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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 »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Surprisingly Moving Piece of Korean Cinema See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (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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Also Known As:
"Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA" - South Korea (original title)
"Joint Security Area" - International (English title)
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110 min
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During the course of the movie when the South Korean soldiers salute their superiors they say (phonetically) 'TUN-GIL!' This is Korean for 'UNITE!' It is used in the South Korean military (mostly army) because - even though the North wishes to reunify under the Communist rule, while the South desires it under democratic rule - the hopes and goals on both sides are for reunification.See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
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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64 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Moving Piece of Korean Cinema, 11 October 2001
Author: Sinnerman from Singapore

Fusing a Hollywood-style 'who-dunnit' with an intellectually poignant essay on Korean geopolitics, 'Joint Security Area' ('JSA') offered a surprisingly moving twist to an otherwise engaging film.

It raises questions on the incredulity of ideological differences. It showcased the ridiculous, yet tragic consequences such an imposed barrier can have on its people. People, whom if not separated by mere political allegiance, have more in common than they care to admit. 'JSA' perceptively explored a modern day Korean psyche - that heartfelt desire for kinship and unity between the people of both Koreas.

'Joint Security Area' is a timely film with a universal message - "Let not differences in race, religion or ideological allegiance blindside our judgement, especially in these violent and confusing times."

I instinctively respond to this message. I hope you do as well.

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