demonstrations however were communist protests. She gets shot while Jin-Tea also arives. He rescues her but she got shot in the proces.

Returning to their unit, they get arrested for their attempt to save the fiance. They are attacked by the Nort, resulting in the younger being burned in his cell and the older fighting forthe north. But the younger brother isn't dead and he tries toconvert his brother. He fails, but after being mortaly wounded, Sin-Tae recognizes his brother and as his last act takes a machinegun and mows down the attacking north korean soldiers.

Very good movie, but looses a star for the whining and sobbing of the younger brother. It get's annoying, especially when he accuses his brother of murder several times while it was obviously not his fault.
Funny how some of them eat, keeping food hanging out of their mouths. ” - klontenkoker
City of Life and Death (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone. (132 mins.)
Director: Chuan Lu
“ 11-07-2012
*mild spoiler alert*

Second time, this movie is even worse than the first time. Worse, not film wise but content wise. A gruwesome tale of the japaneese imperial army capturing Nanking. The bushido code which was honored by the soldiers is indifferent to the life of a soldier, so the soldiers are indifferen to the life of a civilian. That is what this movie shows, the total indifference to other's lifes. 300.000 lifes.

This part of the prelude to WW II is hardly known fact for most people in the West so this was an eye opener for me too.

Movie builds up tension well with slow scenes and in-the-crowd filming. Special effects are good. Movie lacks choices of what it wants to show and gets unfocused. Unpredictability in screen play at points is however surprising. A few long scenes are shot in one piece, for example the death of the heroic assistent of Dr Rabe. ” - klontenkoker
Land and Freedom (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain... (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
Lebanon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
Long Live Death (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the end of the Spanish civil war, Fando, a boy of about ten, tries to make sense of war and his father's arrest... (90 mins.)
Director: Arrabal
Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors. (112 mins.)
“ 10-07-12

*mild spoiler alert*

Heroic for just walking through a well armed barricade in Rwanda during the genocide, heroic for keeping the overview while dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions, heroic for living to the principles of a just cause. Respect.

It shows the despair of a leader who, bound by rules of engagement, is forced to see people killing each other. Everything for politics, because politics is still better than fighting. Or isn't it? Be happy it's not your call while the whole world is watching and it is your career that is on the line. ” - klontenkoker
71: Into the Fire (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War. (120 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
“ 29-08-2012

*Spoiler alert*

based on a true story. A student is appointed leader of a groep of 71 students, to defend Pohang, a city the communist leader is desperate te capture.
A thug and his three mates also are part of the student soldiers, disputing his leadership.

They heroically defend a school, being the key building of the defense. The communists overpower them with great numbers and superior weapons. Bur the students manage to hold out for eleven hours, though being slaughted. Only few survive, saved by the reinforcements.

Special effects are very good, Koreans know how to do that. Acting was ok, although difficult to get to know the characters. ” - klontenkoker
The Beast of War (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Soviet tank and its warring crew become separated from their patrol and lost in an Afghan valley with a group of vengeance-seeking rebels on their tracks. (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility. (92 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
Alexandra (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya. (95 mins.)
Lone Survivor (2013)
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Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
The Steel Helmet (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War. (85 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
Men in War (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief. (102 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
Camp X-Ray (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there. (117 mins.)
Director: Peter Sattler
Kilo Two Bravo (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg - or your life. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Katis