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The Coast Guard (2002)
"Hae anseon" (original title)

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At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking ... See full summary »

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Kang Sang-byeong
Jeong-hak Kim ...
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Ji-a Park ...
Mi-yeong
Hye-jin Yu ...
Cheol-gu
Jin Jeong
Gu-taek Kim
Yun-jae Park
Tae-woo Kim
Yeong-jae Kim
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At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high. PFC Kang and his friend Private Kim are on patrol when drinking youths jeer them. Two nights later, Kang follows orders, opening fire at a person who has infiltrated the border zone. It proves to be a young man, one from the earlier encounter, on a drunken tryst with his girlfriend, Mi-yeong. Kang is commended, yet horrified. Mi-yeong is unhinged. Kim tries to hold onto friendship, duty, and his humanity. While Kang retreats into bizarre behavior and violence, Mi-yeong becomes easy prey to soldiers. Sickness is all. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong violence, a graphic sex scene and language | See all certifications »
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Absurd korean movie. Think Calvin Klein ad meets Aliens, meets Rambo.
25 May 2003 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

When an overzealous Korean Coast Guard soldier kills a local civilian at night when the civilian is in a restricted area, the officials give him a seven-day pass and he begins his descent into madness. Coincidentally, it's about that time that the movie begins its descent into absurdity.

Also the girlfriend of the slain punk quickly becomes a Korean Ophelia with no real Hamlet.

I'm not sure of Korean military regulations but I've never seen so many superior officers slapping, punching and kicking their subordinates. Whenever the superiors are outraged they also take it out on the entire platoon by having them run in the sea (mostly shirtless) and roll around in the mud.

I'm not so sure that this was a movie as much as it was some paramilitary fetishists idea of a porno.


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