IMDb > J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000) More at IMDbPro »Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA (original title)

Photos (See all 3 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.9/10   15,869 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for J.S.A.: Joint Security Area on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
9 September 2000 (South Korea) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Chan-wook Park's most politically-charged film tackles the very volatile tension that exists between the North and South Koreans. 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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA" - South Korea (original title)
"Joint Security Area" - International (English title)
See more »
Runtime:
110 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
If you listen carefully during the scene when Maj. Jean and her liaison are walking over "the bridge of no return", you can hear loudspeakers broadcasting over the DMZ. These are known as "propaganda speakers" - the north and south both have use these devices to broadcast - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year - propaganda against one another as to why listeners should unify under their specific rule of government.See more »
Goofs:
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 »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Chan-wook Park's most politically-charged film tackles the very volatile tension that exists between the North and South Koreans., 29 February 2008
Author: Schwenkstar from United States

Chan-wook Park's most politically-charged film tackles the very volatile tension that exists between the North and South Koreans. This could have easily been propagandistic in nature, with this South Korean film portraying the Northerners as mere caricatures of Communistic ideals, but instead the film happily sidesteps this and portrays both the North Koreans and South Koreans as kinsmen.

In the beginning of the picture, both sides have a skewed view of one another, seeing each through the lens of their political temperament - the border between the two thus is interpreted as a wall that filters and jades each one's perspective. However, once that that wall is finally crossed, the two sides realize that no wall really exists, and they begin to see each other as human beings - The soldiers first call one another "enemies", but soon they are calling one another "brothers".

The characters are richly drawn and dynamic to reflect this - each are humans, with their own unique demeanor, and that their national identity is nothing more than a facade. While the soldiers are alone, away from their government infrastructures, both sides cling to one another in fellowship as they find themselves all the same. Only when the absent governmental element is reintroduced are the soldiers forced to revert back behind their facades, and tragedy results.

A powerfully moving and keenly intelligent analysis of the confusing political situation between the two opposing governmental systems. Despite being slightly marred by a few lapses into melodrama and overstatement, that can not take away from its piercing effectiveness.

The highest recommendation possible.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (75 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
'JSA' comes to life avix_007
there is going to be a remake of jsa! mandoosue
The picture scene at the end.. kittycollartight0
The Shootout - Full Scene Deconstruction *Spoilers* ssvegeto_7
real life communication between NK and SK troops colinvespa125
WOW!!! I haven't seen a movie like this since... alphadubomega
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Swiri Typhoon The Manchurian Candidate Reflections in a Golden Eye Murder at 1600
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb South Korea section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.