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Hell in Korea (1956) Poster

(1956)

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Michael Caine was actually a veteran of the Korean War.
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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.
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The first of five TV/Film productions that featured both Harry Andrews and Michael Caine.
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The first major feature film to portray British troops in action during the Korean War.
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The original name was Hell in Korea, but was changed for distribution reasons, except in the U.S.
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