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J.S.A.: Joint Security Area -- From the visionary director of Oldboy, Park Chan-wook, directs a twisty murder mystery set in the most dangerous border in the world - the DMZ which separates North and South Korea - where a young North Korean soldier is shot and killed.


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9 September 2000 (South Korea) See more »
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Yeong-ae Lee ... Maj. Sophie E. Jean

Byung-hun Lee ... Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok

Kang-ho Song ... Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil
Tae-woo Kim ... Nam Sung-shik

Ha-kyun Shin ... Jeong Woo-jin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ju-bong Gi

Christoph Hofrichter ... Maj. Gen. Bruno Botta
Myoeng-su Kim
Tae-hyeon Kim
Herbert Ulrich ... Swedish soldier

Directed by
Chan-wook Park 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seong-san Jeong 
Hyun-seok Kim 
Mu-yeong Lee 
Chan-wook Park 
Sang-yeon Park  novel "DMZ"

Produced by
Eun Soo Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Jun-seok Bang 
Yeong-wook Jo 
Cinematography by
Sung-Bok Kim 
Film Editing by
Sang-beom Kim 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
Sung-Bok Kim 
Costume Design by
Sang-hoon Park 
Sound Department
Seok-weon Kim .... sound
Won-Yong Kim .... sound
Special Effects by
Kyung-soo Park .... special effects
Visual Effects by
C. Jin Im .... visual effects
Changeui Im .... digital effects artist
Editorial Department
Jae-beom Kim .... assistant editor
Other crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA" - South Korea (original title)
"Joint Security Area" - International (English title)
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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

At the beginning of the South Korean patrol scene, at 30:46, you can see what appears to be a mound of earth, which is actually a grave. Departed Koreans were buried sitting up and overlooking their favorite piece of land. These burial mounds were known by American GI's as "Happy Mounds".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The moment before Sgt. Lee shoots Sgt. Oh in the shoulder you can clearly see the squib device underneath his uniform.See more »
Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil:Your shadow is over the line. Watch it!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Hour of the Wolf (1968)See more »


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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
AWESOME PIECE OF WORK: Rent this today if you can!, 23 September 2005
Author: Jamester from Canada

It's been a few years, but I saw this in a Singapore theatre a day or two after it opened there. A Korean friend had mentioned it was good, so I went to check it out assuming it would be good. OH MY GOSH! This was an excellent movie and it seems so unfortunate that it didn't get a wide-release in North American (or not that I know of) as I think it would have done really well! This was #1 in Korea beating out Spider Man!! In fact, the North Korean leader even requested a copy for his viewing pleasure -- perhaps to get his own look at what South Korea might be plotting, or maybe simply to be entertained with some great film-making.

The movie combines a very likable Hollywood touch with compelling plot action, in contrast to some very personal moments and an amazing sense of suspense in this movie. I was floored.

The whole location of where the movie takes place -- in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea -- and the acute tension was certainly captured and sure made for great story-telling. I can't remember another movie where I saw and experienced more tension in a story than in this movie! It fit the story perfectly, and really got the movie off to a great start. Then, as the characters were introduced, piece by piece, we explored action, emotion, and thought. The movie examined, re-examined and really brought us close not only to the events, but to the people in the story. I felt a range of emotions in this story culminating in a really great movie!

This is a must-see!

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