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Hell in Korea (1956)
"A Hill in Korea" (original title)

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During the Korean War, a small British reconnaissance platoon finds itself surrounded by enemy Chinese troops. The only option is to hold out in an isolated temple located on a hill, with only a steep cliff to its rear.

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During the Korean War, a small British reconnaissance platoon finds itself surrounded by enemy Chinese troops. The only option is to hold out in an isolated temple located on a hill, with only a steep cliff to its rear.

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Remarkable British Cast In Unremarkable British Film
6 May 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Korean war seems to have posed a bit of a problem with film makers . It wasn`t untill Vietnam that screenwriters and directors tried to profound statements on the nature of conflict and wear their anti war sentiments on their sleeves. To all intents and purposes you could rewrite any Korean war film script without any problem . Indeed you could change the place names and you`d have the exact same story , and that`s the problem with A HILL IN KOREA , it could be set during the North African campaign of 1941 or the Burma campaign of 1942 or the Italian campaign of 1944 and it`d be the exact same film. The only telling difference is if it`d been set during the Second World War it would have starred John Mills.

It`s the casting of this film that makes it memorable, we have early roles for stalwarts of British cinema in the 60s and 70s: George Baker , Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker and Percy Herbert . And very early appearances by Robert Shaw , Stephen Boyd and Michael Caine ( Caine actually being an UN soldier in the Korean war ) who would all make it big in Hollywood. Sadly that`s the only memorable aspect on this film about " The forgotten war " . Forgotten that is except for the people who survived it


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