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Errors in geography 

While walking in the hills with his dog, Han comes upon a Gila Monster, a large poisonous lizard. Gila Monsters are found in the arid deserts of the US and Mexico, not in the mountains of South Korea.
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Factual errors 

While looking for food, Han comes upon a wrecked Jeep and some scattered supplies, and finds them guarded by a large German Shepherd tied to a box. When the dog starts barking at him, Han says--in English--"Good dog", then notices a box that says "K Rations" and heads for it. It's not likely that a five- or six-year-old Korean boy on an isolated farm in the hills far from any town or village would know how to speak and read English.
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When the American soldiers come upon Han and his German Shepherd, which he has named "Lobo", Han--played by young Hispanic actor Manuel Padilla--gets angry and shouts at the dog, "Kill, Lobo!" "Lobo" is Spanish for "wolf"; it's unlikely, to say the least, that a small boy living in an isolated farming area in early 1950s Korea would be able to speak three languages--Korean, English and Spanish.
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Revealing mistakes 

While trying to outdistance the North Korean patrol tracking them, the GIs find a wild pig in the hills, kill it and cook it over a campfire. In real life the smell of a pig roasting over an open fire would surely have been noticed by the enemy patrol and would have led them directly to where the GIs were.
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