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

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In 1951 during the Korean War retreat a small British re-con group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.

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In 1951 during the Korean War general retreat of United Nations Forces a small British re-con platoon finds itself cut-off from the main British force.The platoon is led by Lieutenant Butler and Sergeant Payne.Corporals Ryker and Hodge are in charge of the men.After executing a search and destroy mission in an abandoned and booby-trapped Korean village the platoon heads toward rice fields but finds itself surrounded by Chinese enemy troops.When sending for help becomes no option Lieutenant Butler decides to closer investigate the isolated Korean temple perched atop a steep hill.The temple seems to be a good defensible position for the platoon but it's located at the top of the steep hill with only a sheer cliff to its rear. Written by nufs68

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Back in the summer of 1955 the British Production Crew of "Hell in Korea" under director Julian Aymes, was on location on the mountain of Montejunto, in Portugal. Portugal was chosen as the facsimile location to Korea, due to it's geographical similarities, even though Michael Caine who served as technical consultant/actor on the production, begged to differ.

Joseph Valador who recently turned 85 years old, served as a liaison/interpreter between the British filming crew and Portuguese.

Joseph arranged to have the Portuguese military planes fly over the designated shoot location and time. He also served as an assistant to the director Julian Aymes in the critical scene where the Koreans burn down the village, acting the part as the Korean leader. Joseph was thanked by the director for his excellent direction/communication with the Portuguese end of the shoot, having saved the crew from re-building the village set. Joseph co-ordinated the flying of the Portuguese air force, which was used in the jet flying and bombing scene. Also to be noted was his involvement as stunt/extra where he acts the part of the Korean soldier falling of the horse when the platoon is discovered while hiding in the brush. See more »

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The Bren and the Bulldog.
29 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Hill in Korea (AKA: Hell in Korea) is directed by Julian Amyes and adapted to screenplay by Anthony Squire, Ronald Spencer and Ian Dalrymple from the Max Catto novel. It stars George Baker, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Michael Medwin, Ronald Lewis, Stephen Boyd and Victor Maddern. Music is by Malcolm Arnold and cinematography by Freddie Francis.

Out of British Lion Films, film is based on real events. Story follows a small group of British soldiers serving in the Korean War, who while out on routine patrol find themselves boxed in on all sides by the Chinese army. Against the odds the men, from different walks of life, must stand together to stand any chance of survival.

A Hill in Korea is more concerned with the conflict amongst the group of soldiers than it is with the enemy. 16 men, 10 of which are National Service conscripts, laugh, bicker, get scared and stand tall in readiness for what fate has in store for them. The upper crust and the working class thrust together makes for potent character dynamics, and of course it's a time when heroes and villains are born. This is a place where men apologise for getting injured, where they are told to fire their weapon instead of making love to it! And a place from which we know some will not return...

One of the very first films to deal with British troops in Korea (if not the first?), it inevitably has a familiarity about it if you be someone who often indulges in the War genre. However, the traditional flavours make this very appetising and the screenplay isn't shy of intelligence. Be it "friendly fire" or monologues about the futility of it all, film doesn't cop out. It's also very funny, with some absolute zingers delivered with caustic obviousness. Then there's the roster of great British actors that fill out the cast, with even the likes of Michael Caine (a real life servant in Korea) and Robert Shaw in secondary support slots. While Amyes keeps his camera up close for impact and Francis tones down the lighting to keep things sombre.

Well worth seeking out by fans of Brit war movies. 7/10


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