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22 November 2002 (South Korea) See more »
There is a line that cannot be crossed.
At South Korea's border with the North, troops guard the coast. Each bullies those ranking beneath him; tensions are high... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Maverick South Korean author Kim Ki Duk depicts that life at an army base is no joke ! See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order)

Dong-gun Jang ... Kang Sang-byeong
Jeong-hak Kim ... Kim Sang-byeong
Ji-a Park ... Mi-yeong
Hae-jin Yoo ... Cheol-gu
Jin Jeong
Gu-taek Kim

Kang-woo Kim
Yun-jae Park
Tae-woo Kim
Yeong-jae Kim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mi-seong Kim
Sang-ok Park

Directed by
Ki-duk Kim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ki-duk Kim 

Produced by
Seung-jae Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Yeong-gyu Jang 
Byung-hoon Lee 
Cinematography by
Dong-hyeon Baek 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
Art Direction by
Ju-hun Yun 
Visual Effects by
Tae-hoon Kim .... visual effects
Tae-hun Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Min-kyung Park .... digital compositor

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Also Known As:
"Hae anseon" - South Korea (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence, a graphic sex scene and language
France:91 min

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Maverick South Korean author Kim Ki Duk depicts that life at an army base is no joke !, 8 April 2010
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

There is all possibility that "The Coast Guard" should be considered as an autobiographical tale.We all know that director Kim Ki Duk has never acknowledged this fact in media.As he has strongly depicted every facet of South Korean society,"Hae Anseon" must be hailed an offbeat film which gave him a once in a lifetime chance to depict South Korean military as he must have had witnessed disturbing events in the past. There is something unique about this film as its universal appeal makes audiences believe that whatever that has happened to South Korean soldiers might also happen to some other military men in some other country.Kim Ki Duk suggests that life at an army base is no joke.He has made good use of documentary style realism to draw a visceral portrayal of innocent,young military men whose job is to guard borders between North Korea and South Korea.Some scenes might be devoid of reality but it is hoped that they would be accepted by viewers despite their shortcomings as a film director needs some kind of artistic liberty. There are two major issues with this film.Common people have been shown in bad light.Some of the women audiences might also appear to be a tad apprehensive as their images have not been correctly depicted in this rather raw and violent film.

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