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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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Release Date:
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 »
Awards:
11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Best Korean movie ever 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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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 »
Movie Connections:
References Hour of the Wolf (1968)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Best Korean movie ever, 20 October 2001
Author: Iljun from Seoul, Korea

Although a native Korean, I've always been skeptical of Korean movies. They tend to overplay emotions and lack realism. Well, this movie changed my whole outlook - it is a grippingly realistic movie that rips through the storyline. I was spellbound. Set in the highly charged Korean demilitarized zone, it is the tale of a shootout gone wrong, but the movie is much more than just a whodunit. It illustrates quite subtly the delicate North-South emotions that transcends ideologies of the 2 regimes; it really is about characters and their situations, rather than actions. The film also features some beautiful cinematography - the scenes I remember are the tall grass (the minefield incident) and the muted cigarette exchange on top of a snow-covered hill. The latter, particularly, is extremely poignant in its silence. Why are they smoking together? And why do they not speak? The answers to these questions, I guess, are the subjects and emotions that the movie tries to convey. The only flaw I can offer is the clear mis-casting of Lee Young-Ae as the neutral major, but her role in the movie is not central enough (although she does take up quite an amount of air time) to drag down the whole movie. IMHO, I would have used a Korean-European new face in the role. I am sure that it appeals to Koreans more than foreigners, although i'm also sure you can enjoy it without prior knowledge. I recommend this very highly. It's a pity that it's still not out on DVD even after 1 year following its release, and I hope it is released soon so that movie lovers everywhere can appreciate it.

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