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J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)

Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (original title)
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

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Maj. Sophie E. Jean
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Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
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Nam Sung-shik
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Jeong Woo-jin
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Swedish soldier
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Maj. Gen. Bruno Botta
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Micara Adriana
Gallego Alberto
Ahmedov Ayder
Cannon Greg Courtney
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General Pyo
Isaac Green
Kwang-il Kim ...
Civil Servant #3
Myoeng-su Kim ...
Top Ranking Officer Choi
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In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining rounds in the assassin's magazine, amount to 16 cartridges for a gun that should normally hold 15. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic. Written by serious cinephile <catpaw@cityline.ru>

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9 September 2000 (South Korea)  »

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Quentin Tarantino considers this one of the top 20 films made since 1992. See more »

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The moment before Sgt. Lee shoots Sgt. Oh in the shoulder you can clearly see the squib device underneath his uniform. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil: Your shadow is over the line. Watch it!
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References Hour of the Wolf (1968) See more »

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This must have been a knockout in Korea (well, the South, at least)
27 September 2004 | by (Jackson Heights, NY) – See all my reviews

JOINT SECURITY AREA is pretty amazing, but the less said about the plot, the better to insure your full enjoyment, surprise and emotional connection. Another member puts the film down for its sentimentality. I don't know about that: When a country has been as divided as has Korea for the past half-century, a movie like this must have really knocked the socks off of a lot of South Koreans (I doubt it could be shown in the North). I'm trying to think of some equivalently themed American film, but nothing comes to mind. "A Midnight Clear"--or a film about comradeship on either side of, say, America's Civil War-- just couldn't provide the sense of long-term division/separation that Korea has experienced. Beautifully filmed, with flashbacks and varied points-of-view, this puzzle movie eventually comes together, offering some of its best moments toward the end. The last shot is astonishing: simple and reminiscent, but now seen with enough clarity and irony to open mouths and overflow tear ducts.


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