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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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Peace Is Preserved Hiding the Truth – A Touching Antiwar Movie See more (77 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 
 
Set Decoration by
Yun Il-Rang 
 
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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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When Maj. Sophie Jean (Yeong-ae Lee) and her Swedish liaison walk across the infamous "bridge of no return," they make a reference to an axe murdering incident which took place on the morning of August 18, 1976, when a group of United Nations personnel attempted to trim the branches of a poplar tree in the DMZ that were obstructing the view from a U.N. guard post. North Korean soldiers attempted to block the operation then attacked the U.N. personnel with axes. Capt. Arthur G. Bonifas (honored as Major postmortem), Lieutenant Mark T. Barrett, and four Korean soldiers were killed, and as many US soldiers were wounded. Present day, the camp that houses JSA personnel is called "Camp Bonifas" in honor of Arthur Bonifas who was killed that day.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 »
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Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil:Your shadow is over the line. Watch it!See more »

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Peace Is Preserved Hiding the Truth – A Touching Antiwar Movie, 24 December 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After a shootout at the common security area at the border of the two Koreas, when two soldiers were murdered, Maj. Sophie E. Jean (Yeong-ae Lee) is assigned by the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission to investigate the incident. The smart Major finds lack of consistency in the statements of the survivors, and in spite of being pressed by her superior, she interviews South Koreans Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok (Byung-hun Lee) and private Nam Sung-shik (Tae-woo Kim), and the North Korean Sgt. Oh Kyeong-pil (Kang-ho Song), disclosing a tragic story of friendship. In the end, peace and Sgt. Oh are preserved hiding the truth in her report.

"Gongdong Gyeongbi Guyeok JSA" is a magnificent and touching antiwar movie. Directed by Chan-wook Park, the director of the cult "Oldboy", only now this film was released in Brazil, after the success of "Oldboy". This movie has a fantastic screenplay that keeps the interest in the impressive story until the very last scene. I was moved with the sad story of friendship between brothers in this polemic theme. The Common Security Area, created on 27 July 1953 with the armistice between the two Koreas after three years of war, and their reunification, seem to be a taboo for these peoples and I appreciate the courage of this group of excellent actors and actress in approaching such theme. In the Extras of the DVD, the cast and director give interviews about the story but never give their opinion about the reunification of these nations. The stunning cinematography and camera work are also very beautiful. My vote is nine.

Yitle (Brazil): "Zona de Risco" ("Zone of Risk")

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